OK, the more and more I sell the more and more I have people ask me if I have any videos on how to play or some songs they can learn and I keep telling them no I don't but there are numerous people on YouTube that do.  I've watched a lot of the videos here on cigar box nation, watched lots on YouTube.  What is everyone using to film a nice quality and how are you getting it to pick up the cbg real well.  Some people do a terrible job at it and other do amazing job at it.

Let me know what you use to film (camera or phone, do you use a mic, or amp, do you use a audio interface to you computer, etc)

Thanks everyone.

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i just use a £20.00 go-pro china copy camera, the recording's sound ok to me,

There are a number of YouTube blogger video cameras available for $50 or less on Amazon and Ebay. They are HD capable so quality should be good. This setup would produce stuff a lot better than my cheap cell phone (not iPhone 11).

I use a Cannon camera I've had for years now. Not the best. Today's phones have a better camera in them than what I have. 

Use more light than you think you need. But not directly at your face from the front. Use back lighting to make shadows behind you. Keeps your vids from looking flat. Make sure that your voice is well heard. 

use a "Flip Pure Digital Video " camera...they are cheap and  sound great...


you can get one for about 20 or 30 dollars used on ebay

A lot of my videos are recorded on my iPhone with the internal mic/camera. Most modern smartphones have pretty decent internal microphones and the cameras are quite good.

For instance, this one was made with my phone... https://cigarboxnation.com/video/slip-sidin-away-on-cbg

That method is really easy because the video is "ready to go." There is very little editing needed, and most of it can be done right on the phone if you wish. It makes it really easy to share vids and most folks already have a smartphone.

For other videos of mine, I've used a 'real' mic and tracked the audio and video separately. That sounds really good... but I always have to convert the sampling rate so the audio and video line up properly. If you're new to this concept, it will drive you crazy at first. It sounds great once you get the hang of it though. For instance... https://cigarboxnation.com/video/old-hippie-on-cbg or https://cigarboxnation.com/video/into-the-mystic-on-cbg

There are some small audio interfaces for under $100 that plug into your smartphone and allow you to record audio from a traditional mic as you film. I'll probably get one of those soon. Here is one example... https://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/irigprehd/?pkey=irig-pre-hd

Hi Josh. I use my iPad to make my videos. I move my basic video into Filmaker Pro to add typography and alter the color, exposure, saturation etc. then I move it to iMovie to add 3 more tracks (if I wish). I can cut my video into segments to change effects or delete parts I don’t like. Then I can upload to YouTube directly from my saved iMovie. The iPad has a decent camera and mic for sound. User friendly operation. It’s fun to do. It eats memory like candy though. You need lots of memory. I move my finished projects into a Mac desktop computer with a terabyte of memory so I can empty my iPad to do another video.


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