Making YouTube Videos
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If you create a video clip, the easy way to post it on your Web site is to first upload it to YouTube, which offers tools for compressing and cleaning up your video. Uploading a video clip to YouTube easy once you have your Google ID. Sign into YouTube using your Google ID, and follow these steps to put a clip on YouTube:

Click the yellow Upload button in the upper-right corner of the home page (and most other YouTube pages).

The Video Upload page appears.

Enter a Title, Description, a Video Category, and Tags.

Enter a Title, Description, a Video Category, and Tags.

Think carefully about the right words, as this is how people will search for it. Consider including the name of the place it was recorded and the names of people who helped create it and/or who appear in it.

YouTube offers standard suggested tags that you simply click to add to your Tags list. Use as many of the suggested tags as apply to your posting; experienced YouTube users know these tags and search on them specifically.

(Optional) click Choose Options if you want to change your video from Public, the default, to Private.

This makes your video viewable only by a list you specify of up to 25 contacts you have in Google.

If your video clip really needs to be private, don’t put it on YouTube, or e-mail it, or otherwise share it.

(Optional) click Choose Options. Then enter the date the video was recorded and select where it was recorded.

It’s quick and fun to enter the date recorded and it’s great to have the date with the video for future reference.

(Optional) change Sharing Options, click Choose Options.

You can moderate or simply block comments; block comment voting; and moderate or block video responses to your own posting. You can also block people from using YouTube to rate your video; to embed it in their Web page; and to view it from mobile phones or TV. However, people can still do these things themselves, without YouTube’s help.

If you’re worried about rude or obscene comments from viewers of your video, be sure to block or moderate comments.

Select a video to upload and click the Upload a Video button.

Select a video to upload and click the Upload a Video button.

The Video Upload dialog box for a video upload appears.

Click Browse and select the video file to upload.

This lets you browse to the location on your hard drive where you saved your video.

Click Upload Video.

Wait until the upload completes before doing anything else. That process can take up to several minutes, depending on the size of the file and the speed of your connection. On a 56K modem (or on a bad broadband day), the upload may take as long as 3 minutes per megabyte. On upload, your file is automatically converted to YouTube’s proprietary format, as described above. Eventually, the Video Upload — Upload Complete screen appears.

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Nick Willoughby heads Filmmaking For Kids and Film Future, a pair of programs designed to teach kids aged 7 to 16 the various aspects of filmmaking. Nick is also a writer and director for 7 Stream Media, a video and media production firm based in the UK. Will Eagle has made a career out of digital marketing. He was a business strategist for Google and Pinterest, specifically assisting large clients in creating and executing YouTube marketing plans. Eagle has also worked for leading marketing firms and has been a guest lecturer at several universities. He is currently the vice president of strategy and marketing at Collab. Tee Morris is a social media pioneer. An early adopter of podcasting, he is no stranger to building audiences and releasing original content online. He has his own streaming channel on Twitch (, featuring a variety of gaming and talk shows. Tee is coauthor of Podcasting For Dummies, 3rd Edition, as well as several novels in the science fiction and fantasy genre, including the award-winning steampunk series, The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences.

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