Tutorial: How to Make My Own Video on Youtube

If you've never made a video to upload on websites like youtube and dailymotion, you might be surprised to learn how easy it is to do. Practically anybody can make a video on their computer if they have the right programs and material. It can also be extremely cheap and cost next to nothing, depending on what methods and software you use. I've personally made over hundreds of videos for youtube so far, and some of them have received hundreds of thousands of views. My best performing video receives about 2,000 views a day. So if you're interested in making videos to show others on the internet, I'll help explain what you need to do and lay some of the options out for you.

Choose a Program
The first thing you need to do is to choose a video creation/editing program. There are so many different types of video making software out there and they all offer different features. Adobe Premiere is probably the most widely used program for professionals, but it's not necessary to make decent videos. It all depends on your preference and what types of features you would like. I've personally never used it, and never needed it's features for anything. I use Nero a lot of the time, and it's good for some things such as adding subtitles, but it has a lot of glitches and sometimes I lose my project after working on it for a long time. While programs like that can be expensive, there are a number of free programs that are available too, if you don't mind having a little less features. In fact, if you're a windows user, your computer probably already has a pretty good program on it called Windows Movie Maker. If you don't have this program, you can always download it from Microsoft's website. If you decide to download it from a website other than Microsoft, try to make sure it's a reputable site, because many of them are unsafe and will sneak viruses into the download. Windows Movie Maker is a very popular program, despite the fact that it's free. I still use it for many projects when I don't need anything fancy, and it's fairly reliable. It has a few features added, such as the ability to add subtitles, but they aren't as fancy and detailed as you would find with many other programs that cost money.

Gather Material
After you decide on which program to use, you need to start gathering material for your video. The type of material you use will mainly depend on what type of a video you plan to make. I have a camcorder, so sometimes I want to make home videos and edit them in my programs and then upload them to the video sites. But you don't need a camera or camcorder to make videos. Sometimes I will gather pictures together from the internet and make videos out of them. If you choose to do this, it's probably a good idea to ask the owners of the pictures if you can use them for your project, but it's not always necessary. It all depends on what type of video you are making and if it's covered by Fair Use. Some non-profit videos are considered to be protected under Fair Use, and others aren't. Whenever you make a video out of still pictures, it's called a slideshow, and many programs refer to it as that. For example, when I'm using Nero, I have to choose the option "make slideshow" in order to put together a video using pictures. Most programs will allow multiple different types of files, but some may restrict the types of files they can process. For example, Windows Movie Maker might not be able to read .flv files, so you may have to convert them to a recognizable format, such as .mpeg or .avi. There are a number of free programs on the internet that allow you to convert files, and there's even some websites that can do the same thing without the need to download anything to your computer other than the converted file.

When it comes to audio, majority of programs will allow you to either record audio directly into the program using a microphone, or they will at least let you import audio files. I think that it's much easier to create the audio files outside the program, then import them into it just like you would with pictures and video. So if you already have songs that you want to add to the video, just make sure the files are in an acceptable format for the program, and it should allow you to import them easily. If you want to record your voice for the video, then you can get a free program like Audacity, plug a microphone into your computer, and then hit the record button in Audacity and start recording. You can then edit the sound file it creates, or save your project and export the audio file. Once you export it out of Audacity, you can then import it into your video editing program.

Arrange and Edit
Once you get all the files you want to use ready, it's time to load them into your program. There are different ways to do this, and it all depends on which program you are using, but it's usually an easy process and most beginners find it to be pretty simple. After you load the files into the program, you should arrange them in whatever order you want them to appear in the video. Sometimes this requires editing clips, such as cutting parts of a video so certain scenes do not show up in your finished video. Almost all video editing programs will allow you to edit a video and make minor changes to your clips. You can also usually stretch pictures, so they appear in a video for a certain amount of time. For instance, if I want to make a slideshow and I want every picture to show up in the video for 10 seconds each, most programs will allow me to specify this by stretching the pictures to the desired time length. Other forms of editing include adding subtitles to your video, or fx. There are usually a few effects, at the very least, in most video editing programs. Nero and Windows Movie Maker both have a wide variety of effects you can add.

Save Your Project
If you're unable to finish your project, or just want to take a break and return to work on it later, you should save your project to your computer. All editing programs offer this feature, since it's almost a necessity when it comes to video making. In some programs this option may be called "Save to", while in others it may be called "Save Project" or simply "Save". It's usually found in the "File" menu of most programs, but can appear anywhere, depending on the software you're using. I also save my project periodically as I'm working on it, that way if the program crashes, you won't lose all the hard work you already did.

After you've edited and arranged your video, you should check to make sure it's exactly the way you want it to be. You can usually do this by hitting the play button in the video editing program, or by choosing the "preview" option to preview your video. Once you're sure that it's all ready, you need to export the video to your computer. In Windows Movie Maker, this feature is called "publish". You can also export or publish a video to CD or DVD in many programs, or to other forms of media. A common mistake that beginners make in Windows Movie Maker, is they try to export their video, but they choose "Save" instead of "Publish". Then when they try to upload the video to youtube, youtube says that it doesn't accept Windows Movie Maker Project files. You have to publish it in WMM in order to make an actual video out of your project. Try to export your video to somewhere on your computer other than your desktop, since video files are usually large and the desktop only has so much RAM (memory and space).

Once you've exported the video successfully, it's time to upload it and share it with the world. If you're making videos for promotional reasons (such as to promote a business or website), then it's best to upload it to all the video sites you can find. If you encounter problems while uploading, it may be because you exported your video as a format that the website you're on does not recognize. You can always try to export it again as a different type of file, or use a converting program to convert it to whatever format the website accepts. Just remember that many videos frown on copyrighted material, so try not to upload anything that includes copyrighted music, because this may cause your video to be deleted from the site, or rejected before it's even processed. Some video sites take a long time to process your video before it appears live on the site, and others require some type of verification or probationary period before they allow you to upload more than one. If your video is processing on a site for an unusual amount of time, you may want to cancel the upload and try again, since some sites can be glitchy.

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