Create A Professional Music Video For Songwriters/Musicians
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Create A Professional Music Video For Songwriters/Musicians

Create amazing music videos on a shoestring or no budget that look like the professional music videos on MTV or VH1.
3.3 (22 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,676 students enrolled
Created by Bruce Chamoff
Last updated 2/2016
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What Will I Learn?
  • Produce a professional-looking video on very little or even no budget at all just like the expensive MTV or VH1 videos that cost thousands
  • Sync the vocals tracks with vocal video clips
  • Add special effects, fades and color tricks
  • Perform post-production to create the finalized video
  • Take simple professional looking footage with tools you already have like your smart phone including Android, iPhone and tablet
  • Utilize YouTube's "Enhancement" tools to make the music video more interesting.
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  • A smart phone with HD video capabilities, usually Samsung Galaxy 4 & higher or iPhone 4 or higher
  • Optional: Video editing software either free or store bought or a mobile app that allows for video editing

Learn how easy and inexpensive it is to produce your own professional music videos. Some people who take this course may already have the 2 necessary materials: a modern smart phone and a good modern video editing software. That is all I use in my videos and I am going to show you just how easy it is.

Just a little history: I have written over 150 songs so far over the past 40 years and have always thought that you needed a lot of money and technical skills with videography to produce those videos you see from the big artists. Then, I saw those first videos from Justin Bieber that got him noticed with Usher's manager Scooter Braun. When nobody knew who Justin Bieber was, his mother put out these amazing professional looking videos and had no record company backing, but got noticed from somebody associated with one of the biggest R&B stars at that time. Also, Arnel Pineda (from the Philippines) current singer of Journey was also discovered by guitarist Neil Schon from YouTube.

As students of this course, you can use these same techniques that Justin Bieber used for his videos and that I use for the Pianoland video.

This Is REALLY A Quick Course. There is No Need For A Large Course To Learn How To Accomplish This.

You may look at the curriculum and think that this is a very basic course, because of how small it is, but nothing can be further from the truth. I designed it that way, because I know you are excited about creating a music video. Why drag it out?

I promise you that if you follow my advice in this course, you will be able to create an amazing music video for your music or band that used to cost tens of thousands of dollars.

So, I look forward to teaching you this amazing thing that musicians need for marketing their music career. Also, seeing yourself on a professional music is just exhilarating!

Who is the target audience?
  • If you are a songwriter, recording artist or musician wanting to make a music video on a very tight budget, this is the perfect course for you.
  • Beginning inspiring music video producers can definitely use this course as a spring board to produce even more cool-looking music videos
  • This course is NOT for video production companies who already produce expensive high-budget music videos
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Curriculum For This Course
11 Lectures
Introduction To Music Video Production
8 Lectures 53:05

Welcome to my course on creating professional looking music videos. If you are a musician, songwriter or a recording artist, this course is definitely for you. I want to show you how easy it is today to create music videos for almost no or very little money at all.

All I used to create the music video was my Android Samsung Galaxy 6 and the video editing software that I have already had for 3 years that still operates like it is brand new. I have also used free video editing sites which I will get into into this video.

This video contains a little clip of my music video Pianoland and my introduction to this course. I also provide you my credentials and experience as all: a songwriter, recording artist, and a musician.

So....sit back and enjoy this course so you can make some real cool music videos!

Preview 04:42

In order to get a good idea of what your music video should look like, please watch the full Pianoland video on YouTube by searching for Bruce Chamoff - Pianoland. The video is only 4 minutes and 53 seconds long and is important to watch to get your own creative juices flowing.

I will be referring to parts of the music video in this course, so it is a good idea to watch this video and to start planning your own music video.

Preview 00:36

Ok, let me answer your first question: No, you do not need a video camera worth thousands of dollars to produce music videos.

Your smart phone or tablet has higher quality video recording than the big camera of the 80's. Hey, Justin Bieber did it. The singer in the band Journey did it.

