I started my film career with traditional, long-form content. A few weeks ago, I decided to step out of my comfort zone, revive my YouTube channel, and start editing and uploading YouTube Shorts. It’s been a fun learning experience! Here’s my first Short, Terrible Matthew McConaughey Impression:

I created that silly video three separate times, in the iOS versions of YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok. This doesn’t come as a shock, but TikTok’s editor was by far the best, followed by Instagram Reels, and at the bottom, YouTube Shorts — mostly because I couldn’t rearrange clips without starting over from scratch.

With that said, in terms of viewer experience and engagement, YouTube Shorts wins. That Matthew McConaughey video had over 1600 views vs. 250 in both Reels and TikTok.

I created another video today, mainly as an excuse to edit iPhone video footage in Final Cut Pro. Turns Out™️ editing HDR footage, even with Apple’s own software, is a surprisingly unintuitive endeavor! But I still enjoyed the learning process.

Even though social media’s changed our viewing habits, I appreciate that the platforms help me to create projects faster than I ever thought possible.