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How to make the most of YouTube

on this page: core skills, live
related: google, tools, videos
example: ron mader (410 subscribers, 780,000 views 07.2016)
slideshare: Youtube Tips , making the most of live and archived videos, curation creation
how to ... create a playlist on youtube
youtube: conversations
editing: How to make the most of live and archived video, YouTube

Administrator's note: this page is admittedly an information dump but if you poke around you'll find specific examples of successful YouTubing (just made that up) and a Q&A with answers to frequently asked questions. Editors are welcome to clarify text, add links and translations.

YouTube is a video-sharing website, created by three former PayPal employees in February 2005 and owned by Google since late 2006, on which users can upload, view and share videos.

Teaching through YouTube
Here’s your invite to reuse and remix the 4 million Creative Commons-licensed videos on YouTube
On YouTube, Amateur Is the New Pro


Core skills (Adventures in Digital Literacy!)

Have you created an account on YouTube?
Can you login on your laptop? On your phone? On your tablet?
Have you favorited a video?
Have you subscribed to a YouTube channel?
Have you adjusted your YouTube account notifications?
Have you viewed your YouTube channel statistics?
Have you turned off an advertisement on YouTube?
Have you uploaded a video to YouTube?
Have you created a custom thumbnail image for your video?
Have you changed the license setting for any of your videos to Standard YouTube to Creative Commons attribution?
Have you adjusted the video viewing settings to 1080p?
Have you reviewed your viewing history?
Have you searched for a playlist?
Have you created a playlist?


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Just joined the 100 subscribers on YouTube club. VIRTUAL HIGH-FIVE!

YouTube Live

YouTube Live feature has been rolling out incrementally in order to ensure a great viewing experience. It isn’t available to all partners and cannot be requested at this time. If you are part of the YouTube Nonprofit Program, find live streaming enablement instructions here.





A simple but powerful app that allows you to stream directly to your own YouTube channel.

Buzzword Bingo

Account - Account Notification - Analytics - Arrange Uploads - Autoshare - Browse - Captions - Category - Channel - Collection - Comment - Copyright - Creator Studio - Customize - Dashboard - Download - Edit - Encoder - Favorite - Filter - Friend - Google - Google+ - History - Inbox - Layout - Like/Dislike - Manage - Manage Subscriptions - Messages - Moderate - Monetization - One Channel - Play - Play all videos - Playlist - Post Bulletin - Preparing Video - Publishing to YouTube - Ratings - Recommended for You - Refresh - Replay - Save Changes - Settings - Share - Social Web - Statistics - Subscribers - Subscription - Subtitle - Tags - Thumbs Up - Thumb Nail - Timestamp - Top Rated - Trailer - Trim - Upload - Thumbnail - Thumbs Up - Upload - Upload Progress - View all playlists - Videos - Video Editor - Video Manager - Views - Watch History - Watch Later - YouTube - 360 Degree Video

Creator Studio
- what is an encoder?

YouTube: Levels of Engagement = Niveles de Compromiso (tools)

Be attentive
Be creative
Upload video
Subir video
Be generous
Add thumbs up
Agrega me gusta
Be generous
Embed the video code
Copiar y pegar el codigo del video
Be generous
Add comment
Agregar comentario
What do you like or dislike as YouTube comments? #socialweb

Core Skills

Log in
Can you login on your laptop? On your phone? On your tablet?
Edit a playlist
Upload video
Search for a playlist. Example:
Edit your videos
Edit video and video settings


Create Videos


crowded house
south africa road trip

Translating Please give me a 'thumbs up' on my video on YouTube

Spanish: Regalame un 'me gusta' en mi video en YouTube

Translating: You can follow us on YouTube

Spanish: Ahora puedes seguirnos en YouTube


How do I disable the Like/Dislike buttons?
To disable the Like/Dislike buttons (also known as Ratings) follow this guide:

1. Click "My Videos" (should appear when you click your username at the upper left corner of the screen)
2. Click "Edit" for the video you wish to change (can only be done one video at a time)
3. Under "Broadcasting and Sharing Options, click "Ratings" to expand
4. Under Ratings, click "No, don't allow this video to be rated."
5. Click the Save Changes button for the change to take effect

If people like your video, then they can use the Favorites feature (which does the same thing).


In a few steps you can add your videos to YouTube -- -- recommended because of its ease and flexibility. One of my favorite attributes is that you can create playlists -- -- including your own and other people's videos. Travel companies can use this, for example, to highlight customer videos of their operation or the recommended places to visit nearby.

