New to This Forum, I am starting to post Videos on YouTube.

Nathan Bishop

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Hey everyone, my name is Nathan and I'm a 22 year old guy who fixes all sorts of engines as a side gig while I'm not working my regular job. I find all sorts of free or cheap engines and repair them. Pressure washers, water pumps, lawnmowers, generators, chainsaws, weedwackers, and a ton of other things. Figured I'd put a link to my channel out there if anyone is interested or has any advice for me. I am one of those people that has a natural ability to work with my hands, I am a commercial electrician but love working on engines and teaching people outside of my regular work. Thanks! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQAo_BQY4dQ8cS7xj1YnxbA
 

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Nathan,
If you are going to try & make videos then we need to see what you are doing not the back of your head or the back of your hands.
That means you have to plan out what you are going to do , work out camera positions before you start to film and mark the tripod positions on the floor with tape.
Rushing through the most difficult parts like getting the carb mounted with all of the part in the correct orientation & order is what will make people want to sit through the whole boring 20 + minutes .
If you are going to show things like a blocked fuel tap then we need to see it, not some shadows in your hand so that needs auxiliary lightening or a pen light .
Again you need to do it once for practice then agin for real.
Walk arounds with the camera in hand just make the viewers sea sick/
The very least thing that works is some fishing line secured to a swivel in the roof . A floor rail is of course better o even a dolly with the tripod secured to it.
In reality none of them should have been any more than 6 minutes and most viewers who are not fiends or family would have gone elsewhere after the first 30 seconds .
Unless you are pushing the "make money by fixing trash" no one needs to know where you got it from or how much you paid for it.
What they want to know is what was wrong with it & how you fixed it .

If you are an electrician and can read a circuit diagram then use what you know best and show the idiot masses how to test faulty mower wiring , locate the fault then fix it .
That is the sort of stuff that is desperately needed .
Even better if you go to the effort of printing out wiring diagrams very large, pasting them onto a board then use a pointer ( not your fingers ) to show the viewer what you are gong to test in the next few seconds .
Just about every one knows how to clean a carb
Less than 5 % seem to know how to test simple things like solenoids
And spend a few $ on some good editing soft wear then learn how to cut when editing, it is not all that hard to do.
Don't try to talk the viewers through what you are dong unless you have written a script.
Better to film with sound off and add the narration latter after the final cut.
There are loads of rubbish useless videos out there on Boob Tube no need for you to add to them .
 

BrianSki

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Great info Bert... Make it short. Not a lot of long winded speeches. A good CLEAR closeup detail on the complicated stuff. Linkages, inside of carb, the screw nobody can find, etc. Hold the camera STILL.

BTW you can pick up a lot of stuff free. Most of it is carburetor problems. Once you figure stuff out, you can open up a carb, blow out passages, clean well and put back together. That will probably fix most stuff. Most of the time cleaning a carb does not need a carb kit, if you are careful. (Very small engines, weed whips and chain saws, do usually need a new diaphragm.) You will also find out parts can make a repair more costly that a replacement.

Have fun. Nice to see a younger person tearing into stuff.
 

Nathan Bishop

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Nathan,
If you are going to try & make videos then we need to see what you are doing not the back of your head or the back of your hands.
That means you have to plan out what you are going to do , work out camera positions before you start to film and mark the tripod positions on the floor with tape.
Rushing through the most difficult parts like getting the carb mounted with all of the part in the correct orientation & order is what will make people want to sit through the whole boring 20 + minutes .
If you are going to show things like a blocked fuel tap then we need to see it, not some shadows in your hand so that needs auxiliary lightening or a pen light .
Again you need to do it once for practice then agin for real.
Walk arounds with the camera in hand just make the viewers sea sick/
The very least thing that works is some fishing line secured to a swivel in the roof . A floor rail is of course better o even a dolly with the tripod secured to it.
In reality none of them should have been any more than 6 minutes and most viewers who are not fiends or family would have gone elsewhere after the first 30 seconds .
Unless you are pushing the "make money by fixing trash" no one needs to know where you got it from or how much you paid for it.
What they want to know is what was wrong with it & how you fixed it .

If you are an electrician and can read a circuit diagram then use what you know best and show the idiot masses how to test faulty mower wiring , locate the fault then fix it .
That is the sort of stuff that is desperately needed .
Even better if you go to the effort of printing out wiring diagrams very large, pasting them onto a board then use a pointer ( not your fingers ) to show the viewer what you are gong to test in the next few seconds .
Just about every one knows how to clean a carb
Less than 5 % seem to know how to test simple things like solenoids
And spend a few $ on some good editing soft wear then learn how to cut when editing, it is not all that hard to do.
Don't try to talk the viewers through what you are dong unless you have written a script.
Better to film with sound off and add the narration latter after the final cut.
There are loads of rubbish useless videos out there on Boob Tube no need for you to add to them .
Thanks! I’ll get better at filming with the angles and try to make the videos shorter. I understand what you are saying. So many people make videos in different parts or they make them last way too long. I understand how the camera angles would help a lot too and not my arm or my head haha. This is what I wanted, I wanted someone like you to tell me the truth and be honest that way I can make the videos better
 

Nathan Bishop

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Great info Bert... Make it short. Not a lot of long winded speeches. A good CLEAR closeup detail on the complicated stuff. Linkages, inside of carb, the screw nobody can find, etc. Hold the camera STILL.

BTW you can pick up a lot of stuff free. Most of it is carburetor problems. Once you figure stuff out, you can open up a carb, blow out passages, clean well and put back together. That will probably fix most stuff. Most of the time cleaning a carb does not need a carb kit, if you are careful. (Very small engines, weed whips and chain saws, do usually need a new diaphragm.) You will also find out parts can make a repair more costly that a replacement.

Have fun. Nice to see a younger person tearing into stuff.
I am starting to notice that more and more, as long as I’m careful and don’t mess up the gaskets all I need to do is clean the carb and check the air filter. And I will make the videos shorter with better camera angles.
 
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