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How to Make YouTube Video Tutorials: Must-Have Hardware

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Learn how to record a video tutorial for your YouTube channel. I'll walk you through the hardware you need to make a great high-res video. In this video: 4:08 The Computer 4:51 The Camera 6:05 Lighting 7:33 The Microphone 9:47 The Greenscreen Want to get the links or curious about other tools that can help you get more organized? Grab a copy of Steve’s toolkit! https://dottotech.com/toolkit/ Love what you saw? Subscribe to the channel for weekly Google tips (live every Monday!) Want to dive into the world of productivity, digital marketing and content creation? Join us for our weekly webinar this Wednesday! Every week, we break big, complex processes like building your email list and growing a successful YouTube channel into small, actionable steps you can put into practice straight away. Sign up: https://dottotech.com/webinars/ FOLLOW DOTTO TECH ON SOCIAL → Blog: https://dottotech.com/ → Twitter: https://twitter.com/dottotech → Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DottoTech/
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Jose Desveladas (5 days ago)
Thanks for all the content. You are the true OG.
YouTube Girl (10 days ago)
That webcam you use is fantastic !
1980sLegoFan (1 month ago)
Regards the computer, what is the year model, RAM, and video card specs on your Mac Pro? Thinking of buying one on eBay; lots of older models for sale but just wondering how old is too old
dottotech (1 month ago)
Mid 2010, 32 Gig Ram, radion 5770
Shannon Tipton (1 month ago)
Amazingly helpful. I laughed out loud watching you set up the green screen. That said, I appreciate the effort because that is REAL WORLD! Most of us do not have large recording studios and are trying to make magic happen in home offices (or basements). It was good to see the how you made it work in a small space. Thank you!
salsytube (1 month ago)
I couldn't get to download your toolkit. Access now doesn't do anything. Sorry if I am doing something wrong.
dottotech (1 month ago)
looking into it, thanks!
salsytube (1 month ago)
Audio mixer and tripod is to be included in the hardware list right?
salsytube (1 month ago)
Very informative and professional. Thanks a lot for letting us know your little secrets :)
Todd Grundy (1 month ago)
How do you get your toolkit? I tried the link, filled out the info but I got nothing. I really need something to use as a base so I know what I need to do Youtube videos. Please help me if possible.
dottotech (1 month ago)
You should be redirected to a page with the toolbox, if not please send me an email to [email protected]
Yusuf Dikici (2 months ago)
OOOOH my Live !!! When you talked about 1992 and Your TV-Show .. I had to laugh sooo much ... not about the fashion during that time .. no ... I had to laugh about the screen of the "PC" ... I had an Comodore "AMiGA 500" and aaaall the rememberings ... but the Job you do for others ..TV-Show where you explain this and that ... this is great Job and its like the first people who come in an area and check up the whooole country ...but in your case without killing the native ! At the time of your TV-Shows I just wanted to play games nothing else .. I did not understand this PC -programming stuff .. but I respect those ones like you who struggle with all this stuf and dumps like me questioning you and you are patient and explain them again agian again ! :-)))))) GOD bless You ...doesnt matter you believe or not ... ! :-D
Stephen Wratten (3 months ago)
Great video Steve, thanks for sharing!
runbei (3 months ago)
Really interesting and helpful to know. Thanks for sharing your experience and knowledge in such a natural way.
Marius Levin (3 months ago)
Amazing video.
Living Dadly (4 months ago)
I found your channel through the suggested videos. I find your videos to be very informative. As someone in the beginning stages, I just made a YouTube channel so I've been doing my research, this information is quite helpful. Thanks for all the insightful content you create. Look forward to seeing more. Just subbed, so I don’t miss out. OH, and congratulations on your upcoming nuptials.
Dr Charles Parker (4 months ago)
Outstanding - much appreciated!
Cristian Concha (4 months ago)
Awesome video Steve. Will definetly give it a try!!
Christine von Pander (5 months ago)
What is the blue side for please?
Christine von Pander (5 months ago)
Cool! Thanks Steve, enjoy your weekend!
dottotech (5 months ago)
Same thing, you can chromakey with any colour. Gives you a few more wardrobe options!
John Marshall (5 months ago)
I want that portable green screen but there is no link in the description. What is this world coming to when there is no affiliate link in the YouTube description!? Please add a link to the portable green screen. But for now, rest well and dream of large women.
William Beem (2 months ago)
@John - Just wanted to add something else that I didn't see in Steve's video. It's a magnetic background holder for those pop-up screens. You can also find it on Amazon, but here's the link from the manufacturer page: https://www.manfrotto.us/magnetic-background-support-attaches-collapsible-background They also have a kit that includes a light stand and a carrying bag (which is what I bought because I have different pop-ups for photography: https://www.manfrotto.us/magnetic-backgrnd-support-kit-w-lighting-stand-carry-case These are not affiliate links. Just wanted to share something to make it easy to hold up the screen.
