Hello! Welcome to another Vintage Media Millennial Blog! I hope everyone has had a great week. It has been incredibly busy here, as I have been trying to remain consistent with content. Thus far, I have progressed with the written posts to a point I’m pleased with. The audio and video content, however, has been lacking for some time.
A few months ago, I started making short media commentary videos on YouTube. Every day, I would record a video reacting to a vintage media-related news story. I did this for a couple of weeks, and really enjoyed it. There was an audience who were beginning to tap into the channel, as I saw it grow in subscribers quite quickly. Sadly, everything ground to a halt as I couldn’t fit the videos into my busy schedule.
As a parent of a young child, it can be difficult to find the time to do things; The schedule isn’t as empty as it once was. I engage in a number of different projects, so I was limited by how much time I could devote to the channel. The amount of execution time was small, which meant a number of time-cutting measures that didn’t seem to matter at first. The videos were shot really quickly with very few edits. This was so I could just film and post, without too much bother.
The videos were made to accommodate the limitations of the equipment I was using. I filmed with a webcam that I used for conferences, which isn’t always up to scratch for a solo video. There are many frame rate problems that occur when the computer decides to mess about. There is also the fact that the lens is so wide, that it picks up almost everything;. I filmed in 4:3 to account for this. Lastly, a black-and-white filter was used to cover up any stray things I happened to have in the background. The idea of the subject being vintage, meant I could get away with doing these things without too much complaint; The audience would just assume it was a look I went for.
When a lack of time thwarted me from making them, I was disappointed. However, I think the consequences did me a favour. It gave me time and space to consider the idea and work out ways to improve things. In the meantime, I have made a variety of video content on other channels, and have become more accustomed to what YouTube needs.
With this, I announce the return of Vintage Media Millenial on YouTube. Hosting a show on the platform is a great way to open the door to new audiences; I have seen this happen with other projects. At a time when I am trying to branch out with Old Time Review, a 2-3 times a week post to YouTube on a relevant subject could be the next big step. I will limit the number of times a week simply to meet demand. It may rise over time.
I bought new equipment a couple of months back, and have used them enough now to be confident. I shall be making the new videos with it, in 16:9 and full HD colour! They will be filmed with a much more informal approach, with an occasional Vlog style.
I did a test tonight, which isn’t perfect. Most things are in place, but I need to improve my lighting technique; The shadows are distractingly all over the place. I will still post this video soon, just to get into a consistent rhythm. I won’t be cutting as many corners as before, but some things still need to be limited.