How to Make a YouTube Video

How to Make a YouTube Video

Four Parts:Preparing to FilmFilming the VideoUploading to YouTube on DesktopUploading to YouTube on MobileCommunity Q&A

This wikiHow teaches you how to set up, film, and publish a video on YouTube. YouTube videos can be as casual or as high-quality as you prefer; if you don’t want to plan out your video, skip to the end of this article for instructions on uploading it to YouTube.

Part1

Preparing to Film

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    Use a webcam for convenience. As with smartphones, most laptops made within the last five years come with an integrated webcam (usually just above the monitor). Webcams tend to have much poorer quality than a standard video camera, but they’ll do if you can’t afford to purchase a smartphone or dedicated camera.

    • If your computer doesn’t have a webcam, you can usually purchase and install one for under $20.
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    Use a smartphone for mobility. Most smartphones on the market come with three video-making essentials: A video camera feature to record videos, a microphone to record audio, and a large hard drive on which to store everything. While smartphones are portable, the audio and visual quality can be inferior to that of a dedicated video camera.

    • Videos take up a lot of storage space. You may need to transfer your videos off of your phone after recording.
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    Use a video camera for high-quality filming. You can find decent-quality video cameras for under $50 on Amazon, or you can spend around $120 on a high-quality video camera. Video cameras often have better display quality than a smartphone or webcam.

    • Most modern video cameras have a removable SD card that can be used to transfer videos from the camera to the computer. Double-check to ensure that your selected camcorder has an SD card before purchasing it.
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    Record content that is on your computer monitor. This can be accomplished by downloading third-party software that will allow you to record your screen. If you’re recording tutorials or video game footage, you’ll want to use such a program.

    • Many programs enable you to have several videos being recorded at once. If you wish, then you can easily set up a face-cam using the previously discussed webcam. By doing so, you can record the main content while having your face-cam as an overlay on the surface of the main content. This is mainly done by streamers, but many people also use this technique for YouTube Videos.
    • When recording, be sure that both the audio and video are properly being recorded by first making a test clip and viewing it.
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    Consider purchasing a dedicated microphone. While not imperative, good sound quality can make or break a video; to this end, relying on your recording item’s built-in microphone may not be ideal. If you can find a reasonably priced microphone that is compatible with your recording item, your videos’ overall quality will improve immensely.

    • Some video cameras come packaged with a dedicated microphone and all of the hardware you need to connect the two.
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    Try writing a script. While optional, doing this before settling on a video genre will help determine the kind of video you wish to record.
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    Consider using a current trend for a video. YouTube hosts videos from millions of users, but some types of video are more popular than others:

    • Video blogs, or “vlogs,” are regularly-updated video series featuring the creator talking about whatever is on his or her mind, usually for 10 minutes or less.
    • Video game-related videos attract a fair amount of traffic, especially if you cover recent releases.
    • Tutorials can encompass literally any topic in which you are skilled.
    • Montages are videos filled with images or video clips, set to music.
    • Pet videos are always popular. These are typically recorded with a hand-held item, such as a smartphone or camcorder. They often feature the creator’s pet doing something funny or endearing.
    • Reviews are video blogs that review a product or service. Being sardonic and funny when reviewing something will get more people to watch.
    • Comedy videos encompass a wide range of styles and approaches. They’re best done with friends, and can feature anything from practical jokes, to silly dancing, to scripted sketches and beyond.
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    Plan a video for a personal purpose. If you’d like to share an experience with friends or relatives who can’t be there to live it with you, YouTube is a great way to bridge the gap.

    • Plan ahead of time to film events like family picnics, weddings, and birthdays so that you’ll have the raw video to edit and upload to YouTube later.
    • You can choose to lock a video so that only people with the specific URL (web address) of the video can view it, but that’s no guarantee it won’t eventually be seen by third parties. Keep the content of your video clean and in accordance with YouTube’s guidelines.
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    Consider making a video from other videos. This practice is especially popular with clips that don’t belong to any specific YouTube user, such as clips of old cartoons and TV shows.

    • If you’re taking this route, you won’t need video recording equipment, but you will need source files in the form of downloadable video clips (you can download YouTube videos for this purpose if need be).
    • These “remix” videos often exist in legal limbo. You’re unlikely to get in any trouble for making one, but if one of the copyright holders for the original clips in your video requests that YouTube remove it from their site, they will do so immediately.

