How I Create Kalimba Videos | Processes and Tools Used

Greetings.

In this post, I will talk about my processes and tools that I used to create kalimba videos. I have a video that roughly shows how I manage my content, the process cycle of making a cover and also how I use the tools.

I’ve broken down the process of making kalimba videos into five:

  1. Transcribe
  2. Practice
  3. Record
  4. Edit
  5. Upload

1: Transcribe

This is basically the process of converting piano tutorials into kalimba tabs. You can watch my tutorials here (Part 1) and here (part 2). For this process, I use Google Docs and a converter tool from KalimbaTabs.net to convert letters into numbers. Among all of the processes I would say this is the most complex and time consuming, especially if I’m not familiar with the song.

2: Practice

For practicing, I take around 2-3 days to form my muscle memory and memorise the song. However, for songs that are more difficult like Kiss the Rain, I took more time in a day to practice it. I try to memorise the song line by line. Once I’m comfortable with one part, then only I move on to the next. I record the practice sessions from time to time just to listen to the flow on camera; how smooth it is, at which part am I supposed to improve on and others. Sometimes, I’ll post it on the Kalimba Subreddit. The kalimba community there is so supportive, I like how encouraging and helpful they are to new people.

3: Record

Recording takes the shortest time. My only problem with this is how nervous I get once the camera starts rolling haha. I’ll make sure to turn the fan and air-conditioner off so that the mic won’t pick up any unwanted noise.

Tools I used:

4: Editing

Editing is the second most time-consuming process. This is actually my favourite part because I can express how I want the end product to look like. If I’m doing animation, I’ll spend more time to illustrate in Adobe Illustrator and put it together in Premiere Pro

Tools I used:

  • Airdroid – To import videos and photos from my phone to my computer remotely; as in I don’t use the USB cable to transfer files.
  • Adobe Illustrator – Social media graphics: YouTube thumbnail, IG post, Pinterest pin, Website featured image, Animation.
  • Adobe Premiere Pro – To edit videos and put everything together.
  • Adobe Photoshop – To compress image files.

5: Upload

Uploading is on Sundays where I get everything ready to post on YouTube, Website, Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook. 

Tools I used:

  • Notion – I put every important information in this note-taking app. They are available on all platforms! Mac, Windows, mobile and web. Found out about this gem from Ali Abdaal and Krist Yu. Ever since I discovered it, I’ve been using Notion to manage my content more efficiently.
  • PNG to PDF Since the files from Adobe Illustrator are exported in PNG format, I thought that having it in PDF format is nicer to print or exported. So I used this converter tool for the kalimba tabs in my website.
  • Facebook Creator Studio – Upload posts on IG and FB.
  • WordPress – I’m using Elementor web builder to manage my website.

That’s pretty much it. I hope the video is useful in case you are still figuring out the best way to manage your content. By far, I’d say making the social media template on Adobe Illustrator and organising each the files in its own folder has helped me most to speed up the progress. 

Thank you for reading this post! Have a great day ahead x

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