3-19-2011

So i appologize for not posting a stat update, or anyother blog for that matter in over a month. I would like to say that i have been busy…but it wouldn’t be true. I’ve been a little discouraged at my subscribers and views on my page because YouTube has set new sending limits on messages…but here are my stats

Here’s my stats as of today:
Friends: 17,085 (+1,922)*
Subscribers: 3,233 (+323)*
Channel Views: 67,352 (+12,526)*
Upload Views: 79,829 (+16,929)*
Most viewed video: Annoying Orange Parody: 19,491

*since last update

As you can see, my number of new subscribers and friends has decreased dramatically concerning its been a month and a half since my last update. I’m going to post a little more about that on my next journal entry.

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2/5/2011 – My Stats

Here’s my stats as of today:
Friends: 15,163 (+952)*
Subscribers: 2,910 (+268)*
Channel Views: 54,826 (+6,385)*
Upload Views: 62,900 (+8,369)*
Most viewed video: Annoying Orange Parody: 13,546

*since last update

I have been running 2 versions of Tube ToolBox. So far i haven’t seen a significant increase in my subscribers and friends but then again those people are subscribing to my other channels. Here are the totals of Subscribers and friends from my other channels combined:

Old Channels:
Subscribers: 1,682
Friends: 5,865

Newer Channels:
Subscribers: 73
Friends: 2,672

Total from both:
Subscribers: 1,755
Friends: 8,537

My new long-term goal is to get 100,000 friends and 10,000 subscribers. Hopefully by My next birthday (April 20, 2011) i will reach this goal. help me out! Spread the word to your friends and anyone who may be interested. Thanks!

I will post a new stats update once a week. Check back next week to view my progress.

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A New Vegie-Tables Series


So for a while now i have been trying to think of a good short. I want  The Vegie-Tables to take a new direction. I want to start making longer episodes that an audience can actually get into. The poblem there is that it takes forever to make one. So I was trying and trying to think of something i could make as a short, so that i can make more episodes, while still working on my main episode. My idea was to simply have a character talking to the audience, giving them some “wise words.” At first, i was going to use Nate. But it just didn’t feel right. So i kept putting it off and putting it off. Then one day i was at a resturant with a friend and my girlfriend called. When i hung up i told her i loved her. My friend was surprised that i acted all mushy. So just randomly i said “if you want to get the bush you gotta give the mush.” I liked this phrase: “no mush, no bush.” I wanted to put it in one of the shorts. But who do i use?

When i’m with my girlfriend, i always do different voices, acting out little skits to her just for fun. I have one voice that really gets on her nerves when i use it. It sounds like an arrogent, loser type character. Its a fun character to do, and most of all it is annoying! On youtube, annoying rules! That’s the voice i wanted to use for my new character. But what is my character. I knew who he was (his personallity) but what did he look like? I knew i wanted him to be part of The Vegie-Tables world. So he had to be a vegetable, or a fruit. I wanted him to be a main character, and fruits in the Vegie-Table world aren’t really the good guys. So this character had to be a vegetable. But what kind? I kept thinking and thinking: Broccoli, squash, lettuce, cabbage, eggplant, ect. What did i want him to be? Finally i said “to hell with it.” I’ll make him a carrot. So i did. I started sketching up different carrots to try to match the voice i had for him. I knew i wanted him to look kind of like a pimp. But he wasn’t a pimp. Just a wanna be pimp type character. I gave him gold teeth, a pimp hat, pimp glasses, and a cane. I even gave him some snazzy shoes. Now for the name. For me, names are pretty easy. It really doesn’t matter what you name a character. It’s the personallity that people relate to. So I just spit on out: TC. Sounds good enough. I’ll learn to love it.

Then i started recording his voices. I went ahead and recorded for the first two episodes. This way the second episode will be on it’s way. Then i started animating my character. This was going to be a really simple cartoon. Not much movement. 1 scene. I planned on one camera change during the episode to stress the situation. It took about a week from the time i started animating until i was finished. Then i drew up a tital page, and posted it to YouTube. Check it out!


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A new series- A spin-off of The Vegie-Tables

So I have been working on my most recent episode of The Vegie-Tables for a while now. It is much longer, and more in depth than the other episodes that i’ve done. This episode actually has a story to it. Right now i am about half way through animating, I have 90% of the characters designed, and I have all of the voices recorded.

