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How to Make a Professional Music Video at Home

  1. 1. ==== ====Country music is the most enjoyable to relax and ====How to Create Your Own Professional Music Video from HomeToday, many who go web-surfing run into spoof music videos that get millions of views. Sadly,more than half of those people who got 1,000,000+ views missed an opportunity of earning$20,000 or more from just that YouTube upload. Why is this so? I will let you know near the end ofthis article. Shall we get back to the topic?For those who think it isnt possible to make a high quality music video from home like the onesyou see on television, I am here to tell you that it IS possible to make even BETTER videos. Youmay not be able to create one as good on the first try, but again who is? It takes perfection;following these 5 steps:Step 1: MusicOf course a music video isnt a music video without music. Find an instrumental that you want tocreate a song to and download it. A good program that I recommend for downloadinginstrumentals would be Frostwire. You can download it from It is completely free todownload and use. Or so it was the last time I checked. Be careful when downloading fromFrostwire though. The first two or three files at the top are usually tricks, but you can easily tellthem apart. The false ones usually match your search phrase word for word, letter for letter, andare lower case. Also check the file size to the right of each result. Instrumentals and songs areusually at an average file size of 1,000 Kb for each minute of a song. So if an instrumental yourelooking for is about 3 minutes long, the file size should be around 3,000 Kb. The false ones at thetop are usually at a small file size, around 10-30 kb.I used to use Frostwire until I began creating my own music with music production software. If youwant to make money from YouTube, I suggest you make your own instrumentals like I do. Anyonecan learn to make a simple beat. Some good music production software I recommend to use forthe PC would be Fruity Loops Studio. The latest version is FL Studio 9, but FL Studio 5, 6, 7, and8 are just as good. If you want to pay for it, you can buy it at your local computer store or online, but if you want it for free, I suggest you use Frostwire, since it can also downloadprograms for free too. For the Mac users, your computer should already come with a musicproduction software called GarageBand. In my opinion, GarageBands instruments sound moreprofessional than Fruity Loops. Both programs have user manuals available in the help menu andGarageband has a beginner tutorial. For any other tutorials, I suggest that you search YouTube forFruity Loops Beginner Tutorials or Garageband beginner tutorials.Other PC Music Production softwares include Reason, Sonar, and Nuendo. Another Mac musicproduction software is Logic Pro. The music industry itself specializes mainly with a software
  2. 2. called Protools. Its compatible with both PC and Mac, but is usually the software preferred forstudio recording. If you decide to use Protools at all, I recommend that you buy it rather thandownloading it for many reasons. Trust me on this one.Step 2: LyricsOf course, music videos dont ALWAYS have lyrics, but if you do decide to, make sure you writelyrics to the instrumental and keep them for the studio recording, which we will get to later. (Lyricaltip: Keep your lyrics fairly clean and it may be more marketable! Make it hilarious or comical, and itmay get more plays! Ex. Search "White and Nerdy" on YouTube)Step 3: Home Studio (Session) RecordingThe best software for studio session recording starters is Cool Edit Pro. Cool Edit Pro is only PCcompatible though. I learned it on my own through experimentation, but for tutorials, Im sure youcan find them on YouTube. There is also a user manual in the help menu. You can also downloadCool Edit Pro for free using Frostwire. For the Mac users, once again, congratulations! You canrecord yourself using Garageband! To do so after you have finished creating your instrumental onGarageband, at the top click Track> New Track> Real Instrument> Create. You will noticethat on the left, a track for recording appears that is titled "No Effects". If you have a microphoneplugged in, test it out by speaking into it. The green bar next to "No Effects" should rise everytimeyou speak. If not, check your System Preferences for Sound and switch to Built-In Mic/InternalMicrophone. Most Mac laptops have a built-in microphone. Most of them are found on the leftspeaker at the bottom right side, but only on laptops. For PC laptops, your microphone may befound in the top of the monitor in the middle, left, or right corner.For more advanced users, session recordings can be done with Protools. You can buymicrophones, but the cheap ones are usually not good recording microphones at all. If you have abuilt-in