Channel Review I may be setting myself up for a beating. Tell me what you think.

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  1. Ceorge_Christofi

    Ceorge_Christofi Member TubeBuddy Star

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    Ok. I think I'm ok. I'm not brilliant, I'm not the funniest, I'm not shocking and I don't swear on camera. I'm having some self doubts though. My channel is one that is fairly niche in the fact that I deal with old and new electronics but not in a funny or complicated way. So come on... Bring me down to earth and tell me whats wrong and right.

    Self Review: This channel is one that is fairly similar to a lot of the others in the genre without the deep south accents. I feel it fits the genre well but from a different angle because of the variation in subjects. Its not just one radio, next radio, next radio but some reviews, some kit builds and some just for fun stuff mixed in. There are some guinea pig videos too, to show that underneath the stiff hairy face upper lip there is actually some humour too. I think the old thumbnails showed consistency but have recently been changed to Up The Game and to give a little better insight as to the video content.

    The videos are longer than a lot of others on YouTube but not as long as others in the genre which makes a change because you can still enjoy a complex subject without getting brain fried. Also, things are explained in laymans terms so anyone can understand whats going on without needing a Phd in electrical engineering.

    Audio wise there has been an improvement from the earlier videos and it is easy to hear what is being said. It's not perfect but its pretty good.

    There is a main video that comes out every Friday and usually one or two shorter snippet type videos that are mostly electronics related but not OTT nerdy that you get fed up with same old same old.

    On the whole, Its a channel that I can watch every video without fast forwarding or clicking away from.



    Link to Channel: http://www.youtube.com/c/GeorgeChristofi

    Link to other Review Post: https://community.tubebuddy.com/index.php?threads/new-youtuber-needs-help.14015/
     


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  2. GraphicsCow

    GraphicsCow Newbie Member

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    I watched several videos on your channel before this review, and I must say, your channel is surprisingly enjoyable. I say surprisingly mainly because I don't find the topics too interesting. What I really enjoy about your channel is your personality. I believe if you keep going, you could easily get a lot of people watching your stuff purely for you. The microphone sounds great, your voice is calming, and it matches well with the videos you make. Although I said before that I'm not very interested in the topics, I find it nice that despite not being too great when it comes to tinkering with technology, I can follow what you're doing.

    I don't know if you would want to do so, but I think vlog-ish types of videos could also work on your channel in addition to the normal videos you make. Of course, priority would remain over the tech videos you make, though I think videos on your life could be interesting. This leads me to the hamster videos. I like the videos, as they're quite carefree and wholesome, though I do wish you put more of you in it. I think it would be nice having you talk about topics while showing us your hamsters.

    As for video length, I honestly do like the shorter bite-sized videos. This is mainly because of my disinterest in the technology tinkering aspect of the videos. However, despite me not usually watching anything from this genre of video, I still found your channel entertaining. I think you should continue these longer tutorial videos along with shorter videos, as there could be more people like me who enjoy the videos that are under 10 minutes.

    Audio wise, like I said earlier, it sounds great. I really don't have much to say in that regard.

    I think what you're doing with your thumbnails is good for gaining an audience. They all have a common theme and are unique to your channel.

    That's about it! Good luck with your channel and I hope you continue making videos!
     


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  3. Ceorge_Christofi

    Ceorge_Christofi Member TubeBuddy Star

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    Many thanks for the review. I was wondering if anyone would pick up the ball because the main topic isn't so mainstream and maybe not of much interest to a lot of people.

    My personality is just me, its how I am which I was hoping would come across in the videos. I'm glad you found them easy to follow. I know electronics and tinkering is a specialised thing and I'm glad that the audio comes across ok. I'm still hypercritical of it myself, just having purchased some pro gear to better the quality even further.

    Vlog type videos are something I have thought about and didn't know if they would be better in the main channel or to start a sub channel. I do have a few ideas for things I could vlog, especially some of my fairly uneventful daily life. Its the same with the guinea pigs, I was thinking that I could do more with the boys but that would have a totally different audience and would probably need a separate channel. I actually did the gp videos for a private facebook group but was asked so many times if I could share them that I put them on YouTube.

