(Introduction to the site.)
Tutorials Page 1
(Topics: Setting Preferences, Trimming videos, Adjusting audios, Audio fade-in fade-out, Downloading videos from camcorder to computer, Buttons in the Option Panel of the Edit Step.)
Tutorials Page 2
(Topics: Doing PIP, Adding Transition Effects, Adding and Animating Titles, Ripple Editing, Title Safe Area.)
Tutorials Page 3
(Topics: Adding Special Effects to your video, Adding Music/Audio to your video, Saving your project as a Video File, Uploading your video to YouTube.)
(See videos using Special Effects, Painting Creator, and Chroma Key.)
(Discussion includes some Dos and Don'ts, Copyright issues involving music, Using YouTube's AudioSwap feature.)
(Chromakey written tutorial. Includes suggestions for buying the right equipment at affordable prices.)
(Written tutorial on how to burn DVDs using Corel. Includes instructions on how to add chapters.)
(Show originality by adding animated drawings and writings on your videos. Everything you need to know is discussed in this chapter.)
(Corel's Movie Wizard can create an impressive slideshow quickly for you. This chapter tells you how to use the Movie Wizard.)
(Answers to all common and not so common questions relating to YouTube.)
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You are either already doing it or you will soon want to do it - uploading your videos to YouTube and sharing them with the whole world. Sure, why not? Especially if you are making good, interesting videos. YouTube is undoubtedly the best place in the Internet to share your videos and to see other people's videos.
But many newcomers to YouTube do not know a lot of things concerning YouTube (at one time I was one of them). So I decided to add this chapter to my Web site concerning video editing and try to provide all the answers to these common (and not so common) questions in one place. I am sure my readers will appreciate my efforts and find this new chapter useful.
We'll do this in the form of questions and answers. Below are a number questions. The questions are in random order. You just have to eye through everything to find what you are looking for. I used bold letters on many keywords to help you find what you are looking for. Click on the question to jump to the answer. Or, if you prefer, just scroll down the whole page to read everything. I have provided a lot of "Return to top" links for ease of navigation.
- Who can upload videos to YouTube?
- Does it cost any money to create an YouTube account?
- How do I create an YouTube account?
- Do I need a camcorder to create videos?
- How do I make my own YouTube Channel Homepage?
- How do I actually upload a video to YouTube?
- What video file formats are accepted by YouTube?
- Is there a duration limit of YouTube videos?
- Is there a file size limit for YouTube videos?
- I am having difficulty in uploading. Where can I get help?
- I cannot upload my video. Why?
- Who can comment on YouTube videos?
- Can comments be deleted?
- How to reply to comments?
- Can people under 18 have YouTube accounts?
- Can minors see all videos on YouTube?
- Does YouTube allow pornography?
- I have questions. I need help. Where can I get help?
- Is it illegal to add music to my videos from CDs?
- I see a lot of people use commercially available music in their videos. How do they get by with those?
- My video has been muted by YouTube. Why?
- YouTube has deleted/closed my account.
- How can I have my YouTube account re-instated?
- I see many animated videos in YouTube. How can I make animated videos?
- I see advertisements on some videos but none on others. Why?
- Who gets the revenue collected from these ads?
- How can I become YouTube's revenue sharing partner?
- Do I need to have an Adsense account to earn money on my YouTube videos?
- How can I open an Adsense account?
- My videos are not getting enough views. What can I do to increase view counts?
- Are video tags case-sensitive?
- I enabled monetization (revenue sharing), but ads are not appearing on my videos. Why?
- Which videos get featured by YouTube?
- What are promoted videos?
Q 1. Who can upload videos to YouTube?
A 1. Anybody who has created an account can upload videos to YouTube.
Q 2. Does it cost any money to create an YouTube account?
A 2. No. It is FREE.
Q 3. How do I create an YouTube account?
A 3. If you already have a Google account, you are all set. That is your YouTube account also. If not, you can create a Google account in just a few minutes. Just look for the Create Account button on YouTube's homepage (www.youtube.com) and click on it. Basically, you have to provide your current and vaild e-mail address, create a password for your account, provide your location (country of residence), your date of birthday, and accept Google's Terms of Service (TOS). You also have to do the Word Verification thing. This is to prevent automatic or software generated applications. That's it. Anybody who can read English (or the local language of the country of residence) can create a Google account in minutes. At some point, I forgot exactly when, you will be asked to create an username for YouTube.
