This contest made me and those in k207 very happy because I’ve been documenting KVK for some time and it will pay off with a hero for not only me but those I’ve captured. Enter the KOA Video Contest.
I let everyone know that they are welcome to use those I’ve previously uploaded or if they want an unbranded clip to be uploaded that I’d be happy to re-edit one for them. It is a bit of a time investment from me; however they are like family and we help each other. Plus I’m hosting it so by default it may attract views and subscribers. However I’m happy to email the files off or provide a download link if a user wishes to host it themselves. Many don’t want to fuss with YouTube so it is a win-win!
I’ve titled every video for KOA Contest so it is apparent what the video is for. It is a mix of older and newer content. Most of it is unbranded because this isn’t about me but them. In some – mostly older clips – my dashboard is present which ruins some of the effect.
I’ve learned a bit as I’ve published to YouTube and most important is a good video to edit. This means uninterrupted by chat and mail and misc things we do when we play and aren’t always conscious of. I also try to keep my dashboard off screen and even developed a branding that hides the chat box – because sometimes what we say detracts from the video. If not I bring it up and give a showing of alliance chat as needed.
Music is most important and sometimes that can take the longest. You have to find the right beat and sound and the music should punctuate what is on the screen. I sometimes watch a video several times before I find the right music. In fact I usually have to watch a clip five or more times during just the editing process. I take out things like chat and loading screens and content that just isn’t vital to the subject. One of my trademarks is speed – I’ll super speed a section rather than cut it out – and slow it down just before the boom. So a three minute video may have been an hour long – which means I spent at least three to five hours editing just for that one clip.
It’s fun and as I learn more and more about the editor I use I’m able to really show my creativity. If you watch my YouTube from oldest to newest you’ll see what I mean.
The next step is to provide voice – either as said while recording or a later voice-over. I’ve already started playing with that. Testing how it affects subs and likes and such. While I do publish this for myself it is important that it is something others like to watch or else why make it public.
I’m always interested in what people think and I engage anyone who comments. So don’t be shy, let me know if you like or dislike. Just don’t be rude and malicious – that isn’t constructive feedback just trolling. Trolls don’t get approved comments.
Below is the playlist for this effort. Some have already been published and others are brand new never seen before content. Bookmark this playlist or better yet – subscribe!