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Botmatrix Youtube Channel

Hi Guys & Gals!

I wanted to let you all know that after a long hiatus I'm spinning up my Youtube channel again! I'm shifting over to my new alias: Botmatrix. From here on in the channel will be dedicated to this awesome community and will continue to be a place where I share my electronics and robotics side projects. The content will be mostly hardware related with a lot of ARC & ARC (mobile) interaction.

I have a number of Project Showcases in the queue that I'd like to share and a few tutorials I'd like to do (I still owe someone an RGB LED tutorial ;D ). I'm very open to requests and ideas for videos if you have any suggestions. Also, if you'd like to be added as a featured channel, please let me know! I've already added ez-robot and a few of our community members to the list.

The link to my channel is: Here

Please subscribe and comment if you're interested!

I'm working toward to getting a custom URL for the channel, A new logo design, and a few other changes. I'll update this thread once the changes start happening.

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P.S. I won't be able to get this channel going again without your support and involvement. There are too many distractions out there for me. This community is where I belong and where I receive the most genuine satisfaction, and I really desire to be more involved.


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Thank you @bhouston for being my 100th Subscriber!

I now have my own custom channel url:

My channel is also searchable on YouTube now! That will make things much easier.
Thanks for the subs guys, I really do appreciate it!

I've been dragging my heels these days in the video content creation category due to a few challenges that I need to find a good solution to. Maybe you guys can help me out!

Here they are:

1. I need a fast way to create visually appealing Video title screens (which will be the thumbnails for the videos). I am familiar with vector programs (inkscape and corel draw).

2. I need an easy way to listed to royalty free music on my way to and from the office to evaluate for videos. I use an iPhone for my music. I do have the Jamendo app but it's hard to find the royalty free stuff. Maybe the Youtube royalty free music list......

3. I need a new logo to suite my channel rebrand to Botmatrix. My ideas so far include a robot face that is combined with a dot matrix printer, some sort of variation on the Autobot Matrix of leadership, or an update to my old Elite Gamers logo that I currently have.
Hey Jeremie....creating video title screens can be a tedious task, so I guess either you will have to put the work in and create them yourself, or you could use some templates to start from! This would save you some time to stay focused on editing and putting out content, rather than getting stuck fiddling around endlessly without getting anything done! Renderforest has some nice Video Templates that will not cost you a fortune and could be a fun point to get started!


For the Audio, there are quiet a few sites offering royalty free music, most of them have a fee for signing up for their sites though...the best way to get started should be You Tubes own library, which you might have already found!


Logo design is a tough one if you are not really into drawing yourself...I would personally think that you should collect a bunch of appealing images and get some friend that either has interest in drawing or studies at art college to do the final rendering of your idea...maybe you can trade it in to help that person with some electronic stuff or something that matches your skillset!

Keep it up...it's fun and will be rewarding in the end!:D
Thanks for advice @Mickey666Maus I'll definitely check those out! I was familiar with Youtube's library but I haven't given it a chance yet. I just assumed that those tracks would be over played and haven't really looked into it yet. I think I'll give it go this week.

As much as I'd like to do a logo on my own, my wife is a web/graphic designer, so I'll likely have her help me with out with it. I just need to give her a good visual concept.
Hehe...my wife is an artist too, I know this problem!:D

I chose one of those YouTube tracks for that timelapse of building the printer, I actually never gave it a second thought on how often those tracks might be used in other clips...but it is a good point!
I am also interested in finding good sources of royalty free music, and will share the sites if I find any!

If you get bored of YouTube, you can also check on Soundcloud...


Also there are a couple of apps which produce music...this one is for iphone


Lets keep this topic up, I do not have much time for robot building or video editing at the moment but I hope this will change at some point...and I truly believe that putting stuff out to YouTube is a great addon for this community, lets try to get more robot builders into it!;)
Thanks @Mickey666Maus

Yesterday, I actually found a copyright free playlist from Soundcloud/Audio Library on YouTube that had some great tracks on it, good thinking!

I like the idea of creating my own music but I'm not talented in that area at all. For those who are musical I think making your own music with your phone is an awesome idea. I also know that electronic music making software: ReBirth is now open source and free to download so that's an option too.

I definitely agree that us robot builders should be utilizing youtube as much as we can, every video is an inspiration to the community!

My idea at this point, to make everything faster, is to film and edit with my phone. I will use the iMovie app to do the editing and add in music.
You are so right...I tend to overburden myself on editing stuff because I want everything to be perfect, but sometimes it is better to cut some corners and just put something out there to move on, rather than spending more and more time on a thing and not getting it done!

We are always learning, which anything we produce we get a better routine.
And there is so much that can be done on the go with your phone these days, while still maintaining a good quality...I like this idea!:)
I did some proof of concept exploration with @Justin's idea of creating an EZ-Robot style Johnny 5. I think it turned out pretty decent. What do you guys think?

I like it...its a good way to visualize a concept! If you had written a long post on what you were trying to do, probably it could have been harder to understand...
This is a quick and easy way to get things out there, we should all use YouTube more!:)
@Jeremie, WOW! I've got goose bumps, that looks awesome! Is it using all 3 motors? Is that a standard Rolli belt?
Thanks @Justin

Yep, that's a standard Roli belt and I'm just using 1 motor in the standard Roli configuration but with 2 idlers. I was thinking that the track setup looks perfect for an Revolution style Wall-E as well! I'll keep exploring:)
I actually think it looks better as a Wall-e base. Johnny-5, the top idler is more set back from center (although this is a great way of working with the space available).

@thetechguru I debated about that myself. Looking closely at the original Johnny five I think the that top idler may actually be centered but the tread cover makes it look further back than it's actually sitting. I've seen one of these systems taken from a ride-on floor mopping machine and it was definitely symmetrical. I'm going to do some adjustments tonight. The top idler could be dropped lower and the other 2 gearboxs could be spread out further to give it a flatter look.
I agree with @Jeremie that it is a tri centered configuration but the covers make it visually appear as if it is off center. But if it could be pushed out a little flatter then it would be more J5 than Wall.E. But either way, I love it!


I agree with @Jeremie that it is a tri centered configuration but the covers make it visually appear as if it is off center. But if it could be pushed out a little flatter then it would be more J5 than Wall.E

Interesting. I did a Google Image Search to confirm my thought, and it looks like a bunch of toys had it off center, but the actual one from the movie was more centered.

move the top idler farther back from the center and you will mimick the shape of wall-e
@Jeremie I found this tutorial for thumbnails very enlightening. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4yRrVgvFrg I have to admit, I never knew how thumbnails got added to or created for videos on YouTube (I thought it was something only super cool YouTubers had access too, LOL).

This guys has all sorts of neat videos that shows how to use free things Paint, Paint.net, and Windows Movie Editor to edit and produce many video effects. And for what Windows Movie Editor can't do Microsoft Expressions Encoder 4 can, with overlays and it too is free.

For those that might want a logo but don't have access to someone who does graphic arts, I just used Fiveer.com to have a new J2R logo created for $5. I have not rolled it out yet, but I am super happy with it. Fiveer is a neat service to connect with artists. They even offer video intro and outro creations and all sorts of other services.
Awesome! Thanks for the info Justin! I checked out those resources and they are very helpful. They will definitely help me get closer to my goal. I appreciate your suggestions, thanks again!
Well, I just realized that this thread was ported over to the Synthiam site as a question and it's still unresolved. Even though it's not really a question, I'll give the credit to Bob since he was my 100th Subscriber:D
Thanks Bob, and the rest of you guys for helping out my humble youtube channel!