Since it is taking me longer than planned to finish this episode, i’ve decided to start a sub series. I’m still thinking on the name but it will be a much shorter, simplified type of episode. It introduces a new carrot: TC. It’s kind of like a video blog. There’s no action, just TC talking, and his charming personality. I decided to “try my  best” to complete 1 of these episodes a month for the next 6 months are so, just so that i can have something to upload to keep my fans and subscribers satisfied.

So start looking for it! A new Vegie-Tables spin off starring TC. The first episode should be completed by the end of this week or early next week.

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1-20-2011

It has been about 20 days since my last stats update. About 5 days ago I decided to open another account on Tube Toolbox so maybe i can come close to my goal of 10,000 subscribers by my birthday. I created 4 new sub pages for Randall P Studios for the new account to work on. I’ve also bought a coupon for Facebook ads. I was able to get a $50 coupon for $5.95. I’ve gotten several “likes” on my facebook page by that.

Also remember, on the stats that i list, these are only for my main channel. I also have 8 other channels that i run my videos through. I also have friends and subscribers for those channels that i do not count in these stats.

Here’s my stats as of today:
Friends: 14,211 (+768)*
Subscribers: 2,642 (+254)*
Channel Views: 48,441 (+9,044)*
Upload Views: 54,531 (+10,010)*
Most viewed video: Annoying Orange Parody: 13,546

*since last update

My new long-term goal is to get 100,000 friends and 10,000 subscribers. Hopefully by My next birthday (April 20, 2011) i will reach this goal. help me out! Spread the word to your friends and anyone who may be interested. Thanks!

I will post a new stats update once a week. Check back next week to view my progress.

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How to: Get Subscribers and Video Views



So you’ve uploaded some videos on your youtube channel and you’re excited to see the comments people leave on them. All the videos are great videos and you’ve come up with some clever names to drive traffic to them. You’ve even added great tags to your videos and your channel to direct YouTubers to them. First day, nothing. Second day nothing. The next week, 3 more views. It’s been months and you still haven’t seen significant traffic on your videos. How do people do it? You’ve already seemed to do everything you need to do. I mean you want to be a famous YouTuber. You want to eventually partner with YouTube and start making profits on your video. These things are possible, but it takes time, and a little bit of effort on your part. Just follow these steps and you’ll be on your way.

  • Come up with quality videos that will keep people coming back. Whether you make video blogs, cartoons (like me), tutorials, or whatever it is you make. Make plenty of them and keep posting them regularly. Give your viewers something to watch.
  • Make your channel pleasing to look at . Avoid complicated backgrounds and definatly avoid transparent modules, background color, and wraper colors. This makes your chanel to strainful on the eyes and users will not enjoy your channel. I’ve seen too many channels that have both a complicated background and transparent background color. I coultn’t read anything on their channel.
  • Advertise yourself. Get out into the community and let other users know that you are there. Put thoughtful comments on other popular videos. Keep commenting on them and try to get the most thumb ups on your comment. Send users messages that have recently commented on videos similar to the videos that you upload and ask them to subscribe to your channel. Send out friend request to everyone you can.
    After a while of doing this however you realise that you have to constantly stay on YouTube looking for friends, sending messages and so on. On top of that, YouTube has sending limits that will only allow you to send a certain number friend request, messages, or comments in a certain period of time. You don’t have all day to sit around and promote your video. You need to spend your time making more videos, and thinking of awesome ideas. So what’s a good way to promote yourself with out spending countless hours at the computer?
    There are a few methods that I know of that you can do:
    1. You can promote your videos using YouTube’s promoted videos. This method allows you to set up a daily budget, and tell Youtube how much you want to pay per click on your video. In return they post your video in  more search results based on the keywords you enter. That’s an OK way of promoting your videos.
    2. You can go to one of those sites and “buy views.” There are many different sites that offer  to sell you video views, subscriptions, thumb ups, vidoe comments, channel views, and so on. You can buy those for practically any stat that your channel shows. The downside to this option is that its all a onetime deal. They give you subscriptions by fake users who never really plan on watching your videos. If you buy video views then it is only on that one video. So this method is only good if you spend a ton of money to get your video posted in the Most Viewed video section. In order to do that you would need to purchase tens of thousands of views. At one site I checked 10,000 views cost about$ 37. 50, 000 views cost $67. And 100,000 views is $127. You can purchase that and still not have the most viewed video. I highly suggest you not go with this option. But if you want to look into it check it out here .
    3. Now this is my preferred option. This is what i use and it has worked wonders on my Youtube channel. Remember the friend request and messages, and comments I told you to send? Well, does all of that for you. It is an automated program designed, to gather names, and then send messages, friend request, comment on videos, and pretty much anything you can do, it will do for you. The good thing about Tube Tool Box is that you can leave it running all day. That means it will continuosly work to get you more views and subscribers.
    But what about YouTube’s sending limits? Won’t this violate that? The answer is ”NO.” The toolbox will wait out any sending limit that Youtube puts up. After the limit is dropped. will start sending again. You don’t even have to touch it. Just let it run until it is finished. Then, start it again.
    Now i’m the type of person who is skeptical about everything. But i really wanted views. But does it really work? Try it out yourself to see. The program is free to download and then you get a trial version. With the trial version you can send out a very small number of messages and request in one day. It gives you a small taste of what it can do. If you then want to purchase it, you have that option.
    When i first tried it I instantly fell in love with it. So I purchased the full version. And I’m glad that I did. The day I started with Tube ToolBox I had only 16 subscribers and a hand full of friends. Now, only about 3 months later, I have almost 2,500 subscribers and over 13,000 friends. Plus I have 4 other channels with hundreds of subscribers each and thousands of friends each. And the best part: They are all REAL PEOPLE! They are not automated views by some random website. Real people will come back and watch my next vidoes. To make things even better for me, thanks to the help of Tube ToolBox, as of Dec. 18, 2010 (just about a month ago) YouTube approved me into the partner program. Now I can make money on my videos! Check out my Channel: Randall P Studios
    Now this option won’t make you an over night success. But it will definately work in time. Just keep doing what you’re doing: Making great videos.  So, If you’re serious about getting famous on YouTube, then i highly suggest trying . Hey, at least do the free trial, you have nothing to loose!

