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How to Upload and Customize a Video

 

You’ve put a lot of time into shooting great video and editing it into a masterpiece. Now how do you actually get it online, on YouTube? How do you make sure your video’s settings, such as whether or not people can comment on your video, are set correctly?

Here’s how to upload your video and customize its settings.


Step 1: Click Upload

 

Once signed into your YouTube account, click “Upload.”


Step 2: Click

 

Click “Upload video.”

A file selection box will pop up. Choose your video file. Once you’ve selected your file, you’ll see the upload progress box displayed.


Step 3: Enter Your Title and Description

 

YouTube allows you to edit your title, descriptions, tags, categories and privacy settings all while your video is being uploaded. Customize these settings right below the upload box.

Your title is crucial because it’s what a large part of what people use to decide if they’ll watch your video. Your description is the text that shows right below your video.

Tags and categories will help people discover your video.

The privacy settings and licenses will help you decide exactly where your video does and doesn’t end up online.

Once the upload is finished, you’ll see the processing screen. Wait for your video to get processed, which can take anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours.


Step 4: Accessing the Edit Screen

 

To edit your video’s settings, click on “Videos” in your drop down menu in the top right corner.

Then click on “Edit” under the video whose settings you want to edit.




Step 5: Edit Basic Video Information

 

If you want to change your video’s basic information, you can change it here.

 


Step 6: Choose Thumbnail

 

Your thumbnail is a critical part of the YouTube video experience, because the thumbnail is what people first see when they’re deciding if they’re going to click on your video.

Unfortunately, YouTube by default only gives you 3 frames to choose from. If you don’t see a thumbnail you like from one of the three choices, you’ll need to shift your video slightly in a video editor and re-upload it to get new choices.


Step 7: Choose Commenting Options

 

Choose whether you want to moderate comments, allow them automatically or not allow any comments at all. Also choose whether or not you want users to be able to vote on comments.


Step 8: Save Changes

 

There are a few other options you should check out, such as whether or not you want people to be able to embed your video on their own websites. By and large however, after setting up the settings above your video will be ready to go.

Click on “Save Changes” once you’re ready to publish your video.

Congratulations! You’ve now uploaded a video, added a title and description, tagged and categorized your video, setup your thumbnail picture and set your commenting options.

 

Michael Rockwell