Step 1: Go to YouTube: www.youtube.com
Log into our YouTube channel, Troop3637. The log-on information has been emailed to you. The sign-in button is in the upper-right corner of the page. If you are already signed in to YouTube, you will have to “add an account” to sign in as the Troop. If it gives you a choice between signing in as Troop3637 or as signing in with the gmail address, choose the Troop. Do not choose the gmail address. The Troop icon is the square one.
Step 2: Begin Video Management
Uploading and editing videos happens in the video management center. If you log on through Explorer, the management options might already be visible. If not, you can open up the options by clicking on the Troop3637 name, right by the little bell. In Chrome and Firefox they might be closed, so try that. We’re looking for “Video Management.” Also note that there is an upload button right at the top… You can upload from this home screen any time, or you can upload from Video Manager.
To upload from your computer, you have to browse and choose a file from your hard drive. You can also drag and drop into the uploading space. If you are uploading from a smartphone, you can either go online to youtube, activate the desktop site and follow the same screens, or you can locate your video in your gallery and “share” it to Youtube from there.
The Video Management Screen shows a list of videos that have been uploaded, and a list of videos in progress. You can see a thumbnail, the video title, and whether it is public (globe) or private (lock). Private videos can be viewed within this channel. Public videos can be viewed by anyone, and show up in searches. The third option is “Unlisted,” which can be viewed by anyone with a link. I use “unlisted” when I have a video I want to share with people I know without getting complicated. I upload the video, I mark it “unlisted,” I send them the link. They can watch it. They can share it with their friends. I can put it on Facebook. What doesn’t happen is that my video doesn’t show up in searches, and nobody who doesn’t actually click through from the link I provide knows it exists.
In the Video Management screen you can edit video titles/categories/tags/privacy. You can also do fun stuff, like add filters to change how a video looks, or add a soundtrack, and things like that.
Title: The video title stars as the video file name from your computer. Change it to whatever you want.
Description: Descriptions help people understand what the video is going to be about. This is useful if you are doing informational videos, such as a science lesson or how-to.
Tags: Tags help searches. They are one or two word items that identify your video when someone is looking for them. They are optional. If you do not want your video to be seen generally, you might not put them on at all, although if you end up with a lot of videos on your channel having tags will help you sort them. To enter a tag, type your word and then put a comma, and it will generate a tag.
Privacy: Set your privacy to Private, Unlisted, or Public.
Category: Choose the category that best describes your video. This also helps with searches.
Step 3: Edit your video basics.
Go back to the Video Management page, and notice that to the immediate right of the video thumbnail list is an “edit” option. Click that edit button. This will be the place where you can edit titles and categories, but also video interaction options, video features, and other stuff.
Below the video are “basic” and “advanced” options. Basic includes Title, Description, Tags, Privacy, and Category. Advanced includes Comments (I strongly recommend disabling comments; just uncheck the box), License (a creative commons license allows people to use your video in their own projects, as long as those projects will also be used in creative commons projects, or something like that), Embedded Captions (like if you are excerpting from a TV show to make some point in your video), Distribution (“embedding” allows people to play the video from their website instead of just linking to it), Age Restrictions (in case your video is not appropriate for all audiences), Video Location (optional, not recommended by me for this channel), Video Date (which might be fun to enter, but is optional), 3D Options, and Video Statistics (how many plays, thumbs up, thumbs down, that kind of thing).
If you are editing Basic or Advanced options, be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of the screen to click SAVE. It is very easy to click between screens without doing it, and very annoying to go back.
Step 4: Enhance Your Video
Click “Enhancements” at the top of the video. Quick Fixes have auto-adjust options, but also sliders for lighting effects. You can slow the video play down at “Slow Motion” and you can also trim the video to set start and stop times so only the good stuff will play. You can also rotate the video to turn it sideways (or turn it straight if it filmed sideways). Filters are different effects you can add to the video. Special Effects let you blur out faces. You can see a split screen of your video to compare and you can always revert to the original file.
Step 5: Audio
You can add a musical soundtrack to your video, too. YouTube suggests songs, which you can sort in various ways (like most popular), or you can search their database for more. There is a slider that opens up that lets you adjust the volume of the audio, so you can only have the music or you can have talking over the music. You can also position the audio so you can start from anywhere inside the song.
Step 6: Annotations
There are several ways to add annotations to your video: Speech Bubbles, Spotlights, Titles, Note, or Label. Pick one and it appears on the video, move it around with your cursor, set when it appears. You can use the arrow keys to set when you want something to appear, or you can highlight the minutes or seconds or hundredths or seconds and enter it by hand. If you want your video to link to another website, check the Link box at the bottom of the page.
If you’ve changed your mind about an annotation, click on the arrow in the menu box below “Add Annotation” and choose the one you don’t like. A little trash can will appear to the right of its name and you click on that to delete.
Step 7: Add Captions
It is becoming custom to include captions or transcriptions of your video for people who are unable to hear the audio of your video, especially if most of its meaning is conveyed through text. This is not necessarily just for people with hearing impairments; people often access computers in quiet places and cannot turn on the volume, but who still need to know what your video is about. You can either upload a transcript of your video’s speech or you can type it in during the video and sync it up with the video. You are able to pause the video while you are typing right inside the transcription screen.
Your Published Video
Once your video is edited and saved and published, click on the video name in the Video Manager screen to get to the Published Video screen. There you can get the link to it so you can share the video, as well as access statistics and other information about your video. Note also the left-turn arrow box towards the upper right… You can click on that to get back to the Video Management Screen any time. The Video Manager should also appear in the frame on the left side of your screen.
The Dashboard contains other features as well, such as managing comments, getting statistics about who is visiting your channel, managing your channel, et cetera. Those are features you would use if you were hosting a lot of videos to share information (let’s say you run a channel that teaches people how to draw animals), and it helps you find out why people are watching your videos and gives you options for how to advertise them. We are probably not going to use these features as a troop.