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- Alright, now I can finally upload this puppy to YouTube. Oh no, not again. What now? - Yeah, how long is that video? - What, it's just 60 minutes of me breakdancing. - Hmm, you really think viewers want to watch you break dance for an hour? - They don't? - Yeah, no, hmm mm. Hmm mm. (light music) - You shot your video and you spent hours editing it. You did edit it, right? Okay, good.
And now you're wondering, who long your video should be? How long is too long? And how short is too short? Well, it's a good thing you asked because there are actually seven basic categories of content on YouTube and here's some guidelines for run times for each one. The first category of content on YouTube is vlogging. You can think of vlogging videos like Harry Potter selfies. And by that, I mean, it's like a selfie picture but it's talking to you. Usually vloggers are people talking to cameras about their everyday life.
(rooster crowing) (yawns exaggeratedly) Good morning! I just woke up like this. For vlogging videos, you want to keep your video length to around 10 to 20 minutes, meaning longer is better for this category. A good way to look at this is these are like little video essays about your life. So you want enough substance to give the viewer a glimpse into your world while also not dragging on too long. Okay, second is beauty. Beauty videos are usually either product reviews or tutorials on how to do specific makeup, hair, or clothing looks.
The camera is usually locked down in one position and stabilized like on a tripod. Okay, so today, we're going to do a super beauty red carpet glam lip look. So let's get started. (tape squeaking) And we're done, it's that easy. Because these videos are usually teaching complicated makeup techniques, they work best around 10 to 20 minute ranges as well. Third on the category list is food, my favorite category.
Food videos are a little more complicated than the previous two categories as again, they are often teaching the viewers how to cook something and often involve B-roll shots focusing on the food and ingredients. Today, we are going to be making a sandwich and we've got three ingredients. Jelly, bread, and peanut butter. So let's get started. (tape squeaking) Yep, it's a sandwich.
The length of these videos really depend on how complicated the food is you're cooking. But a good time frame to be within is five to 20 minutes. For simple food recipes, aim closer to a five-minute length. The fourth category is comedy, also my favorite. This category covers everything from standup to sketches, to filming your friend's musical improv show. And usually involves a lot of camera angles and lighting.
♪ I hope he avenges my death ♪ ♪ I'll have to hold him with the power of the Holy Spirit ♪ (audience laughing) - [Man] Use the morph. - For comedy, people want to get in, laugh, and move on quickly. So three to seven minutes works best for this category. However, if your video is a little more like a scripted comedy narrative TV show episode, or a short film, then 15 to 25 minutes is acceptable.
The fifth content category on YouTube is music and dance. These types of videos are pretty straightforward as they feature a musician or dancer playing music or performing a dance routine. Camera-wise, these videos can either be a single long wide-angle shot of the performance, or they can have several angles and B-roll like a music video. Okay, time to do some sick dance moves. (funky upbeat music) (back cracking) Ooh.
Oh, one moment. Because these usually are the length of a song, three to seven minutes is a good length for this category. Next, and the sixth category is education. This category is pretty broad as it can cover everything from teaching math, Photoshop, and even quantum mechanics. So as you can see, the cat is neither alive nor death. (cat yowling) Oh, it's definitely alive. Oh, uh.
Similar to comedy, people want to get in, get the knowledge they seek, and get out. So five to 10 minutes is a good length for these types of videos. And finally, the last content category is definitely not the least, gaming. Gaming has definitely taken YouTube by storm and usually consists of screen recorded footage from a video game along with the audio from the player. Sometimes, footage of the player can appear as a picture and picture on screen as well. I'm totally going to pwn this level hardcore, newbs better watch out.
Hmm, I'm kind of in the middle of something here. No, I don't have an extra life! Because this category relies heavily on video game progression, longer is better. So around 60 to 90 minutes is a good range. And that's it. Now that you know the target run times for each category, you'll be able to make your videos the right length. And remember, these aren't necessarily hard and fast rules so it's okay if your video runs a little shorter or longer. Just as long as you use these run times as a guide.
Your video length will be just fine. I cut down my video to five minutes, can I upload it now? - Okay, you can upload your video now but we should really talk about that taco pizza you're going to eat later. - Wait, what's wrong with taco pizza? - Well...