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Fast and Easy Ways to Upload Your Video to YouTube : Newbie Guide

(Last Updated On: May 30, 2014)

Over 100 hours of footage are uploaded to YouTube every minute. The website is currently one of the most popular search engines on the internet with millions of users logging on every hour. Everyone from budding musicians to large international corporations can use the site to promote their product or service. The introduction of Google ads also allows users to monetize their account if they wish to do so.

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Once you have finished editing your video, the final stage is to upload it to YouTube’s servers. This can be done using your PC, laptop or any internet-enabled handheld device. Pick the Correct Format YouTube accepts videos in a variety of formats including AVI, MOV, MP4, MPEG and WMV. A full list can be found on Google’s main website along with advice on how to reformat your video if required. Always remember that an extremely large file will take longer to upload. Those with a poor internet connection may have to wait hours for files over 1GB to upload.

Open an Account

You need to open an account in order to upload videos to YouTube. If you would like to upload videos longer than 15 minutes in duration, you will first have to verify your account using your mobile phone number. Once you are signed into your account, click the ‘upload’ button at the top of the homepage. Click ‘choose a video file’. Select your video from your computer’s hard drive, or upload a video directly from your web cam. Click ‘open’ and your video will automatically begin downloading.

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You can then enter in the title and information in the next screen. Make Your Video Attractive Short, informative titles work best on YouTube. Always be sure to write a short description letting people know where your video was filmed and what it contains. Add some tags to allow people to find your video when searching for keywords. You can even add annotations that pop-up during the video explaining certain parts.

Choose Who Can View Your Video

If you decide to make your video public, then every internet user can view or download your content using tools such as YTD. If you are promoting yourself or your business, then you will want to get your video seen by as many people as possible. Set the video to public so you can share it on sites like Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. If your video is only intended for a select group of people, you can set it to private and choose which YouTube accounts are allowed to view your video. Visit TeachingCopyright.org  to find out more about copyright issues.

Uploading from a Handheld Device

Uploading from your phone or tablet is very simple as most models will have a share button located somewhere next to the video. Press this button, and then select YouTube from the options that are presented. Fill out all the
aforementioned information. Press upload or publish to post your video on YouTube. You can choose to play a small commercial before each one of your videos and use your channel to generate a second income.

Google will pay you based on how many views your videos have. This is ideal for those are willing to spend time promoting their content and building up a large audience.

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Lisa is a veteran videographer. She enjoys helping the everyday person know how to make great videos and share them with others.

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