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2018 April/May/June Update:

As you know, most of the year I publish 2 to 3 articles a day.

However, every year during convention season, I take a break from that to go full swing CosPlay.

From early April 2018 to late June 2018, article posting schedule will be sporadic, while CosPlay Season and Convention events are going full swing.

During this time period, you can expect most, possible all new articles to be focused on costume making, CosPlay, and the characters I'm CosPlaying.

UPDATE: It's now divided into 7 pages. The primary page "Meet Avallach" is now over 20,000 words long. At this rate, it'll cross 60,000 long before the costume is finished, and that's not including the other 5 pages. The primary page has now crossed 60,000 89,000 words and counting, the whole set of Avallac'h pages are now more than 200,000 words long, and more then 500 pictures of Avallac'h and his friends have now been uploaded on these pages, plus there are now 400+ hour-long videos f the costume making process as we record live, every second of this insanely elaborate, over the top CosPlay project.

As of May 19, just 29 days to PortCon we are embroidering his blue coat in a countdown against the clock to finish in time for the event, while we pray that The Dazzling Razzberry will be re-weilded back together and drivable in time for PortCon, after it's recent vandalism by Old Orchard Beach's ever growing Ku Klux Klan problem.

There will still be daily updates, but the BULK of the daily updates will be limited to the pages linked here:

  1. The Avallac'h CosPlay: Who is Avallac'h?
  2. Obsession: Meet Avallac'h
  3. [NSFW] Avallac'h & His Nude Women | Witcher 3 Game Screenshots
  4. Historical Accuracy vs Avallac'h (to go live later this summer)
  5. The Avallac'h CosPlay Costume Making Vlogs (will go live AFTER finishing the costume)
  6. How To Make The Avallac'h CosPlay (will go live AFTER PortCon)
  7. How Much Did It Cost? ($800+ will run to around $3,000) Budgeting The Avallac'h CosPlay (eing written as the costume is being made, will go live after completion of the costume)
  8. Why do children CosPlay rapists & rape victims? & WHY Avallac'h is a M18+ character. 
  9. PortConMaine 2018
  10. On Being a Handicapped CosPlayer: A Look At Events of PortConMaine 2017 That Resulted In 3 Disabled CosPlayers Getting hurt at The Convention and How These Things Could Have Been Avoided


After PortCon Update:

PortCon 2018 is over... but the making of the Avallac'h CosPlay is not. It is not possible to make a costume as detailed as I'm making in fewer then 400 hours, and only 129 hours went into the simplified first run version you saw at PortCon'18. The complete version will not be seen until PortCon'19

If you want to see this costume in person and watch it's progression onward as I continue to expand it... I'll be wearing it at the monthly Maine Association of CosPlay Enthusiasts (M.A.C.E.) events, throughout 2018 and 2019, you are welcome to join us. The list of current events can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/293470827423558/events/ This list is updated monthly, so be sure to check back often to find all the dates, locations, and details of events.


YouTube Vlogging vs SBI Content Creation & How To Embed Videos




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YouTube Vlogging vs SBI Content Creation & How To Embed Videos

What should I use to put video on my site?



What should I use to put video on my site?

 #1390535  by Judith from enjoy-englewood-florida.com 
 17 Jan 2018 10:35

Hi Everyone

I don't think this should be so difficult, but I find it very, very confusing and frustrating.

I have had a Youtube account for years. I have uploaded several videos but find Youtube hard to edit with. I have read through and tried to follow the instructions given here http://sbitips.sitesell.com/using-free- ... ditor.html but my YT account looks different. 

I uploaded a couple of videos to Vimeo yesterday to see what it was like. But I cannot do any editing without paying, right? Or can you do video editing with Vimeo? It is not that expensive for the first upgrade so I wouldn't mind, but I would like to know what I can do first, their info doesn't seem that clear. Or is Vimeo just for video sharing?  

I should say what I would like to do, then maybe some of you can give me a little advise:

1. Do some snipping.
2. Add text.
3. Add background music or voice over.
4. Brighten things up as I have a Sony Handycam that takes rather dark video.
5. Embed on my site and share on social, FB in particular.
6. When video ends, ideally display more of my own videos.

Any suggestions would so be appreciated. Thank you!

