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In this series on productivity, author Jess Stratton takes you through the latest tools that will help you run your business and life more efficiently. Each installment covers a particular feature or technique in a different online tool, such as Google Apps, Skype, YouTube, Mint.com, Etsy, and more. Check back every Monday for tips on topics from recording and publishing video chats to managing your finances online.
Jess Stratton here and welcome to Monday productivity pointers. This week I'm talking about YouTube. So here's the question that I'm answering here today. What's the easiest way to get a sound file onto the internet somewhere, so that I can share it out to all of my social media site like Facebook or twitter. To answer that we're going to use YouTube. I'm going to show you a technique, in which you can get that sound clip and put it right on YouTube. Which is a fantastically easy springboard for social media sites. Because you can share them out right from YouTube. To do this you need a mac which has the built in iphoto on it.
You need a youtube account, which you already have if you have the google account You need your audio file and you need some photos to go along with it. Now, the audio film can't be DRM'd, that means it can't be copyrighted, you do need permission. Today, fellow staff author, Garrett Chow was kind enough to let us use an MP3 file and some photos from his band, The Jelly Bricks. Let's get started, and I'll show you how you can make a slideshow of it. So here's the things that I have in place. I have my folder, the jelly bricks, that has some photos.
I have my folder, good night to everyone, that contains the list of the song that I want to share out, and I have iPhoto open. So what we're going to do, is first create a slide show in iPhoto. The first thing we need to do is get our photos into iPhoto. I'm going to find my photos, select them all, and drag them over to the screen. Let go of the mouse, and my photos are going to get imported right into iPhoto. Now, I need to get the song file that I want, into iTunes. So I've got iTunes open down here, an I'm going to take my folder that contains the sound file that I want to get out onto the internet, an drag it over.
It's going to get imported. And now everything is in place that I need to make my slideshow. I am going to select all these photos, it doesn't matter how many you have, because they will be paste according to how long the song file is, choose create from down at the bottom and pick slideshow My slide show is going to get created and I can give it a title. I'm just going to call this one The Jelly Bricks. Now I can choose some things, I can choose the theme of the slide show. And remember YouTube is a video service so what we're basically doing is creating a little mini video to go along with the sound clip that we want to put online.
So I can choose a theme that I want. In this case I'll choose snapshots, because these are photos, and I think the snapshot effect looks kind of nice. Select choose. Now it's time to choose the music. This is where we're going to pick the album that we just imported into iTunes. In the source. Select iTunes. Then going to search for the song I want. Now, if you don't see the file that you just imported into iTunes, close out of iPhoto, come back in, and it should show up. Choose your song and hit choose. Now the next step is the one thats actually going to time the slide show.
According to how long that song file is. Click settings, and select fit slide show to music. This is going to make your slide durations as long as the music plays. Close out, and our slideshow is ready. Now all we have to do is get it in a format that YouTube will allow. So choose Export right from the bottom. Now here's where we can pick a size based on how the slideshow is going to be viewed. I like to choose custom export. Now, keep in mind that however you export it is going to affect the file size.
And, it's going to be a very large file no matter how you look at it. So, give your slideshow a title, decide where you want to save it, and how you want to export it. In this case it defaults to Movie to Quick Time Movie and Youtube will allow that so you can leave it as it is, just keep in mind that this is approximately a formatted song and I've got four photos in there, and this is going to take about half an hour to export and its going to be about about 124 megs Choose save.
And now, it's going to start to export. This is the bit that's going to take about half an hour. Just to show you what the finished product is, I've got one ready to go. I can click on it. It's got the file extension dot mov. And we'll see, this is my slide show. WIth my sound clip. Stop it, I think you get the idea and it's a great song. But now its ready to be imported into youtube. Once I'm signed in. I can select files to upload, pick my movie select choose. And it'll start to upload, it's going to take a few minutes, but once it's all done, I've got my sound file and it's ready to go.
Once it's on YouTube, I can now share it out to any social network, like Facebook and Twitter and link to it right from YouTube.
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