When it comes to filming and editing, I like to keep things traditional. When I think of YouTube, what personally comes to mind is people filming themselves using webcams and cell phones, opening a window into their private lives to the rest of the world for the sake of entertaining humanity and having a fun hobby on the side. If the best times you have in life are with your friends, it's understandable you'd want to showcase those fun times as a form of art.
These days, YouTube is asking me if I'd like to try its "YouTube TV" program, and it has a paid show service called YouTube Red. Smosh, an inspiring YouTube channel I've been a fan of for years, went from being a simple, low-budget comedy crew mainly starring two close friends, to a whole crew of professional actors with fancy filming equipment. The two friends who started Smosh aren't even on the same channel together anymore because they were divided over the direction of it going from a fun, lucrative hobby, to a scripted, overproduced business. (Edit: they reunited in 2023 and began filming videos together again!) In other words, YouTube is moving in a more "TV" direction, but not everyone is changing and going along with it.
Me? I like to keep it old school. While I've since upgraded, I started with a webcam, an old GoPro, and a cell phone, but I don't need professional-grade movie equipment to film with because I'm not on television or the silver screen, I'm on YouTube -- the same YouTube which is famous for funny cat videos, informative how-to videos, and other classic content that we've all grown to love since its original inception. My simple equipment is up-to-date enough so that it still bears the traditional style and quality of nostalgic YouTube while maintaining a 1080 HD 60fps viewing experience for all to enjoy.
As far as video editing goes, I like keeping that simple as well. I don't believe in putting multiple fancy effects in the videos, or having random memes or words pop up during the footage. I don't feel any of it's necessary when you're doing your own thing like I do on the No Deo Hero channel. I'm not mainstream, nor do I follow trends, and I want to keep it that way. I'm always going to be that tight-knit, eccentric group of friends having fun together in my own creative way, no matter what. I actually turned down a contract offer from a major multi-channel network for that very reason.
Being the only person who edits the videos may sound tedious and overwhelming, but it's actually really fun to me. I'm very proud of the progress this channel has made in the two years it's been around for, and all of its videos, both on and off YouTube, serve as pleasant memories of the good times I've had with my friends. If I'm laughing out loud while I'm editing our content, I know that people are going to wind up laughing at the final result once they watch it!
A big thanks to everyone for watching and supporting me for over two years now; it means a lot! 3K subscribers is an appreciated accomplishment, and it's all thanks to you for being fans. There's plenty more in store from us, so stick around!