Best
Judy
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YouTube Vlogging vs SBI Content Creation & How To Embed Videos

I've never used Vimeo so I can't comment on that, because I know nothing about it. 

But I have 2,000+ videos uploaded on my YouTube account (I'm a daily vlogger and sporadic gamer & booktuber) and all of them embedded on my pages on my site, so I can tell you what it is I personally do and maybe that'll help you out?

I'm recording and uploading videos daily, been doing it for a few years now, so I've got quite a bit of equipment I'm working with that contributes to things like sound and lighting when it's recording. Plus I've got this whole big office that has a monster state of the art gaming rig computer with capture cards and recording equipment all set up for YouTube gaming and streaming and stuff like that. So, I'm doing YouTube kind of as a full-time side job, in addition to my content writing on SBI which is my full-time "day job". so my YouTube situation is a bit different then, if I was just making a few videos here and there. 

YouTube gaming is a bit different then making videos to go with articles, So, I'm possibly working with equipment and methods that you have no intention of getting into, and thus, this info, might be, not helpful for your situation? I don't know.

But yeah, I'll tell you what it is I do, and maybe it'll help you out. I'm not sure how much of this would translate into info you are actually looking for. But here it goes...

>>I have uploaded several videos but find Youtube hard to edit with. I have read through and tried to follow the instructions given here http://sbitips.sitesell.com/using-free- ... ditor.html but my YT account looks different. 

YouTube just did a MAJOR site change overhaul in October 2017, they just did another smaller one January 19, 2018 (2 days ago) and they said another one is coming up in February 2018, so the SBI how to, is probably out of date now.

The YouTube Editor, used to do all kinds of cool stuff and, last time I used it, they had removed most all of the options and was only just very basic, only letting you, cut pieces out of your video, and saving it as a shorter video.

For the longest time I thought I had to edit my videos with YouTube Editor, and so my oldest videos are pretty poor quality as a result, and I didn't realize how poor quality they were until I discovered how to edit videos with video editing software. Now I look back at my old videos and wonder: "WOW! Why did anyone start following me for those? The quality is terrible! Why didn't I know how bad these were!"   

I do all my editing now on a seperate video editing program that I bought.

>>Do some snipping.

>>Add text.

>>Add background music or voice over.

>>Brighten things up as I have a Sony Handycam that takes rather dark video.

All of those things can be done with VideoPad. It's the program I use. It's a very user friendly/beginner friendly video editing program. It does all kinds of special effects, fade ins, and stuff too. If you really get into the more advanced settings, you can create all these amazing moving graphic effects in the background... once I discovered I could make my videos look like a 1970s pop art psycodellicsquirl gong on behind me in the video... and went wild with that for a while. Then I found out I could do picture in picture, ad facecams to my video game plays... you can stack image onto image 12 layers deep, and the audio onto audio 12 layers deep. Then you can slap in text, stickers, emojis. gifs, whatever you what.

The basic stuff is very basic and simple to learn. Once you get used to the basic stuff, it's got all kinds of advanced stuff you can learn by playing around with the settings. (I have so much fun playing with the settings on this program. I used to make videos at random before I got this program, than after I start recording EVERYTHING my dog walking, my fish, my hamster, cars driving by... just totally random stuff, just so I could see what I could do with editing them.)

I've used it to make all of my videos since around August 2016. Before that I was just using the Windows Media Editor that was on my laptop (Windows 7, I think it was? I've got a different computer now Windows 10 and Windows Media Editor is not on it). You can really see the difference in video quality between my old videos and newer videos.

It does all sorts of compressing and decompressing, and changing video speeds and HD quality, audio quality, and just everything. Very detailed. You start out with a good quality video and end up with a great quality video, just from tweaking a few settings. Before I bought that program, I had no idea I could do that type of improvements to me videos.

http://www.nchsoftware.com/videopad/index.html

I think I paid $49 for it? Something like that.

