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We're using WordPress host at siteground.com. We've found wordpress to be the most flexible platform with tons and tons of themes and plug-ins for just about any need.
This FAQ is a plugin, in fact. 👍🏼
We get asked fairly often about how to get the music in our videos. We use EpidemicSound.com, Musicbed.com, and Artlist.io for all of our music under a creator's license (royalty-free). We know that some of the tracks are in iTunes, but many are not. The best way to find out is to use the Shazam app or ask Siri “what's this song” (Siri uses Shazam) as the music part plays in our video. If it's available, Shazam should recognize it and show you where you can download it.
We use Final Cut Pro X for our primary editing and Apple Motion for our stinger / intro.
Between the two of us, we have 2.5 full-time jobs. 😳 I (chad) work in IT (systems integration and automation development) as an independent consultant. Both of us work on the channel full time, putting about 50-60 hours a week (each) into it. It's a LOT of work! Nomad life is a great fit and we're so happy we can share it through our content! 😊
Our primary camera is a Canon R5 Full Frame Mirrorless with RF 13-35mm F2.8 and RF 24-105mm F4 and the Rode Video Mic Pro Plus (VMP+). We mount this on a DJI Ronin RSC 2 (gimbal) whenever practical (almost never) to get smooth footage.
We use a GoPro Hero 8 and three GoPro Hero7's for some vlog-mode shots and as a secondary angle camera when using the Canon if the light is good. When we're walking around filming something like an RV show, the Canon / Ronin, and GoPro 8 are what we use most.
On the motorcycle (Lucille), we use three GoPro Hero7s. One mounted in a Karma Grip (Tara manually filming), and two mounted in various locations using Go Pro Jaws Flex Clamps, as well as the GoPro Hero 8 on the handlebars.
For aerial (drone) shots, we use the DJI Mavic Air 2.
For voice audio, we have this Sarmonic wireless lavalier mic kit.
Editing is one of the most time-consuming aspects of running a youtube channel for sure! Editing will take more or less time depending on how particular one is about audio, color grading, timing, etc. Most professional editors will say about 1 to 1.5 hours per minute of edited video, and that's about right. For us, a 30-minute video takes about 40 hours of editing. If you don't know, Tara does all of our editing and takes great pride in the quality of our videos. She has gotten faster over the last couple of years, but it just takes a lot of time to make a good video! I've seen Tara spend a whole day just finding the right music! But, editing is only part of the equation when it comes to an overall channel.
Every video starts with a plan. That plan can take between an hour and up to several hours depending on the detail and research involved.
Follow that with several hours of filming, depending on what it is. Sometimes the filming takes place over several days for projects and such. Sometimes the video is filmed while we're out seeing a new place, going on a ride, etc. Even that takes time to set up. We run 4 cameras for every ride! Then the “talk” portion has to be filmed also.
Once everything is “in the can”, Tara starts the editing process to tell the story of what we're trying to convey. That part is a real art, and she has gotten better and better over time in my humble opinion! That process usually includes 2-3 watch-thru sessions with both of us, making tweaks, then a final watch before uploading.
After upload comes writing the blog post and description for youtube, adding all of the metadata, links and so on. Then, the video, blog post, and social media posts are written and everything is scheduled for release.
Once a video is released, we read every comment, reply where appropriate, answer emails, comments on social media, etc. That part goes on every day, but is most busy on Monday, after a video release. About 20 hours a week is spent just managing social media. More if we make posts during the week.
Those are just the things related to a video. There's a lot more involved on the business side (partnerships, etc).
Long story short, when we're not out doing “stuff”, we're working on the Channel. Always trying to do just a little bit better than last week! I (chad) work a 9-5 during the week, working on the channel on breaks, lunch, and after work till around 9 or 10 at night. Tara gets up way before I do ? , and works all day editing, resting when she needs to (for her chronic Lyme). All told, we put over 100 hours a week between the two of us into the channel and we hope to make it our primary income at some point where I can quit the 9-5 and focus on the channel. ?
Our video files are super important to us. Not only the videos waiting to be edited but also our past source media and project files. Sometimes we talk about a place or event long after that video is released and it's nice to have access to that footage for B-Roll in a current video. But that's TONS of data (currently about 30TB and growing constantly) and we live on cellular data. It's definitely a challenge to make sure we always make sure we have two copies of everything in separate locations. This is the process we've come up with:
- After every shooting day, the contents of our SD cards are copied to our 60TB Synology NAS (48TB effective) Files are organized as:
/YYYYMMDD-Location(or Event)/MMDD-Event/CameraName (e.g.
20190523-MesaVerde/0525-RideToDurago/(GoPro1, GoPro2, Canon, etc.)) (1 copy but on NAS which has redundant drives)
- The NAS is Synced (using GoodSync) to my laptop into a Dropbox folder. This starts the process of syncing to Dropbox automatically. (3 copies – NAS, Laptop, Dropbox)
- Once Dropbox has finished syncing, I mark the folder(s) as “offline only”. This free's up space on my local laptop, but files still appear to be local. (2 copies – NAS, Dropbox)
- Once the footage is used in a video, it is moved to an “Archive X” (X being a sequential number) folder (still on Dropbox but outside the “Active” footage folder). This move is done on my laptop (and Dropbox) as well as the NAS. The “Active” and “Archive X” folders are always identical. (2 copies – NAS, Dropbox)
- Once “Archive X” reaches just under 4TB, it is copied (from the NAS) to an external drive (WD portable hard drive). The NAS Copy is deleted and my local (Dropbox) folder is marked to not sync. The files stay in dropbox. (2 copies – Portable HD, Dropbox). A new folder “Archive X+1” is created for the next round.
This process ensures we have diverse local copies while the footage is new or recently used and cloud (Dropbox) copies of everything all the time. We also store our project (FCPX) files for future use.
Due to some recent health issues and upcoming treatments, we're scaling back on things this year and decided to pull the plug on our insider program… We're not sure if or when we'll re-launch it. Right now, we're just focusing on our video content. 👍🏼