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Uploading to Youtube

Written by: Joshua Tuthill
Last Updated: April 2020

Now that you have edited a video and are ready to share it with the world! This guide will give a quick overview of how to upload your video content to the world's most popular streaming service.


YouTube is an online video-sharing platform. YouTube allows users to upload, view, rate, share, comment on videos, and subscribe to other users. It offers a wide variety of user-generated content Available content includes video clips, TV show clips, music videos, short and documentary films, audio recordings, movie trailers, live streams, and other content such as educational videos.

Guide for uploading

Before you begin make sure your video file is supported: YouTube has a wide variety of supported formats. The easiest and most recommended format is .mp4. See the full list of supported formats below.

  • .MOV
  • .MPEG4
  • .MP4
  • .AVI
  • .WMV
  • .FLV
  • 3GPP
  • WebM
  • DNxHR
  • ProRes
  • CineForm
  • HEVC (h265)

How to upload a video to YouTube

Log in to your YouTube account.


Click on the video icon at the top right hand side of the window, which can be found next to your user icon, messages, apps, and notifications.


Click ‘Upload Video.’

Then, press ‘select files to upload’ to find the video file saved on your computer. Or, you can drag and drop it into the window.


Once you select a file, YouTube will automatically upload you video and save it to your channel. From here you have a set of optional settings you can add to your video.


Add an SEO friendly title so that it’s more easily discoverable via search engines.

Add a description of the video so people know what your content is about before watching it.

Add tags, which act as tools to help the discovery of your video.

Once you are finished you will be taken to your channels upload page were you have more tools where you can fine a sharable link and download you original video file.


Your video is now uploaded to YouTube and ready to be shared!