It had a free 30 day trial of the FULL program (access to EVERYTHING) (no credit cards required, it just expires once the 30 days it up and you can delete it off your computer if you decide not to buy it)

It basically does everything Sony Vega does (for $800 less - I don't know why Sony Vega cost so much - It's not worth the price tag)

The thing I like about the NCH company, is it's a one guy operation, and he's a magor super geek who's devoted his entire life to these video and photo editing programs he makes. (There are I think 4 other programs). He sends out monthly fixes and updates. And if you ever run into a problem, you click the help button in the program and it sends a message to him directly, and with 48 hours the developer himself is right on top of the problem. You can contact him via support email or support forum, and, just like Ken here on SBI, he's right there to answer your questions and take you step by step through the issue until the problem is fixed. And if it's a problem with the program, he jumps right on finding it, fixing in, and updating the whole system for everyone, not just you. I've never seen a dev so devoted to his software program before. This guy is amazing. (I ran into a problem with the program last year, I was stunned by the devs super on top of it response. Definitely one of the best customer service experiences I've ever had with any company anywhere.)

But yeah. I love VideoPad. I tried several other video programs as well, Videopad is the one I ended up sticking with. It had the easiest learning curve for me. I found most of the others to be too technical and over my head. This one was just much more user friendly for someone like me who knows absolutely nothing about video editing.

>>Brighten things up as I have a Sony Handycam that takes rather dark video.

If you are planning to make videos on any sort of regular daily/weekly basis, you'll want to get a vlogging camera:

Vlogging Camcorder: Canon Vixia HF r700

If you don't know what this is... this camera is designed by YouTube vloggers and made SPECIFICALLY FOR YOUTUBE VLOGGERS!!!! Yay! 

It's the cheapest (inexpensive low cost) high end vlogging camera out there. Costs around $300 (as opposed to the ones which cost around $2,000)

Suggestions, if you did go with this camera:

Definitely get the biggest memory card you can for this. You don't want to be recording for 12 hours and have a card that won't hold 12 hours of footage!

This thing is a battery hog. The battery only lasts about 2 hours tops. I highly recommend you buy 2 EXTRA battery chargers and a minimum if 5 SPARE battery packs (so you have 6 batteries total, giving you 12 hours of battery charge).

It's the top of the line "entry level budget priced camera". Typically goes for only around $350 to $500, depending on the seller and if it comes with "extras" or not. You can sometimes find it used on eBay for about $250.

The price of this has just recently come down, due to the new release of this same camera on an "updated model" (mine is the 57Xzoom edition; they have just released a 70Xzoom). Now that the new 70x edition is out, the 57x edition can usually be found discounted to around $200 to $250 is you shop around a bit. My boyfriend paid $250 for it on eBay - new, never opened, so he basically paid half-price for it.

Each extra battery costs around $30; if you are persistent, you can find deals of "buy a charger and a battery and get a 2nd battery free". I ended up getting 2 chargers and 4 extra batteries for only $60, by spending time to look for deals like this instead of paying full price.

This is a vlogging camer-corder. It does not take photographs, it's strictly a video cam. It's made to fit in the palm of your hand, has hand straps on it to attach it to your wrist for easy carrying while vlogging as you walk/hike/jog

It has a flip screen that flips to any angle, up, down, front, back, side-ways, or tucks into the side if you want to record without the screen open.

BEST FEATURE: Continuous non-stop vlogging. This camera is currently the only camera made that records continuously, for 12 hours non-stop (I tested it to see if it really did, and yes, it really does - yes, I did make a 12 hour long vlog just to test this feature  LOL!) Other cameras shut off automaticly at 15, 30, or 45 minutes depending on the camera.

Additional Info: I don't use a mic; just use whatever came with the camera

Anyways, if you are having trouble recording and you plan to do a lot of recording... you DEFINITELY want to look into this camera

My boyfriend is a professional photographer, so, we've got dozens of camera (including that $2k one I mentioned earlier, the one with a $10k lens) .

Do not go for one of the expensive cameras for YouTube. Not worth it! They overheat. They have short record times. They are heavy and bulky. They have poor battery quality.

The Canon Vixia HF r700, is small, lightweight, amazing zoom, it doesn't overheat, you can it in your pocket. 12 hour record time. Absolute #1 best camera out there for making YouTube videos. If you start looking for a good camera for making YouTube videos, that's the one to go with. 

>>Embed on my site and share on social, FB in particular.


With YouTube, under the video, beside the title, next to the like/dislike buttons, it says "share". When you click that a pop-up opens and shows you several social network icons. You just click the icon, and YouTube sends the video to your social media page.

