How to Film Videos with a Video Camera and Put Them on YouTube

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Did you ever wonder how those people get ten thousands of views every day? Simple. They buy a video camera, video tape themselves or something virally interesting and throw it on YouTube. Keep reading on tips to video and upload successfully to You Tube.


  1. Think about what you want to record. Make a plan if its a creative piece or have your camera ready for current events or reality video taping.
    • Before you want to tape yourself/something else, you will want to have a good idea. Something that people will actually look at.
    • Think about what the consumer wants; maybe making fun of something that happened the other day, or maybe you caught something truly amazing on tape, like an earthquake or something, or you can just inform people about a disease. The possibilities list is endless.
  2. Video the material you want to share. Make sure your voice isnt drowning out the subjects if you arent self-video recording.
    • If you didnt shoot the footage yet, buy a video camera and work your concept you thought of before, out. If you already have the footage, Go to step 4, if not, get your camera. Read the manual, or if you already understand it, go and video tape your idea. When you are shooting the footage, make sure you are not shooting against light etc. Make sure you have enough lighting to capture clear images.
    • As soon as you have your footage, connect your camera with a computer, and open the tape in a program for movie editing; Windows Movie Maker is a good example for that, its free and its on any Windows PC (if its a legal copy), if you have Mac, theres plenty of other fish (free software) in the sea. Again, read the readme, implemented with your software package. If you want/need to adjust anything. Do it now.
  3. Remember, videos uploaded through YouTubes Single File Uploader have to be under 100MB. There is a 10-minute length limit for all videos.
  4. Optimise the video for YouTube. YouTube accepts a wide range of video file formats such as .WMV, .AVI, .MOV, and .MPG transferred from most digital cameras, camcorders, and cell phones.
  5. Consider converting if you have a source .wmv in high bitrate and larger resolution you may want to convert to MPEG4 at full resolution and then resizing to 320x240 using a high quality resizing algorithm - this can help reduce the number of artifacts you end up with.
  6. Verify your settings for easier YouTube uploading. YouTube recommend the following settings:
    • MPEG4 (Divx, Xvid) format
    • x480 resolution (* most updated recommendation)
    • MP3 audio
    • frames per second
  7. Resize your video to these specifications before uploading will help your videos look better on YouTube.
  8. Go to Youtube. If you do not have an account there yet, register one. The accounts are free.
  9. Upload your video, select the right keywords, so the people will find your video. Watch as the view counter rolls up. Have fun.


  • Its best to read the cameras manual first before you ruin it doing something stupid with it.


  • Be prepared for haters to comment your video. Im sorry to say, but your video will most likely get a rude comment throughout time. You can block that person and delete it, leave it or if you think you can put up a good fight and win, you can argue back which is not the best decision.

Things You Will Need

  • Camera
  • Computer
  • You Tube profile
  • Program such as Windows Movie maker

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P.S. - Just remember with a video camera you are Recording Video. Do not refer film to video since you will look silly

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