7 Most Popular Types of YouTube Video You Can Make Today
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Sitting in front of your PC (or tablet, games console, smartphone, or smart TV) you’ve probably absorbed many YouTube videos. Some of these might have been adverts; others tutorials. You might have witnessed some unboxing videos (good and bad), observed people applying makeup, enjoyed some young singer/songwriters performing, or chuckled over some reaction videos.

But which of these are the most popular YouTube videos The 15 Most-Watched YouTube Videos of All Time The 15 Most-Watched YouTube Videos of All Time Most YouTube videos garner just a handful of views. However, these videos are the most-watched YouTube videos of all time. Read More ? And if you were to begin your own channel, which of these popular video types should you start with? Let’s take a look at the options.

1. The Unboxing Video

It is perhaps the most unusual of all of the YouTube videos, watching someone open a box and (hopefully!) getting exciting about the contents. Yet this video genre is hugely popular, and relatively easy to make. All you need is an unopened box full of tech/makeup/toys (or whatever you prefer) and a camera placed in a position to capture it all.

As long as you’re talking while the unboxing takes place, you should be able to produce a video that people will enjoy and respond to. Note that some unboxing videos have a soundtrack, rather than a commentary, but these tend to be shorter.

Our tutorial to producing an unboxing video people will enjoy How to Make YouTube Unboxing Videos People Will Like How to Make YouTube Unboxing Videos People Will Like YouTube unboxing videos are incredibly popular, but – in most cases – incredibly dull. Here are ten ways to make unboxing videos entertaining, fun, engaging, possibly amusing, and absolutely not dull. Read More will give you more information on getting started.

2. Everybody Loves Time-Lapse Videos

One very simple way to make a movie is with the use of a time-lapse camera, or if you’re using a smartphone, a time-lapse app How to Make a Time-Lapse Video by Converting a Standard Video How to Make a Time-Lapse Video by Converting a Standard Video Time-lapse videos are great, but they can be difficult to make. Why not turn one of your standard videos into a time-lapse instead? Here's how! Read More . These tools are simple to use and can produce amazing results, which is why the videos prove so popular – both for creators and the audience.

Time-lapse videos might be anything from a Lego construction to the building of a genuine building (such as the new World Trade Center), and even the creation of art, like this piece of hyperrealism:

Here’s a short time-lapse video I made using a Raspberry Pi:

3. Video Game Walkthroughs

Like gaming? With the help of a screen capture device (or a video camera) you can pass on your expertise on a particular game (or level) and entertain people at the same time. Video games as a spectator sport is a relatively new phenomenon, one made popular by Twitch, where over 45 million gamers gather every month. Some gamers have become celebrities in the Twitch world.

YouTube has its own version, YouTube Gaming, where gamers can stream or upload their gaming activity. Unlike Twitch.tv, these videos will remain on the site long-term.

Our guide to streaming games from a PC 3 Ways to Stream Live Gaming Action From Your PC 3 Ways to Stream Live Gaming Action From Your PC So let's say that you want to get in on that sweet live-streaming fame and fortune. Do you need expensive software? A degree in computer science? A jury-rigged second monitor with a webcam glued to... Read More will get you started on Windows. If you’re using an Android device, Google Play Games can help you record and then upload. Console owners can capture their game recordings using third party hardware, or built-in software if using current-gen game machines.

4. How To/Tutorials

YouTube is a regular destination for anyone looking for a way to do something. It might be technical help for dealing with problems upgrading to Windows 10 or something less computer-related, such as learning the basics of carpentry.

Here’s a screencast tutorial we produced:

If you feel you have a skill, ability or technique that you are happy to demonstrate, then making a how to video is the best way to share it with the world.

You might do a simple screencast (essentially recording your PC’s desktop to explain anything from opening a command prompt to performing a tricky technique in Photoshop) or opt for a more personal, camera-facing approach. This latter option might result in a quite a bit of work filming and editing, but as long as you have editing tools and ability, the results should be good.

As another example, here’s how to safely discharge a CRT TV or monitor:

5. Product Reviews

Related to the box opening video, product reviews are really simple to produce, BUT you would be well advised to make notes in advance. After all, you don’t want to be left without anything to say!

While first impressions are the domain of the box opening, product reviews should go more in depth, and include reflections upon your experiences with the product in question, whether it is a new frying pan, a bike, a collection of pencils, a new partwork magazine, a phone, some makeup… it’s up to you!

Best of all, you can conceivably manage a product review with a single camera, although you might like to add some photos and captions into the video to polish the finished production somewhat.

6. Fan Videos, Reviews, and Commentaries

Another popular option is the fan video. This might be speculation on your favorite TV show, movie or book series, a review of the latest episode, or even a commentary.

