If you weren’t aware, I have a YouTube channel here, where I talk about life, makeup, beauty, fashion and self care. I’m definitely more of a lifestyle vlogger, and I love creating and editing videos. My filming style is a whole other story, but I thought I’d share the tools I use to edit and upload my YouTube videos.
Step One: Final Cut Pro X
The first step is editing the video in Final Cut Pro X. This is a program solely for Apple computers and I’m obsessed with it. I started out editing in iMovie, but I soon moved to Final Cut Pro. It’s more advanced and has some really great plugins and abilities. I haven’t really tapped into the full abilities of Final Cut Pro yet, but I love it. My favorite resources for plugins is Pixel Film Studios. They have a TON of different options and they typically have some pretty great sales too. I got my intro to my YouTube channel from a website called Fiverr. It’s basically a website where you can get some amazing products for only $5. They have pretty much everything, from video editing to photo editing to web design. Once I edit the video, I export it to my desktop.
Step Two: Handbrake
I then run my video through a program called Handbrake. It makes the video easier to upload and optimizes it for the web.
Step Three: Lightroom
I then import the video into Adobe Lightroom. I add a filter that makes the video slightly brighter and more colorful, and I love how it looks after.
Step Four: Handbrake
Then I run it through Handbrake again, for the last time.
Step Five: Thumbnail
I use Photoshop to edit my thumbnail. I take a picture of whatever part of the video I want to use as my thumbnail, export it from FCP and then edit it in photoshop. I usually just add text and then add a white glow around it.
Step Six: Upload
The last step is to upload to my YouTube channel! I head over to YouTube, click upload and then find the video and the thumbnail and voila!
Do my six steps surprise you?
Thanks for reading!