Part2

Filming the Video

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    Make sure you have plenty of light. If possible, film during the day, using natural daylight. If you’re planning to do a nighttime scene, provide a little bit of light so people can see what you’re doing.

    • If you’re recording yourself, you should sit facing the light, and the camera should point toward you.
    • This step doesn’t apply for screen-capture videos.
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    Choose your clothing appropriately. If you have a specific-colored background, don’t wear that color (for example, if your wall is black, avoid black or other dark clothing).
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    Keep your background clean. People will think you are unorganized and messy if your background isn’t clean enough, and a clean, professional-looking background is more pleasant to look at than is an untidy one.
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    Begin recording. Once you’ve settled on an idea for your video, perform whatever tasks you must to set up and prepare, then record the video.

    • You may have to record multiple takes. This is completely normal, especially for a beginner.
    • Record more than you plan to use. You can edit out the extra bits later on; there’s no reason to worry too much about getting the timing perfect from the beginning.
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    Speak loudly and clearly. This serves the dual purpose of both ensuring that you make the most of your audio quality and capturing your audience’s attention.

    • If you’re using a microphone, speak directly into it. This is especially important when you’re using a recording item with a built-in mic.
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    Be cautious of what information you give out. You most likely won’t want anyone knowing your full name or what your number is, much less where you live.
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    Stop recording when you’re done. Make sure you definitively press the Stop button on your recording item. Doing so will typically save your recording automatically.

Part3

Uploading to YouTube on Desktop

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    Transfer the video to your computer if necessary. If the video is on an SD card from a camera, plug the SD card into your computer, open the SD card if it doesn’t open automatically, and move your video from the “DCIM” folder onto your computer.

    • Your computer may not have an SD card slot. If so, you’ll need a USB card reader.
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    Open YouTube. Go to https://www.youtube.com/ in your computer’s web browser. This will open your YouTube home page if you’re logged in.

    • If you aren’t logged into YouTube, click SIGN IN in the top-right corner of the page, then enter your Google Account information.
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    Click the “Upload” 

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     icon. You’ll find this in the upper-right side of the page. Clicking it prompts a drop-down menu.

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    Click Upload video. It’s in the drop-down menu. The video upload page will open.
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    Click Select files to upload. This is in the middle of the page. Clicking it opens a File Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac) window.
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    Upload your video. Select the video that you want to upload by clicking it once, then click Open in the lower-right side of the window.
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    Add a description and a title. Type a title for your video into the “Title” box, then type a description (optional) into the text box below the title.
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    Select a thumbnail. Click one of the thumbnails in the lower-right side of the page to set it as your video’s thumbnail.

    • You can also click Custom thumbnail here to select a custom thumbnail.
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    Click Publish. It’s a blue button in the upper-right corner of the page. Doing so will upload your video to YouTube once it finishes processing.

    • You can keep track of the processing time by looking at the progress bar at the top of the page.

Part4

Uploading to YouTube on Mobile

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    Open YouTube. Tap the YouTube app icon, which resembles the YouTube logo. This will open your YouTube home page if you’re logged in.

    • If you aren’t logged into YouTube, you’ll need to select your account or enter your email address and password when prompted before proceeding.
    • If you plan on extensively editing your video before uploading it, you may first want to transfer it to your computer and edit it there. If so, consider uploading from desktop instead.
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    Tap the “Upload” 

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     icon. It’s in the upper-right side of the screen. Doing so will take you to the upload page.

    • You may have to allow YouTube access to your phone’s camera, microphone, and/or camera roll before proceeding.
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    Select your video. Tap the video that you want to upload.
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    Edit your video if necessary. You can edit your video’s length by tapping and dragging one of the ends of the video bar left or right, or you can change the video’s visual presentation or music by changing to the proper tab at the bottom of the screen.
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    Tap NEXT. It’s in the top-right corner of the screen.
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    Add a video title and description. Type a title for your video into the “Title” box, then type a description (optional) into the text box below the title.
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    Tap UPLOAD. It’s in the top-right corner of the screen. Your video will begin to upload to YouTube.
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    Wait for the video to finish uploading to YouTube. Once the video is live, you’ll be able to view it on your channel.

 

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