How to Upload a Video to YouTube

By Techwalla Internet Editor

Many people have discovered the joy of using YouTube. It can be fun to see your videos online and know that others are getting to enjoy them. It can be the beginning of a career or just a fun hobby. But some aspiring filmmakers find uploading a video difficult, especially since YouTube only focuses on the act of the upload. When you have the steps for the entire process outlined for you, though, it can be quite easy.

Things You'll Need

  • Videos in the correct format
  • Video converting software for videos in wrong format
  • Home access to the Internet, as most libraries won't let you use videos on their computers.

Using an Acceptable File Type

Step 1

Make sure your video is in a suitable file format before you upload: .WMV, .AVI, .MOV and .MPG are the only formats accepted by YouTube.

Step 2

Use downloadable video conversion software. Some will be free, but most will cost you.

Step 3

Download one you like. All you need it to do is convert from the format your movie is in to a format listed in Step 1.

Step 4

Visit your local computer software store.

Step 5

Read the backs of video converter software and choose one.

Step 6

Buy a video converter. Most of these are inexpensive.

Step 7

Convert your files if they are in an unsuitable format.

Locating the File

Step 1

Create file folders with easy-to-remember names, such as "music videos," "home videos" and "funny videos."

Step 2

Add sub-folders if desired. Examples of good sub-folder names would be the name of people in them or the dates they were recorded.

Step 3

Place your original folders on your C Drive or extra drive. This is the best location for most folders.

Uploading the File

Step 1

Go to YouTube and sign in.

Step 2

Click "Upload" on the main page.

Step 3

Enter the title, description, tags and category for the video.

Step 4

Click "Upload a Video."

Step 5

Browse the location of your files and choose the one you want to upload.

Step 6

Click "Upload Video."

Step 7

Wait for it to upload.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't try to change your video format by re-writing the extension (.mov, .avi) part of the file name. You will render your video useless and it may be difficult to fix it. Instead, use a video converter.
  • Don't upload any copyrighted videos. You could be fined, sued or even face criminal charges.