How to Start a YouTube Channel 

Written by Christian G.

Have you ever wondered how you could make your own YouTube channel? Have you ever wondered how people become popular on YouTube? Today I will help you start up your own YouTube channel and give some tips on how to grow your channel.  

Starting off, you have to make a Google account. Google recommends you to use your full name, but most people create their own original username. To make your username one word, put your username under the first name box, and put a “.” in the last name box. After you finish putting in your information, it sends you to Gmail. You can finish setting up your Gmail, but it isn’t necessary for starting up your YouTube channel. Open a new tab, search YouTube, and log in with your new Google account. Once you’re signed in, click your profile in the top right, and click “My channel”. It asks you to put in your username, and again, if you want to make your name one word, put a “.” in the last name box. If you already have a profile picture you would like to add to your account, you can add it by clicking “Customize Channel”. You can also add a banner on the same page. Now that your channel is set up, you can start making videos.  

Depending on the type of videos you want to make, you would need different things. If you want to make vlog styled videos, I recommend using a cell phone or tablet to start off, and eventually move onto using a DSLR camera. If you don’t have a cell phone or tablet with a camera, I would recommend using a Sony Handycam CX405. The Sony Handycam CX405 is one of the cheapest options only costing $229.99, but it shoots in 1080p, which is what most YouTubers shoot in. Personally, I think filming in 4k (the only video better than 1080p), is a bit overdoing it, but it really depends on what you’re filming. If you want to make gaming videos, it is a bit cheaper to do. If you want to record a PC game, I recommend using OBS Studio. OBS Studio is a free screen recording software that is better than even some paid screen recording softwares. It records in 1080p, 60fps and the program is relatively easy to use, too. You would also need a mic and facecam since most monitors don’t come with them included. I recommend using a Logitech C920 HD Pro Webcam and a Blue Yeti or Blue Snowball. The Logitech C920 HD Pro Webcam is the cheapest, costing $61.99 and best quality webcam for its kind. It records in 1080p 60fps, and as I stated earlier, is what most YouTubers shoot their videos in. I use the Blue Yeti, but many people think it’s too expensive for what it does, costing $129.99. Most people go for the cheaper option, the Blue Snowball, costing $49.99. I think that even though the Blue Yeti is expensive, I think it’s much better looking and more reliable compared to the Blue Snowball. It also has multiple modes including Stereo, Cardioid, Omnidirectional, and Bidirectional, when the Snowball only has one, Stereo. If you want to record the screen on another console, you would need to use a capture card, but that’s a very complicated (and expensive) process.  

One of the most important steps in making a YouTube video is editing. There are plenty of free editors you can use, but there are a few good ones I can recommend. If you use an Apple device, I recommend using iMovie, and if you use Windows, I recommend Windows Movie Maker. Movie Maker is a good starting editor, but it has a lot of limitations to what you can do. You can edit a little more freely on iMovie, but there still are many limitations to what you can do. If you want a good paid editing software, I recommend Vegas Pro 15, usually costing $599, but it is currently on sale for $449. It may take a while to get used to filming and editing your own videos, but you will get the hang of it. Best of luck starting up your channel! 

Recommended Products:

Sony Handycam CX405 ($229.99): https://www.bestbuy.com/site/sony-handycam-cx405-flash-memory-camcorder-black/2964179.p?skuId=2964179 

OBS Studio (free): https://obsproject.com/#closeNotice 

Logitech C920 HD Pro Webcam ($61.99): https://www.bestbuy.com/site/logitech-c920-pro-webcam-black/4612476.p?skuId=4612476 

Blue Yeti ($129.99): https://www.bestbuy.com/site/blue-microphones-yeti-professional-usb-microphone/9737441.p?skuId=9737441 

Blue Snowball ($49.99): https://www.bestbuy.com/site/blue-microphones-snowball-ice-usb-microphone/3242031.p?skuId=3242031 

IMovie (free): https://www.apple.com/imovie/ 

Windows Movie Maker (free): http://web.archive.org/web/20170112124505/http:/wl.dlservice.microsoft.com/download/C/1/B/C1BA42D6-6A50-4A4A-90E5-FA9347E9360C/en/wlsetup-all.exe 

Vegas Pro 15 ($449.99): https://www.vegascreativesoftware.com/index.php?id=351&L=52&AffiliateID=145&phash=BBPtCllArZvjlyXI&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIodyT7ZqX2wIVREOGCh3gZwmzEAAYASAAEgJsZfD_BwE