Wednesday, 25 April 2012

A quick guide to uploading videos to YouTube

Everyone on the internet has been to or watched a video on YouTube before, unless of course you've been living under a rock for the past 5 years. But have you ever shared one of your own videos? YouTube is the perfect place to share one of your videos with whoever you want, and you can choose if you'd like to keep the video private or not.

This quick guide will teach you how to upload your first video to YouTube which you can then use to upload subsequent videos if you like.

To start, let's point our internet browser to

Then on the right hand side, as shown below, click on the upload button. If it's not there, you may need to sign in, or sign up.

Then, you'll be presented with this screen:

Click on the button below the upload icon that says "Select files from your computer"

Once you've found the file you are wanting to use (I recommend saving the video to your desktop to find it easily) select it, and choose, upload.

Once you've chosen the file to upload, it will start uploading, but whilst it's doing that you'll be presented with this screen which has a few important options, so make sure you clearly select the options you want.
The green boxes are where you want to name your video, give it a description, and some tags. The title will help people find it.
The red box is the box that will determine how public or private a video is.
- Public speaks for itself
- Unlisted means the video can be seen by anyone that has the unique link, and it will not show up in searches on google or anything like that.
- The last option is only available to other people that have a specific YouTube account and require them to sign in.

I'd recommend an unlisted video. It allows anyone with the link, (that you will email to them so they can see) to view it, but stops it coming up in searches and to the general public.

Unless of course the video is one you don't mind sharing with the entire world, then choose public.

Once the upload completes, you can click Video manager, (top right) to be taken to the management screen of all your videos. From here you can get the link to your video, and then share it with anyone you like.

That's it! You've just uploaded your first video to share.

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