Download your trial right now and get started becoming a famous YouTuber:

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My Home Recording Studio On A Budget ($145)



Need to record voices for a cartoon, voice over, or something else. I set up my cheap, affordable, home recording studio. This is what I use to record the voices for my cartoons.
You will need:
1. MIC
2. Pop Filter
3. Audio-Interface
4. Editing/Recording Software
5. Sound Box (Optional)

Nady Starpower SP-1 dynamic microphone

1. Mic. I use a Nady Starpower SP-1 microphone. It is a great and affordable microphone. I’ve been 100% happy with it so far. Works best speaking directly into the mic. This microphone averages from $15 to $20. You can get a set that includes a mic, cable and a mic stand for $25. ($25) for only about 15 bucks

2. Pop filter . A pop filter keeps stops the unwanted popping sound which results from forceful sounds or burst of air as in when pronouncing the B or the P sound. You can buy a cheap one for about $10. Or make one. Take a wire closehanger shape it into a square or a circle. Stretch panty hose over it and tie the pantyhose. BAM! Free pop filter. (FREE!) Want to buy a non ghetto pop filter check this one out:

M-Audeio Mobile Pre USB preamp/audio interface

3. Audio-interface. The audio interface allows you to record quality sound through a computer. I purchased an M-Audio Mobile Pre USB preamp/audio interface, at a thrift store for $7. They typically run around $120. This is a must for an at home studio. ($120) Below are 3 M-Audio interface options. These are The newer versions (Click to see price and/or order one) :
4. Good sound editing software . Usually if you purchase an audio interface then it will come with editing software. M-Audio usually sets you up with ProTools which is an awesome program for editing. Since my interface was second hand, i didn’t get the program with it. So I downloaded a program called Audacity ( http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ ) which is a free download and works perfect for my needs. (FREE) If you are interested in puchasing to it, it’s a bit pricey though.

My tube speaker box mic houseing. You can see the foam wrapped around the inside to prevent echo. I ran the mic cable through the whole in the back and simply laid the mic inside facing the front.

5. Sound box. I’m not sure if this is completely nesecerry but I use a tube speaker/sub box to put my mic in. I put foam around the inside of the tube to reduce outside noise and echos. Most recording studios have some sort of padding or sound insulation on the walls to keep out unwanted sounds. I don’t have this, so i made a mini one. I’m sure any kind of box would work, and any sort of padding or cloth should do the trick on the inside. Just use what you have around the house. (FREE!) Run your audio interface through any computer USB. Connect your mic to your cable and the cable to the interface. Place the Mic inside your sound box facing the side you will be speaking into. Place your Pop filter infront of your mic. (when you speak the filter will be between your mouth and the mic). Install your software . Learn the quick basics of how to use your software. Start recording.

Total Cost of this home recording studio: $145
Get lucky like me and find an interface at a Goodwill and pay: $32
Click on the pictures below for details or to purchase each item.

