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PapaJohn's Guide to YouTube

NOTE... June 18, 2012 - After 6 positive years of publishing videos to YouTube I threw the towel in last week and deleted them all. My concern is YouTube's process of unilaterally shifting advertising revenue from my account to Rumblefish.

The source of most of my music is a local friend and musician who writes, plays, sings, and publishes his own music. Even with his full permission, Rumblefish routinely tells YouTube they also have the rights to his music and YouTube shifts the revenue stream.

Years ago YouTube invited me into their revenue sharing program and things were going along well until Rumblefish entered the scene. I can and have filed disputes and Rumblefish has withdrawn their claims... but the dispute process takes time and effort, and shouldn't have to be done in the first place.

The latest video was about one I made private, with the only allowed viewer being myself. Even that one was claimed by Rumblefish and shifted by YouTube.

From the large group of 'free' video hosting services, YouTube emerged as the leader... uploading is free and easy... I have over 100 videos there.


After uploading, you can send or embed a link to

In addition to links, you can embed a player in a website page like this one for my playlist of video doodles. Start with the big play button and check it out from there.

The playlist feature is one of the things I like most about YouTube. Make a playlist, copy any of your uploaded videos to it, give the link to the playlist to others, or embed it in a web page.

The link (URL) to the playlist stays fixed, as movies and stories in it come and go. I'm always changing my videos and it's a royal pain to have to remember all the places you put links to the originals... put a movie or story in a playlist and pass out the link to the playlist rather than the video, and you'll never have another broken link to an online video.

This page is more than a general guide to uploading your movies from Movie Maker, and stories from Photo Story 3. It provides custom profiles and other tools to do it the easiest and best way.

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Newsletter 101

Newsletter #101 was about five of the free host services in April 2006: Google Video, YouTube, Putfile, VideoEgg, and AddictingClips. Click the image to read it.

I wrote it before YouTube was the clear leader, and before vimeo gained in popularity.

the Quality of YouTube videos

YouTube, like most online services, converts uploaded wmv story and movie files to Flash format with .flv extensions. Additionally, High Def (HD) movies are converted to MP4.

YouTube continues to enhance the quality of the files and its online player interface. They provide 3 levels of quality:

It makes the normal quality file first and then, sometime later, renders the high or HD quality one. You get the higher quality one in minutes to hours or days after the normal quality one is available... or for some reason you never get it.

The Movie Maker and Photo Story Guide to YouTube

Step 1 - Get an Account

Join YouTube

Press the button and join...

as the signup page says, it's free and easy.

Step 2 - Make Movies and Stories

Keep your movie and story projects to less than 10 minutes... the maximum for YouTube. When using MM2 and PS3, you don't usually need to think about the constraint of it being less than 100 MB in file size.

On the subject of YouTube not saying it accepts WMV files... I've never had it not accept a movie in WMV format. And the period of it not successfully converting stories seems to be over.

YouTube Profiles

Here are copies of the custom profiles I use for Movie Maker 2.1 and 6. Download, put them in your c:\Program Files\Movie Maker\Shared\Profiles folder, and look for them the next time you open Movie Maker. They'll be in your drop down list of 'Other Settings' choices when you save a movie.

Standard 4:3 Profile

Widescreen 16:9 Profile

HighDef (HD) Widescreen 16:9 Profile

YouTube - High Quality

Here's a sampling of movies made with these custom profiles... Be sure to turn on the 'watch in high quality (or HD)' option, a link just under the player.

Standard 4:3 - 'Wedding'

Widescreen 16:9 - 'Rome'

YouTube - HD

HD Widescreen 16:9 - 'Happy New Year'

See the Photo Story 3 > Saving page for custom profiles to use when heading to YouTube with a story.

Step 3 - Upload to YouTube

After you have your account and a movie or story to upload, use the same button as in step 1 above... then the 'Upload Videos' link at the upper right.

Fill in all the fields and go on to the 'Go upload a file' page... browse to your movie or story, select it, and then hit the 'Upload Video' button at the bottom left of the page...

The progress meter will show you.... yes, % progress for the file uploading... when it reaches 100%, resist the temptation to do something else. Wait for it to automatically switch back to the first page, where you filled in the blanks. By returning there, it's giving you a chance to change your mind about any of the entries.

If you have more to upload, repeat the process... if not, move on by selecting the 'My Account' link at the top.

Then use the link to 'My Uploaded Videos' at the upper left... to go to a working window that shows all of your uploaded files, and your created playlists.

Step 4 - Make a YouTube Playlist and Copy Your Uploaded Videos to It

Use the 'Create Playlist' button to make one... I recommend getting in the habit of creating a playlist as soon as you finish uploading the first video that goes into it... and always have a playlist to put each upload into, even if it's just a playlist with one video.

This picture shows my new playlist for 'Test Files', with no files in it. I've checked the two latest uploads (which appear at the top of the list until you upload more and they move down), and then use the pull down list to pick the Test Files playlist to copy them to.

YouTube - Copy Videos to Playlist

Remember that YouTube is doing its processing on a server far from your computer... resist the temptation to do something again just because it didn't happen fast enough to suit you. I've learned by experience to let things like copying these two files to the Test Files playlist finish, regardless of how long it takes. If you're impatient, think it didn't do what you said, and do it again... you'll have two copies of each in the playlist, or 3 or 4 or whatever, depending on how impatient you are.

Step 5 - Get and Use the Links (URLs) to Your Videos and Playlists

The link to go directly to a video, and the html snippet to embed a player in a web page for it, are found in the full list of 'My Videos'... but only after YouTube has fully processed your uploaded file. It needs time to convert it to a Flash format, assign the link, and create a thumbnail image... or if you upload a Flash file, it needs time to add some info to it. Depending on the file and YouTube's workload, it can take minutes to an hour or more for this processing. Give it time and check again later.

The link to a playlist, and the html snippet to embed it, are found at the upper right of the selected playlist, as shown in this image. It's that embed option that I used for my playlist of video doodles at the top of this page that I find so handly.

YouTube - Playlist URL

I used the individual file URLs above for the two test files... ones I'll have to remember to revise if I put revised or different files at YouTube. But the embedded code for the video doodles playlist won't need changing unless I create a different playlist for them.

Step 6 - View Videos and Stories at YouTube

Put the links to either the videos or the playlists into your emails or on your websites.... tell everyone to enjoy them!!!

If you have a website page to embed the players into, the space needed to do it is minimal as the space for the video is being provided by YouTube. There's hardly a reason not to do it.

Other Info...

Newsletter 127

Newsletter #127 explored YouTube in more depth than previous newsletters. Click the image to read it.

It covers file rendering, uploading types and quality settings, creation of playlists, and viewing options.

When you upload a movie or story, YouTube converts the uploaded file to the Flash format. Newsletter #102 is about doing the conversion yourself before uploading, using the Riva FLV Encoder.

Newsletter 102

HitTheBongo's Converting to Flash Video & Embedding