Beefy Friction Arm :
Big Clamp for Friction Arm :
Smaller Friction Arm :
CHEAP Friction Arm! : (or any other Neewer sizes!)
Joby Gorilla Pod Heavy Duty :
Joby Gorilla Pod for Phones! :

Lightroom PRESET PACK:
The Music I use: – AMAZING for YouTubers
Colour Graded with my PM LUTS Pack :

My Super Awesome Tactical Camera Bag :
My MAIN Camera –
The Vlog Cam :
My Second Backup Camera –
My FAVOURITE Lens Ever –
The Lens I am currently using right for EVERYTHING –
The Magic Canon Lens of Life –
Best gimbal ever :
The Mic I use –
The Boom Mic I use for Crispy Audio :
My Drone –
My Bigger Drone –
My Tiny Drone –
The stabilizer I use with iPhone :
My Slider –
The BEST monopod –
GoPro HERO 5 –


hey Pete quick question for you Oh what's up what can I help you with how do you film yourself when you're making coffee or doing your vlogs or videos I don't have anyone around to actually film me that's a great question I actually get asked that question all the time guess what folks that's today let's go what's up everybody Peter MacKinnon here and welcome back to yet another tutorial another video and today you heard it we are talking about how to film yourself specifically when you have nobody around to help you what are you doing right now no problem hey I miss your face what's going on I'm pretty good can you come help me film something you're busy no it's okay I still I still love your face does anybody there know how to use a camera you don't have any friends that know how to use cameras or if you do they don't live close they're too far but you've got a creative idea you want to execute then you just need to know how to do it the best you can with only yourself here's how to do it alright we're breaking this down into three points point number one the gear that you need number two is going to be the camera placement and creativity number three I'm gonna call pacing so let's jump into number one the things that you use the things that I use are as follows now a quick disclaimer I'm gonna base some of this video off of the b-roll segment that I use in Wednesday's vlog which was me making coffee which was very well received by the way so thank you very much had a super fun time making it and this is how I did it and the things I used to do it number one joby tripod obviously goes through saying you need some way to mount the camera if you are going to be in the scene doing something the camera needs to be somewhere so a tripod a Joby tripod like this is great because they Bend and they flex and they wrap and you know awesome if you're shooting on your smartphone you can use a jovi one that is specifically made for smartphones to mount so that is an option as well and then what I like to use is a friction arm and we've talked about these in videos before this friction arm has an super clamp mount on it which means I can mount it to the table and then I can mount my big heavy camera to this plate here these are made in all sorts of different shapes and sizes I'll link a few different options below this is just the one that I like to do is because it's super heavy-duty and the best part about it is when you undo one clamp all the different joints move so you can really move this around any which way you want to get that optimal angle uh as much as I don't really I'm not the biggest fan of GoPros they are an invaluable asset for being able to fit into weird awkward places to give you that nice eclectic mix of shots that you can't stick a massive heavy camera like this in so that brings us to point number three which is camera placement finding the most obscure unique angles to tell your story that people don't usually get to see things from what do I mean by that when I'm pouring water into a Chemex what would look cool if that lens was looking up at me pouring the water into the Chemex what are you used for that use a GoPro for that and a fun fact that shot wasn't even a Chemex because this wouldn't fit in the net so I just graduated last jar put this in shot that cut it together is only in frame for like two seconds which means it goes over most people's heads no one's the wiser but now everyone's the wiser because I just told you what I did doesn't matter fresh perspectives that's what we're going for finding those weird uncommon places to mount and clamp your camera don't just think dead straight don't just think from the side don't just think overhead those are great angles to have but how can we get weird with it how do you put a long lens on mount it behind the monitor so it's just peeking through the hole of the glass where you would hold it so that only the one spot of focus is where the coffee's pouring out get weird get creative that's the most fun aspect of this entire art form that we do we can do anything we want so take advantage of that now the third and final point is pacing and arguably the most important in my opinion now you see pacing is going to help us distract the viewer from realizing that that camera isn't just locked off on a tripod that's what we want to avoid having a camera on a tripod that's just filming one angle for 10 seconds then maybe it moves to the left films it again for 10 seconds that's a dead giveaway it's boring there's not enough happen if you look back at that coffee segment that we shot for Wednesday's vlog things kept moving moving from shot to shot to shot the angle was changing from above to the side from forward underneath through the handle of the mug inside the Chemex using the GoPro we're using all these different tools we're using our creative angles and we're pacing them nicely through an edit mixed in with some handheld stuff that you get some movement in there and that's essentially it that's how I build my scenes that's how I film myself these are the things I use to do it and those are the techniques I keep in mind when I'm actually filming if I had to give one last bonus point which is the glue that kind of brings everything together is finding the right music track it seems a little bit out of left field going over all this stuff but if you notice that coffee segment was really well-received and it felt really intense because the music was intense it was timed nicely to the music you add all these things together wrapped up into one nice little package and you have that coffee segment that I'm very proud of and I didn't need anybody's help for that I didn't need a crew I didn't need a gimbal I didn't need a slider I didn't need a drone I just needed some creative camera placement a fun idea a couple things to help me out along the way and a good edit sit folks that's all there is to it so hit that like button if you like this video smash it if that's something that you're into 2018 style subscribe if you aren't already and and I will see you in the next video peace you

38 thoughts on “HOW TO FILM YOURSELF

  1. WOW great video. i’m na newbie to video editing pls give me some tips.
    check my channel too, Subscribe and give comments for improvement. 🤗 im using hero7

  2. Loved your dance moves lol! Going to use some of your tips for my channel. Currently in the beginner phase haha

  3. Видел это видео уже раза 2 но иногда возвращаюсь к некоторым видео, чтобы освежить в памяти и заметить то что не заметил ранее. Это редкие видео но они того стоят.

  4. i was shooting my very first video and looking for tips
    So glad i found your channel

    you are a Gold Mine
    Thank you

  5. Despite I do most of my videos together with my husband filming me doing my art works, I really love your motivating explanations and how you put things together. Any time I watch one of your videos I aspire new ideas. Keep this up!

  6. subscribing because you tell your guy friends you love them. love that healthy masculinity. also the good advice:)

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