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  • This sounds fun. And since my wife is harping on me to find a hobby before I retire next year, I'm following this.

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  • Has he looked at TikTok and Instagram? They pretty much exist to share videos and TikTok in particular has tools for remix reactions. 
    If he wants to do something a little more involved, then he can try Davinci Resolve https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve as a video editor. It's free and it's professional grade. There are some film industry folks who use it on a regular basis. There's a lot of online tutorials for all 3. 
    His phone can probably do decent enough video recording, if he just wants to learn. 
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  • I used to make Youtube videos a long time ago, but I still make about one or two a year. My most recent ones have been walking tours of nearby state parks. I don't have any good advice for a microphone; I usually overlay audio over the tour as I think it probably makes for a more enjoyable experience than listening to my commentary. For a walking tour, I would recommend Snapchat spectacles. It's fairly nonintrusive and innocuous, and less bulky than most video camera headwear. A used pair costs less than $50 on eBay, the video quality is pretty good, and it saves the videos directly to my cell phone.

    For software, there are a ton of different options. I have probably used about five different video editing/splicing software, and each one has their own strengths and weaknesses. There is no better training than trying to make a video in them, and Googling when you get stuck.

    Hope this helps! Good luck to your friend!

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  • For something that allows recording his reactions and his cam - try OBS - this is free and does a lot, many YouTubers already use this and there are hundreds of videos already on YouTube about this application.

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    • affordable software that can sync a recording to a playing video

    Look at Wondershare Filmora .

    https://filmora.wondershare.com/shop/buy/buy-video-editor.html

    • functional stand/base for a camera (or phone) that provides control of the angle the video is shot in. Again starting cheap until he knows what he likes and if he wants to pursue it.

    Anything with ring light/stand? Also there are mobile tripods which are decent.

    • Camera suggestions both portable and fixed that could give him practice without large investment.

    iPhone/latest Android should be good starting point. Or any DSLR they own. They "might" need a capture card as well for multiple inputs.

    • general suggestions on tips and tricks to test out.

    OBS or Streamlabs OBS are good free software with tons of guides on YT.

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  • plus one to OBS, amazing software that is being used by streamers, but can be used for a wide range of things. 

    For cameras, a new cell phone will work well for recording video. Usually has great stability, and decent light levels. Some software allows you to use an android phone as a webcam/video source direct to a PC.

    For a good camera. I am VERY impressed with my Canon m200, both in still shots and videos. The canon m50 uses the same processor, but has a mini HDMI out, and can use the EOS Utility Webcam software to use it as a webcam on a PC with the full quality. It also has a mic port, and camera "hat" so you can use shotgun mic, or LAV mics with it, or aux lights if needed. Buy second market batteries, they have double the capacity and still work with the camera, I am using batmax brand currently. It will also connect to smartphones via bluetooth or wifi so you can instantly see the videos/photos you took. 

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  • Extremely easy to get into:

    • OBS studio. Don't even bother looking at anything else, just go with what 90% of the YT/Twitch/etc community uses and for good reason. 
    • As long as the camera isn't crap, it's just fine for now. Any halfway decent webcam should suffice. There are a ton of streamers and content creators who just use cheap Logitech webcams and throw a cheap ring light behind it. The end goal, if he ends up doing this legitimately and full-time, would be to use a higher quality DLSR camera with a mount, screen, etc etc... but for now, save the budget for other items, like the....
    • Microphone. Spend more on this than the other pieces at first. You can find a solid mic for $50 or less but get a dedicated microphone and do not use a headset. You'll want to get a mic arm for it as well, which is again relatively cheap for a decent entry option. Not sure what the overall budget is for this but if there is any budget at all, spend it here at first.
    • a good backdrop is important. You don't need to go all out with a greenscreen quite yet but you can (green fabric or tarp is cheap). I'd just suggest he pick a good spot and clean things up behind him so the backdrop isn't a distraction or ugly.

    There is a bunch more but that should be enough for him to figure out how to get going, record a few videos and get a feel for things. Keep in mind, EVERYBODY starts out crappy. It doesn't matter how much research you do, you will suck at it. Some suck less than others but everybody's first videos are hilarious to look back on years later if they keep up with the hobby. The key here is persistence. Go into it knowing you'll suck at it but keep going, keep learning, and keep uploading. It doesn't matter if you think the video is 0/10 garbage, if you spent time on it, upload it. All it takes is the algorithm to latch onto one video because of some conference where some dude mentioned something that nobody knew how to do so they look it up and one of your videos ends up getting a bunch of volume hits in a short span.... then bam, the algorithm picks it up and now it multiplies. 

    Watch other content creators, even for stuff you don't have any interest in, to get video editing and format ideas. Gaming is enormous so naturally you're going to find a TON of great gaming channels out there with massive budgets that do great things. 

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  • OBS is my 'go-to' in regards to video capture on a PC. Being able to pull in different sources, overlays, etc. Honestly there is so much in OBS that you I have barely scratched the surface and I have been using it for 2 years. Its Super easy to use and soooooo many different tutorials online for it.

    Decent but cheap webcam. I have heard that Logitech C920 is a good starting place for many early content creators for their video. Its not gonna blow you away but starting off it will get the job done.
    https://www.amazon.com/Logitech-C920x-Pro-HD-Webcam/dp/B085TFF7M1/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?keywords=logitech+...

    Honestly, if you have a decently recent iPhone, you can get away with using that to record content on the move. The camera packed onto an iPhone in my opinion just always seems to be soooo much cleaner then anything else I have messed with. This coming from  a guy who swapped away from iPhone also and went over to Google Pixel.

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  • Following with interest. Will have to check out OBS.

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  • OBS, Inkscape, Blender, etc. Tons of choices. Just gotta try 'em and see what you like or don't! Best of luck!

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  • I'm recording video of my guitar building for a competition I entered. For points 2 & 3, I'm using a tripod I bought on AMZ for my cellphone.

    As an aside, for photographing my guitars, I bought a cheap lighting kit from AMZ again (< $200) and for the backdrop, a set of grey king sized bed sheets from Target.

    If I keep up with this and get better at it, THEN I'll upgrade. Until then, cheap imported Chinese garbage from AMZ will suffice.

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  • For some tips and tricks. 

    Go to a local car meet and take photos of the cars. Learn what looks good and what doesn't. 

    With all the different cars, you have to learn what angles look good, what lighting to try, how to edit for the "WOW" effect, then start turning those into walk around videos. You need all the same skills, but now you are doing it on the fly. 

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  • For walking videos, and I can't stress this enough, get a gimbal.

    DO NOT rely solely on software image stabilization.

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  • Agreed. Nothing worse than viewers getting motion sickness from watching your camera bouncing with every step.

    Otherwise, watch your dislikes start ratcheting up.

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  • For recording videos, I'd recommend using OBS since it provides everything you need to record videos, and it supports multiple source usage. Want OBS to only focus on a webcam, and a web browser? It can do just that with ease.

    As for video editing, if your friend doesn't want to spend any money on a video editor, I'd recommend using OpenShot as it provides all of the basic tools that's needed to create decent looking videos, and it's open source.

    For webcams, I've have a look online, check out some YouTube video reviews, and see which one is most suitable. Same goes for looking for a good enough microphone.

    Creating videos has been a hobby of mine for over 15 years, so if your friend would like to know anything else about the world of video editing, I'm more than happy to help out.

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