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Relicans Summer Camp Week 1: Video Week


| πŸ• Challenge: Create a 5 minute video talking about something technical that you learned in the past three months and share it on YouTube.

Don't worry about the camera, don't worry about the knowledge, our goal with this challenge is to get you started with creating videos. Use your phone camera, laptop camera, or what ever you have available to create - and feel free to edit, add graphics, what ever you want. When it comes to what you're talking about, feel free to go into as much depth or as top level as you feel comfortable. We promise that no matter how expert you feel about a topic, your unique insight is what makes your video new and unique.

What should I use?

Try not to sweat the equipment right now. Our goal with this challenge is to get you started with creating videos, not collecting gadgets! Use whatever you have available to create - and remember you can always add to your process later.

If you're interested in taking your videos to the next level, we recommend investing in your audio equipment. Here are some microphone's we recommend:

TONOR Gaming Mic with Tripod

Mini Portable Vocal Microphone [Ali has one and says it works really well!]

Saramonic Smart Mic [should be phone compatable]

What should film my video about?

It's a daunting task to film your first video - what should I say? What should I make it about? Remember, this is only your first video - what's most important is that you're starting your journey. If you're not sure what exactly to talk about - take a look around. What are some concepts you learned recently? What's something - a phone, a movie, or a television show - you're really excited to talk about?

What should I say in my video?

There's a lot you can say - take some time before you start recording to write down an outline of what you're going to say. There's no need to script out exactly what you're going to say, but instead think ahead about what higher level points you will cover. Here's an example of an outline Ali put together for a video she's working on.

A lined piece of paper that contains an outline of a script by Ali, bullet pointed

It's a little messy, but notice how instead of having exact words and paragraphs of text, it's instead quick quotes about things she will be talking about. What's most important is that you find a script style that works for you - whether that's completely forgoing writing a script and talking from the top of your head, or writing out every sentence that you will say word for word.

Editing Your Video

Editing is not a mandatory step but adds to the quality of your video. Starting out, a good editor will have the ability to trim clips, move orders, and adjust audio as necessary. Mac and Windows based computers come with their own native editing software - and now, with the progress of mobile applications, you can also edit videos on your phones.

Here are some tutorials we thought would be helpful for beginners, as well as editing apps for mobile devices that we've used and enjoyed in the past:

iMovie (on Mac and iOS) [Tutorial]

Windows Movie Maker (on Windows) [Tutorial]

Splice (on iOS and Android) [Tutorial]

CapCut (on iOS and Android) [Tutorial]

| πŸ• Bonus Challenge: try adding text to your video!

Upload to YouTube

Finally, upload the video to your YouTube channel.

Remember, this is not a game of showing off, but instead the first stepping stone on your journey. Views are not the important metric here, but instead, it's the fact that your published your first video. Be proud of this achievement!

Share the video with friends, family, and the whole world!

Next Steps

Share it here on by July 9th! We want to see your amazing work! Be sure to include #RelicansSummerCamp on your video so we can find it on YouTube. :)

Discussion (7)

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ChaelCodes • Edited on

I'll release mine Thursday or Friday! What's the deadline? I'm thinking about making it about git commands. Like amend, fixup, rebase, etc.

What if I name it, "You can do better than git add ."? Or maybe, "why you shouldn't use git add ."

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Pachi πŸͺ (she/her/ela)

I believe the deadline is Friday

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Oscar Romero


um I had some technical difficulty but I got it done!

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Captain Ellie Author

So exciting! You did better than me.... πŸ™ƒ

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Mia Moore

You killed it!! You're officially a YouTuber :)

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Pachi πŸͺ (she/her/ela)

I am soo excited about this week!
Such a great post about video creation!

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Pachi πŸͺ (she/her/ela)

I can't think about any technical thing I have learned in the last 3 months.. D:
Tho I did just gave a lightening talk on APMs πŸ€”