Advantages: Easy way to share videos
Cost: Free
Requirements: Account on YouTube
Related: See other video channels including Ustream and Veetle

Uploaded videos


How to put your videos online

In a few steps you can add your videos on YouTube, recommended because of its ease and flexibility. Here we go!

1 – Record your own video

2 – Create a YouTube account.

3 – Transfer your video to your computer and edit if necessary

4 – Add your video to your YouTube account.

5 – Add a relevant title, description, tags.

6 –Create a playlist.

7 – Repeat this process on a regular basis -- once is not enough!

8 – Teach someone else.

9 – If you have a website or blog, embed the video or playlist.

Cost: Free
Requirements: Digital videos, account on YouTube
Mobile app: Yes
Advantages: Fun, low cost, intro to the social web, Easy to count # of views, subscribers
Shortcomings: Not easy to see how many websites embed your video

¿Cómo poner tus videos en línea

En unos pocos pasos puedes agregar tus videos a YouTube, un servicio recomendado por tu facilidad y flexibilidad. ¡Aquí vamos!

1 - Graba tu propio vídeo

2 - Crear una cuenta de YouTube.

3 - Transferir el o los vídeos a tu ordenador y modificar si es necesario

4 - Agregar el vídeo a tu cuenta de YouTube.

5 - Añadir un título relevante, descripción, las etiquetas.

6 – Crea un playlist.

7 - Repita este proceso sobre una base regular - una vez no es suficiente!

8 - Enseñe a alguien más.

9 - Si tienes un sitio web o blog, incrustar el vídeo o la lista de reproducción.

Costo: Gratuito

Requisitos: Los videos digitales, cuenta en YouTube

Mobile app: Yes

Ventajas: Diversión, de bajo coste, introducción a las redes sociales, fácil de contar # de puntos de vista, los suscriptores

Deficiencias: No fácil ver cómo muchos sitios web incrustar el vídeo

2010 VideoNight in Oaxaca

Question - How many times has Ron's YouTube channel been viewed?
Answer - As of April 2011, Channel Views: 52,571
As of July 2012,
video views

Question - What videos should I post on YouTube?
Answer - If like most of us you're not a professional video producer, post something short. Like all of our webby advice - try something and repeat the process. Experiential learning allows you learn at each stage.

Question - Is it possible to advertise on YouTube?
Answer - Yes

Question - What are the benefits are of being a friend on YouTube?
Answer - Among the perks: friends' bulletin posts appear in each others' time lines on their channels, so when you do an announcement, it appears in all other friends who have their bulletins showing.

Question - What's a bulletin post?
Answer - Kind of like a twitter retweet on a billboard, when people visit your channel or that of your friends.

Question - On my PC (Windows Explorer Version 8) I try to embed the video as a widget but the result I get is an empty square with a picture icon. Oddly other people on Macs can see the video I embedded. What's happening?
Answer - No idea!
Question - Is there a way to select in my settings that I allow friends' comments automatically, all others with approval?
Answer -

Allow friends' comments automatically, all others with approval only Allow all comments with approval only Don't allow comments

Question - What is the Creative Commons Attribution license
The Creative Commons license means that others may copy, distribute and create derivative works from your video — but only if they give you credit. Your video will be available in the YouTube video editor. (Learn even more)

Bonus Points - How many subscribers are there to this channel?

How do I manage comments effectively?

Is it possible to create a collaboratively edited YouTube channel?
YouTubeHelp channel

How do I create a playlist on YouTube?
Log into YouTube, go to the videos you like and click 'add to playlist.'

Oaxaca example

Here is an example of how I created a playlist of Estonian music.

Developments in 2013

Upgrade to the new YouTube One Channel layout.
Click to get the new design
Introducing your
One Channel
You are more than the sum of your uploads. On your new channel, branding works across devices, you can reach out to non-subscribed viewers, and you can show off more of your content so fans will go deeper.

Unanswered Questions

Is there a widget that shows the number of subscribers and channel views for a particular user?



YouTube Tip: You can manage your YouTube subscriptions
You can access your subscriptions online

On my #YouTube wishlist: make it easier to allow downloading hangouts as video or audio podcasts

Pet Peeves: If I'm watching a scientific program Ann Marie Madigan's Bizarre orbits of minor planets beyond Neptune, I get shown as up next: Planets Don't Exist! Flat Earth TRUTH Revealed!
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Technical question: Is there an easy way to generate captions for videos longer than 1 hour on YouTube? Videos shorter than 1 hour have the option of automatically creating captions. Go more than 1 hour and that option vanishes.

