How to Upload SWF Files to YouTube

By Marshal M. Rosenthal

The SWF (“Shockwave Flash”) file format is designed as a highly compressed video file that is well-suited for online uses, such as being viewed on the YouTube website. You can upload a SWF file to YouTube from a computer using a YouTube upload program, many of which are free to use and intuitively designed, by going directly to the YouTube website or by uploading to YouTube directly from a device that shoots video and saves it to the SWF file format. The only requirement is that YouTube recognizes that you are the one uploading the SWF file, and so you must have register with YouTube previously.

Step 1

Go to YouTube. Click on the “Sign in” button on the web page. Enter your YouTube name and YouTube password in the appropriate fields in the drop down menu that appears on a web page. Click the “OK” button to log in. Click on the “Upload” button on the web page. Navigate in the window that appears to the SWF file that is to be uploaded. Double-click on the SWF file to make the window go away. Wait as the SWF file is uploaded to YouTube. Archive or delete the SWF file once it has been uploaded.

Step 2

Download a YouTube upload program to the computer’s desktop, for example, the free version of Vidnik for the Mac or the version of Free YouTube Uploader for a PC (see links in Resources). Double-click the file once it has downloaded. Follow the menu commands to install the program onto the PC’s hard drive. Restart the PC. Launch the YouTube upload program by selecting it from the “All Applications” pop-up menu (accessed by the start menu) on a PC or by double-clicking its icon inside of the “Applications” folder if on a Mac. Click the “Add” button on the YouTube upload program’s main screen. Navigate in the window that appears to the SWF file that is to be uploaded. Double-click on the SWF file to make the window go away.Click on the “Upload” or “Send” button on the YouTube upload program’s main screen. Enter your YouTube name and YouTube password in the appropriate fields if a pop-up window appears. Click “OK” to close the pop-up window. Wait as a progress bar appears at the bottom of the screen and fills in from left to right as the SWF file is uploaded to YouTube. Quit the YouTube upload program once the progress bar has completely filled in. Archive or delete the SWF file.

Step 3

Go to the “Video” menu on your portable device that shoots video and saves it to the SWF file format, for example, a cell phone or a digital camcorder. Select the ‘Upload to YouTube” icon beneath “Video.” Enter your YouTube name and YouTube password in the appropriate fields on the window with the onscreen text screen that appears on the screen. Navigate to the video you want to upload to YouTube. Click on the video. Click on the “Upload” button that appears in a pop-up window. Wait as the video uploads through the Internet to YouTube. Navigate back to the device’s main menu after a confirmation window appears to state that the video has been uploaded.