YTP was founded as a sort of counter-culture, a resistance against what one would consider “standard” content of its day. An in-joke among friends that gained massive popularity, YTP is certainly not the origin of video remix culture but certainly a huge modern wave of it. With today’s extremely corporate and rigid video landscape on YouTube, now has never been a better time to start creating Poop on YouTube. Plus, video editing is a skill you’ll naturally learn (and push to the limit) making these things. There’s nothing to lose!
Everyone has a different method and a different philosophy when it comes to remixing media. The following isn’t intended as a tutorial…more of a general outline, a path to get you started (hence the title). So, let’s get to it!
To start making videos, you’ll need the following:
- A video editor. Thus, you’ll also need a PC/Mac…you could try using a mobile device, but it would probably be too much trouble. We’ll go into some of the options out there in a bit. You can think of this as your paintbrush.
- A source video. This can be one or many, but basically, these will be the paints to your paintbrush.
- Patience. Creating YTPs (and video editing in general) is time-consuming.
- Help. Thankfully, that’s what we’re here for!
Phew, now that you’ve got your art space set up, let’s get to work!
1. Video Editors & General Guide
We have some options here! The first YTPs and some of the most famous were created with Windows’ built-in video editor, Windows Movie Maker (WMM). This software is old and not found on newer editions of Windows, so that’s not really a good place for us to start. If you really want to recreate that truly old school feel (and endure many, many crashes), then fire up a virtual machine and have fun. Similarly, Windows 10 PCs have a built-in app called Video Editor. If this is all you have or are willing to work with at first, go for it. There are free video editors out there (like OpenShot) that may be superior, but we don’t have enough knowledge about them to recommend them at this time.
The most prominent and famous video editing software among the community is Vegas. On sale frequently, it is a paid software with a large reach. The other prominent editor is Adobe Premiere, but it is much more expensive. Adobe After Effects and Final Cut Pro are also solid choices, but the former is again expensive and the latter is Mac exclusive.
Almost all video editors function in very similar ways. We won’t give an entire rundown here – there is a ton of very useful documentation out there, plus, in our belief, learning how to use it yourself is half the fun and challenge. But, the basic use is this: you have a timeline, with multiple tracks for video and audio, where you place your sources (more on that in a bit). On this timeline, you can cut, splice, stretch, or otherwise manipulate the audio and video of the sources you’ve added. There are plugins that add special effects and other flourishes to the clips you’ve manipulated. You can review your work in a preview window before it’s time to render the video and upload it to the world. This is the very basic method for creating a YouTube Poop.
As YouTube Poop has evolved, numerous styles have emerged from the medium. These various styles usually get names and are called Poopisms. Whether you want to embrace the tropes or go against them, studying these is a good way to come to grips with the various options you have when making these videos.
A source is what you use to create your video. It’s the video files you import into your video editing software to mix your masterpiece. A source can be anything – a movie, a TV show, a game cutscene, even your own footage – but you gotta have ’em to start. Ripping DVDs or downloading videos from YouTube is a good start to building up a source library. Some creators make certain sources a signature of theirs in their work.
Remember that no matter what, your source can be anything. Don’t let anyone try and dictate what you can and can’t use; it can be things you like, things you hate, or anything in between. Creating a YTP of a source doesn’t condemn it or promote it. It’s a pure expression of the creator’s creativity, intent to make new from what’s old.
Unfortunately, not all sources are what you’d call ‘safe’. Copyright and trademark law is a growing concern in the United States, where YouTube is headquartered, and fair use is unfortunately not good enough for DMCA-happy corporations who don’t want their properties remixed in any fashion. A list of commonly-taken down sources is listed here.
Because of this risk, creating YTPs can often be very exciting for the creator. Unfortunately, it also makes the permanence of the videos a growing concern; the companies that want to take down the videos can often-time wipe the creator’s channels completely. This very site is dedicated to archiving and featuring videos for years to come. Don’t let the threat of corporations stop you; create to your heart’s content! There will always be a way to preserve art.
Painstakingly splicing, cutting, masking, and adding special effects to a video takes a large amount of time. Though it may seem random and imprecise, it is often anything but. Remember to save your projects regularly and take breaks; your video will be worth the wait. When you see the video render (which takes even more time), seeing your effort come to life is always worth it. The thrill and adrenaline of uploading your video always makes it worth it.
So you need help? We have a forum and a Discord with a friendly community ready to assist at any time! We love new creators and want nothing more than to see this silly and highly creative phenomenon grow. As you may have noticed from the links in this article, we have a wiki that is always-updated and chock full of invaluable information. Thanks for stopping by; we look forward to seeing your videos!