YouTube has an amazing 1.3 billion users, with 5 billion clips watched every day. This should come as no surprise – every single one of us has the ability to upload videos. Whether these are vlogs, tutorials, music videos, video game footage, independent movies or simply highlights of nice days out, they can all be uploaded in just a few minutes.
Here’s what you need to know.
Three Ways to Upload: Browser, App or Console
Currently, there are three ways to upload videos to YouTube.
- The traditional method of uploading an edited, or webcam video via your browser.
- You can also use the more flexible, mobile option of uploading pre-recorded, edited, or direct-to-webcam video via the YouTube mobile app.
- Finally, if you use a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One console (and certain games on the Wii U), you’re able to upload game footage directly to YouTube.
With three ways to share your videos on YouTube, it should come as no surprise that 300 hours of video is uploaded every single second. Over the years, the process for uploading your videos has developed, introducing new features and a streamlined process as time goes on.
Let’s get started!
1. Upload a YouTube Video from Your Computer
Sat in front of your computer? The simplest option is to visit www.youtube.com and click the Upload button, which you’ll find in the top-right corner.
In the following screen, click the arrow to upload a video file from your computer; you can also drag the video into the browser window. You should also set your initial video privacy at this stage: Public, Unlisted, or Private.
It’s that simple.
(In this screen, you’ll also see an option in the top of the right column to Import Videos. If you use Google Photos, any video clips synced to your Google Drive storage can be easily imported here, potentially saving time.)
As the video uploads, you’ll be taken to the Basic info screen. Here, add a title for the video, a description, and any relevant tags. Tags are useful for helping people to find your video on YouTube and Google, so make sure these are relevant. Similarly, ensure your title includes terms people might be searching for.
As an example, if it’s a time lapse video, include “time lapse” in the title.
You’ll also spot check boxes for Google+ and Twitter. Use these to assign permission to YouTube to update these feeds whenever you upload a video. This will help with finding viewers! Finally, in this screen, check the thumbnail options. You can substitute the thumbnail for an uploaded image later. For now, simply choose the best one on offer.
Check Advanced Settings and Publish
The next step is to move to the Translations screen. Here, click Select language to choose appropriate tongue, and if you want translations to be on offer, add some languages to translate to on the right. The results won’t be perfect, but they’ll be good enough; should you want a professional translation, this can be bought via the link at the bottom.
After this, head to Advanced settings, and set your preferences for the video, for things like Comments, the video Category, and Age Restrictions, and so on. When you’re done, click Publish to make the video live on YouTube!
You’ll then see options to Share, Embed or Email the video. Use these as you see fit, then sit back and relax. Your video has been uploaded!
At this stage, you can either go and watch the video, make some tweaks via the Return to editing button, or go to the Video Manager to get an overview of videos on your account (see below). You can also click +Add more videos if you have more to do.
2. Create and Upload a YouTube Video via Your Smartphone
Using an Android smartphone or iPhone, you can easily upload videos to YouTube direct from the app.
All you need to do is tap the video camera icon to get started. You’ll instantly be taken to a view of all videos on your device, so tap the one you want to upload. In the next screen, you’ll notice two key features.
- The editing tools at the top. We’ll come back to those.
- Title and description fields, which you’ll spot by scrolling down. The Privacy settings can also be found here.
Now, those editing tools. Have you spotted the video timeline, highlighted in blue? You can use this to crop the video down to a specific clip that you wish to share. Simply drag the placeholders to the start and end points.
In the top left, you’ll see the option to add music. You have a choice between audio provided by Google, or tunes saved on your device. Tunes can be previewed with the play button before you tap + to add your choice.
Meanwhile, in the top right, you’ll find the filters button. Several unusual choices are on offer. Select the one you want, then click play to preview your view with the filter applied.
Once you’re happy with these choices, click the arrow in the extreme top-right of the app window. The video will upload. It’s that simple.
You Can Use Your Tablet, Too!
It’s worth mentioning that an iPad or Android tablet can also be used to upload videos to YouTube. If you have editing tools on your device to produce a video, these will come in handy, as might the device’s built-in camera.
Uploading through the app is almost identical to the smartphone experience, so everything you’ve just read should apply.
Making Changes via the Video Manager
Once uploaded, your video is ready to view. In fact, it is advisable that you take a good look at what is happening with it. Occasionally, problems can occur with YouTube videos after upload. Rather than leave your viewers with nothing to watch, take the time to review it.