GOOD: Fast Track BETTER: Fast Track Pro
BEST: Fast Track Ultra Pro Tools
Nady Starpower SP-1 Microphone Cheap Pop Filter
Here’s a link to a Shure PG 58 Microphone . It cost a bit more than the Nady Starpower, but i’m sure it’s a little better quality.
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How I Started recording Voices For My Cartoons


There are so many things that go into making a cartoon, not just animating. In fact, i think animating is the easy part. If you watch the credits of a popular cartoon such as Family Guy, Simpsons, or Spongebob you will notice that there are hundreds of names and jobs that it takes to make those cartoons. When i first started animating, i had absolutely no clue how to record decent voices for my cartoons. I mean i could go to a local recording studio, but like any other beginner animator i didn’t have the money for that. So, the only thing left to do was to record my own voices. But where  to start?   I went to Google. I started looking up “at home recording studios,” “cheap recording equipment,” and so on. I found a ton of information that didn’t mean anything to me. I didn’t have the money for professional grade equipment. Everything I saw basically told me i’d have to spend about $500 or $600 on decent gear. Ha, i gave up on looking.

The first microphone i used

I just happend to have a small mic sitting around the house. I have no idea where it came from, but it worked, somewhat. So i used it. It was a small stereo mic, i think it was made for online chat, but i’m not really sure. I don’t know if it really helps or not but i found a tube speaker box which was made for an 8 inch subwoofer and i lined it with foam. Then I placed the microphone inside the tube. Like i said, i’m not sure if that was necessary but i wanted to keep any echo out. I figured the foam would absorb any extra sound.

My tube speaker box mic houseing. You can see the foam wrapped around the inside to prevent echo. I ran the mic cable through the whole in the back and simply laid the mic inside facing the front.

I know that most sound studios have some sort of sound insalation on the walls. I just wanted to slightly mimic that. I used this setup for the first several cartoons that i made. I used it for the first 3 DipDock Crows episodes, and the first 5 or 6 episodes of The Vegie-Tables.I simply plugged in this mic into my desktop (for some reason my laptop couldn’t handle recording sound) and i used a program called Audio Recorder for Free that i downloaded from a Google search. The program was a simple recording program. It wouldn’t allow me to edit my voices at all.For a few episodes i used a program called Adobe Soundbooth. I was able to cheat the system and use my 30 day trial for much longer. Soundbooth was an awesome program, once you figured it out. It allowed me to cut my voices, and edit them in crazy ways. I actually used Soundbooth to change my voice pitch, tone, and timing to create the voices for the family of grapes in Happy Grapes and Grape Juice. You can see this here:


All of the Above Episode of The Vegie-Tables was recorded with the mic above and using .

M-Audeio Mobile Pre USB preamp/audio interface

After several months, my 30 day trial of sound booth ran out and i was stuck using Audio Recorder for Free agian. The first episode i recorded with that program can be seen here: ( ).   So i was still looking for a decent, cheap recording program, as well as better equipment. One of my good friends Jarred Lohr just so happens to co-own and operate a recording studio. I contacted him and asked him what would be a good, cheap set up for a at home voice recording studio for my cartoons. He told me to get something called an audio interface, and a dynamic microphone. He suggested an interface by a Microphone by and for editing. I looked into it. If I purchased these items new I would spend roughly 250 to $300. Money that i didn’t have. Then one day, i was walking around a local Goodwill and i spotted something that looked kindof familiar. It was an . I didn’t know what it was, but it was on $7 so i bought it. Turned out that it was exactly what i needed for recording audio through my computer.   I took it home, found a USB cable to connect it to my laptop and tried to start recording. I couldn’t really figure it out. Originally the interface came with editing and recording software, but since i bought this one second hand I didn’t have a copy of ProTools. I looked online and if i wanted to spend about $100 i could buy ProTools by itself. But I didn’t want to. So I set it to the side for a while.

