How We Make Our YouTube Videos

By December 1, 2018 Kim's blog

We get a lot of questions about how we make our YouTube vlogs. In the early days we filmed a lot of the videos with a GoPro Hero4 and used an Evo stabilizer. This was lightweight and easy to use, but the quality was not that great. Images are sometimes distorted and the sounds picked up more road noise. Now we typically film on a Sony A6500.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sound has been extremely difficult for us and we are still perfecting it. Currently we use a RODE video micro with a dead cat attached for our vlog style videos, however we’ve experimented with wired, wireless and external recorders but an on camera mic simplifies an already complicated editing process when you have over 100 gigs of video to sift through.

We edit all our videos on Final Cut Pro X. Each video typically takes an hour of editing for every minute you see. YouTubes algorithms prioritize based on watch time, so we try and keep every second compelling and edit out as much as possible.

Music is also very important. We like our videos to be lighthearted and tend to use pop music. Since we can’t use current artist music on YouTube due to copywrite restrictions, we have a music subscription to Epidemic Sound. We actually get asked all the time for playlist. Here is a list of our top 20 songs you’ve probably heard over and over again.

Thanks for watching our videos and reading my blog. As you can see, there is a tremendous amount of time and cost involved in the production of each video, the numerous cameras, lenses, computers and editing software. We are eternally grateful for your support on Patreon, our boutique on this website and for using our referral code over the years. Every dollar you spend goes a long way  towards creating the content you see on this channel .

XO Kim


8 Comments

  • kunal says:

    Awesome ! Have been following your channel since 2 years and have watched every single video.

    Hope to afford a TESLA one day ..

    Wish you all the best. Keep sending good videos.

  • Alex says:

    Hi, Kim (and Mr. Like Tesla). I wanted to express my appreciation for all your hard work in continuing to produce high quality content that’s both educational and entertaining. I’d love to learn how to make quality videos of my family, but being a husband and father of three makes it a challenge. Already have a camera but I’ve only got iMovie to work with for the time being. Any advice from you guys would be great. Thanks again and keep up the great work.

    • Kim says:

      Thanks for the kind words! We really appreciate it. The biggest hurdle is finding time. My husband typically skips sleep to edit our videos or I take the kids out on the weekends. We edit on Final Cut Pro X, so it is a little different. I’m sure there are tons of YouTube videos that will teach you how to edit on iMovie. We still look stuff up all the time. Good luck!

  • Chris says:

    I love that I can share your videos with my wife. I am the Tesla nut in our household and it is funny because my wife thought that I would lose interest in youtube videos once I got my Tesla, but no. Anyway, she will watch yours because she loves how they are produced and how they look. I am also a little bit of a camera geek, buying older cameras etc.. and that got started with my Sony Alpha camera, because you can interchange old lenses on it. Anyway, keep up the great work! I became a patron 🙂

    • Kim says:

      Thank you Chris for becoming a Patreon! It really helps sustain the channel. Congrats on getting your Tesla and your Sony camera and thanks for your kind words. The Sony Alpha is great.

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