Prepare the File.
Before you upload the video to your own YouTube account, make your final edits and finishing touches, and then convert it to a proper format. Most programs that can edit video, can export to multiple formats.
The following list includes the most common files to upload (and easiest to make).
- MP4 (Motion Picture Experts Group Part 4) A very common file type that works on most mobile devices and computers. THIS IS PREFERRED FOR OUR VIDEO FESTIVAL
- .M4V (H.264) Another version closely related to a MP4 file.
- .MOV (QuickTime Movie) Many older Macintosh tools prefer this format. It’s not as small as a MP4 file, but is often high quality.
Log in to your YouTube account.
Each YouTube account has its own channel attached to it. Sign in to the account that is associated with the channel that you want to upload the video to. If you already have a Google+ account or a Gmail account, you may have a YouTube account already set up. The login is the same.
Click the Upload button.
The Upload button is located to the right of the Search bar near the top of the page. Make sure you have the rights to the music and the visuals in your video or it may be blocked, and also ineligible for the Type 1 Diabetes Video Festival. For more on legal music options, see this article.
Choose a video file.
Click the Select files to upload button to open a file browser. Find the file or files that you want to add. You can also drag and drop videos onto the square in the web browser window.
Click the Open or Choose button.
If your account is unverified, you are limited to 15 minute uploads. You can upload longer videos by verifying your account via text message. You can find the verification link in the Upload page.
Add the details.
Required information includes the title of the video, the description of the video, and any tags that you want to add. Enter a useful description and accurate tags so your video shows up better in search.
Please include this sentence in your description: “This video is in competition at this year’s Type 1 Diabetes Video Festival [T1DVideoFestival.com]. Winners are determined in early September 2017 by a combination of YouTube views and a jury. Please watch and share! #T1DVidFest”
For more conversations that matter around type 1 diabetes go to The Type 1 Diabetes Think Tank Network.
- Adding a description to your video will allow for viewers to know and learn more information about your video before viewing. This will display at the bottom of the video. Be sure to add a unique description to help your video to stand out.
- Tags allow other YouTube users to see your video by linking common and searchable words associated with your video (e.g. Singing Dogs has a tag of “dogs,” “singing,” and “fun”). Other videos will then often be seen together in the “Recommended videos” sidebar if they have similar tags.
- Annotations are notes or text on the actual video that you can add at certain times of the video being played. These can allow the viewer to see additional info about your video or other videos from your channel. These can also be links to other videos or even your website.
Choose Privacy settings.
There are different settings for your video. Public videos can be searched for and viewed by anyone, and this setting is necessary for the T1D Video Festival.
Unlisted videos are only accessible to people who know the exact video link. Private videos are unlisted and can only be viewed by viewers that you designate. These users need to have a Google account to access the video.
Share your video (if you want).
You can share your video through Google+, Facebook or Twitter, or you could send your friends the video link. Check the box next to each service that you want to share with.
Adjust any advanced settings.
Click the Advanced tab and review the options. You can choose to disable the comments, disable video responses, change rights ownership, choose to notify your subscribers, and more. YouTube is known for harsh comments and many mean-spirited people. Moderating or even blocking comments may be in your best interest.
Your title, description, etc. will be saved when your video has completed uploading. When the bar is 100% filled, you have posted your video on YouTube. It may take a few seconds before the video plays back at the file is converted and optimized. But shortly, you’re ready to go.
The T1d Video Festival Submission Form.
Fill out our Submission Form.