My camera setup. Galaxy Note 10.1 supported by Lego. I used the front camera so I could see what I was doing.

Remember my awesome unboxing video? You better. That was my first published unboxing and I say published because in reality it was my third video. You must be filled with rage knowing that you missed out on such works of art. Well, they were a tad dull.

It wasn’t a complete waste as I did learn from some of my many mistakes.


Watch before you destroy.

The best advice I can give is incredibly simple and will potentially save you. Watch the first half of the video BEFORE you open the box. Once you cut the tape you’ve passed the point of no return. You better hope to hell you’ve done a good job.

My videos put me to sleep. My two other videos were for Marvel Universe Galactus and Sentry. Galactus’ was over twelve minutes; twelve long anti-stimulating minutes. Sentry came in at nine.


Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse, and rehearse.

I spent about 40 seconds rehearsing and then started rolling. Took me about an hour to record each of the videos.

My thought process was that since hard drive space isn’t an issue, just record and figure it out as I go. What didn’t occur to me is that I had to start over each time I made a mistake. I’m a bit ashamed to admit that.


Set the stage.

Once your camera is set up, figure out your working area to ensure that the box stays in frame.

Turn your camera on and move the box around. Once you get too close, mark the spot with tape and do the same for too far. That way, when the unboxing ecstasy takes over you’ll have a clear indication of your working zone.

Three steps are all I can really give at this time. In no way am I saying that I know what I’m doing, still clueless there. The video I did publish is far from the quality that I want. Lighting kept changing (shot over three days), a bit out of focus, need a better camera set up, and then learn to how to achieve YouTube traffic. That in itself could be a book.


Now children, what did we learn today?

1. Make sure your video doesn’t suck before destroying the box.
2. You’re not awesome you need to rehearse.
3. Know your stage.

That’s it for now. I hope to do more in the future. And hopefully with time, I can develop a pretty awesome guide on video unboxing.

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