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  • (upbeat music)

  • - A little bit of a busy day today,

  • gotta tell you guys somethin'

  • I got rid, I sold, I traded in,

  • it's gone, the ATV.

  • (sad music)

  • The quad is no more, ladies and gentleman.

  • It's a sad day,

  • just loading up the rest of the accessories,

  • headed down to the dealership.

  • The happy news, the good news is that

  • I swapped it out for a Jet Ski.

  • (upbeat electronic music)

  • I mean, I live five minutes from the water,

  • it just makes way more sense.

  • I'm gonna go pick that up, drop off the plow,

  • and all the other things I have for it.

  • And yeah, we got a few things to talk about today.

  • So let's get started, and just launch this vlog.

  • I think this is episode number six or seven?

  • We're just moving right along, just having a great time.

  • Ah, I love summer.

  • (grunting)

  • I will ride you again.

  • Little bit.

  • Little bit this way.

  • I really miss riding that.

  • I don't miss negative 30 degree Celsius though.

  • Today, I wanted to talk a little bit about

  • finding your own voice.

  • As many of you know, I love making videos.

  • And with making videos comes watching videos too,

  • I love watching videos.

  • I love watching what you guys make.

  • I love watching what my friends make.

  • And sometimes I just binge the (whip snapping) out

  • of YouTube and find myself, like I'm sure all of us have,

  • down that YouTube rabbit hole.

  • And four hours later you've seen

  • that panda sneeze a hundred times.

  • (high-pitched fake sneezes)

  • (whistling)

  • Come on.

  • (grunts)

  • But with watching all of these YouTube videos,

  • and browsing the platform, I'm bound to see

  • a bunch of videos made by other people

  • that refer to finding your own voice.

  • Or copying other creators.

  • Specifically I've seen so many videos that say

  • I am not Peter McKinnon, or I am not Casey Neistat,

  • or Peter McKinnon copy or,

  • I've seen a lot of that kind of thing.

  • I've even talked to people over email.

  • I've seen some great videos.

  • Today I kinda wanted to address a little bit about

  • copying other creators vs being inspired by other creators.

  • And kinda my thoughts on some of the vidders I've seen

  • about me on YouTube, with regards to this topic.

  • That was very formal, the way I said that.

  • It was very like, it was very official.

  • See the trick with these straps for your truck

  • is keeping them nice and bundled.

  • Normally, I keep them like this so when you take them out

  • you can use them fast, put 'em away.

  • The last few weeks have been a little out of control,

  • now look what I'm dealing with.

  • Look at this.

  • Look at this mess.

  • How did I let it get so bad?

  • Ugh!

  • Alright, I'm gonna time-lapse untangling these

  • cause it's gonna take me like 45 minutes.

  • (laughs)

  • (upbeat electronic music)

  • I want to let you in on a little time-lapse secret.

  • If you're gonna do it like the lazy way, the fast way,

  • when you just want to get a time-lapse done.

  • Set the camera up, hit record.

  • Let it go for whatever you're doing,

  • and then when you get in post you speed it up.

  • So it's (makes speed noise).

  • It's fast, that's what I call like the lazy way.

  • But sometimes it's just the best way.

  • The key, so that you don't get that time-lapse

  • hunting in and out for focus because you may be

  • going out of frame, and the camera's trying to refocus

  • is: touch the screen, touch the shutter button, whatever.

  • Get your focus, and then flip off auto-focus to manual.

  • So that it doesn't move.

  • That way you're not going to get any of that

  • eh-eh-eh-eh-eh

  • that push in, push out.

  • It's not gonna happen.

  • It's gonna be a nice clean time-lapse.

  • A little trick for you today.

  • Try that out, it'll make you way less frustrated

  • when you're editing in post, and you're thinking:

  • Why is it doing that?

  • (laughs)

  • Okay.

  • (alternative pop music)

  • Alright.

  • That's good.

  • (grunting)

  • Forget it.

  • Okay.

  • Okay.

  • You know what really irritates me about YouTube sometimes?

  • Things that happen,

  • Not even irritates me, but just like it makes me sad.

  • It makes me sad.

  • Imagine I just never told you?

  • I just shut the door and the vlog ended?

  • Bye!

  • (alternative pop music)

  • It makes me really sad when I see someone

  • that has made an edit or put a lot of work into a video,

  • they've worked very very hard on it.

  • They post it online for everyone to see.

  • They put themselves out there.

  • And I see some comments saying something like,

  • Peter McKinnon much?

  • Or hey that looks exactly like Peter McKinnon,

  • or you ripped off Peter McKinnon.

  • That's the Peter McKinnon transition,

  • that's the Peter McKinnon B-roll.

  • And where I think that's in one part cool,

  • because it's amazing to see the influence

  • that I've had doing what I love.

  • And it's connected with so many people,

  • and that's inspired them to create content

  • and put it on YouTube.

