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If you have a Windows Live account and a YouTube account, you can publish your movies directly to YouTube, where anyone can view them. That's a scenario we are going to look at right now, continuing to work with our By to Sea project here. When you go up to the very top right- hand corner of the Ribbon with the Home tab selected, you'll see a Sign In button here for signing into your Windows Live account. If you don't have one, you'll need to set one up. It's free. I like to sign in ahead of time, so I'm not prompted to do it while I'm publishing. Because even though we are going to be publishing to YouTube--you see it here in the Share group-- you will be prompted for your Windows Live account, as well as your YouTube account credentials.
So I am signed in. Now it's time to go to the YouTube option. I can do that from the Ribbon here in the Share group or click the Movie Maker tab, move down to Publish Movie, and you'll find YouTube is there as well. The order may change up, depending on what you want to use most often. Other options though, include SkyDrive-- that's space reserved for you and your Windows Live account--directly to Facebook, as well as Windows Live Groups, and those can be set up with your Windows Live account as well. There's Flickr. And if there's a service you use that's not on the list, you can add a plug-in. It's all available to you here from this menu.
Let's go to YouTube and select it. Now the first decision you'll have to make is the Resolution. The best resolution at the top, high- definition recommended 920 x 1080, also creates the largest file size, so keep this in mind based on the length of your project and the content. So to speed things up, we are going to go to a lower resolution, like 640 x 360. When you click an option, you will be prompted to sign in to YouTube, so you will need your username and your password.
When you click Sign in, then you can see the Publish on YouTube dialog box opens up with the title already there based on the project title By the Sea, and you will have to fill in the remaining fields for the Publish button at the bottom to become available. So let's give it a description here. We will call out Trip to Cali. Tags, you can it's separated with commas. These are words that will help us find it on YouTube. So we know that it's about the beach, the ocean, surfing, the surf-- these are all words, and you can add as many tags as you like.
Next, we will choose a category. In this case, as we go through all of these categories, probably Travel & Events suits this best. Then there are two permission options. It can be a public event that everybody's going to be able to look at, or if you want to make it Private and select who's allowed to see it on YouTube, you can choose that permission level as well. Let's leave it at Public and click Publish. Now this process can be a little bit time consuming. It will have to save the movie, which with a low resolution and a small project won't take too long.
But there are two phases to publishing to YouTube. Once the movie has been saved, it then needs to be uploaded or published on YouTube. And that's the second phase, and you can see we just jumped into the second phase here, and it's much slower. So again, another good time to go grab a coffee if you're into that--maybe a tea-- sit back, relax, and let the publishing phase work itself to the end, where eventually you'll have the option to view it on YouTube. So let's wait for that.
As we reach the end of the publishing phase, you'll see the upload is completed, and then you'll be prompted with some different options, as opposed to saving a movie in the regular fashion. In this case, because we're using YouTube, the options now are to watch it online-- this is will take us directly to YouTube--or open the folder where it was saved. If you don't want to use any of those options, you can close up this window and continue working in Movie Maker. But let's see what it looks like online. We will click the Watch Online button. So this will take you to YouTube, and it will take you directly to your video.
Now videos do take a little bit of time to get processed. So you'll see right at the top here, for example, this video is not yet processed. It's unavailable. But it is called By the Sea. And if we wanted to, we could just simply refresh our browser to see if it is actually been processed yet. I am going to click my refresh or F5-- the Function key 5. Eventually, we see the green check mark. (Video playing.) There goes our video, live on YouTube for the whole world to see.
I am going to close my browser, taking me back to Movie Maker. So if you do want to share your work with the entire world, one great option: publish it to YouTube.
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