My YouTube Workflow

My YouTube Workflow

Even though I'm only about one month into my YouTube channel, I thought some people might interested in how I go about creating and uploading the videos and thumbnails.

To summarize the video above, the process goes like this:

Record the video using OBS, usually only involves one file but there are a few times I needed to start and stop again.

If multiple recordings were done, concat them together using the demuxer concat method.

Find the timestamp in seconds in my video for the plug. (a.k.a like, sub, blah blah)

Run the video through my finalize video script to add in the fade in and out, overlay the sub animation, and append the outro.

While it's processing, I take a dumb snapshot with a webcam.

Edit snapshot in Gimp

  • Do a little color correction and probably brighten the image.
  • Crop it down to 1280x720, keeping my face to the right side of the image.
  • Add text to the left side of the image, usually some variant of the video title.
  • Put a box behind the text to give them some contrast.
  • Apply an image if applicable. (ex. FFmpeg logo, YouTube logo)
  • ... That's it, usually takes like five minutes.

Quickly check over the video once it's done processing.

Upload if it looks good.

Do the usual SEO stuff (tags, description, title)

Add thumbnail exported from Gimp

Once the video is processed on YouTube, add the end screen where the fade-in starts.

Add any cards if applicable, such as references to other videos. I always add the relevant playlist to the start of the video.


That's it for now. Once I get consistent lighting in my office, I'm gonna add proper color correcting to the finalization script.

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