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Uploading to YouTube / Vimeo / DailyMotion

In most cases you will not need to process your video before uploading (see the "Introduction" for the limits on length and file size each video host applies.) Now to get your movie onto the web.

Create an account

There are lots of video hosting website, but three are most commonly used by British film makers.  Create a free account with YouTube (http://uk.youtube.com), Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/) or Daily Motion (www.dailymotion.com/gb ). They all work in a similar way.

When you have filled in the online forms to join the video host, head for the video section. You will find a page with an "upload" button on it.

All services offer several ways to upload videos but default to the simplest ways. Click the button to start the upload and off it goes.They all offer a range of options for describing your video and adding "tags" - words people might type to find your movie. It is worth taking time to get these right. You can start work on them while the video is uploading.

The Title field defaults to the name of your video file, which may be something like "shot6.mov". It is usually better to give it a fresh title which will catch people's eye.

It is wise to write a concise description. (If you or someone else links the film to a social media site, the start of the description will automatically appear there.) If you are unsure of your spelling write it in a Wordprocessor with a spellcheck on it, then copy and paste the text into the description.

Take time to explore the other options, such a privacy and comments. You can change these later if necessary. In general we suggest making your work public, but not allowing comments. (Especially in YouTube comments are famous for being bitchy, rude and often unhelpful. Vimeo comments are often better but usually bland.)

After uploading, the service has to process your video. Often this happens within a few minutes but can take much longer if they are very busy.

A few more options are available including whether you will allow people to embed your movie in their own websites and blogs and whether to let it be shown on mobile phones and iPods. You may also have a chance to select a "poster" frame - the image people see when they first find your movie online. YouTube offers a choice of three. Vimeo offers a default but lets you choose your own. DailyMotion does not seem to offer a choice.

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