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Q 4. Do I need a camcorder to create videos?
A 4. No. These days videos can be created in various ways. Webcam is a common and relatively inexpensive thing that many people use. All modern digital still cameras and cell phones can capture movies (videos). If you are creative, you can make excellent videos with these devices. Besides, beautiful video slideshows can be created with your digital still photos. Lastly, animated videos can be created online without any video clips or photos using programs like GoAnimate and Xtranormal Movie Maker. If you have some digital photos and/or video clips, you can also make great looking videos (video slideshows) using programs like Stupeflix Video Maker and One True Media. If you have some video clips which you think are not worth uploading to YouTube because they are kind of boring, you can use programs like Vlix or Magisto which will turn those ordinary clips into interesting and eye-catching videos. If you create an YouTube account, you can have direct access to the above named programs via YouTube for free. These programs will even directly upload your creation to your YouTube channel. Besides YouTube has its own online video editor to turn an ordinary video into a masterpiece.
Q 5. How do I make my own YouTube Channel Homepage?
A 5.You don't have to create your YouTube Channel Homepage. YouTube autimatically does that as soon as you create an YouTube account. They make the basic layout of the page with the title "Username's (using your username) Channel". But all components of the page remains blank. You have to fill in the different parts of the page such as creating your Profile, adding your Profile Picture, etc. It is all self-explanatory. YouTube will supply the Profile format. You fill-in as much or as little information about yourself as you want in that. You can upload your own profile picture. If you don't, YouTube will put a silhouette of a face (generic picture) to cover the profile picture box. You can change the Themes and Colors of your page and edit and change everything to your liking given in your blank channel page. Everything is editable. You can change the Settings of the page. YouTube usually puts boxes to include information like Uploads, Favorites, Subscribers, Friends, Subscriptions, and Channel Comments on your blank Channel page. You can change all of these options and decide what you want to put on the page. In other words, creating your own Channel page is easy. YouTube supplies all necessary tools.
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Q 6. How do I actually upload a video to YouTube?
A 6. Once you have made a video and are ready to share it with the world, you have to upload your video to YouTube. To do this, from your YouTube Channel home page page, click on the Upload link located near the top right. (Of course, you have to first sign-in.) The Video File Upload page will open up. On that page look for the big, yellow "Upload video" button and click on it. Your computer's My Videos folder will open up (hopefully you have saved your video in that folder). Just navigate through that folder, locate the video you want to upload, click on it to highlight it, and then click Open. That's it. Uploading will start. You will see the upload progress bar (it will tell you the approximate time remaining for the uploading to complete). You will also see individual frames of your video as your video gets processed by YouTube. Just be patient until your video upload is completed and processing is finished. Don't close the page until your upload is completed. If you do, your uploading will stop. YouTube will inform you when your video processing is finshed and it is ready to go onlne. Hint: Video files are large. It takes time for the uploading to complete - anywhere from about an hour to several hours. It is best to a choose a time for uploading when the Internet is less busy. Early morning hours are the best!
While your video is being uploaded, fill out the Video Info and Privacy Settings form. You have to provide the following information for your video: Title, Description, Tags (these are like keywords), Category (Entertainment, Education, How-to & Style, Travel & Events, etc.), Privacy (Public, Unlisted or Private), and License (you should normally choose Standard YouTube License). After you complete the form, don't forget to click on the Save button!
Q 7. What video file formats are accepted by YouTube?
A 7. YouTube accepts most common video file formats like .WMV, .MPG, .AVI, .FLV, etc. But if you use Windows Movie Maker, please remember you cannot upload a .MSWMM file to YouTube because .MSWMM is not a video file. It is a MicroSoft Windows Movie Maker project file. You first need to convert that file into one of the standard video files before you can upload it to YouTube. Similarly, if you use Corel VideoStudio to create videos, you cannot upload a .VSP file to YouTube since it is a VideoStudio Project file, not a video file.
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Q 8. Is there a duration limit of YouTube videos?
