Oopsie! Forgot something big in Episode 73 ??♀️
Before we jump into the content for this week’s episode, video storage, we need to go back a couple of weeks and address a HUGE item I forgot in Episode 73 | Next Level Live Video Tools. And that is LIGHTING! A big component of going live on social.
In the Studio
In my studio set up at the office, I use a combination of LED panels and a florescent bulb on a table top stand. I share this setup in the episode, so be sure to listen!
In the Office
Back at my desk at the office, I have an all in one setup that could be a great piece of starting equipment you can use. It’s a ring light with a table top tripod and phone holder.
You can even go absolutely FREE by using natural lighting from a window. Simply set up your equipment so that you are facing a window or other natural light source and go live! Here is an example of me using my cell phone facing a window in my office.
Now to storing your videos
If you will be repurposing your live videos, then you will need a place to store them. Whether or not you do some minor editing to them, it’s always a good idea to store that “raw” footage, even if it’s only for a couple of months.
This is a great free storage option that you can use. Just be sure you are using the proper privacy setting to store them. I cover the three types (public, unlisted and private) in the episode. I even share an example of things to look out for with these settings.
If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of having the right settings chosen on YouTube, another great free alternative is Google Drive. While I believe at the time of this recording you get 15GB free, you may want to look into paying for storage. Video files are significantly larger than document files. At the time of this recording the rates are quite reasonable ($19.99/year for 100GB).
Vimeo is a great option if you are creating a bunch of videos that you need to have secured for paid users to access. Not necessarily the best option for storing raw videos, but wanted to mention it in case you are getting to a place of needing a finished video storage platform.
External Hard Drive
For a one time low cost, you can just get an external hard drive to store your videos on. Right now, you can get about 2TB in the $60 range. You may just need to be diligent about deleting older videos as they are not needed anymore.
Amazon Web Services (AWS)
This is a unique option for storing things in the cloud. While they do have an option for your first year free, there are limitation on this. I’m not sure what those are as I don’t store videos in my account. But all the documents I store there are low enough in storage that it is still free for me.
Even if you DID need to pay, their rates are so low that it would definitely be quite economical for you. This option is also a bit more technical than the other options, so there may be a learning curve involved with this one. However, here is a resource for you on Getting Started.
I also wanted to share an article, Best Cloud Storage Services for Video 2020, by Cloudwards. They’ve done a lot of the legwork researching some of the best storage tools for videos in 2020.
Allyship Segment of the Week
This week I want to share with you a great directory that started on August 1st. It is The Black Owned Directory where you can search for and shop from black owned businesses that are local to you. So be sure to check it out the next time you need to buy something! Also, be sure to spread the word about this directory to other black owned businesses so they can get in the directory too!
Until next time…