Nady Starpower SP-1 dynamic microphone

I started doing a little more research on mics, the interface that i bought and on recording software. First I decided to look around for a decent dynamic microphone. I wasn’t going to spend top dollar on a Shure mic, so I found a cheaper dynamic mic. I found a dynamic mic. It was about $15. It fit right into my budget. So i ordered it. The mic did’t come with a mic cable so i found a cheap for $5-10. Then I started looking around for a cheap recording program. I found something better than cheap. I found something for FREE!! I found some software called Audacity. I downloaded this program at http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ . It worked great! To me, it seemed to have all of the benefits that had. I’m sure a professional sound person wouldn’t agree, but Audacity had everything i needed. Plus it recorded way better than Sound Recorder for Free. Sound Recorder for Free always skipped on me for some reason. It would cut out and my recording would sound terrible, so i had to record each line 100 more times than i should have to. Another, idea I found from searching online was to make and use a popping guard or a pop filter. A is used to prevent a popping sound in your recording when you pronounce the b or p sound or any other sudden forceful sound. Now you can by these pretty cheap, like $10. But i thought why go cheap when you can go free!  So i made one. I took an old metal coat hanger and i bent in in a circle the size of the front of my speaker box. Then i stretched some panty hose over the hanger, and tied it off. BAM! Cheap, Free pop filter!   So I had my program, my interface and when my mic and cable came in i was ready to start recording like a professional! Well, somewhat. I set everything up, ran my interface through my laptop (which i can now record sound on thanks to the interface) and started recording my voices. I really liked the differenct. The voices were much clearer, and much easier to record! Here’s the first cartoon I made using this setup:

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12-30-2010 stats update

Here’s my stats as of today:
Friends: 13,443 (+680)*
Subscribers: 2,388 (+188)*
Channel Views: 39,597 (+5,295)*
Upload Views: 44,521 (+6,218)*
Most viewed video: Annoying Orange Parody: 12,638*since last update

My new long-term goal is to get 100,000 friends and 10,000 subscribers. Hopefully by My next birthday (April 20, 2011) i will reach this goal. help me out! Spread the word to your friends and anyone who may be interested. Thanks!

I will post a new stats update once a week. Check back next week to view my progress.

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How to make an Image Map Code


An Image Map Code is a code that tells what links you want a certain area of an image to link to. For instance, if you have 2 seperate images put together in one image file you can make each picture have a different link. When posting a banner on Youtube for instance, you can only upload a piture file. But you want to have several links on your banner like a link to your website, a link to your facebook, a link to your blog and a link to your twitter. Well, with an Image Map you can easily do this. But how do you make a code? What is the code? The code is basic HTML. It gives coordonites of where you want links.

Here is my banner along with my Image Map Code to give an example:

As you can see there are several different areas where i would want to put a different link. For example at the top Left Corner i would want a link to my facebook page, at the bottom left i would want a link to my site randallpstudios and to the far right i would want a link to my Vegie-Tables site. With just a simple image you can’t have multiple links, unless you add an Image Map Code.

My code for this image is as follows:

<map name=”Map”>
<area shape=”rect” coords=”0,0,253,69″ href=”
http://facebook.com/randallpstudios ” target=”_blank”>
<area shape=”rect” coords=”-1,69,253,117″ href=”
” target=”_blank”>
<area shape=”rect” coords=”-1,117,253,149″ href=”
http://randallpstudios.com ” target=”_blank”>
<area shape=”rect” coords=”251,1,750,148″ href=”
http://randallpstudios.com ” target=”_blank”>
<area shape=”rect” coords=”749,1,959,149″ href=”
http://vegie-tables.com ” target=”_blank”>
</map>

In this code each link area has its shape, coordinates, link, and destination window.Look at the first link: ”rect” means the shape is a rectangle. coords=”0,0,253,69″ is the coordinates of where the link will be. The coordinates of the rectangle shape give the top left corner and the bottom right corner. So this means this rectangles top left corner is 0px to the right and 0px down. The bottom right corner is 253px to the right and 69 px down. then link takes you to http://facebook.com/randallpstudios . target=”_blank” means that you open the link in a new window.  You can play around with this code, and change it to fit your image, or you can use a program like to make a code for you. I use Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004. Here’s the steps i use. The steps would be pretty much the same in a newer version of Dreamweaver and very similar in anyother html editing program.

  • Open a New Document (Basic Html)
  • Insert your banner image
  • Select the banner and go to your image properties
  • Find your HotSpot tool (I use Dreamweaver MX 2004, my properties/hotspot option is at the bottom left but it depends on your setup and which edition you have. They should all be similar)
  • Select the shape you want: Rectangle, Oval, or Polygon
  • On the Rectangle and Oval options drag the shape out to the size you want it. On the polygon option simply click where you want the corners to be. If you want to resize or reposition your shape after you have made it use the arrow tool right beside the rectangle option and drag the corners or the entire option. To delete the shape click the shape and hit the backspace key.
  • After you get the shapes where you want them, add the link and the target in the properties menu for the shape
  • Now copy your map code and insert it into the appropriate box in youtube. You do not need the entire html page code. you only need the part that starts: <map name=”Map”> and ends with </map>. make sure these parts are included in your code. Simply copy and paste it where you need it.


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