In this article, I’ll be covering 2 basic things about exporting and uploading to online sharing sites:

  1. How to upload to YouTube or Vimeo directly from your video editing program
  2. When exporting, I’ll show you what settings to choose for the best online playback

1. Publishing: Upload Directly to YouTube & Vimeo Directly from Your Editing Program

Many video editing programs these days let you upload or publish a video directly to your YouTube or Vimeo account (some also allow Facebook, iTunes, etc). So, if you don’t have an account then you’ll need to sign up for one and have your username and password ready. For this example I’ll show you using iMovie and Windows Live Movie Maker, but the steps should remain very similar regardless of the program you’re using.

  1. Find the export settings in your program, generally under “File – Export”, “File – Share”, or “Save As”
  2. Select the platform (YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, etc) you’d like to export to.
  3. Enter your login credentials. If you don’t have them, you’ll need to sign up for an account and return to this step.
  4. Choose your permissions for the video, ie. do you want it to be public or private?
  5. Fill in any other pertinent export settings such as resolution, frame rate, quality etc.
  6. Click “Export” or  “Next” and the video will upload to your account. Always go to your account in your browser to make sure it uploaded correctly.

Publish Settings for iMovie and Windows Live Movie Maker

2. Exporting: Settings for Best Online Playback

It’s possible to export your edited video as many times as you want to as many different formats and settings the program offers. I like to export one high quality file that can be uploaded to online sharing sites and also used in a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation. Below I’ve listed some steps to achieve a highly compatible file that’s great for online streaming.

  1. Go to “File – Export” or “File – Share”
  2. Choose the MPEG-4 or MP4 file format with the H.264 video codec and AAC audio.
  3. If you don’t see the options above, it’s possible your program has “Export Presets” to choose from like “Export for Web” or “Export for Mobile” or specifically export for “YouTube” or “Vimeo”, choose the one that’s most appropriate for what you’re exporting for.
  4. If you don’t see any of the steps above just export the video with whatever options you’re given. Try to upload and if it you get errors, you may have to convert your file using another program. I recommend using Handbrake, a free video converter that can be downloaded below.
    1. Click here to Download Handbrake

Export Settings for iMovie and Windows Live Movie Maker

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