Post by cometdude2 on Jun 19, 2014 17:24:45 GMT -5
Hello all, I am creating this thread to display my new YouTube channel, Cometdude2. This is my first attempt at an airsoft video and I am wondering what you think. I noticed that many people on MiA just post up long unedited videos. I wanted to do something a little different that is more fun and enjoyable to watch. Feedback is more that welcome along with constructive criticism. Remember, this is suppose to be entertaining more than showing the mechanics of the sport.
I watched more than half. It's better than some vids I've seen, but there's definitely room for improvement. First of all, I was slightly lmao at the song choice, but whatever. The video quality was decent, but the actual action was kind of boring, mostly because you can't exactly see what you're shooting at. Like at all. I just hear you fire a burst and then "3x hits" appears.
This field doesn't exactly lend itself to awesome videos because everyone is usually really hidden.
Airsoft isn't about being the fastest guy on the field, a guy with 99and1 kill ratio, or a being the dude with 1000's of dollars worth of guns and equipment on the field. It's all about having fun shooting other dudes who want to shoot you.
Thanks for the input snarf. The next video will be from no limits with much more people. I think that that will make for a better video. As far as music goes I will be trying out different types as I go. Do you like having music in general or would you rather just hear game play?
I enjoyed it! It was better than the other ones that like you said are unedited. Seeing the field makes me SUPER angry that I had to miss it! I've been trying to track down a contour for trade or cheap enough haha. I'm really getting into the idea of making a YouTube channel. Anyways I'm looking forward to seeing the next installment.
Just as a little disclaimer before I get into it: I'm trying to avoid coming across as condescending in what I'm about to say. However, given my experience in this area, it may still seem that way. I will start by giving some background about my YouTube experience, then by discussing your videos and my thoughts on them, and I will finish up with how I have corrected/improved on those same points over time with my own channel.
I have been doing airsoft-related YouTube since 2011. I believe that I have currently the second most popular airsoft YouTube channel in Michigan, second only to Legionnaire. I might be wrong. Regardless, I've made a lot of content which has been received quite well. I found my niche in the airsoft gameplay montage, and I can tell you that it is a very good idea to try and mix the video up a bit, add music, editing, etc. You're definitely right that plain gameplay video is boring.
Now about your videos: The first one I didn't like much. It seemed like nothing really happened in the shown gameplay, and the music just didn't fit. The second video was much better. CQB gameplay is really easy to do because everything happens right in front of the camera. You should choose your music more carefully. What I mean by that is that you shouldn't use mainstream music. Bonfire is a sick song, but it does not lend itself to this kind of video because people recognize it. Sync your editing to your music. You were doing this a bit, but my montages get their momentum and beat from the music. It takes a lot of editing time to go through and find the right pieces of video to match the song, but it turns out much better in the end. When you can, add more cameras. I have found that multiple perspectives shooting varying framerates gives me so many creative choices, and makes it much easier to sync to the song. Your videos seem kind of pointless. What I mean by that is that they are a montage of clips thrown together which do not seem to relate to one another in any coherent way. I know from having done this that it can look cool to you when you watch it, because you know the background of what is happening in each clip of the video. However, your audience does not. You need to use the video you have to tell a story. That is what engages people.
Moving on to me, so that hopefully you can learn from my experiences:
Currently, my team runs up to six cameras at one time. I personally have just upgraded my personal camera to a GoPro HD Hero 4 Silver. I primarily use the gameplay video from myself and Killer. We have his camera set to record at 60 FPS, which allows me to work in some slow-motion shots (always really cool). I edit using Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014, color grade with Adobe Speedgrade CC 2014, do any motion-graphics in Adobe After Effects CC 2014, and encode with Adobe Media Encoder CC 2014. I make my video thumbnails in Adobe Photoshop CC 2014. THUMBNAILS ARE VERY IMPORTANT. They attract attention. I cannot reinforce this enough. When you can, make your own thumbnails. The setup for my channel that I have built up to is very expensive. The cameras, gear, software, and editing computer cost a lot. If you really want to get into this, get ready for that. It's a slow progression but it has to remain steady or you won't develop a fan base.
Here's some inspiration (these videos are what I consider my masterpieces of 2014):