  • That to me, I've said this to all my friends,

  • I've never had a more fulfilling job.

  • But what I don't like is when I see other people

  • putting down those creators

  • because they're using techniques that I taught.

  • Alright so that's what I want to talk about today,

  • that is today's topic.

  • It's very important to me.

  • I need to get going cause I don't want

  • these guys to be mad at me.

  • But, welcome to episode

  • (transition pop music)

  • (curiosity music)

  • (sighs deeply)

  • I think I just broke his desk.

  • Yup.

  • I just broke Matty's desk.

  • (curiosity music)

  • (shoots Nerf gun)

  • When did Nerf guns get awesome?

  • (shoots Nerf gun)

  • Oh hell yeah.

  • Whoa!

  • (shoots Nerf gun around living room)

  • (machine gun sounds)

  • (fire alarm beeps)

  • (chewing)

  • Matty's been gone for like 15 days.

  • I miss him.

  • It's lonely here, you know.

  • It's just me.

  • Myself.

  • His pistachios.

  • It's his camera.

  • - What are you doing?

  • (laughs nervously)

  • - I didn't

  • I didn't know you were coming back!

  • You've been gone for so long,

  • I was just telling everyone how much I missed you!

  • There's a new noodle shop that just opened down,

  • I was gonna go eat, and I was gonna go by myself.

  • But then, now that you're back, do you wanna,

  • Do you wanna go get noodles?

  • - Of course.

  • - Let's B-roll some noodles!

  • Yes!

  • What are the odds?

  • (upbeat music)

  • That was,

  • You know when you eat like, that was a lot.

  • It was good, it was delicious, but I,

  • Productivity completely out the window now.

  • - I feel so full, man.

  • - [Peter] That's a lot of food, wasn't it?

  • - I don't think I can work anymore.

  • I feel like just going home.

  • Or one wheeling.

  • - I could do that.

  • See there's a very distinct difference

  • between copying someone verbatim.

  • Just doing exactly what they do,

  • oh that's cool, I'll do that to a T.

  • And then there's a very big difference in doing that

  • and being inspired by somebody.

  • It's totally fine to see someone, to see a creator,

  • to see an artist be inspired by that.

  • Do the same thing, but have your own twist to it.

  • Like back in the old American Idol days,

  • you'd see like a singer come onstage,

  • and they'd sing a song, and one of the judges would be like,

  • That was cool, but like you just did exactly the same thing

  • as the artist who made that song originally.

  • Like what do you bring to the table?

  • Cool, well take that song, sing it by all means.

  • But how are you gonna make it yours?

  • It's fine to be inspired.

  • I'm inspired by Edgar Wright, and you guys may have

  • noticed that when you see some of those drone war scenes.

  • When I'm bringing my drone out of the backpack.

  • Like, here's one from the desert.

  • (drone beeping)

  • Here's one from the ice hotel.

  • (snaps)

  • (drone beeping)

  • That is a very Edgar Wright style.

  • And if you want to see a comparison,

  • here is a clip from one of his movies

  • where that exact same thing is happening.

  • (action music)

  • Now I'm not shooting my entire sequence like that,

  • all my comedy like that, my color and everything

  • exactly verbatim but I'm taking what I like from his style,

  • adapting it into my vlogs

  • and my personality to make it work for me.

  • And the same thing goes with other creators on YouTube,

  • Which leads to my next point.

  • Which is one of the things that I think

  • a lot of people struggle with,

  • a lot of creators get flack

  • if they do anything remotely similar to anyone else.

  • And it's funny because Casey and I are friends,

  • and if I write a boost-it board,

  • I get a ton of Casey Neistat comments.

  • And this is where the whole vlog kinda rolls together,

  • where at the beginning I mentioned, of this episode,

  • that I see a lot of videos of:

  • Peter McKinnon copy, or I am not Peter McKinnon.

  • And I see other people giving other creators flack

  • because they maybe adapted one of my film making styles,

  • or techniques or tips from a tutorial.

  • And they use that in one of their videos.

  • You see, I give you this knowledge, I teach these things.

  • I was taught at some point,

  • or I figured some of this stuff out.

  • But I'm teaching you so you can use these in your videos.

  • So don't feel bad.

  • Don't let someone tell you like:

  • Aw, that's way too Peter McKinnon!

  • That's a Peter McKinnon transition.

  • No, that's just a transition,

  • Peter McKinnon just taught the tutorial.

  • Cause I want you to learn it.

  • If I didn't want you to do any of the exact things

  • I was doing, I wouldn't teach them.

  • But, I've learned something not too long ago.

  • That, if you want to be successful and happy,

  • I learned that like, it's sharing.

  • Sharing and being nice is just the way

  • to both of those things.

  • The second I started providing value,

  • I became more successful.

  • The second I decided to stop keeping everything for myself,