In this video, I show you that recording a professional-quality music video can be accomplished easily, quickly, and most of all cheaply or even for free. I go over:

  • getting lots of footage
  • the video dimensions you need to set your phone's camera to

A special note about getting footage:

In real estate, they say the adage "location location location". Well, we can adopt this music video production and say "footage footage footage".

Preview 05:05

Ironically, in my opinion, the most important part of your music video is definitely audio, not the individual video clips. Why? Because all the video clip and footage will be aligned to this audio. If the audio is not placed first, then you have no way of knowing where to place the actual video clips themselves.

In this video, I show you:

  • where exactly to place the audio file
  • how to tell if your audio file is lined up.
Step 1: Always Add Your MP3 or Other Music Files FIRST Before Adding Any Video

This is the really fun part of producing a music video. In this video, I show you how to take all of your footage and put it all together in one of several different software packages for video editing. I teach you these concepts:

  • how easy it is to splice footage from your own smart phone or mobile device
  • fade clips from one into another
  • trim and cut footage

I also go over a few free and low cost software editing tools and show you that they all pretty much work the same.

Editing: Putting Together All The Exciting Footage

If you have a band and want your band members in your music video, there is a way to add them. In this video, I show you how to add footage for band members.

Recording Other Musicians In Your Band (Or Actors In Your Video)

Your music video can look a little boring with just people singing and playing instruments. That is why it is cool to get some cool footage of these popular video clips:

  • night scenes
  • city skylines
  • people in the background
  • sunrises
  • etc.

I use some of these in the Pianoland music videos.

Downloading Royalty-Free Video Content From The Web To Include In Your Videos

Syncing vocals, drums and other instruments is probably the most challenging task when producing your own music video, but the results are remarkable when this task is completed.

In this video, I show you show to do these tasks when syncing instruments and vocals:

  • matching vocals and drum beats to the audio
  • using the audio mixer in your video editing software to find the place where audio and video meet.
  • moving video clips to the exact position in order to sync the audio with the vocals in the video.
Syncing Vocals, Drums, & Other Instrument Video Clips With the Main Audio Track
Completing Your Music Video and Getting It Out To Your Fans.
2 Lectures 08:38

In this video, I show you the best format to get the clearest video quality and how to get that HD look including what settings to select in your video editing program.

Exporting Your Completed Music Video

This is the last and final step to publishing your music video. If you have not uploaded a video to YouTube before, I will take you through the steps which are basic. Once your video is uploaded, I will show you how to use YouTube's enhancement tools to do these cool things:

  • brighten up your music video's color
  • add contrast
  • add special effects like "HDRish", "Sepia", and more.
Publishing Your Video & Using YouTube's Enhancement Tools For Post-Production

If you pass this quiz, then you are on your way to being more than capable of producing an awesome looking professional music video.

Music Video Production Quiz
5 questions
Conclusion: Soundcloud and YouTube
1 Lecture 00:57

Thank you for taking this course. Keep checking back because I am always adding new video lectures when necessary. This video includes my YouTube and Soundcloud links.

Bonus Lecture and Thank You. Additional Links
About the Instructor
Bruce Chamoff
4.2 Average rating
824 Reviews
22,666 Students
11 Courses
Web Developer of 20 Years and Songwriter of Over 40 Years

CEO of the Web Designer Mall, a one-stop shop for all web designers and web developers.

I have designed and developed over 1,000 websites in the past 20 years for companies of all sizes from small businesses to major Fortune 500 corporations. Being the owner of a prestigious online mall for web developers, I have programmed everything from WordPress to Drupal to Joomla to simple HTML5.

Involved in the WordPress Community. I am also a speaker at WordCamps in the United States. 

The Music, The Songwriting

I love writing, recording, and producing music, mainly my own originals. I play sax and piano and have over 150 songs. Yes, I should have gone for that record deal, but I still enjoy the process of making music!