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How I Record and Edit Videos for YouTube

Want to know how I record and edit videos for YouTube? Read on!

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Are you ready to get started building your YouTube channel, but don’t know how to get your videos from your recording device into a beautifully-rendered video your subscribers will love? You are in luck today, because I’m going to intimately share with you every step of my recording and editing process.

When I first started the idea of creating and building up my YouTube channel, I thought, “How hard can this really be? All I need to do is point, shoot, and upload to YouTube.” Little did I know there was so much more involved to get a video from raw Footage into its final format for YouTube.

Why I Started a YouTube Channel

I started my YouTube channel less than 3 months ago. I got the idea after I was searching for content to help me with my blogging business, and stumbled upon a tutorial video. After watching the video, I realized that I could hit an even larger audience by transforming my already existing blog content into helpful videos. Thus, my channel was born!

I had been using YouTube for a very long time, but most of my videos were simple family videos I had only uploaded to YouTube to privately store for safe keeping. I had no other videos created for the sole purpose of my blog subscribers to view. That all changed in March of this year.

Equipment I Use

I didn’t have a large budget to spend on the best camera or editing software. I quickly realized that didn’t really matter for what I needed. I record all of my videos you’ll see on my channel today using my Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime smartphone and my Apple iPad Mini. Occasionally, I’ll use my handheld Samsung camera to capture some quick footage.

I currently use the built-in mics on my phone and iPad as they are sufficient for my needs, but plan on upgrading to wireless Bluetooth mics in the near future.

I searched forever for a free video editor for my PC, and opted to buy the licensed version of VideoPad. VideoPad has every tool I need to turn my raw footage into great-looking videos. While it may not be the most feature-packed editor out there, it has everything I need to make my videos clean and professional.

Recording Footage

I spend a lot of time finding a good spot to record footage. Since I have a lunch hour to myself during the week, I use that time to record videos from my car. When I’m at home, my dining room tends to be the best spot for lighting (and it’s not destroyed by the kids lol).

I’m not a professional at this, so I do the best I can in finding the best spots to record. Unfortunately, I don’t yet have a dedicated recording studio at home, but that’s in my plans for the future.

Since I’m writing this post during the hot summer months, I don’t usually record videos outdoors. When the weather gets cooler, I’ll take that opportunity to record videos outdoors. You can never predict the type of noise that will occur outdoors, so keep that in mind if you are trying to keep your video editing as simple as possible.

I tend to get very creative when setting up my equipment for recording. Sometimes, I’ll simply record by holding my device in front of me, and then apply a stabilization filter during editing.

Transferring Footage

So, there are several different methods I use to transfer the footage from my device to my computer for processing.

  • If I’m recording footage from my iPad, I’ll simply download the video from my iCloud onto my PC and process it from there.
  • If I’m recording footage from my Android phone, I’ll save the video to my Google Drive, so that I can go onto my PC and pull it off of Google Drive that way.
  • If I’ve recorded a ton of footage, I’ll plug the device directly into my PC and manually download everything at once.

Creating My Project File

Once I’ve transferred all footage onto my PC, the next phase of my process is to watch the footage on screen and make a decision as to whether or not I can be satisfied with its outcome, or if I need to go back and re-record anything. If I had any major or funny goofs during filming, I’ll save those clips into an outtakes folder I’ll use to compile frequent outtake videos.

Once I’m completely satisfied with the footage, I’ll put everything together into a new VideoPad project file. This includes all the videos, any images I’m going to use, and any sound files I want to incorporate into my video.

I save my video files in 2 spots – one on my physical hard drive and two on a virtual storage site (usually my Google Drive).

Editing Clips

The fun part truly begins once I’m behind the editor’s desk. The time it takes to edit my videos depends on the number of clips I have and how much trimming needs to be done. The trimming process can get interesting if I have multiple videos I want to splice together, but VideoPad usually helps me accomplish this without much trouble.

Once I’ve trimmed my videos to what I want to appear in my video, I run the clips through several video effect filters (such as auto levels and adjust exposure if I recorded in a darker location).

Another part of the editing process includes adding any image and/or text overlays (such as my Twitter handle or my blog’s URL). If I’m adding in any sound effects, I’ll do it at this point in the process.

Once the editing process is over, I’ll preview the result several times in my video editor to make sure everything happens when and where it’s supposed to happen.

When I’m happy with how it looks, I’ll render it into the final video file. This process can take anywhere from 20 minutes to up to 3 hours.

I render my videos at the highest quality possible that YouTube will accept, but with doing that, I’ve accepted the tradeoff that the rendering process will take much longer. I usually hit the render button before I go to bed at night, so that the video is ready for me first thing in the morning.

Uploading to YouTube

Once I have my final rendered version, I then upload it into YouTube. I complete all of the required fields in the YouTube editor and add in my end card information. I then either change the video from private to published, or in most cases, scheduled it for a time in the future. Most of my videos are recorded weeks in advance of their publish date.

I add as much pertinent information into the description box so that people can find my video and also get more information about my blog. Good SEO techniques help here just as they would with a blog post. I make it a regular practice to add links to my blog and other related videos inside the video’s description.


I have committed myself to publishing one video a week. It’s easier to plan out what I need to do when I know I have a deadline. Some YouTubers will post 3 or more videos a week, but it all depends on the time you have to record and edit and your own personal goals. My new videos are released every Friday at 6 pm ET. Occasionally, if I have a special announcement or offer for my subscribers, I’ll post off-schedule.


What questions do you have about starting a YouTube channel? I’ve learned a lot in the few months I’ve been working with mine. Leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to answer. If any of you are open to collaborating on a video together, send me an email at [email protected] and we can work out the details.

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