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Production Tips: Finding the right camera In this series we’ve discussed the importance of lighting, chatted about the various tools available to enhance your audio recording and now, without further ado – it’s time to finish the holy trinity and discuss the camera. Often you’ll see comments on videos like “What camera did you use?” or “What was this shot on?” and for people like Casey Neistat, FunForLouis, Ben Brown and others, it’s become common practice to list their gear in their video’s description to help fend off the rabid camera-junkies. It goes without saying, having a camera is pretty crucial to the video making process. […]

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YouTube only monetizing channels with over 10k views You’ve probably heard by now, but YouTube announced last week that it is tightening up its requirements to be a part of their Partner Program. Over five years ago, YouTube opened the floodgates for more creators to participate in the program and start monetizing. This was huge, and created opportunities for all creators. Unfortunately, it also opened up opportunities for people to start abusing the system for their own financial gains. YouTube has spent those last five years fine-tuning this process, putting in place systems and processes to combat this abuse and assure that people’s content (and the money made […]

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Don’t rely on YouTube to pay your bills It’s certainly been an interesting few weeks on YouTube, especially on the revenue front. We’ve heard from several creators – both in and out of the Fullscreen Creator Network, that CPMs have dropped heavily and revenue is following suit. Since it doesn’t affect everyone equally, and there are a whole slew of reasons that CPMs are dropping, we’re going to save that for another day. Today, we’re going to tackle on a harder hitting topic. Don’t expect to make money on YouTube. This statement gains more weight each and every year, and likely won’t slow up anytime soon. The fact of […]

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Let’s talk about age-restricted videos Over the last 24 hours, several creators, both in and out of the Fullscreen family, have come forward to report that some of their videos are being removed from users viewing content via the “Restricted Mode”. In an attempt to gather clarification, we reached out directly to YouTube, and while they aren’t able to reveal specifics about their algorithm, it seems that this comes down to specific metadata terms and age-restricted content. In a nutshell… Creators are finding out that some of their videos are not visible to particular audiences, specifically: “users who are logged out, are under 18 years […]

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Office Hours Recap – 3.15.17 In this week’s Office Hours, we went over – well, quite a bit, so I highly suggest you watch the video to get a grasp on all the information we discussed. But if you don’t have time, then here’s a breakdown. The mysterious case of the sub box Let’s be honest here – no one knows what’s going on with YouTube’s subscription box! So, when you’re creating content for YouTube, you need to think about the overall flow of your story. How are you grabbing the viewer’s attention in the beginning of your video and keeping them engaged throughout? Take […]

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Goodbye, YouTube annotations The day we all knew was eventually coming has finally arrived. YouTube is officially pulling the plug on annotations. Now before you start freaking out, let’s take a look at what this all means. It was only a matter of time YouTube has been not-so-subtly hinting at this change for quite some time now, and for good reason. With more than 60% of watchtime happening on mobile devices, annotations were becoming more useless by the day. More often than not, when you point to yourself and ask your viewers to “click on my face to subscribe”, clicking does absolutely nothing. […]

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Production Tips: Sound matters In the last Production Tips post, we discussed how an affordable lighting setup could greatly improve the overall quality of your videos – which means the next topic we need to cover is sound. Having good sound quality in your videos is imperative because if people can’t hear you due to low audio or loud ambient noise, you’re going to struggle to keep their attention. Luckily there are some really easy fixes for this. Whether you’re using the mic on your phone, or stepping it up to a produce something serious, here are some tips that may help you out. […]

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Office Hours Recap – 3.1.17 In this week’s Office Hours live stream, we were joined by Fullscreen Talent Manager, Thomas – who’s been with Fullscreen for over 4 years! Thomas is one of our in-house experts when it comes to production tips. And there was no shortage of amazing advice coming from him in this stream. Watch the whole stream above, and read the brief recap below! Lighting tips We ran through four of the main lighting setups that are both effective and affordable. Whether you’re using the most abundant light source (the sun), or investing in some soft boxes like a real life studio production, […]

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Production Tips: Cheap lighting for the win Welcome to a new series that we’re hoping to hit you with every other week. We know that making videos is a tough process, and there is a huge spectrum of production value that you can land on as a creator – from studio level, high quality shoots, to down and dirty shoots with just you and your phone. These production tips are meant to provide advice and actionable tools for anyone and everyone on that spectrum. Our first topic: lighting. It doesn’t matter what type of content you’re creating – if your image is dark and full of noise, […]

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