Nowadays, more and more young people are dreaming of becoming YouTubers when they grow up. And for good reason: stardom today is no longer limited to the glitz and glamour of acting, sports and music — even YouTubers are getting their piece of the pie. At first glance, being a YouTuber seems pretty simple. You could be forgiven for thinking it’s all about having fun doing your makeup, playing videos games, talking about your favorite topics and simply sharing the resulting videos with a ready-and-waiting community of fans.
But the truth is that YouTubers often have to invest lots of time and energy to generate a fan base steady enough for their channels to take off.
But no need to worry. We’ve put together a checklist of essentials to help you get your YouTube channel off the ground:
What do you need for a successful YouTube channel?
YouTube account and accounts with other online services:
It probably goes without saying that the very first thing you need for a successful YouTube channel is an actual YouTube account. Check out this short how-to guide for more info on how to set one up. You should also grab accounts with different social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) so that you can use them as platforms to promote your videos.
Naturally, if you’re going to be producing videos, you need to have a camera. However, you don’t need a professional film camera from the get-go. In most cases an HD-capable webcam will suffice. If you have an SLR camera (single-lense reflex camera), you can also use it as a video camera. If you’re really on a budget, you can also use your smartphone to make videos. Most current smartphone models support HD footage now. Action cams can also produce some pretty impressive videos.
For good sound, you want to avoid using your camera’s built-in microphone. It simply can’t hold its own against a decent external mic. You should take some time to think about the type of microphone you’re likely to be using most of the time. If, for example, you plan to make videos of yourself sitting or standing in front of the camera, you’ll want to go with a directional microphone.
Setting and lighting:
It’s also important to consider where you’re going to be filming. Are you planning to use your living room as a miniature studio? Do want to film outdoors? Outside lighting is naturally much harder to adjust for your needs. Using the right lighting inside, however, can significantly improve the quality of your videos.
There are as many accessories for video cameras as there are stars in the sky. But a few items stand out as being particularly useful. To start, you’ll probably want to get a tripod for your camera to make sure your footage is stable. If you plan to be more mobile with your camera, you might want to look into a shoulder rig or an action cam mount. Finally, a foldable reflector can be helpful for lighting outdoors.
Filming is only half the job. You should never upload raw material (unedited) to your channel if you want to make it as a YouTuber. So, you need to get your hands on some video editing software. Movie Edit Pro contains everything you need for video post-production.
But if you don’t want to spend a lot of time editing your videos—or you just want to throw a trailer together—you should go with the automatic editing templates in Fastcut.
Optimizing your YouTube channel:
So, your video is edited and ready to go — time to upload it, right? Not quite. There are some tricks you can use to make your video easier to find: YouTube SEO.
Once you’ve incorporated all of these points into your YouTube setup, there’s only one more thing you need. Something all successful YouTube channels are based on — having fun!
All our accessory tips are also available here in printable PDF format.