microphone, youre in luck; because believe it or not, it is better than most microphonesunder $50. Just make sure you adjust the volumes of each separate recording you do accordingly,regardless of which mic you use. You can make a bad mic sound much better than it does byaltering the volumes.P.S Tip: How to AutotuneUnfortunately, I only know how to do Autotune with the Fruity Loops users and the Garagebandusers. For the FL users, you have to download a plug-in called Antares and drag it into FruityLoops. As for the Mac and Garageband users..... you guys are very lucky. GarageBand comeswith a built-in Autotuning system. To use it, at the top click Track> New Track> RealInstrument> Create. If your Audio Region at the bottom is not visible, at the top, clickControl> Show Editor, or just press Apple+E. Turn the "Enhance Tuning" in your Audio Regionall the way up. Then look just below that switch, and check in the box "Limit to Key".Step 4: Recording the videoTo record the video, youre going to need a decent quality camera. But just because you have adecent quality camera alone doesnt mean that the video is going to be great. Its all about howyou put it together. As far as quality goes, I recommend the Jazz Elite HD Portable Camera for
  3. 3. starters. Its a $500 high definition camera, but you can get it for only $240 I havent found a cheaper high definition video camera online yet,but if I do, I will let you know. Also, looking into getting a tripod would help for stabilization. Youcan find those at Wal-mart for pretty low prices.Also, if youre trying to make money on YouTube, make sure to keep other company productslogos and titles out of the video as much as possible. YouTube can prevent money making fromalmost any logo being shown publicly in your video. This also includes logos on shirts, so justmake sure that whatever clothing you choose to wear for the video, that the emblems or logos ofyour shirts producers are not visible.Step 5: Putting the video togetherHook up your camera to the computer and transport all of your video clips in a folder. For PC videoproduction beginners, I recommend using Windows Movie Maker. It comes with every Windowscomputer. If you cant find it, just click Start (or the windows icon for Vista users) at the bottom leftside of the screen. Go to Programs> Accesssories> Windows Movie Maker, or Programs>Accessories> Entertainment> Windows Movie Maker. If you cant find it in either of thoseplaces, go to My Computer, open up the Local Drive (usually C:), and go to the Program Filesfolder. Look for a folder called Windows Movie Maker and look for the startup icon. For Mac users,there is iMovie. The video clips can be dragged or imported into both of these programs to use. Ifyour PC or Mac came with the Adobe Collection, you may also use Adobe Premiere Pro, which iscompatible with both computers. Adobe After Effects is a more advanced software to use forspecial effects, but you can easily learn it through 10 short tutorials at A muchmore advanced video editor is Final Cut Pro for the Mac users, used by real industry moviemakers.There are video tutorials for all of these softwares on YouTube, but, in my opinion, Windows MovieMaker is ridiculously easy to use; but Adobe Premiere has more tools and effects that you can doto your video. Adobe Premiere also has green screen keying, which Movie Maker does not have. Ifyou are looking to make music video production or music production a future career, I suggest youlook into a college called Full Sail University. It is known as the "Harvard of Entertainment andMedia Schools" and has one of the three best film programs in the world and the top 5 RecordingArts programs in the country. It is a high-paced school, and you can receive your Bachelors ineither program in 20 months. To look further into this school, visit the Full Sail website.Make sure you render your video in a high quality setting too. "Rendering" just means saving thevideo in video format. The higher the quality, the longer it may take to finish saving the video, but itmay be worth it. If you have the Jazz Elite HD Portable Camera, you may not have to worry aboutquality as much.Extra Step: Earn Money Through YouTubeTo earn money, simply reach over 200,000 views with your video. YouTube will send youinstructions on how to set it up and will review your video to make sure that there are no copyrightinfringements.But as for music videos in general, Ive seen the best and Ive seen the worst. The quality of the
  4. 4. final product all comes down to how you use these tools to the best of your creative ability. Showlaziness in production, and lazy is how the final product will appear to be. Happy music making!Zachary EstersCEO/ Country Boi Entertainment MusicLogo Designer/ Light ProductionsFilm Student / Full Sail UniversityArticle Source: ====Country music is the most enjoyable to relax and ====