Uploading Videos to YouTube - dummies

By Rob Ciampa, Theresa Moore, John Carucci, Stan Muller, Adam Wescott

You should have no problem finding the Upload button on YouTube — it’s on every page! You’ll find it in the top right corner, to the left of the Sign In button (if you’re not logged in to YouTube), or to the left of the bell-shaped notification icon on the top right of the window (if you are logged in). To upload your video content:

  1. Sign in to your YouTube Account.

  2. Click the Upload button.

    Doing so brings up the Upload window.

    The YouTube upload ­window.
    The YouTube upload ­window.
  3. Select the video-upload privacy option that you want from the Privacy pull-down menu.

    The menu is automatically populated with your default privacy setting. If you’re happy with the default setting, you don’t have to do a thing; just move on to the next step.

  4. Still in the Upload window, use one of the following three methods to select the video file you want to use:

    1. Select files to upload: Hover the mouse cursor over the big up-arrow button and click it when it turns red. Then use the Look In dialog box to navigate to — and then select — the file you want to upload.

    2. Drag and drop video files: This one’s as simple as it sounds: Just drag a video file to the Upload window and drop it when the drag-and-drop video file’s overlay turns green.

    3. Import your videos from Google+: This option is to the top right of the main Upload window. Start by clicking the Import button there, and then select and upload the video file from your Google+ account.

  5. If your method requires it, click OK to upload.

    Your files are on their way to YouTube.

  6. Get ready to enter your metadata.

    With your videos selected and the upload under way, you’ll be presented with a new Video Manager editor screen that shows important details about the video. If you’re uploading more than one video, YouTube will show you the progress for each upload.

    Entering metadata through Video Manager.
    Entering metadata through Video Manager.

The Video Manager editor screen that you see during the upload process is the same one displayed under the Video Manager section of Creator Studio. Having the video manager editor screen here as well allows you to go back later and modify the video settings. This includes such tasks as changing the video description, tags, and shortlinks.