Getting Started Making YouTube Videos

Posted on November 17, 2021

Last month I started making YouTube videos. I’ve struggled through making about 10 videos so far. Here’s a little bit of how I’m making those right now.


For screensharing I’m using an application called OBS Studio. I think this application might primarily be for streaming, but you can also do screen recordings with it. It’s very easy to setup different inputs like webcam, microphone, display, etc. so that it will capture all of the different inputs on one video.

The screenshare portions of my videos are the main content. For the video, I’m just using my regular webcam – I’ve played with using my phone to get higher quality video – but the ease of use of just using the webcam outweighs a slightly higher quality I would get with my phone for the small video of myself in the corner.

Intros & Outros

The intros and outros of each video have been videos of me talking directly to the camera. On these segments, I do want a higher quality video – so I’m using my phone for the video.

I’ve played with the setup on probably every video trying to get it a little better. In the picture you can see that I have my phone on a pringles can – that’s my homemade tripod for my phone. I have the pringles can sitting on top of a book. I have a lamp slightly behind the phone for a little more light.

I’m using an app called FiLMiC Pro to video. It was $15 and I’m not sure if it was worth it. I am able to just slightly blur the background using that app, which makes the video look a little nicer.

I’m also talking into my Fifine USB microphone and recording using OBS. I then have to match up the audio and video in the editing software.

Video Editting

For video editting I’m using VSDC which is a free software. I’ve used it for a few years to do some personal videos, but I’ve learned a lot in the last few weeks. I believe it to be one of the most powerful free video editors out there, at least that I’ve found.

I’m sure I will be learning more and changing things as I go, but that’s primarily my setup for now.