A 8. Yes. Normally it is 10 minutes, but these days YouTube is allowing some users to upload videos longer than 15 minutes in duration. I don't really know how YouTube picks these users, but my guess is those who regularly make good videos on a variety of topics get this privilege.
Q 9. Is there a file size limit for YouTube videos?
A 9. Yes. It is 2 GB.
Q 10. I am having difficulty in uploading. Where can I get help?
A 10. First check your Internet connection and other "common sense" things like your video file format, video file size, video duration, etc. Then go to YouTube Help and look for the answer there. You will most likely be directed to YouTube Forum. FAQ is good place to look for the answer first. Make sure you are signed in to YouTube. If you have an unusual problem not encountered by other users, ask your question in the Forum giving specifics. Some knowledgeable/experienced person will soon give you the answer.
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Q 11. I cannot upload my video. Why?
A 11. Most likely cause is you are trying to upload a file not recognized or accepted by YouTube. But also see the answer to Q. 10 above.
Q 12. Who can comment on YouTube videos?
A 12. Only those who have an YouTube account.
Q 13. Can comments be deleted?
A 13. Yes. Hover your mouse over the username of the person who made the comment. (It could be your own comment!) You will see on the right side of the comment several icons show up. One of them is Reply with a small downward pointing arrow on its rightside. Click on the arrow. A dropdown menu will open up. One of the options will say "Remove". Click on it. The comment will be removed. But remember, once the comment is removed it cannot be brought back or undone. So think twice before removing a comment. The other options in the dropdown menu are all self-explanatory including "Block user". If you feel somebody is repeatedly making derogatory comments to harass you, just block that user. A side note: If you don't want comments on your videos, you can opt for that while uploading the video to YouTube. Just look for comment options and choose "Don't allow comments". You also have the option of comments appearing on your page subject to your approval. You can change or modify your options later also. Just go your Videos page, locate the video in question, and click on Edit. There you can change your original selections and click on Save Changes button. That's it. Your new selection will take effect immediately.
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Q 14. How to reply to comments?
A 14. Read the answer to Q. 13 above to know how to find the Reply button. Click on that button. A box will open up to type your reply with @Username already typed there. Type your reply next to it and hit Post. That's it. Your reply will appear at the appropriate place and the person to whom you are replying will also get notified by YouTube that you have posted a reply to his/her comment. Instead of hitting the Reply button first as described above, if you just use the comments box to type your reply, the person concerned will never get notified by YouTube that you have posted a reply. Your reply will look like a new comment!
Q 15. Can people under 18 have YouTube accounts?
A 15. Yes, but they cannot see all videos posted in YouTube. YouTube does Age Restrict certain videos which may not be appropriate for minors.
Q 16. Can minors see all videos on YouTube?
A 16. No. For Age Restricted videos, YouTube will say "This video is age restricted" and ask to verify age by signing on. (Remember you had to give your date of birth when you created your YouTube account?) If age cannot be verified, the video will simply not be shown to the person.
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Q 17. Does YouTube allow pornography?
A 17. No. If you think a video contains pornographic material or otherwise unacceptable material for general viewing, you can flag it, and YouTube will remove that video.
Q 18. I have questions. I need help. Where can I get help?
A 18. If you have not found the answer to your question here, ask your question in YouTube Forum. Remember to sign-in first.
Q 19. Is it illegal to add music to my videos from CDs?
A 19. If you are making videos for your own personal use, you can add music from commercially available CDs. But if you want to upload your videos to YouTube for the whole world to see, you cannot add music from CDs unless you have prior written permission from the legal copyright owners (musicians, record companies, distributors etc.) to do so.
Q 20. I see a lot of people use commercially available music in their videos. How do they get by with those?
A 20. This is a slippery ground. What happens is this: If the original copyright owners raise objections, YouTube either mutes those videos or takes them down and notifies the persons who had uploaded those videos why they had taken that action. If the original copyright holders do not ask YouTube to take down those videos, YouTube puts ads on those videos (you have to allow YouTube to put ads on your videos in your video Settings) and keeps all the revenues generated by clicks on those ads. Most people who put recorded music in their videos allow YouTube to put ads on their videos and thus get by with those. If you do not allow YouTube to put ads on your videos and use copyrighted music on your videos, your videos will most likely be either muted or taken down by YouTube. My advice is do not put copyrighted music on your videos if you want to upload your videos to YouTube.
