Once you've created a video, the next step is to upload that video to YouTube for web publication. Here are the steps to do that:
- Download the video from your camera to your computer – consult your instruction manual on how to do this (and, if you've lost your instruction manual, Google your brand of camera for directions).
- Make any edits to your video. For example, you may need to cut off "dead air" at the beginning or end of the video. Or, if you need to cut out a piece of your presentation, you can fade the video out and back in again to avoid a sudden cut in the content. You can also add a logo at the beginning of the video, add credits at the end if needed, or add your website's URL to the bottom corner to extend your branding. Good tools for this include: Apple's iMovie or Windows MovieMaker.
- Convert the video to a format YouTube accepts. YouTube recommends "QuickTime .MOV, Windows .AVI, or .MPG files." They specifically recommend "the MPEG4 (Divx, Xvid) format at 640×480 resolution with MP3 audio." Your videos can be up to 2 GB in size, and up to 10 minutes in length.
- Log in to YouTube. Or, create a YouTube account if you don't have one yet.
- Click on Upload. In the upper-right corner, there is a blue link that says "Upload". Click on this.
- Select the (edited) video from your hard drive and hit "Upload Video".
- Title and Tag. On the next screen, you enter the title of the video (this displays on the video before it is played), a description, any tags (keywords on the video's content), specify the category and the language. You can also select the Privacy level of your video – for a promotional video, you should select "Share Your Video With The World". You can edit any of the tags or options later in the "My Videos" menu – which is in a pull-down menu box under your user name.
- Hit "Upload Video" to upload the video. This may take a few minutes for slow internet connections or large videos.
And, that's all it takes to upload your video to YouTube. This may sound like a lot of steps – but I have tried to be pretty detailed about the process. The process tends to go pretty quickly once you're through steps 1 and 2.