Private Videos

If you would like to limit the exposure of one of your videos, you can set it to be a Private video. If your video is set to Private, only you and up to 50 other users who you invite to view the video will be able to see it. The video will not appear on your channel, in Groups, search results, playlists


Important: Do not upload any TV shows, music videos, music concerts, or commercials without permission unless they consist entirely of content you created yourself.
The Copyright Tips page and the Community Guidelines can help you determine whether your video infringes someone else's copyright. By clicking "Upload Video", you are representing that this video does not violate YouTube's Terms of Use and that you own all copyrights in this video or have authorization to upload it.


Since there is no facility to re-upload videos, it's important to test your audio and video quality are satisfactory before you release your video publicly onto YouTube. Once a video becomes popular, the number of views, user ratings, user comments and other community data, cannot be transferred if another, higher quality version of the same video is uploaded. Make sure you get it right!

There were 5 billion videos watched on YouTube just in the USA in July.

Ron Mader: In 2008 I started posting videos to my own channel on YouTube. Here we walk through the process and share lessons learned from these YouTube adventures.

There's also an interest in using YouTube in a collaborative manner. Example - I am making a playlist with a handful of Crowded House tunes .... ... and it makes me think I could create country-specific playlists. If so, what videos are the 'must watch' TV for your country?

Quito Video Stats: Hotspots




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Lessons Learned

What surprises me is how popular certain videos have become. The Central de Abastos has topped 7,000 views. I'm still learning what makes a hit.

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Technical FYI

Viewers are subscribing -- meaning they receive notifications something new comes online.


Music Playlist
Melilist (play now)




Promote your Videos with Sponsored Videos

Create and manage your video channel promotions on YouTube. Your promotion will appear with search results when people look for related content.
Get started now!

Comments have been disabled for this video

Survival Guide

How to start YouTube video at a certain time


Pet Peeves

How do you tell if someone has added your video to a playlist?




Best video formats for YouTube


Google bought out YouTube in November 2006 for 2.2 billion USD. The YouTube site has enjoyed record numbers in 2006. In July the site was showing more than 100 million clips daily and 20 new million visitors were coming to the site each month. In 2006 YouTube accounted for about 60 percent of all videos watched online, outweighing the combined numbers for Yahoo Video, Google Video, Mustache and AOL Media.

Online recommendations have been the driving force for the rapid growth. Top-rated amateur videos have garnered up to 36 million hits.

Copyright - YouTube limits single video files to 10 minutes, which prevents posting of complete movies or TV episodes. The company will also remove posts on request from the copyright holder. It is also seeking out collaborative relationships with content providers.

Technology - YouTube uses Macromedia Flash Player 8 which had a major leap in in video quality combined with a smaller download. Combined with faster download speeds on broadband, the innovations allowed more nearly instant video of online video.

If you like what you see be sure to Subscribe to be notified when new content is posted.

For YouTube Video Creators

Improve your video-making skills and turbocharge your YouTube career

Learn more about the YouTube Creator Institute and YouTube NextUp programs.
Learn more and apply now

360 Degree Video

Set Up for Hosts
Before you can start streaming on YouTube, you need to download encoding software, and then set it up. Learn about Live Verified encoders in our Guide to Encoding.

How to upload videos to YouTube from your smartphone

Smartphones have made video uploading easier than ever. Here's how to upload your videos to a YouTube account from your smartphone in less than 10 steps. Editors are encouraged to clarify the text. (Later on we'll translate this into Spanish)
1) Get account on YouTube, 2) Configure Smartphone with your YouTube account, 3) Select video for upload, 4) Give video name, description, tags and category, 5) Upload, 6) When video is uploaded, doublecheck info and preferences, 7) Add video to playlist (optional), 8) Announce video through social web channels of your choice including Facebook, Google+ and Twitter
Advanced: If the video is relevant to one of your presentations on Slideshare, edit the Slideshare presentation so that it includes the YouTube video
YouTube now has live video streaming using Hangouts on Air.

Live stream to your channel now!

History - Three former PayPal employees created YouTube in February 2005.

