SlingStudio in the Studio: Pro Talk with David Wallimann
David Wallimann helps guitar players around the world develop their musical personality on the instrument. With over 150,000 subscribers, he publishes three weekly videos on his YouTube channel with each viewed on average about 6,000 times.
David has been doing this a while and has a lot to share about his tips and tricks for producing videos that will keep viewers coming back for more. We recently caught up with him to get his take on using SlingStudio for video productions and his journey along the way.
SlingStudio: What’s your experience with multi-camera video production?
David: Multiple angles are so important in the line of work I do. For the first six years of running the show I used a single camera and manually changed angles and edited everything in post-production. Then I added a second camera which helped, but that was all before SlingStudio. When I discovered SlingStudio a couple years ago, I was able to transition to a 4-camera setup and cut down my editing time drastically. SlingStudio makes it so easy!
SlingStudio: Are you a one-person production crew or have others on your team?
David: I produce the show alone using an iPad to switch in real time between the angles. I have a part-time employee who comes in the studio on the weekend to edit and upload the videos to YouTube. I also hired another guy to help me produce various backing tracks I use during the show.
SlingStudio: What do you do to prepare for a recording of your show/video?
David: My workflow might be a bit different than most. I never really prepare my videos. My only prep time is to find a title and then improvise a topic around it. I usually film three episodes on Mondays. I sit on my chair, turn on SlingStudio, read the title I came up with a few days before and hit record. I never really know what I’ll talk about during the video before filming it!
SlingStudio: What equipment do you use during video recordings?
David: I currently use three Panasonic Lumix G85 DSLRs and an old iPhone for a different look. I also use a Rode pin mic for my voice, a bunch of guitar gear and effects, a MOTU 1248 sound card in which all audio comes in, and an iMac.
SlingStudio: How many camera angles do you typically use during a video recording?
David: I usually use three camera angles, one main camera showing me with the guitars and desk around, one side shot that I use to talk to the audience when I want them to pay attention, and a guitar close-up angle. If I review a piece of gear like an effect pedal or something like that, I’ll use my iPhone as an additional source to show a closeup of what I’m reviewing.
SlingStudio: Have you received any feedback from the viewers of your recordings?
David: Yes, I have! People love the style of video made possible with SlingStudio. Not only do viewers love it, but I was also able to turn a few fellow content creators on to the SlingStudio and they are now also equipped with it. What you did with this is a real game changer!
SlingStudio: Do you have anything new or different planned for your next show recording?
David: I want to do more live shows. Scheduling has been an issue
trying to be live when most of the audience can be there too. It’s harder with
so many viewers spread across the world, but I’d love to do more!
SlingStudio: Can you describe any pain points during a recording prior to using SlingStudio?
David: Oh man, prior to using SlingStudio, producing a video would take me at least two hours – and that’s without the editing. The worse part was having to move cameras to get the right angle, trying to see how the angle would look like on a small camcorder screen, etc. Now I can monitor everything on the iPad, switch in real time and a video only takes me about 15 minutes to make.
SlingStudio: Do you have any tips or best practices you can share about recording videos?
David: The main thing is to keep things engaging and interesting. Online audience attention is very short, and your content is competing with so much out there. Changing angles helps, adding inside jokes, and of course making content that is beneficial is key. I’m still learning though!
SlingStudio: Why would you recommend SlingStudio to others?
David: I’d recommend it because it just makes the full thing so much easier and enjoyable. SlingStudio takes out all the tedious boring work of having to set up new camera angles, editing multiple sources, etc. It’s really a game changer!
We’re always thrilled to hear stories like David’s on how SlingStudio has helped him focus on what he loves the most—teaching guitar with creative and engaging content rather than the technical aspect of producing videos. To learn more, check out his video below on how he creates his YouTube videos!