The current options are: 

>>Blogger (shares it as a video embedded post to your BlogSpot/Blogger blog), 
>>Twitter, 
>>Reddit (you can share directly to your profile, so you don't have to spam subs with videos), 
>>FaceBook (you can share to your profile, or to any page you manage, or any group you are a member of and or manage)
>>StumbleUpon
>>LinkedIn
>>Google+
>>LiveJournal (shares it as a video embedded post to your LJ blog), 
>>Digg
>>Pinterest (shares the video thumbnail)
>>email (to send it via your email)

I use all of those except StumbleUpon and email.

They used to let you share to Tumblr and Delicious as well, but both those options were removed in the big site update they did in October 2017.

The Tumblr shares are being deactivated EVERYWHERE, so I think it's something Tumblr is doing, even here on SBI's social sharing block, the Tumblr share option is no longer active (and I'm not sure if SBI is even aware of it yet, as the icon is still there, but when you try to share a page on an SBI site, you now get an automated error message directly from Tumblr saying sharing is no longer available). Over on Shareaholic and AddThis, the Tumble share buttons are disabled as well, so it's not just YouTube that stopped it. When I went to Tumblr to see what was going on, they gave me a message saying they were "looking into it" and suggested it was an error on their end.

Under the share icons, you will see 2 more options you can click on:

"embed"
"copy"

Copy, copies the link url to your clipboard, so you cam manually make your own html code for it.

embed, gives you an already premade embed code that you just copy, and then paste as it, into your SBI site via an html block.

I used to just use the standard embed code that YouTube gives you, however, I discovered that if you have more then 2 videos on a page it slows down load time of the page significantly. (Most of my BookTube pages, have 10 or more videos embedded, depending on how many chapters were in the book I'm reading, because I read one chapter per video, and a long novel, could have 20 or more chapters, meaning that set of videos would be 20 videos long, thus 20 videos would be embedded on the page!)

So, in searching around for an option that wouldn't slow up load times of my SBI site, I found a java code that grabs the thumbnail from your video and loads that on your page, but does not load the video, UNLESS the person clicks on the thumbnail, and THEN the video loads. 

It's a bit more complicated to set it up, but once you have it on your site, it's super easy to embed your videos on future pages. (Full complete instructions and info written by the code's creator on how to use it can be found here: https://www.labnol.org/internet/light-y ... eds/27941/ )

First you need to take this code:


[CODE]

<script>

    /* Light YouTube Embeds by @labnol */
    /* Web: https://labnol.org/?p=27941 */

    document.addEventListener("DOMContentLoaded",
        function() {
            var div, n,
                v = document.getElementsByClassName("youtube-player");
            for (n = 0; n < v.length; n++) {
                div = document.createElement("div");
                div.setAttribute("data-id", v[n].dataset.id);
                div.innerHTML = labnolThumb(v[n].dataset.id);
                div.onclick = labnolIframe;
                v[n].appendChild(div);
            }
        });

    function labnolThumb(id) {
        var thumb = '<img src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/ID/hqdefault.jpg">',
            play = '<div class="play"></div>';
        return thumb.replace("ID", id) + play;
    }

    function labnolIframe() {
        var iframe = document.createElement("iframe");
        var embed = "https://www.youtube.com/embed/ID?autoplay=1";
        iframe.setAttribute("src", embed.replace("ID", this.dataset.id));
        iframe.setAttribute("frameborder", "0");
        iframe.setAttribute("allowfullscreen", "1");
        this.parentNode.replaceChild(iframe, this);
    }

</script>

<style>
    .youtube-player {
        position: relative;
        padding-bottom: 56.23%;
        /* Use 75% for 4:3 videos */
        height: 0;
        overflow: hidden;
        max-width: 100%;
        background: #000;
        margin: 5px;
    }
    
    .youtube-player iframe {
        position: absolute;
        top: 0;
        left: 0;
        width: 100%;
        height: 100%;
        z-index: 100;
        background: transparent;
    }
    
