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Tech: How to make a YouTube video

leeneia 13 Aug 20 - 05:20 PM
Captain Swing 13 Aug 20 - 06:20 PM
Phil Cooper 13 Aug 20 - 11:38 PM
Joe Offer 14 Aug 20 - 12:11 AM
cnd 14 Aug 20 - 10:09 AM
Stilly River Sage 14 Aug 20 - 10:17 AM
Stilly River Sage 14 Aug 20 - 10:18 AM
leeneia 14 Aug 20 - 10:52 AM
GUEST,SB 14 Aug 20 - 12:59 PM
GUEST,SB 14 Aug 20 - 05:42 PM
Nick 14 Aug 20 - 06:21 PM
Stilly River Sage 14 Aug 20 - 07:08 PM
Captain Swing 14 Aug 20 - 07:45 PM
Tattie Bogle 14 Aug 20 - 08:40 PM
Stilly River Sage 15 Aug 20 - 01:31 AM
DaveRo 15 Aug 20 - 04:03 AM
GUEST,Peter Laban 15 Aug 20 - 09:49 AM
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leeneia 15 Aug 20 - 01:44 PM
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Subject: Tech: How to make a YouTube video
From: leeneia
Date: 13 Aug 20 - 05:20 PM

How does one make a YouTube video? I searched and didn't find anything for the beginner. (I am thinking of making videos of members of our music club, to keep people in touch during the quarantine.)

We have a fine camera, a Nikon Coolpix P1000, and we can put it on a tripod. The manual shows which buttons to push to get the camera ready, then it drops the entire topic.

So suppose we get some mp4 footage on the memory card, what do we do next?


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Subject: RE: Tech: How to make a YouTube video
From: Captain Swing
Date: 13 Aug 20 - 06:20 PM

If you've got the footage on the memory card and you want to edit it, you will need some editing software. If you don't need to edit it, it's quite simple to upload to YouTube but you will need to set up a YouTube account (it's free). Once you have the account you take the upload option, answer a few questions about your film, give it a name then wait for it to process (about 8-9 min). That's it in a nutshell. If you need more help, I'm happy to oblige.


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Subject: RE: Tech: How to make a YouTube video
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 13 Aug 20 - 11:38 PM

I have converted a lot of songs from dvds and vhs tapes to youtube. There are various programs you can use, though some can seem tricky to figure out. Windows has a movie maker program that you can use. The videos need to be converted to mp4 format, or other compatible formats for youtube.

Another option, which I have also used is using my iPhone and taking video, those you can post to youtube right away. I use those for what I call guitar selfies. There is a youtube channel in my name where you can see all sorts of examples. However make sure you get the right Phil Cooper channel as there is more than one. You can put February Sky in the youtube search, or Cooper, Nelson, and Early, that should get you to the right Phil Cooper channel.


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Subject: RE: Tech: How to make a YouTube video
From: Joe Offer
Date: 14 Aug 20 - 12:11 AM

Windows Movie Maker is a pretty good program, and it's free at the Microsoft Store.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/movie-maker-10-free/9mvfq4lmz6c9#activetab=pivot:overviewtab


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Subject: RE: Tech: How to make a YouTube video
From: cnd
Date: 14 Aug 20 - 10:09 AM

Yes, once you have a video, the program which Joe mentioned above is a very easy to use one. Once you've opened your video in WMM, you can cut off extra footage at the beginning/end as desired (so, for example, if you want to remove the shots of you starting and ending the recording) using a tool called "trim." I believe its icon looks like a pair of scissors, but it should definitely say trim. There are plenty of tutorials online much more effective in explaining the process than me, though.

Once the video is ready (ie, you're done making any edits you want to do), hit "File" and then either "Save Video As" or "Export" (sorry, can't remember which) and select a video format which YouTube accepts. I have always used MP4 if I remember correctly, but any extension you easily recognize should work.

From there, go to youtube.com, and sign in to your email account. In the past you could use non-google accounts to upload videos, but I think they may have done away with the that, so if you don't have one, you'll have to make a gmail account.

Once you've done that, find your profile picture icon in the top right corner (shaped like a circle). Click on the icon and then click on "YouTube studio." This will take you to a new page. Once there, towards the upper right corner should be a gray arrow pointing upwards with a red line underneath. Click that, choose "select files" and then find the video you just exported.

This will open up a new window where you type in the video's title (I would name it something like "SONG NAME - PERFORMER'S NAME - for FOLK CLUB NAME)" but generally it's good to keep it fairly short. Any additional information you want to include, type it in the "Description" box below.