    I'm glad you found the shorter videos to your liking. It is a pretty hard thing to balance in the tinkering field because I can end up with hours of footage which some would find fascinating, watching every thing you do down to the minute detail whereas others just browsing would probably click away after the first 30 seconds. I have to be quite vicious in editing to cut things down to less than 15 minutes, to go lower and keep the context is really difficult but I'm trying!

    I'm glad the thumbnails are working, after taking advice from here that having identical thumbs was killing me I went for what I have now which I was hoping would get attention and still be readable on mobile devices.

    Again, I thank you for your review and I will certainly look to making some of the vlog and GP videos to add in.

    George
     


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  4. Photoguy

    Photoguy Newbie Member

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    I think your channel got a lot of potential. Maybe I'm not the perfect audience for you because I only have occational interest of repairing and fidgeting with technology, mostly when I need to repair stuff or are in need of making something customized on my own. But with that said I found your channel interesting.

    Your personality is good, I think it fits for your type of videos. But if you want to appear to a larger audience, and by that I mean younger audience, you should be more witty and spontaneous, but if you don't find it natural then skip it. Or maybe you can do some videos once in a while where you make some silly invention which might serves no purpose at all except for the laughs.

    And then the technical part of your video. It seems like you have a decent camera and sound. Your editing skills are good, but sometimes I see clips of where the workbench is upside down. Like at 1:32 in this video:
    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEXkJ7SOa3A

    The last feedback is about the lighting. There are some hard shadows and also hard light. Like at your face in the video I linked. The lighting in your face is overexposed in the highlights. My suggestion is to have a look at "three point lighting" tutorials like this one:
    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_Sov3xmgwg


    You don't need to use proper cinematic lights (even though you can get some cheap ones on amazon) to get a good lighting for your videos; you can probably use lamps that you have at home and do a decent setup.

    That's my feedback! I hope to see more of your videos and I'll subscribe. Maybe some of my future videos can help you too!
     


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  5. Ceorge_Christofi

    Ceorge_Christofi Member TubeBuddy Star

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    Many thanks for all of your comments. I take note of everything you have said there.

    Witty and spontaneous is sort of hard if you are doing something 'serious' without playing up to the camera which in my case would probably look forced. I do make the odd silly video... 3 adult toys in a bowl of water, melting a ladies friend etc...

    I have been going back and forth with the bench setup and the overhead camera for a while now. the setup is actually now 4 cameras for each video. I have a pair of HD camcorders at each side, the left one being on the end of the bench and the right one on a tripod.

    The overhead camera is a DSLR which has just been given a very wide angle lens so that stuff doesnt go out of shot as often as it has in the past. I am still trying to work out which way it should point. At the moment the view is from the front of the bench (at the top of the frame) but It would be easy enough to invert it and have the front at the bottom of the frame. Ideally I was aiming for a perfect overhead shot but sheer mechanics have conspired to make it the way it is!

    The camera on my face (up to now) has been an old SD camera, the output ran into handbrake to convert the video to a format adobe liked and then shrunk/stretched/warped as needed. The camera has just been replaced and I'm just setting up to make the first full 1080p on all cameras video! I know the old one looked like a dogs droppings but that camera had only cost me a pound at a charity shop. Now I have another HD unit with more flexibility in recording parameters it should be better.

    Lighting is an issue I do know. At the moment the bench is strongly lit from the left side and rear and the room lighting is 'bright' to say the least. I am trying to avoid lighting behind me so as not to look like a silouette, but the bench lighting could probably get tamed down a notch or two with some diffusers to take out the harshness. I have disabled 50% of the direct overhead lighting because it was actually cooking the dslr and not actually contributing to the lighting in a meaningful way. I actually have the diffusion sheets from a couple of lcd tv panels on the shelf, I might see if they will tame things down without catching fire from the temperature! I do have a couple of lighting sets for photography which I used to bring in to earlier videos but they were not quite right and also the fact that I share the space with the family dining table means I have to break down after every session so it isn't a 'permanent set'.

    Again, many thanks for your time taken in watching and reviewing my channel.

    All the best, George
     


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