Need to make changes? Use the Video Manager, which is available in the desktop browser view of YouTube. Six sections are available here.
- Info & Settings – this is the main screen that you add the title and description to. Any changes you need to make to existing details should be made here
- Enhancements – visual issues, and tonal balancing edits can be made here. Changes made here can be reviewed in real-time, enabling the quick-fixes, filters, and blurring effects to be checked before updating the video.
- Audio – need to add music to your video? You have access to Google’s 150,000+ track library via this screen, and this can be mixed with existing audio, or replace it completely. You can save the change to your existing video, or Save as new video.
- End Screen – with this tab, you can create messages to appear on screen, and add a new video for the links to the end of your video.
- Cards – similar to the end screen, you can use this to link to other videos. The card will appear as a link across the top of the screen and can be placed anywhere in your video.
- Subtitles/CC – if you want your video to be enjoyed by those who are hard of hearing, or who have the sound switched off, simply select a language on this screen. Google technology will allow captions to be created.
It truly is a tool to manage your videos! To open the Video Manager, click your profile image in the top-right corner of the YouTube browser window, and click Creator Studio. You’ll find Video Manager listed on the left.
3. Upload Video Game Footage from Your Console
Want to show off your progress in your favorite video games? YouTube uploads are possible for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One gamers! PC gamers can also upload directly to YouTube, but this typically depends on the game, so check if this option is supported.
If you own a Sony PlayStation 4 and want to upload top gaming moments to YouTube, this video should help:
Meanwhile, Xbox One users should follow these instructions.
In short, these consoles will record game footage without the use of capture cards. As long as you have your console connected to the internet (and who doesn’t?) you’ll be able to upload to YouTube.
Upload Slideshows, Music, or Even Podcasts
YouTube doesn’t just support videos. You can also upload your slideshows, or even music or podcasts. Creating a slideshow on YouTube gives you some useful tools to produce a polished result.
If you want to create a slideshow, click the same Upload button as you would when creating a video. This time, look in the right-hand column. Here, you’ll find two options to Create Videos – the first with a Photo Slideshow. Click Create to get started.
You’ll have the choice to either select from already-uploaded photos, browse Photo Albums, or upload new images from your computer. Again, you can drag images into the browser window to upload them.
Click Select to proceed, then review the selection. Here, you can delete images, or left-click and drag to rearrange them. You can also click the button in the top-right to Add more photos. When you’re happy, hit Next to see a preview of the slideshow. Along the bottom of the video window, you’ll see options to alter the Slide duration (anything from 1 to 10 seconds, or Fit to Music), the Slide effect (None or Pan & Zoom) and the Transition. Currently, 14 transitions are available, from Star Wars-style wipes to simple (but effective) crossfades.
On the right, select your preferred audio. You can also select No audio. And if you want more control over the creation, you can click the Advanced button. This will display the full video editor, which we’ll walk you through in more detail below. Note that your own audio can be uploaded through this screen, simply by dragging it to the timeline.
Other Slideshow Upload Options
If you want to upload original music without going to the trouble of creating a video, you have three options. One is to use the slideshow tool, as outlined above. Another is to use an online service, such as clipconverter.cc. The third option open to you is to employ a third party video editor to add the audio to some photos, then upload the exported file to YouTube.
It’s a similar situation for podcasts — we’ve previously looked at how to upload podcasts to YouTube.
Edit Your Video Online in YouTube
While you might prefer to use your own editing software, YouTube has a very good online editor, suitable for adding videos, stills, transitions and even music and titles.
To access this, hit the Upload button in the main YouTube window, and look for the Edit button in the lower-right column, under Video editor.
Video clips – that must have been previously uploaded or imported – can be dragged to the timeline, and cut and trimmed as necessary. Transitions can be added, dragged and dropped between clips. Video can also be fixed, with stabilization and slow-motion tools among the useful solutions. Filters and captions can also be easily added.
Once you’re done here, simply click Create video to begin the process of adding the usual title and description.
The Future of Television — in Your Hands!
Everyone has the tools and ability to upload to YouTube. Any type of program you can imagine can be produced and uploaded to your channel. And all you need is a smartphone, PC, or games console.
It’s even possible to live stream with YouTube (although Facebook is a good alternative here), using your smartphone or PC with YouTube’s Live Streaming option. This is suitable for events, or simply long chats. You might also like to stream a group chat over Google Hangouts via YouTube [LINK].
What’s your favorite way to upload to YouTube? Do you have a YouTube channel? Tell us about it below!
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