Popular franchises under discussion in such videos include Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and Doctor Who although there is no reason to limit yourself to these. But if you can find some popular videos discussing any of these, you’ve got a good idea of the type of video people are enjoying.

Best of all, the production is minimal. All you need is a webcam or digital video camera, and the ability to talk about the show or movie you like!

7. Show Off Your Reactions

Perhaps as surprising as the unboxing video, the reaction video is a popular option that is surprisingly easy to produce. On the other hand, however, this is potentially the slowest to produce, depending on how you set it up, what tools you use, and what you’re reacting to.

We’ve previously produced a tutorial on creating reaction videos How to Make a Reaction Video That YouTube Will Love How to Make a Reaction Video That YouTube Will Love Lots of different types of videos are successful on YouTube, but one of the most popular types of video is the "reaction" video. Here's how to make your own. Read More , and these can be made with anything from a computer webcam to a smartphone app. Another similar video type is the vlog, which isn’t so much about your reactions as it is your thoughts. Get started with our vlogging camera and setup guide The Best Vlog Camera and Setup for Under $1,000 The Best Vlog Camera and Setup for Under $1,000 Looking for the best vlog camera and setup? We've covered the best equipment for under $1,000 for all your video streaming and recording needs. Read More .

Other Video Types

You’ve probably seen other video types, such as pranks, bad karaoke, and mashups. These are all fine, but not necessarily things that you can start making right away after you finish this post (pranks are particularly tricky to setup and record).

Have you already tried any of these video types? Perhaps you have been bewildered by the sheer number of video types, or intimidated by the filming and production. You really shouldn’t be – especially when it comes to using a smartphone camera, many of the editing options can be automated or ignored altogether in the case of reaction videos. But if you have any questions or observations, please share them in the comments.

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  1. Kerry
    March 27, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Hello thank you for the great info, I’ve created a channel on video games and a 2nd channel I’m doing with my wife and I that channel we don’t really have a certain topic that we found to be of interest yet so we have put a couple up of different things. Is that a good idea? Or should we stick to just 1 type of videos? My channels are
    Messy sniper <~~ Gaming channel
    Goat punch. <~~ random videos

    Please let me no if it’s ok to have a veriaty of videos or best to stick to a theme.

  2. maat
    March 25, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    My channel is on animals

    I make videos on animals and stuff like that

    its @animal fiasco my channel

    Are animal videos popular?And if yes,what kind??

    • poop
      April 11, 2018 at 4:48 pm

      yes queen

    • poop
      April 11, 2018 at 4:48 pm

      Slay queen

  3. princess katelyn
    February 4, 2018 at 1:32 am

    you could also
    1. do letsplays
    2. how to
    3. clean with me
    4. vlogs
    5. animal videos
    plz sub to my channel princess katelyn

  4. AJ 20
    January 3, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    Sub to my YouTube channel AJ20

    • maat
      March 25, 2018 at 3:50 pm

      Mine is animal fiasco

  5. Renata
    November 30, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Everything for kids. Cartoons, specially animated songs. But not everybody knows to do it. My son knows and he is going to start his kid's canal soon!

  6. Dalton
    October 15, 2017 at 1:52 am

    I don't want to do any of these videos is there any other kind?

    • maat
      March 25, 2018 at 3:51 pm

      are animal videos popular?

  7. Dalton
    October 15, 2017 at 1:51 am

    I don't want to do any of these videos is there any other kind

  8. Dalton
    October 15, 2017 at 1:51 am

    I don't want to do any of these videos is there any other ones

  9. Simi Tuscano
    July 23, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Oh. Thanks for the info. It will probably help me a lot further when I'll start my YouTuber life. I loved this stuff a lot. And it is well explained and has perfect details. Thanks again! ?

  10. sohaib
    June 8, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    the videos like some celebrity cars collection or net worth would they get more veiws???

    • Angel Methax
      January 16, 2018 at 10:20 pm

      I would watch that

  11. bob
    July 22, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    One of your suggestions is mashups, I did this and the video was taken down less than a minute after I posted it due to copyright.

    • Christian Cawley
      July 22, 2016 at 9:13 pm

      Interesting .Yes, the trouble with mashups is choosing material that is available to be used, but there are tricks, like citing CC, or starting audio after a 10 second delay, etc.

  12. Davin Peterson
    March 7, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    Hey, why did you post an unboxing video of an iPhone instead of an Android phone/tablet? There are many unboxing videos of Android devices.

    • Christian Cawley
      March 8, 2016 at 8:24 am

      Mainly to demonstrate that unboxers aren't all dull geeks like me!