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Windows PC Users

To share videos to YouTube, you can import your videos to Windows Movie Maker. In there, you will be able to export the videos directly to Youtube by going to Share in the upper right corner and clicking the YouTube icon. You will be asked to choose a resolution for the project, the default being the actual size of your video and therefore often the best choice. After that, you will be asked to enter your YouTube informations and the video will be uploaded.

Mac OSX Users

(Snow Leopard) Open your movie in Quicktime Player X. Here you will find an option called "Sharing" and there you can choose Youtube. Type in your username and password, and the video will be uploaded directly.

(Leopard or older) Open your movie in Quicktime. In the File menu, there is an option called "Sharing...". There you can choose quality of the video, Large is preferable. Export the video and upload manually to YouTube on their website.

Sharing with Privacy (Vimeo)

If the videos you are producing are for internal use and is not meant for the general public, limiting the access to these videos will be of interest. Youtube has an option for this, called "Unlisted Videos". This means, that the video will not be shared on the site and only people with a direct link to the video will be able to watch it. In order to change your videos settings, do as follows:

  1. Sign into your YouTube Account
  2. Click on your account name located in the top right of any page. Click on My Videos from the expanded menu.
  3. Choose the video you want to edit and click the Edit button below the video thumbnail.
  4. Scroll down to the Broadcasting and Sharing Options and find the Privacy section.
  5. You'll see the option to make the video Public, Unlisted, or Private.
  6. Select Unlisted. Make sure to click the Save Changes button at the bottom of the page.

Another option on YouTube is to make your videos Private - unfortunately this requires the receiver (up to 50 people) to have or sign up for a YouTube-account in order to watch the video. This is unfortunately not the ideal situation, which is why we recommend Vimeo for that - another online video sharing service. Here you have an option to password protect your video, so only people with the right password will be able to access the video. Since many programs have direct upload options for YouTube, this option is obviously a bit more complicated since it requires you to compress the video manually. To get help with this, go to Vimeos easily understandable Compression Guide.

The Catch to Vimeo

YouTube is the preferred platform for online video, but the Vimeo site has some features that are very cool to have for you, who want a bit more control over your video. Unfortunately that comes with a (small) price, since you only have an allotted amount of upload capacity of 500 megabytes a week. This is often plenty of space, but nevertheless something you have to be aware of. If you are in need of more space though, Vimeo does have a paid subscription of $60 a year to get 5 GB of upload capacity a week.