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In iMovie '11 Essential Training, author Garrick Chow illustrates the process of creating high-quality video using iMovie '11. The course covers the entire post-production process, from importing audio, video, and still images to adding effects, creating trailers, and sharing your finished projects on social networks. Also included are tutorials on adjusting audio levels, automatically identifying clips that include faces, and using green screen effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
Next under the Share menu, let's look at the YouTube, Vimeo, and CNN iReport options. Now, chances are pretty good you've heard of YouTube. It's a site where anyone can upload movies for free, so people all over the web can watch them. It's definitely the most popular video sharing site today. Vimeo is also movie sharing site similar to YouTube, and you may have come across people debating which service is actually better. Some people argue that Vimeo's videos look better than the way YouTube compresses videos; other people will argue the opposite. Some people will say Vimeo offers better services than YouTube; some people will argue the opposite.
I am not going to take a side here; all I want to point out is that both sites require you to sign up for a free account if you want to upload videos to be hosted there. Just visit youtube.com or vimeo.com to create your account if you don't already have one. If you're in Vimeo, you would click Join Vimeo; if you are on YouTube, you would click Create Account. Now, if you weren't using iMovie, you would have to export for your video from whatever video application you are using and then upload the video to YouTube or Vimeo through their web site. You would also have to read up on their guidelines for properly formatting your video to work best with their site.
But since you're using iMovie, you can skip all that stuff and upload your content directly from iMovie. Just choose Share > YouTube to upload to YouTube. Here you can enter your account name by clicking the Add button, and I already have a user account name, so I will enter that here, and enter a password, and you can categorize your movie. I'll say this is Travel and Events. You can give it a Title.
I'll keep Surfing Ventura there. Add a description. So I might type "surfing, surfboard, beach", and so on. Then you can choose what size you would like to publish. I suggest choosing the largest possible size your movie will allow. YouTube will compress your movie into multiple formats that viewers will be able to choose from.
And when it's done, you will see this dialog box telling you the web address for your movie. Do note that it says it may be several minutes or hours before your video is processed and viewable depending on YouTube's server load. But this is the address where the video is now going to be located. If you want to send an e-mail to a friend containing address, you can click Tell a Friend. You can go directly to that address by clicking View or just click OK to close this dialog box. But notice that it does say that I have now published this video to YouTube, and again I can click that icon to Visit, Tell a Friend, Publish or Remove from YouTube.
If I click Visit, I'll go to that web page. It's asking me to sign in. And here is my video, and you can see right now it says the video is not yet processed. But this is where I'll find the video once it's been completely processed by YouTube. Now, publishing the video is pretty much identical. I just choose Share > Vimeo, and you can see this dialog box looks exactly the same.
You'll just have to click Add to add your Vimeo account here. Let's cancel that. But once you filled in your account and password again you can just choose who it's going to be viewed by. Title, Description is the same, Tags are probably the same, and then choose which size you want to publish. I am just going to cancel this. Now, iMovie also offers the ability to publish to CNN's iReport site, which is the portion of CNN's web site where members can publish their own news reports, and again, in iMovie, the interface is pretty much the same. We just choose Share > CNN iReport, fill in your account information and all the other information here, and then you can publish your videos directly to iReport from iMovie.
So there you have the options to publish your iMovie videos to YouTube, Vimeo, and iReport.
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