The internet’s most well known video hosting site is YouTube. Because of the size of YouTube’s content, it can be easy to find that your uploaded videos get lost in the shuffle or that they are hard to find when doing google searches. This shouldn’t be a concern if you are planning on sending a link to your videos upon request or embedding the video file on another site.
YouTube limits the video length to 10 minutes and the video file size to 1GB. If you have video that exceeds these boundaries, you may want to use another hosting site. YouTube also allows videos to be uploaded directly from mobile phones and in HD formats.
YouTube accepts videos uploaded in most formats, including .WMV, .AVI, .MKV, .MOV, MPEG, .MP4, DivX, .FLV, and .OGG. If you do not think your current video file format is recognized by YouTube, you may get the best results from converting your file to MPEG4 video with MP3 audio.
One of YouTubes best features is having the ability to view it’s videos on web pages outside of the site itself. This is the reason you see videos being sent around social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace. Videos can also be embedded in other websites and blogs. YouTube was the first to make their videos compatible with viewing on mobile devices.
Need a tutorial? YouTube offers many help videos! Simply do a search for what you want to do and then follow the directions. The “help” button is always a great backup, too. They will even offer information on how to transfer the video file from your camera to the computer. You can access it by clicking here.
Some of you are likely more tech savvy than I am, too. What do you wish someone had shared with you before you figured out YouTube? Or what are you still struggling to figure out?