As digital video cameras become smaller and more affordable, many individuals are choosing to create digital recordings of everyday events. In the past, video cameras were bulky, expensive, and required big VCR tapes. Video cameras now are digital and small enough to take everywhere. They also have the capability to transfer video footage to a computer, allowing you to reuse tapes. The increase in individuals storing videos on their computer has prompted companies to develop media sharing Web sites, such as YouTube, for people to post their videos online for others to view. This is especially helpful when you would like to share a video of a memorable event, such as your child’s first steps, with relative across the country who was unable to experience it in person.
Transferring a Video from a Digital Video Camera to a Computer:
- Connect the digital video camera to the computer using the provided USB or FireWire cable. If the camera does not have a cable and stores the digital video on a memory card, remove the memory card from the camera and then insert it into your computer.
- You can transfer the video from a digital video camera to a computer in one or more of the following ways, depending upon the type of camera you own:
- Start the program that came with the digital video camera and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for importing the video to a hard disk.
- When the digital video camera or memory card is displayed as a removable disk in Windows, copy the video file(s) to the hard disk.
- Open Windows Live Movie Maker and click the ‘Import from device’ command on the Movie Maker menu to import video from the digital video camera.
- Your video should be less than 10 minutes, less than 2GB in size, and one of the following file formats: .AVI, .MOV, .WMV, or .MPG. If your video does not meet these requirements, you either should create your video again or use software such as Windows Live Movie Maker to change its file format or reduce its length or size.
- Double click the video on the computer to make sure that it plays in its entirety and that you can hear audio.
- If you would like to free space on the digital camera’s media, delete the original video files from the digital video camera or memory card.
- Disconnect the digital video camera from the computer or remove the memory card from the computer.
Log into YouTube:
- Start a Web browser, type youtube.com in the address bar, and then press the ENTER key to display the YouTube- Broadcast Yourself Webpage.
- Click the Sign In link.
- Type your user name and password, and then click the Sign In button. To sign in youtube you need a gmail account, if you do not have a gmail account than create one.
Upload the Video:
- Click the Upload button to display the Video File Upload Web page.
- Click the Upload Video button to display the ‘Select file to upload’ dialog box. Locate the video on your computer that you wish to upload and then cluck the Open button.
- If necessary, change the title of the video to one you prefer.
- Enter the description and tags for this video. If you would like to make it easy for people to find your video, enter a detailed description and several tags.
- Select a video category from the Category drop-down list.
- If you want to make the video private, click the ‘Private (Viewable by you and up to 25 people)’ option button.
- Click the Save Changes button.
- YouTube will save your changes once the video is finished uploading.
View the Video:
- Point to your user name at the top of the Video File Upload Webpage and then click My Videos.
- Click the Play button to preview the video. Once the video has finished playing, click the Sign Out link to sign out of YouTube.