Mark Allan (3 months ago)
Hey Steve. Good to see you back. I watched your show back in the day. How do you remove the shadow on the green screen from behind your head? Or does the software have enough tolerance that you don’t need to worry about it? Thanks.
John Marshall (5 months ago)
dottotech Thanks for the link! I wonder how many people were totally baffled about that "dream of large women" comment.
dottotech (5 months ago)
You made me laugh out loud again! My Amazon Link (thank you!) https://www.amazon.com/shop/dottotech
thejasonparker (5 months ago)
I just tried to access the toolkit and it's asking me for login details for dev-dottotech.pantheonsite.io:443 which I've not been sent?
thejasonparker (5 months ago)
Hi Steve, I still get the popup asking for login details but if I cancel that it finally took me to the page. Thanks for a great set of videos and the list. Regards - Jason
dottotech (5 months ago)
try again, seems to be working now
George Mickel (5 months ago)
Thanks for the vid series.. liked & subbed!
dottotech (5 months ago)
Welcome aboard!
Pocket Survey (5 months ago)
Fantastically interesting video!
Jeff Eisley (5 months ago)
totally serious question : where can i buy those pants? they look super comfortable
dottotech (5 months ago)
Totally serious answer, LuluLemon, I think this may be it. https://shop.lululemon.com/p/men-pants/Discipline-Pant-MD/_/prod8450291?color=30084, Expensive, but worth it!
JoeJ94611 (6 months ago)
An entertaining tutorial! Seems impossible to do but you did it! I can't believe it:no dislikes.
dottotech (5 months ago)
Just wait, they will come!
Alessandra Woods (6 months ago)
These are explained so well and helpful, thank you for sharing your tools and tricks!
Håkan Näslund (6 months ago)
Hi Steve thanks for your fab videos, i have a question about sound do you think i can use my zoom h4n for recording my voice? Thanks
Emmanuel Pol (6 months ago)
Hey Steve thanks for all the useful information, but regarding the Blue Yeti USB microphone is the audio interface and cloud lifter still necessary? Not that I don't want to buy them I'm just wondering since it's a USB microphone and I'm pretty new to all this Thanks Again
dottotech (6 months ago)
No need for anything else if you get a USB Mic, the Interface and amp are for analogue mics.
Jeff Aman (6 months ago)
Steve, what brand / model of LED lights are those?
Natural Curiosity (6 months ago)
Fantastic Steve! Thanks so much.
Sima Yossef (6 months ago)
Rosalind Robinson (6 months ago)
Expand the description and here's the toolkit: https://dottotech.com/toolkit/
Kevin Harris-Brandi (6 months ago)
Very nice touch, loved the old video, thanks Steve
Mack Biggs (6 months ago)
Steve, how are you lighting the green screen in your new office?
James Woo (6 months ago)
Nice. I always thought I was the only one who needs to move things around when I record screen casts. 🙂
Dave Cruickshank (6 months ago)
Great video and #respect for having done what you do for as long as you have. I've been following Dotto for a long time (Dotto on data). We do screencasting (mostly for creating Web tutorials for clients) and I've been quite satisfied with a screen cast and video switching program called 'OBS Studio'. It's surprisingly robust, platform friendly (win, Mac, Linux) and its 100 free and open source. Lots of videos on YouTube about it and we'll worth a try!! Shoutout to being proudly #canadian!
kasski (6 months ago)
John Conaghan (7 months ago)
Awesome Stuff Steve. Great content thanks so much :)
olbaze (7 months ago)
A recommendation for the software portion of this series: Split it into two main sections, one where you talk about how the software interacts with your non-computer hardware (e.g. getting the green screen functioning), and another that focuses on a more general video editing portion. It would be disappointing if you made a video production video only for most of it to be inapplicable to people whose content is mostly stuff like animations or clips from videogames or movies.
Franklin Haynes (7 months ago)
Love the content, but you are killing yourself with the greenscreen. Find a good print company that sells retractable banners, get a solid print of chroma key green (PMS#354C). It's all self contained, stays smooth and when its retracted, just lean it up against your wall next to your mixer. The pop out that you are using averages $40 to $60 USD, you can get a printed retractable about the same price with way less hassle.
Saurabh More (7 months ago)
Can you please share toolkit link ? Also list of products used for making video with links ? Will normal Sony laptop will work or need Mac books for better video quality ?
Landon Praught (7 months ago)
Hi Steve thank you so much for making this video this was so cool I am hopping to make some you tube videos in the future . Landon
Dave Dube (7 months ago)
Well Steve, I'm thinking this would have made a great Vlog episode. Did you record this before your beard treatment?
dottotech (7 months ago)
After, but the treatment has faded...:-(
Dhanush raju (7 months ago)
thanks and hope you will upload a series of this kind covering a to z info thanks so much.
