Sunday, November 18, 2007

How to Upload a Video to YouTube?

This week I decided to create an online video to promote my work at home business. I decided to do this because I recently received an email from someone who promoted his work at home business opportunity using a YouTube video. He showed what his business was about and the kind of money he made with his business.

Thus, this got me interested in creating my own video. Because I am so tight on my money situation, I knew I couldn’t afford to pay some expensive software. I did some research and discovered a freeware called, CamStudio. This is a free screen recording software and is very easy to use. It took me less than 5 minutes to install it and the help was very useful. It showed me all of the aspects of using this software. I wouldn’t say that this software is the best out there; after all it is free, but you get a lot in return for something that cost nothing.

Once I created my video, which creates a .avi file, I went to YouTube to upload my video file. Below I describe how to upload a file to YouTube.

How to Uploade a Video to YouTube?

Features of YouTube include:

  • Ability to browse millions of videos uploaded by community members.
  • Upload “tag” and share videos worldwide.
  • Make uploaded videos public.
  • Find, join and create video groups to connect with people with similar interests.
  • Subscribe to member videos, save favorites, and create playlists.
  • Embed YouTube videos into web sites using special video embed code.

Signing up for a Free Membership:

First, you must signup for a free YouTube membership to upload videos. For those who already have an account with Google, like me, you can use your Google login to gain access to YouTube and then you go through the shortened version of registering for YouTube.

For those who don’t have a Google account, you have to go through a more involved signup process. For instance, you have to create a username and password and so on and so forth. The signup process is very straight forward. The most difficult part is finding a username because the username you choose may already be taken. If it is taken, YouTube will let you know. You will have to find one that is not taken.

With your membership, you will be able to create viewing playlists and comment on other videos. Once you have registered with YouTube, login. When you upload a video to YouTube, it stays online until you take it down. If your video violates YouTube’s terms of use, your video may be taken down.

YouTube Upload Instructions:

When uploading a file, the first thing you need to do is to click on the “Upload Videos” icon, which is located in the upper right-hand corner of the YouTube home page.

After clicking on the “upload video” icon, you will begin the two-step process of uploading your file.

The first piece required is information about your video; such as, title, description of your video, video category, tags, which are the search words for your video. You want to be sure to include relevant keywords in your title description, and “tags” that people use when searching YouTube for video content.

Also, remember that YouTube video pages appear on Google’s search results. Therefore, it is conceivable that someone searching for “work at home” on Google will come upon your video on YouTube without searching YouTube directly.

After selecting the appropriate category and language for your video, click on the “Go upload a file” button. The other alternative is the “Use Quick Capture” button, which allows you to record a YouTube video instantly by a camera connected to your computer. I have not done this yet so I won’t talk about this at this time. Possibly in the near future, I will cover this topic.

Public versus Private:

On the next page, you’ll be able to upload your video file and specify the private or public settings.

If you want a select group of people to view yoru videos, choose “Private”. Otherwise, if you want everyone in the world to see your video, you should choose “Public”.

YouTube Video Requirements and Recommendations:

YouTube accepts videos form most newer digital cameras, camcorders, and cell phones in .AVI, .MOV, .MPEG file formats. According to YouTube’s site, videos saved with the following settings, convert and display the best:
  • MPEG (Divx, Xvid) format
  • 320X240 resolution
  • MP3 audio
  • 30 FPS
There is no limit to the number of videos you can upload, but there is a file size limit of 100 MB for “Standard” account members.

If you have a video that is larger than 100 MB, you can use YouTube’s Uploader. This is what I had to use. There are instructions on how to use the Uploader, but I must forewarn you that if you have a firewall application, you will have to go into your firewall application and either allow or create an exception (for Windows Firewall) to allow installation of YouTube’s Uploader. I had to set an “allow” setting for the Google update to install. Once I did this, the install process went smoothly.

The YouTube Uploader allows for uploads of multiple videos as long as the combined size of the files is less than or equal to 1 Gig.

For videos that are longer than 10 minutes, you might want to consider setting yourself up a Director’s Account. This program is for musicians, amateur filmmakers, videobloggers, or professional content producers.

YouTube does ask that you not upload “copyrighted”, or obscene or other videos that violate YouTube’s Terms of Use.

Uploading Your Video:

To upload you video, press the “browse” button and locate your video file on your computer. Next, press the “upload video” button.

The amount of time required to upload a video depends on your internet connection speed and the size of the file you are uploading. It can take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours.

According to YouTube, users with high-speed broadband internet connection, the upload time is usually in the 1-5 minutes per MB range (i.e. 10 MB file can take 10-50 minutes to upload).

Once you have uploaded your video, YouTube wil automatically convert it to the Flash video FLV format for use in the YouTube FLV player. This usually takes just a few minutes. Shortly, your video wil be live.


Here are a few things to remember before using YouTube:
  • Include your web site address in all videos you upload so that it is easy for people
  • Submit your videos to several video sharing sites at the same time.
  • By uploading more than one video, you will increase your chances of being found.
  • Your file must be under 100 MB in size and no longer than 10 minutes in length. ( most are under 5 minutes).
  • Longer videos require more compression, which means the quality goes down as the length of your video goes up. In this instance, I suggest using YouTube’s Uploader.
Online videos are fast becoming a popular way to market business opportunities. Try it and once you learn how, you will be more willing to upload more thus, increasing you popularity and notoriety on the web. I suggest you create an account in YouTube, upload your videos and watch what happens. Heck, videos are fun to do!