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      I am an amateur singer.
      I have a web cam at home and I video myself while I’m singing.
      I have professional recording equipment and software.
      I painted a wall in my apartment that I use for my background.
      I sing songs from artists like sarah McLachlan, Barbra Streisand, Phil Collins, Nora Jones, Coldplay, etc.
      I do research on what each song is about.

      Since each song is between 4-6 minutes long, I would like to make my videos more interesting than just having people watch me sing. So, what I would like to know is first, is there a website where I can get FREE video clips that are OK for me to use in my YouTube videos? My plan is to show me singing and cut away to a video clip, cut back to me singing and back to another clip, etc……..

      As mentioned above, I do research on each song. I want to find video clips that are relevant to each song……

      The next thing is, for music videos, what would be the best strategy to introduce the song?

      In instructional videos the person introduces themselves and what the video is about first.
      Would it be a cool thing to do to talk to the audience and say something about why I picked the song, or, should I just have a song title screen and jump right into the song?

      Since I have not yet produced ANY videos, I would like to start off by producing the highest quality videos I can! As far as me using my web cam, I don’t have much choice and don’t have the budget for a super high quality camera……….

      Any suggestions of things to do ….and to avoid?

      I would be grateful for anyone’s suggestions and referral to somewhere I can get those free video clips …….

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      I don’t know why my reply disappeared after I submitted it (it has happened before) but since I don’t see my reply on this post, although my name shows at the top of the thread, I will try to repost my comments.
      Can’t really give you much advice without first seeing some of your youtube videos. Do you sing and play an instrument or are you singing karaoki? I can’t help you with recommending video clips or how they would incorporate into a song. I assume if people are watching a cover video, they are interested in seeing how yu perform the song. If the added clips are too interesting then won’t your singing just be background for the clips?
      I would avoid speaking on why you chose the song. I’d just do titles crediting the original artist, do your song, and do end credits.
      You can make the video a bit more interesting by croppinhg the shot in the editor, so you can simulate different camera angles from a single clip.
      You will probably have to do better than a webcam. A good inexpensive camera that shoots 4K video in full auto, as well as automatically adjusting the light and focus is the Lumix FZ80. I bought mine used on ebay for about $233 with shipping. You will also need video editing software.
      Here’s one of my music videos. My friend sends me a video of his performance then I add mine and edit them both together. Using a split screen and adding transitions, you can add a bit of interest without removing your performance from the video. My friends clip on the left is shot in HD, mine on the right is shot in 4K. I think 4K looks better on youtube than HD.

      Good luck with your videos.

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