For me, the most confusing part of the whole process is the next step. After giving the video a name a description, scroll down. Under audience, choose "No, it's not made for kids." If you select "Yes, it's made for kids" people will not be able to comment on or like your video (along with a few other features). It doesn't mean your video's "dirty" but it just means it's not specifically geared towards children.

Click "Next" twice (not sure what you exactly can do with the "Video elements" tab but it's never hurt me to ignore it), and select how visible you want your video to be. "Public" means that anyone can see it, "Unlisted" means people can only watch it if they have the link, and "Private" means no one can see it but yourself. Finally, click "Save" and it should be published.


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Subject: RE: Tech: How to make a YouTube video
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Aug 20 - 10:17 AM

Windows Movie Maker hasn't been available for download for years. I guess they got smart and updated the program - it looks a lot different now. Thanks for the tip, Joe.


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Subject: RE: Tech: How to make a YouTube video
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Aug 20 - 10:18 AM

YouTube itself has some editing tools and you can load a video and keep it private to work on or share as you wish.


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Subject: RE: Tech: How to make a YouTube video
From: leeneia
Date: 14 Aug 20 - 10:52 AM

Thanks, everybody. These detailed instructions will be helpful.

I spent half an hour figuring out how to set up the account. Some gave no instructions for that. Some people said click on Create - but that word was not there. Others said click on Sign In - not there. How about the little movie camera? - not helpful. Finally, somebody said to click on my picture (which I don't post), so I clicked on my initial in the little purple circle, and there it was.

On then, to R.   (Or was it Q?)


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Subject: RE: Tech: How to make a YouTube video
From: GUEST,SB
Date: 14 Aug 20 - 12:59 PM

Tried to download WMM, but had to add it to an account cart, then it wouldn't let me log in, apparently I had an account yeas ago but had long forgotten the password. I expect to have to add a credit card to my account even if this app. is 'free.' Typical complications to irritate potential users.

BTW to upload an audio track to YouYube they force you to turn it into a movie first. Never did work out how to do that.

For video work the one and only app. I ever thought was worth purchasing was VideoRedo and VideoSuite.

BTW YouTube vets uploads for copyright infringement and uses AI to detect and id even clips of copyrighted works. It is also draconian over checking for material unsuitable for kids, although it tolerates depictions of such as nakedness and gay sex FGS.


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Subject: RE: Tech: How to make a YouTube video
From: GUEST,SB
Date: 14 Aug 20 - 05:42 PM

WARNING MICROSOFT SCAM - WMM IS NOT FREE.

hUH - It is 'free' to download - big deal, what isn't - but you have to pay for feautures for it do anything useful.

That's why you have to set up an account, with a cart for orders, and add yout credit card details to purchase the necessary add-ons.

You can try and read a file into it - but it crashes out for VOB / MPG formats.

Then you have to download Video Converter Pro - this is a paid for app. offered at a discount but which is advertised as free' (but which is of very limited features). Basically you have to use this convert your files to MP4. Anything else costs you. Another scam.

Then you can open this MP4 file, and trim it or edit it etc. - but this is not intuitive to use. BUT THEN YOU CAN'T SAVE IT AS A PROJECT, NOR IN ANY USEFUL FORMAT. YOU HAVE TO PAY ANOTHER SCAM FEE TO SAVE ANYTHNG USEFUL.

WMM IS A SCAM APP. OF LIMITED FEATURES - IT IS ADVERTISED AS FREE - WHICH IT IS NOT - THAT IS FRRUD.

Don't you just love Bill Gates?

SB

====

USEFULLNESS.


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Subject: RE: Tech: How to make a YouTube video
From: Nick
Date: 14 Aug 20 - 06:21 PM

Open source and free Virtual Dub


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Subject: RE: Tech: How to make a YouTube video
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Aug 20 - 07:08 PM

My old computer has the original Windows Movie Maker without that account stuff. There's no way to find the original download files to move them, but I do have that program as long as the computer runs.


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Subject: RE: Tech: How to make a YouTube video
From: Captain Swing
Date: 14 Aug 20 - 07:45 PM

I use Wondershare Filmora 9 which gave me free, without subscription, 3 months free trial full access. After the trial period a watermark appears on new movies unless you buy the software. It's very good software and I had plenty of time to try it out so I bought it.


