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Millions of people use it every month to watch and share videos online, but YouTube isn't the only game in town. What are the strengths of YouTube compared to Vimeo and other platforms, and how do you get started with online video in the first place? Jason Osder answers these questions and more, as he explores the fundamental concepts of online video services and options that will impact your decision when choosing the service that is right for you.
Continue learning with Jason's other courses on online video, YouTube Essential Training and Vimeo Essential Training.
Now that we're more comfortable as an end user watching videos and social networking, let's talk a little more about the concepts and vocabulary around adding videos to these networks. I'm here on my YouTube homepage and I am logged in. It's necessary to be logged in to really play out some of the choices that I'm going to show you here. But really my purpose is to go over the concepts. So if you don't have an account yet and you're just learning and deciding what platform to use, it's okay to just watch this video.
So when I talk about being logged in, I see a username here. And that's important. That tells me that I'm logged in, but it's also my identity on YouTube. This is generally referred to as an account or a user name and it's what opens up a lot of the functionality in YouTube. It's also necessary to upload videos and really interact with people. The term Upload is consistently used for putting your video on the site. It refers to sending something up, from your local machine to the World Wide Web.
If I click upload, I'm giving several choices on YouTube. You can see what some of the choices are, as you get deeper into posting videos you'll start to read a lot more about compression. Don't be intimidated, compression is simply the process of changing your video into a smaller size to make it uploadable. I cover this in detail in Youtube essential training, and many programs nowadays do this for you completely behind the curtain. As simple as post to Youtube, or upload to Youtube, and that compression step happens automatically.
So accounts, uploading and compression are all important aspects of getting started with uploading your videos. To follow up on these things, watch the specific movies in YouTube Essential Training. Everything in Vimeo, the other common video platform, is very, very similar. All of the names for things are essentially the same: upload, account, compress and etc. I want to look at Facebook briefly because as we've discussed, Facebook does operate as its own video platform.
Everything, again, is very similar. I need to have an account and be logged in to post anything. Here I have an instruction for add photos and video. It doesn't say upload, like Vimeo and YouTube do, but when I click it, there is my familiar choice, to upload photos or video. If you master some of the basic concepts in vocabulary finding, the things you need on these websites is not difficult. Again I want to remind you to follow up on the essential training courses to get full instructions for how to actual post video
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