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Q 21. My video has been muted by YouTube. Why?
A 21. The most likely cause is you have put copyrighted music on your video without taking prior written permission from copyright owners telling you can do so and/or you have not authorized YouTube to put ads on your videos in your channel Settings.
Q 22. YouTube has deleted/closed my account.
A 22. This happens to those who violates YouTube's Terms of Service (TOS) and repeatedly ignores YouTube's notices about copyright infringement. These are serious offences and YouTube punishes these offenders by closing their accounts.
Q 23. How can I have my YouTube account re-instated?
A 23. This cannot be done. But some people just create a new YouTube account using a different username, a different password, and probably a different e-mail address.
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Q 24. I see many animated videos in YouTube. How can I make animated videos?
A 24. If you know how to use Flash (a software), you can easily make your own animations. But since you are asking this question, I am assuming you don't know how to use Flash. In this case, you can use programs like GoAnimate, Xtranormal Movie Maker, One True Media, or Stupeflix Video Maker online to create your own animated videos/video slideshows. If you have an YouTube account, you can reach all of the above named programs from your Videos page and use the basic version of any of these programs for free, courtesy YouTube, and you can also upload your animated videos/slideshows to YouTube. Don't know how to reach your Videos page? Go to your YouTube Channel homepage and sign on. Now look for your username on righthand top corner. Click on your username. "My Account" box will show up (it is a dropdown menu). On it, the second option from top will say "Videos". Click on it. You will come to your Videos page. You will notice on the top part of the page it says "New! Animate your own story or create a video slideshow. Try it now." This line is highlighted in blue. Click on "Try it now" and you will come to the page that gives links to all of the above named animation or slideshow creators. If you don't see the blue highlighted line as described above, look for "Create Videos" link on the same page (My Videos & Playlists) and click on it. You will come to the page that gives links to the above named programs.
Q 25. I see advertisements on some videos but none on others. Why?
A 25. It can happen in different ways. Some users may have authorized YouTube to place ads on their videos because they routinely use copyrighted music on their videos. (See answer to Q. 20 above.) YouTube also places ads on videos which have used YouTube's audio swap service. Lastly and probably more commonly, ads are placed on videos by YouTube's Revenue Sharing Partners who have enabled Revenue Sharing (now called Monetizing) on these videos. See answer to Q. 27 below to learn more about Revenue Sharing Partners.
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Q 26. Who gets the revenue collected from these ads?
A 26. If the revenue comes from ads on Partner videos, YouTube keeps a small share and passes on the bulk to the Partner. In all other cases (described in the answer to Q. 25 above) YouTube gets the entire revenue.
Q 27. How can I become YouTube's revenue sharing partner?
A 27. The short answer is you can complete an online application seeking to join YouTube's Partner Program. YouTube will review your application and will either grant you Partner status or will deny you the privilege. Before you apply though, you should know the requirements for becoming a Partner. Otherwise, chances are, you will be disappointed.
The first and foremost requirement is your videos must be popular and you must have thousands of viewers of your videos. Second, you must regularly create original "family safe" videos suitable for all YouTube viewers. Third, you either own or have express written permission from original owners to commercially use all audio and video content that you upload. Please remember that you may be asked to submit proof of this. So apply to become a Partner only when you meet all three of these requirements.
While on this topic, let me tell you about a lesser known thing. It is called Individual Video Program (IVP). It gives you the opportunity to earn money from specific videos you have uploaded to YouTube. It is an "invitation only" program for individual videos in your account, and does not impact the remaining uninvited videos on the account. Invitations for this program are sent to the email address associated with your YouTube account. YouTube picks some very popular videos with good contents and sends out invitations to the video owners to monetize on them. So keep your fingers crossed. Who knows some day you may become lucky and find such an invitation in your mailbox!
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Q 28. Do I need to have an Adsense account to earn money on my YouTube videos?
A 28. Yes, you do. If you are accepted in YouTube's Partner Program, YouTube will guide you to open the Adsense account if you don't already have one. If you already have an Adsense account, YouTube will help you merge your Partner account to that Adsense account.
Q 29. How can I open an Adsense account?
