Travelling can be hard for your YouTube channel.
For some people, going on the road is a holiday. For other people, going on the road is a time to make even more videos based around your travels, or to continue making your usual YouTube channel updates while away from your home base.
For some people this is something simple like taking a camera and recording video diaries to post on the internet while you’re on your road trip, and that’s fine. However, if you are insistent on a certain degree of audio-visual quality more in line with the videos you would ordinarily post, there are a few things that you will probably need to know.
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1. Get A Laptop
Firstly, you’re going to need your laptop, preferably on long life battery or with some way of charging it. This probably seems obvious but a lot of the stuff that you will do to make videos is quite intensive with a laptop.
Believe me, I know. I have only used laptops on my own YouTube channel work for the last 5+ years and while you can run Sony Vegas, Adobe Premier, Photoshop, Audacity, and the internet all together on a laptop with no problem (maybe a little slower than on a desktop) you want to make sure it has the battery to keep you going.
2. Get & Stay Connected
Secondly, unless you have done all of the planning and have every image or video clip you need to make your video already, you’ll probably want a mobile internet dongle. It will probably be pretty expensive, especially if you’re downloading music/videos with it, but it’s a must if you’re making up the editing as you go along.
You’ll want an external hard drive to which you have everything saved and backed up in the event that your computer is stolen or damaged. One with enough space to hold everything you need, including your production software, that is also small enough to be hidden in your glove compartment, or under the car seat.
3. Get Portable Recording Gear
Now we wanna get onto recording your video. First, is obviously your camera and microphone, but I would strongly recommend using older equipment or buying new equipment that is cheaper and slightly more disposable.
While you may have a slight drop in quality with your on road videos, it’s absolutely preferable to taking a high end microphone or camera on the road where it could easily get stolen.
The next thing you’ll want is a portabooth. You use it in the same way you’d use a regular recording booth, to stop outside noise from interfering with your audio recording. Especially if you’ve parked your car on the side of a motorway.
Record all your audio with that booth, while it won’t be as good as other booths you can get and the lack of a controlled environment probably won’t help you either, it will be a lot better than hearing every member of the Sons of Anarchy speeding down the highway while you’re trying to record your video.
Also, take it from me, get CCTV and a monitor so that you can see exactly whats going on around your car while you’re filming or resting, aside from it also helping you in the event of an accident, it’s the best way to maintain security while recording your videos. Especially if you are not with a friend or friends.
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These are the most obvious tips for recording your videos on the road, you may also want to look into covers to black the windows and lights for inside, particularly if you’re recording inside your car, which is not uncommon for people who are sleeping in their car on long road trips.
It’s better for your video quality but also getting a nights rest before you move on to your next location to shoot at.
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