Dave Maze’s Tricks to Spice Up Your YouTube Movies


Dave Maze's Tips to Spice Up Your YouTube Videos

Dave Maze is thought for his extremely energetic movies on his YouTube channel, and an enormous a part of his reputation is because of his character. His movies are enjoyable, humorous, and full of nice takeaways and distinctive opinions.

Nevertheless it’s not simply Dave’s on-camera efficiency that entertains us. Dave can also be very expert in delighting audiences along with his colourful enhancing. He takes a great deal of photographs and movies from everywhere in the internet and incorporates them into his distinctive movies in a pure manner that exudes web tradition. He makes it look really easy, nearly like magic (we’re fairly satisfied, that in his former life Dave was really a magician).

In his course on MZed, Pace Enhancing in Remaining Lower Professional with Dave Maze, Dave walks us by way of his complete enhancing workflow, which he’s labored over and refined 1000’s of occasions over the course of his YouTube journey. In a single lesson, “Easy methods to Change into a Meme Lord,” Dave particularly goes into his technique of together with different media, similar to photographs, movies, and gifs from varied corners of the net to boost his YouTube movies. Watch a preview of the information Dave shares within the lesson above!

Easy methods to obtain YouTube movies

So long as you aren’t stealing, or sharing with out permission, incorporating different individuals’s movies into your personal is a pure a part of YouTube tradition. As Dave says within the lesson, “It’s all below Honest Use and helps to boost your storytelling.”

Nonetheless from Pace Enhancing in Remaining Lower Professional with Dave Maze. Picture supply: MZed / Dave Maze

He continues, “and also you don’t even have to tear different individuals’s movies. You’ll be able to rip your personal movies, pull photographs from Google Photographs, these are all issues that make the edit and make the video really feel greater, they make it move quicker, and it’s simply a part of the language of YouTube.”

The app for doing in order that Dave recommends is Downie, which makes it a breeze to obtain movies from YouTube or 1000’s of different websites. On Dave’s advice, I’ve bought Downie, and wow! It’s good. I’ve tried a lot of different free browser extensions and web sites, that are all loaded with adverts, pop-ups, and spammy hyperlinks. For years I’ve additionally used MacX YouTube Downloader, which works however the course of is gradual and clunky, and it masses an commercial tab after each video obtain, which is annoying.

Picture supply: Downie

Downie, nevertheless, is a straightforward and clear drag-and-drop app, with no adverts. Or as an alternative of dragging a hyperlink into the app, you should use a browser extension that allows you to simply click on on the Downie icon in your browser toolbar whereas watching a video, and it routinely begins downloading the video within the app.

To buy a lifetime license solely prices $20, however Downie can also be included within the SetApp month-to-month subscription which supplies you 200 completely different Mac apps from all kinds of builders at solely $10/month.

Downie routinely downloads and converts YouTube WebM 4k movies to MP4

The fantastic thing about Downie is it downloads the very best high quality video obtainable, as much as 8K, and it may routinely convert movies to MP4. This can be a big time saver as a result of usually a YouTube video can solely obtain in 4K within the WebM format, requiring you to manually transcode it in a unique app. Downie does this all routinely for you.

In search of free transitions and results? Add “Inexperienced Display” to go looking

One other tip Dave suggests is to easily add the phrase “Inexperienced Display” to any of your searches on YouTube, and you’ll find all kinds of free transitions, wipes, titles, templates, and extra. After all, you possibly can’t edit the titles, however typically you simply want pre-existing textual content which you can apply to your personal video.

For instance, I’ve simply tried looking for “wow inexperienced display” on YouTube, and there are all kinds of memes that may make a YouTube video enjoyable. Like Keanu Reeves Consuming and Crying, with a inexperienced display.

Keanu Reeves Consuming and Crying Inexperienced Display – YouTube

Simply make sure that the video explicitly says it’s free with no copyright, slightly than a demo video of a paid buy.

Utilizing a stack and blur impact for movies that aren’t 16:9

If you wish to use a video or picture that’s sq. or vertical, Dave recommends making use of a “stack and blur impact.” You’re most likely conscious of this impact even in the event you haven’t used it your self – it’s frequent on speak reveals and information broadcasts.

Primarily what you’re doing is stacking two copies of the video or picture on prime of one another. After which for the underside layer, you improve the scale so it matches the 16:9 body, and apply a heavy dose of blur to it.


A number of suggestions: make sure you disable the audio from the underside layer, mess around with the publicity, shade, opacity, and blur ranges of the underside layer till it naturally fades into the background and turns into unnoticeable, and check out utilizing a border across the prime layer to additional separate the stacked photographs or movies.

Some ways to boost your YouTube movies

You’ll be able to add pleasure to YouTube movies utilizing pre-existing media in all kinds of the way. For instance, you possibly can place small photographs or video clips inside your body, form of just like the outdated newscaster look. You’ll be able to add sound results, and there are a lot of obtainable to obtain without cost on YouTube. And naturally, you possibly can go wild with animated texts, clip transitions, results, and extra.

However as Dave says, “by merely pulling in movies from the web, by discovering inexperienced display titles and graphics, it simply saves you a lot time, you don’t need to create them your self. You’ll be able to pull outdated commercials, you’ll find different individuals’s content material that is sensible to reference in your movies.”

On this screengrab from a Dave Maze video, he provides credit score to Tyler Stalman for the R5 C video footage.

“But when you will use another person’s video, it’s a typical rule of thumb to credit score them. It’s the precise factor to do, for my part.” You’ll be able to add each on-screen credit, an embedded hyperlink button within the YouTube video, in addition to credit score and hyperlink within the description.

If you wish to be taught extra about when you possibly can or can not embrace different video clips in your personal movies, head over to the YouTube Honest Use Coverage.

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