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Camcorder Tips: Uploading Your Video To The Web In 4 Steps

Feb 17, 2008
Remember all those years ago when dad used to film home movies on that old 8 mm camera? Everyone would gather in a darkened room as he loaded the film onto those giant film spools, and the choppy old projecter would chug along. As great as those memories were, it's good to know that home movie quality has come a long way since then.

Now more than ever, families are sharing home movies, except now it's filmed by camcorders and shared via the internet. If you're at all intimidated by the process of loading your film to the web, don't be. It's a very simple process, and here's a step by step guide.

Step One: Upload The Video To A Video Editing System

When uploading your video into a video editor, you may have to edit or compact it. Keep your end user in mind, as long videos require additional loading time. If you're planning to load your video to YouTube, you're limited to 10 minutes per clip. If you have a lengthy video, another alternative is loading your video as a sequence, or in parts. Bottom line, shorter video loads faster.

Step Two: Decide On Your Video Format

The major video format options for internet video are Quicktime, Windows Media, and Real. Our favorite choice for emailing video to family is Quicktime, because Quicktime is flexible for almost any PC. As for the type of video file, YouTube for example is also quite flexible. File formats like .mpg or .wmv are perfectly acceptable.

Step Three: Compress Your Video And Export

Compressing video is important because you want your video to load quickly and not cause the end user any viewing problems. Be aware, though, that the more you compress your video the worse it becomes in terms of picture quality. It's a good idea to experiment with different sizes, considering the end user as you experiment. YouTube makes things easier on you as it will automatically convert the video according to their specifications.

In terms of exporting your video, just save it to your PC desktop. You can also set up a folder on your desktop and place all your videos within the folder. Either way, storing video on your desktop makes them easier to find and easier to send.

Step Four: Upload And Email

Uploading video to YouTube is extremely easy. After you set up an account, set your video preference to public or private. Then, add a little information about your video for reference purposes, then select the file from your desktop and choose upload. As for emailing, you can email a video as an attachment if the file is small enough. If it's too large, just send a link to the YouTube page.

That's all there is to it. After filming a few videos on your camcorder and going through these four steps, you'll find it'll only take 3-4 minutes to go through the entire process. You'll be able to share your video creations with anyone, anywhere!
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