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Subject: RE: Tech: How to make a YouTube video
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 14 Aug 20 - 08:40 PM

Apart from my very early attempts that were on Windows, using the software that came with my wee Panasonic camera, most of what I have done (same camera) was after I bought a Mac, and used iMovie that came installed with the computer. Not that tricky, and lots of options for titling and editing, and tutorials within the iMovie program.
But now realising how much mobile phones have progressed in the last few years: video quailty on the latest models is superb, and as Phil Cooper said, so easy now to just transfer something straight from phone to YouTube, as thousands of people have been ding over this lockdown period. My 10-year-old not-very-smart phone is just about to bite the dust, so new phone on order, and looking forward to increasing my YouTube channel with same!


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Subject: RE: Tech: How to make a YouTube video
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Aug 20 - 01:31 AM

Sometimes if you buy a device they come with a DVD or CD of program software. I'm sure if I looked at the disks that came with my Canon camera several years ago there is video editing software because there is a video mode. You might want to see what you already have tucked away there, or ask around to see if others have such resources.


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Subject: RE: Tech: How to make a YouTube video
From: DaveRo
Date: 15 Aug 20 - 04:03 AM

Fake versions of Windows Movie Maker


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Subject: RE: Tech: How to make a YouTube video
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 15 Aug 20 - 09:49 AM

I was asked to do a video for an Arts Council sponsored lockdown project in MAY. I used Adobe's Premier Rush on the occasion, because I had it. It worked well but it turned out it wasn't quite 'included in your subscription' as I was led to believe when I downloaded it but rather a trial verion limited to three saves.

I was since recommended Open Shot Video editor, which is free and open source. That seems to do OK but I am not really in the habit of filming myself, or anything else, and putting stuff online so my use so far had been limited.


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Subject: RE: Tech: How to make a YouTube video
From: GUEST,SB
Date: 15 Aug 20 - 10:45 AM

OK - thank for suggesting VideoDub actually VideoDb2. This is open source and can be downloaded as a zip file. But then there is no way to actually install as a Windows app. It seems to just run from the exe file in Windows (File) Explorer. Editing, cropping and cutting etc. is pretty easy. But once again to saving a video is an issue due to missing codecs; and a lack of a resizing option couldn't reduce the file size. My 1hr 30min video was about 3GB. However when I had edited it, the only save I could do was to a lossless format and it ended up at 11GB. Totaly impractical.

I'll try Open Shot next.


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Subject: RE: Tech: How to make a YouTube video
From: leeneia
Date: 15 Aug 20 - 01:44 PM

Thanks for all the suggestions, esp. SRS on seeing what came with our camera. Our new camera is a wonderful thing, but it's big and heavy, and I mostly let the DH use it. Recently he took a picture of Saturn with it, and by golly, you can see the rings! They are out of focus, but still...

Now about film editors - what are they for?


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Subject: RE: Tech: How to make a YouTube video
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 15 Aug 20 - 03:36 PM

I use editing when I am taking individual songs off a longer dvd or old vhs tape. I just start where I want (usually when a song starts, or at the beginning of a relevant introduction) and then stopping the recording when the applause dies down. I am not as precise as many. We did get a few videos done at a live show with a professional videographer (our recording engineer, adding to his skill set). He used a main camera and three iPhones on tripods around the room. He later edited the best camera shots and different angles depending on the song. You can edit in snapshots of other things if you want to get fancy, but I haven't figured out those bells and whistles.


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Subject: RE: Tech: How to make a YouTube video
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 15 Aug 20 - 08:13 PM

Editing: you can cut out the bad bits or any unwanted bits, such as you reaching forward to switch camera on/off. You can zoom in or out a little, lighten or darken your picture if need be, special effects, add titles and endings, credits, etc.
I have found that when recording myself, if I make a mistake, it is better to just keep going with the recording and play/sing the same passage again, rather than stop/delete/ start again - the latter only makes me more nervous of making another silly mistake next take, and it will then inevitably happen! If you just keep going, you can cut out the bad bits and splice the good bits together seamlessly.
Btw, I did also mention using the software that comes with the camera, in my post on 14th August.


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Subject: RE: Tech: How to make a YouTube video
From: leeneia
Date: 15 Aug 20 - 11:28 PM

Thanks, Phil and Tattie. I had no idea you could zoom while editing. Now I know.


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Subject: RE: Tech: How to make a YouTube video
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 16 Aug 20 - 07:22 AM

Interesting that the Cara Dillon video of her webcast on Friday is in 3840 x 2160, which is extremely high quality for YouTube!


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