A 29. If you have a Web site or a blog site and want to place ads on it to earn Adsense revenue, you must first open an Adsense account. To do that go to Google's homepage at www.google.com and click on Advertising Programs. On the next page, click on the big blue button that says "Get started with Adsense". That will bring you to Adsense application form. Complete the form and hit "Submit Information". That's it.
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Q 30. My videos are not getting enough views. What can I do to increase view counts?
A 30. Well, publishing videos on YouTube is one thing and getting enough viewers is another thing. Most newcomers depend on their friends and family members and that is OK. But to get a really large audience several things need to be done. I shall try to list some of the more important things below.
1. Try to make really good videos that will have appeal to the general public.
2. Pay special attention to the video tags - search words people might use to find videos like your video.
3. Try to spread the word in as many ways as possible. Give link to your video in your Web site, blog site, e-mails, etc.
4. Try to join the YouTube community and get involved. It is like networking. You can do this by doing the following activities:
- Subscribe to other people's channels. This, in many cases, brings return subscription to your channel.
- Make comments on other people's videos. Avoid making derogatory comments. That might backfire.
- Reply to comments made by other people on your videos.
- Try to know other people's real first name (not just username), remember the names, and address them by their real first name while commenting on their videos, replying to their comments, or sending messages to them. This builds intimacy and eventually friendship.
- 'Like' (thumbs up) other people's videos. The gesture is usually reciprocated.
- Invite other people to become 'Friends' with you. Also, accept other people's 'Friends' invitation.
- Post Channel Comment on other people's channel homepages.
- Once in a while send your video to a fellow YouTuber. But DO NOT overdo it. It will be considered as spam.
- Keep your channel homepage fresh by publishing new videos often. Try to publish videos regularly. Once or twice a week is better, more or less on fixed days of the week (if possible) is best.
- Try to make videos on a large number of topics to cater to different interests. This builds larger audience.
- Video duration of 5-6 minutes or shorter is best. Few people have time and patience to watch long videos unless they are especially appealing.
- Participate in YouTube Forum discussions - ask questions and answer other people's questions when you know the answer. Always be polite and gentle in the Furum. Watch your language. (Also, watch your grammar and spelling!)
But please remember it takes some time for videos to become popular. So please be patient and keep working towards the above listed things.
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Q 31. Are video tags case-sensitive?
A 31. No. They are not. That means "New York" and "new york" does not make any difference. You can safely put the video tags all in lower case just like the keywords of Web sites.
Q 32. I enabled monetization (revenue sharing), but ads are not appearing on my videos. Why?
A 32. It is hard to say exactly why but try doing as follows to resolve the problem.
- Disable Monetize (formerly called Revenue Sharing).
- Carefully go through your whole video again to examine IF YOU OVERLOOKED a photo or a graphic or a logo or anything that is not entirely yours. (Please pay special attention to any existing background music, even for a few seconds. Background music is the most common culprit that prevents you from monetizing on your videos.) If so, it is not eligible for Monetization (Revenue Sharing) unless you have explicit written permission from original owners to use it commercially.
- Re-submit Monetize (Enable Revenue Sharing), this time taking EXTRA SPECIAL CARE TO EXPLAIN that you have full ownership of all components of the video. For example, instead of just saying I have full ownership of everything in the video, add an extra sentence saying, for example, "The two photos included in the video are also taken by me, and I have full ownership rights of those photos too."
The above procedure always works.
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Q 33. Which videos get featured by YouTube?
A 33. This still is a mystery to me. I am still trying to figure this out myself. My common sense says these should be really fantastic or interesting or funny or unique videos or may be, very popular videos having a mass appeal and a large number of viewers. But in reality I find none of the above usually applies. On the other hand, I find some featured videos are really poor, or boring, or have contents that shows taste that is considered as bad in our civilized society.
According to YouTube's official glossary, YouTube picks some videos of their Partners and makes them "Featured" videos, though rarely non-Partners videos are also featured if they are very popular. But my question still remains - on what basis do they pick videos from their Partner's videos? Are they just picked at random to give every Partner a little boost and help them popularize their videos?
Q 34. What are promoted videos?
A 34. YouTube's "promoted videos" are paid online advertisements. If you are willing to pay YouTube to promote your videos, you can do so.
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