My First Product Unboxing Video for YouTube

October 31, 2013 in YouTube

Monetize YouTube ChannelsIf you’ve ever looked up product review videos on YouTube, you’ve probably come across unboxing videos. If you don’t know what an unboxing video is, it’s simply a video where someone records the opening of a product they received in the mail. Usually it’s not even a review of the product, however some people will include a review afterwards.

I’ve always been fascinated by how many views these unboxing videos get. And since I’m always looking to make more YouTube videos, I decided to make my first unboxing video. The timing was perfect because the UPS truck just delivered a Kamerar FF-3 Follow Focus that I ordered. I waited a couple of days while I planned the shots in my head. I never script out or storyboard any of my videos. I usually shoot my YouTube videos with a Canon SX200 digital camera which has a nice wide lens for closeup product shots. That’s what I used for this video and it works well. I’m usually just behind the camera and speak close to the camera because this camera doesn’t have a microphone input.

With that said, I was going to narrate the video like I usually do but I thought I’d just let the visuals carry the message. So I made this video with no narration, just music that I got from YouTube. You can read more about using free music from YouTube here.

If you don’t know what a follow focus is, then the product probably won’t make sense to you. But basically, a follow focus is a device that (typically) attaches to a video camera with a lens like on a DSLR. The follow focus then allows focus adjustment via a large knob that is offset on the side of the camera rather than on the lens itself. This allows a 2nd camera operator to make focus adjustments allowing the primary camera operator to concentrate on framing the shot.

Anyways, here’s the premiere of my first unboxing video on YouTube. Read the rest of this entry →

Download Royalty Free Music For YouTube Videos

October 25, 2013 in Tutorials, YouTube

Monetize YouTube ChannelsLast month, I decided that I was going to start increasing the number of videos I upload to YouTube. I mainly produce tutorials and product reviews. The problem I always had was finding free music to use in my videos without having to worry about copyright or paying fees. If you do a Google search for royalty free music, you’ll find lots of websites claiming “royalty free” and ‘free-to-use” music. However, most of them are not really free to use or they have some kind of copyright or attribution attached to them.

However, as I started going through my Video Manager on YouTube, I noticed a tab labelled “Creation Tools” towards the bottom of the left sidebar. Clicking into it reveals the new music library offered by YouTube where you can download free music to use in videos. I did a little research on this music and I think YouTube already offered royalty free music but this is the first time where you can actually download the tracks and store them on your computer.


The reason why I’m excited about the music found in YouTube’s Creation Tools is that I can use that music in videos I intend to monetize. I can’t monetize a YouTube video if the video contains copyrighted material I don’t own. I have had a few videos in the past I tried to monetize but YouTube was able to identify the music track and then ask me to provide proof that I either own or have permission to use that music before monetization would become active. These were tracks I believe I had rights to use as long as I attributed the composer or artist. Here are the Terms and Conditions for using the music: Read the rest of this entry →