    .youtube-player img {
        bottom: 0;
        display: block;
        left: 0;
        margin: auto;
        max-width: 100%;
        width: 100%;
        position: absolute;
        right: 0;
        top: 0;
        border: none;
        height: auto;
        cursor: pointer;
        -webkit-transition: .4s all;
        -moz-transition: .4s all;
        transition: .4s all;
    }
    
    .youtube-player img:hover {
        -webkit-filter: brightness(75%);
    }
    
    .youtube-player .play {
        height: 72px;
        width: 72px;
        left: 50%;
        top: 50%;
        margin-left: -36px;
        margin-top: -36px;
        position: absolute;
        background: url("//i.imgur.com/TxzC70f.png") no-repeat;
        cursor: pointer;
    }

</style>

[/CODE]


So, you take that code, copy the ENTIRE thing (it's a huge code) and page it into the site-wige/global header of your SBI site (found on every one of your pages.)

Do not edit anything it that code. Just paste it as is. You can forget this code is there once you've added it. You'll never have to do anything with it again for any videos after embedded the first video.

Make sure you paste it into the "Sitewide" head, and NOT the "This page only" head.

Then, on the page you want the video to appear, add an html block to the spot you want the video to load.

Now copy this code:


[CODE]

<center><div class="youtube-player" data-id="0000000"></div><br></center>

[/CODE]


And paste that code in the html box.

Next save that block as a reusable box, called "YouTube Embed Template"

Clone it. Then delete the reusable block from your page and now edit the code in the cloned version.

Now, this code you'll need to edit, because it needs to be able to know what video to display on your page.

So now you go to your YouTube account, and depending on which part of your dashboard you are in, YouTube will give you a url that looks like this:


[CODE]

https://youtu.be/6wSDtQHWXDY

[/CODE]


or this:


[CODE]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wSDtQHWXDY


[/CODE]


You see that random string of numbers at the very end of both these options? That is the part of the url you need.

That code is different for every video, so you need to go to each video you want to embed and get the number set that is specific to that particular video.

In this example, I'm using one of my own videos.

The next step is to copy that random string of numbers at the end of the url YouTube gave you, in this case it is:

6wSDtQHWXDY

(it'll be a different number on your video)

Now you go to the code you pasted in the html block.

Do you see that string of 0s?

0000000

Delete that string of zeros, and replace it with the string of letters and numbers YouTube gave you.

So that it goes from looking like this:


[CODE]

<center><div class="youtube-player" data-id="0000000"></div><br></center>


[/CODE]


To now looking like this:



[CODE]

<center><div class="youtube-player" data-id="6wSDtQHWXDY"></div><br></center>


[/CODE]


Now save/build your page. Go look at the finished page and you'll see the video embedded on your SBI page.

If you've done the steps correctly, on the finished page, that code will look like this:



If you have done any of these steps incorrectly, it will instead look like this:



NOW...

All of that was steps you had to take the FIRST time, you embed a video on you site, using this method. 

Like I said, the first one is a bit complicated and has a lot of steps, but AFTER that first videos is there, the 2nd video and all videos after that, are super easy and almost instant to add.

Here's what you will do for all future videos after the first one.

Build your SBI pages as usual. When you get to the place where you want to embed a video, drag the reusable block to that spot. Search your library for "YouTube Embed Template". Click "Clone this block"

Deleted the 0000000. Get the string of numbers from your video (the one that looked like this: 6wSDtQHWXDY ) and paste in place of the 0000000.

Build your page as usual.

Now you are done embedding your 2nd video. 

Repeat this step for all future videos.

>>When video ends, ideally display more of my own videos.

YouTube has a thing called "End Cards" you can use that to add upto 4 of your other videos to the last 20 seconds of you video.

So that it doesn't cover up the video content. what I did with mine was to create a 30 second long "outro" (a quick clip of images and music, that plays after the video is done), and while editing my video, I drop that at the end, so the video cuts out and that starts playing.

Now Upload the finished video file to YouTube. Then after the video is uploaded, in your YouTube dashboard, you go to "Edit" then "end screens & annotations" for that video and just follow YouTube's instructions to add 4 of your videos to the end of your video. Save. 

Then when people watch the video, when it ends, you're outro will start playing, then the 4 videos appear for viewers to click on.


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So, that's me and what I do.

Not sure if any of that is actually helpful to you and your situation or not. Hopefully some of this info is useful for you.




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