The hobby – Making Youtube videos even if it’ll take me months to make one

Get a hobby. Have an adventure

Saw that quote on Google. I seem to have this fascination in capturing and editing video clips for the past few years. I am aware that it is not really Hollywood material but it is calming (to me) as I immerse myself in the long hours of trimming clips and adding audios to the media. Right now I am trying my hands on Video.Guru, a free app available on Play Store.

Video.Guru was easy to use for a newbie like myself. There is also plenty of Free To Use audios in the app. I did not have to worry about copyright. It took me a while to collect my clips but I felt it was worth it in the end. There is of course always room for improvement. I watched more videos on Youtube than making them. Bingeing mostly on BTS videos, haagrendal, hamimommy and jihyunkkung. Here is my Youtube channel by the way.

I love making the type of vlog where I don’t really show my face. Somehow it is called silent vlogs? It’s not really that silent. I seem to enjoy these kind of videos especially from Japan and South Korea. Most of them are videos of homebodies, moms who love to clean, cafe owners, florists etc. I don’t fancy the ones where they chat a lot on camera. So far, I have only followed one Malaysian vlogger who adopts this type of video called asykalx. A young man in college with a neat room. However, upon searching ‘silent vlogs malaysia’ – it seems that there’s quite a number of aesthetic, calm Malaysian vloggers enjoy making videos in this category. I wish success to all and will follow them one by one.

Why am I celebrating them?

It’s because once upon a time, I watched a video from this very popular influencer and he said that to create interests, vloggers shouldn’t produce something movie-like or something viewers can watch on TV. One should be boisterous on Youtube. I couldn’t help rolling my eyes when I heard that and was thinking, “eh, sukatilah org tu nak vlog gaya canne.. tak sumerang suka cakap banyak2”. Indeed, it was one of my monologues.

Unlike the more focused and professional vloggers, I take more time to produce one video due to work commitments. That is not a good recipe if you’re aiming to generate an income. But of course that is the least of my concern right now. I just want to experiment and see what I could do with my Samsung phone, sometimes the camera and the free app.

My initial target was to make 10 Youtube videos in 1 year.

Unfortunately due to Covid19, I couldn’t make at least 5.

Nevertheless video editing is a great hobby.

I loved it and hope to expand on my skills in producing Youtube videos.

Opening vlog for 2021

I am not a Youtuber but it surely involves a lot of work behind the scenes. Especially those who are keen to put out good content. In fact, everyone has their own personal styles in doing a Youtube video and compete for a spot in the algorithm. If you’re lucky, you get discovered and earn a subscriber. Otherwise, you’re just another person with the camera syok sendiri on the platform.

When it comes to vlogs, I enjoy the silent ones more. Less chatting, sometimes with subtitles and interesting background music. I am okay with the occasional voices/conversation in the clips but not those really boisterous ones. My favourites so far are Hagreendal and Ji Hyun from South Korea. I have yet to discover Malaysian vloggers that don’t talk so much. Do let me know if there is one.

Anyway, because I love the silent part of the vlogs – I am creating my channel based on that notion. As an introvert showing off my face is not really my thing either. So I tend to shoot myself from the chin under or just my surroundings without myself. I am aiming to keep my videos between 10 – 12 mins for each upload. Ever since I joined Youtube in 2011, I managed to create only 19 videos including this new one. Ha ha ha. No fret. Ali Abdal shot 77 videos before he was finally able to monetize from his content. So maybe I need to get to 100 before I get a reasonable amount of exposure (likes and follows) on social media?

The video above took me nearly a month to collect mini clips and footage. Editing the clips to make it as one continuous video took me another 6 – 8 hours on an app in Google Playstore. Obviously, viewing the end product is satisfying but to shoot another video is no easy feat either. Despite that, I am slowly creating materials for my 2nd vlog centering on the new norm. The plan is, each of my YT video will have 4 subthemes at a length of 2 -3 minutes. Sounds easy, huh? In real life, it’s not.

Content ada but to make the audience hooked and interested to go through the video is another thing. We will see how it goes.

Reactivating my Youtube channel

I have a Youtube account. Naturally, I decided to make a Youtube channel out of it. I am kind of a very social media sort of person. Not that lively in the real world but it’s like this; if you don’t hear from me in Facebook, I am actually still around in alam maya. Maybe on Instagram. Perhaps now on Youtube but always here, in my blog.

My channel started like one of those videos where you put pictures together and put songs in it. It was basically just for fun. I was trying to reminisce moments counting up to my wedding anniversary. I think I have less than 20 videos there.

Putting up a video is hard, I did wonder how Youtubers do their thing but I guess they have always have something to show and record. I prefer writing about it more thus I blogged.

After the powerpoint-ish videos, I tried to vlog on my phone. Again, it was not that easy cause I don’t really wanna put myself out there. I don’t think I can deal with fame. HAHAHA.. perasan.

However, since I have to upload a Youtube video for my Community Service module, I might as well reactivate the channel a bit with new content. Hence, this one down below. The assignment video is due in December, so I still have time to do some editing. After all, the length of the video is only 5 -7 minutes.

My background songs are still from Hellothematics since I haven’t really learned how to make a video without violating copywriting rights. Nevertheless, the choices of tracks and songs at the site are still wonderful and free.

At the moment, I do not have a particular concept to my channel but I do know that most of it will be Silent Vlogs. Not those chit chatty ones. So, no book reviews, tutorials, mini lectures etc. It might be appealing to a small audience which is fine by me. As for content, I’d probably do more on my hobonichi or my study journey. I don’t think I would do much about work or my family due to growing concerns of privacy and confidentiality. Maybe a glimpse of it would do. I don’t know. I haven’t actually decided yet. Perhaps I’d reserve my talking videos to the ones I embed here on WordPress. Tgklah mcm mana.

Wish me luck in completing my Community Service assignments. I would be updating the progress on my other blog : NotaMinci.

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