Join Jason Osder for an in-depth discussion in this video Uploading your first YouTube video, part of YouTube Essential Training.
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YouTube is all about sharing videos, and so far we've watched, and listed, and liked, but now it's time to upload our first video. I have already prepared the video and in future movies, we'll look at some details about how to edit and compress prior to upload. But in this movie we're just to do the steps inside YouTube to upload a file that already is prepared or at least in a form that can be uploaded to YouTube. We are here on the Homepage and you'll notice that I'm already signed in, which is going to be totally necessary, so if you're not signed in you might want to sign in now, and then I'm just going to click Upload and get a very simple interface to do this.
You can see along the right some more advanced ways of looking at video, so capture direct from a webcam and create a Slideshow even use the built-in Video editor, but what I want to do is just upload a prepared video. So as the instructions say, I can drag my video right to this hotspot or click and browse for where it's saved, so I'm going to click and browse where it's saved. To refresh, it's on the Desktop>Exercise Files>Chapter03, and the one we want to use is Farm_to_table.mp4. You can see some parameters of the video, but again, we're going to take some time to really prepare these videos in future movies, so I just choose this, I know that it works.
Here we can see the progress of our video uploading; even while it's uploading we can go ahead and start to fill in some metadata. We have the file name here, but we don't need these underscores, and for each area, a Description and Tags, these are things that will both help users find our video, if we fill in something like every piece of metadata that we put in makes our video more searchable and more findable.
Now we can see that our video is all done uploading. Upload is complete, we have our live link, we'll look at that in a second, but I also want to show that we have some choices for Thumbnails and these come from our video, so they won't be available until the video is done uploading and then we can change which is our thumbnail. And remember, the thumbnail is that initial poster frame that will show up as the link in the shortcut to our video everywhere on the site. I like that one as our thumbnail. Everything we do here, you want to save changes, automatically saved for me, and now let's just take a quick look at the video.
(video playing) Looks real good to me, and I'm excited. This is our first real upload to YouTube. If you've never done this before, it really is astoundingly quick and easy to publish your videos for the rest of the world. We're going to get much deeper into the different things that you can do with your videos, but this is a great plateau that we've reached, sharing our videos on YouTube.
- Searching and viewing videos
- Creating an account and uploading videos
- Exporting and compressing
- Embedding content
- Creating a customized video channel
- Authoring a video blog
- Sharing content via Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks
- Tracking views, audience demographics, and viewer interest
- Replacing audio content with AudioSwap tracks
- Including closed captions and custom annotations
- Monetizing your videos