Snapshot: July 2011
Total Upload Views: 366,121

Channel Views:
Subscribers: 151

YouTube - Broadcast Yourself

Trailer -
Careful, the video you selected may not appear to some viewers because it is blocked in some countries


Welcome to YouTubeReloaded, the free YouTube playlist generator. YouTubeReloaded creates an embeddable playlist that can be added to any website. Simply choose a playlist type to create your free youtube playlist. Enjoy!

Which of the following tasks have you tried to accomplish with YouTube today?Select all that apply:||> || Create a playlist ||

Edit a video using YouTube Editor

Upload a video to YouTube

Write a comment on a video

Subscribe to a YouTube Channel

Use the search box to find a specific video that I already knew about

Use the search box to find a video that I did not already know about

Create a username and password

Share a YouTube video using the "share" button

Watch a video

Help us improve YouTube and other Google products!
Sign up to participate in Google research studies at

10 Fascinating YouTube Facts That May Surprise You

Channel tips

Grow your channel

Thumbnails help get fans

Try out cards

How to grow your fan base

Drive fan engagement

Share music on YouTube

Captivate your audience

Featured channels

"Most Disliked Videos"

Embedded Tweets

Hangouts On Air with YouTube Live

You can use YouTube Live to create a Quick event with Hangouts On Air, or a Custom event using an encoder. Learn how to set up a live stream with YouTube Live.
Follow these steps to set up Hangouts On Air with YouTube Live:

  1. Go to Live Streaming Events in Creator Studio.
  2. Click New live event.
  3. Select Quick (using Google Hangouts On Air).
  4. Give your live stream a title.
  5. Click Go live now or enter in details to schedule your event for later.
  6. Use Hangouts to broadcast live.

Schedule a YouTube Live broadcast

YouTube Live has built-in events scheduling that lets you schedule your event for a future date and time. This feature is similar to Google+ and Calendar integration for Hangouts On Air.

Terms and conditions

These terms regarding live streaming (the "Terms") are for you, the content provider that has contracted with Google ("You"), through the Content License Agreement, Content Hosting Services Agreement, Sound Recording and Audiovisual Agreement, Channel Distribution Agreement and/or the YouTube Terms of Service (any of which are referred to below as the "Agreement"). Through the live streaming account feature, You may live stream content (the "Live Content") through Your YouTube channel and You may be provided with the option of archiving the Live Content for subsequent viewing (the "Archived Content"). The Live Content must comply with the YouTube Community Guidelines. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Agreement, You represent and warrant that You have all necessary rights for the exploitation of the Live Content on the Google Services throughout the world, including, without limitation, music licensing rights from artists, record labels, publishers (including public performance licenses) and any other royalty participants. You agree to comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations regarding the Live Content. The Live Content and the Archived Content, if any, will constitute "Provider Content," "Original Channel Content," or "Your Content" as applicable, pursuant to your Agreement with Google and are subject to the terms of that Agreement. Provider warrants and represents that it has satisfied all regulatory requirements in the Live Stream Territory, including without limitation all licensing, registration or notification requirements, and will maintain such licenses (including any broadcast licenses), registrations, consents, notifications or approvals for the duration of the Live Stream Term.

Add Screens to Videos

You can build viewership with powerful end screens on your videos, which show on mobile and desktop devices. Use end screens at the end of a video to:
  • Point viewers to other videos, playlists, or channels on YouTube
  • Call for subscriptions to your channel
  • Promote your website, merchandise, and crowdfunding campaigns
End screens are a part of the video that show during the last 5-20 seconds of a video. Your video has to be at least 25 seconds long to have an end screen.

You can add up to four elements to promote your content, channel and websites. Elements can expand to show more information on hover on desktop and on tap on mobile devices.


Select your encoder

YouTube Live provides support for a variety of encoders. Select one of the encoder options below and follow the instructions.
Wirecast for YouTube
Select an encoderWirecast for YouTubeFlash Media Live Encoder (FMLE)Other encoders

  1. ====Download and Install====
Download and install the software package for your operating system.
  1. ====Log in with your YouTube ID====
Using your YouTube channel name and password, log into Wirecast for YouTube.
  1. ====Connect to your event====
From within Wirecast for YouTube, click the "Connect to YouTube" button near the top and select your event from the menu. Then choose the Wirecast options to select video and audio sources and broadcast.
  1. ====Start your encoder====
In your encoder, start sending us your video stream.
  1. ====Go to the Live Control Room.====
You can preview and start your event from the Live Control Room.