Just 4U Travel (7 months ago)
You really do make it look Soooo easy !
Just 4U Travel (7 months ago)
OMG look at that huge monitor!
Jose A. Garcia Jr. (7 months ago)
Steve thank you so much for all your content! I came across your channel trying to learn more about google calendar and new IOS features. You bring so much value, thank you again! I am watching you from the windy city of Chicago, and started watching your videos and learning about your story, CONGRATS on the burpee challenge you sir are a brave man :) I want to start doing youtube as well but I am having a hard time organizing my thoughts to create content on what i want to show and teach. Perhaps you can provide a tutorial on how to one should go about making content, I have seen some creators state they freestyle and others script their content I feel both bring value to their style. I have a daughter that wants to start making videos to, and would love to do a collabo but would like to conceal her face as she is minor but I think her ideas can be huge and would allow us to spend more time doing something we both enjoy. I have seen some creators use avatars instead of their own face (Mainly in gaming community) when they green screen, any idea how they are doing this? I tried reaching out to them but no reply, thanks again. Please keep up the great work! Once I have saved my pennies I will definatly check out the hardware you receommend as of right now I have an IPhone and would use that mainly for capturing my footage with a mic that is strong but not as big as rhode mic's. Have you looked at the shure MV88 by chance? Got good reviews and videos on it. Check it out. Thanks again and sorry for the long message :)
dottotech (7 months ago)
Thanks for the suggestions, Let me see what I can do! There are a lot of ways to approach video creation, I think you are on the right track. Good luck.
Patrick Allen (7 months ago)
Great video as always with easy to understand sections excellent tutor, looking forward to software video although I don't have a MAC
Alexandre Matos (7 months ago)
Very useful series Steve. Thanks.
Daryl Bambic (7 months ago)
Steve, I took your screencasting course a few years ago and since then have been making tutorials for my students. I futzed around with lighting and green screens until I found a solution. I replaced the C920 Logitech with my DSLR and bought a larger green screen as well as more lights. I realized that I needed more distance from the screen to the lights so moved everything around. I think I have a better product now. Have you considered giving feedback and advice to content creators? I'd pay!
dottotech (7 months ago)
I would love to see what you are doing, I like the sounds of it! Ping me, via [email protected] or FB, let's chat!
Just Dro (7 months ago)
Great video!
David Marsden (7 months ago)
Ian McNaughton did similar on the BBC around 1983 when the BBC and Acorn computers had a joint venture to produce the BBC Micro computer for a BBC computer education project for schools at the time. They showed the screen as it happens as well. Also the Open University had been broadcasting tutorial programs including computing courses late at night on BBC2 since the 1970's. But be fair you were probably the only one in the nineties until recently.
dottotech (7 months ago)
:-) thanks! The Castle is reference to "The Princess Bride"my favorite quote from my favorite moveie, It means to me, Keep going with good humour and beliefe you will succeed, regardless the ods....
David Marsden (7 months ago)
No, you have definitely outlasted them. BBC gave up in the mid eighties and the OU moved to the internet in the late nineties. To be fair your delivery is much clearer and informative. Although I'm puzzled about the castle you keep going on about, didn't think Canada had any. Always look forward to your videos and the great informative content, keep it up.
dottotech (7 months ago)
Thanks! I know there are a few others, I will go with this....are they still creating screencasts....that might be my claim to fame, longest serving!
goofy roofy (7 months ago)
Man those old shows take me back, Steve. BTW youve lost a lot of weight since then, good for you!!The link you mentioned isnt in the description yet.
goofy roofy (7 months ago)
The link to the tools that you use.
dottotech (7 months ago)
Which link is missing? and THANKS!
FiscalRangersFlorida (7 months ago)
Great overview - too bad you talk about using a Mac... now when will you paint the mic and bracket GREEN so they disappear also, then the shirt, then the ears... imagination runs rampant with ideas....
Liquid Ocelot#2 (7 months ago)
Doctor dottotech pls guide me , my 45k subs channel is banned my case is section 5h spam, its been 3 months now i appealed twice but got rejected my hope is freedom support to help me draft a good well written appeal pls can you help me on this
Liquid Ocelot#2 (7 months ago)
dottotech well ill contact freedom support then even though am not partnered with em on there discord they said they will respond to my ticket talking about tim shmoyer i am more knowledgable than he is i dont know about the other guy thanks for responding though cheers
dottotech (7 months ago)
I am sorry to hear that, but I am not the guy to help here. I have never had any strikes or issues, so I have never had to navigate the system. Reach out to Tim Schmoyer, or Jeremy Vest, someone who consults to creators, they will have a much better idea of what you can do. Sorry.

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