Uploading videos to the Web is no longer the realm of experts and professionals. Many people can now upload videos directly to the Web from their phone, let alone from video cameras, and there are a range of free editing software packages available on all computing platforms. This page will guide you through the process of editing and uploading video for the Web.
This part is really up to you. There are webpages around that will offer some basic advice, such as these:
Uploading to computer
This step is generally very simple from a portable device. Most connect via a standard cable (such a USB or firewire) directly to a computer. Each device will have its own upload instructions included.
Once your footage is shot, it will need to be edited. Video editing is now a very simple process. Most editing software is visually based, with a simple drag and drop interface. Editing, splicing, and adding basic effects are now well within the reach of all users.
There are a range of commercially available packages such as Adobe Premiere, but this guide will cover free or online alternatives.
Operating System Offerings
Windows Movie Maker is a free editing programme available from Microsoft that is available for XP or Vista/Windows 7. Detailed guides for using the software are online:
If you want to produce an animation from a series of still images, Windows XP also offers Photostory:
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Apple computers come bundled with iMovie software, which is a drag and drop movie editor. Tutorial and further information here:
They offer tutorials here:
There is also a range of free video editors available online. These sites allow you to work with clips you have already uploaded (see below) to cut them, edit them, add effects, and splice them together.
Jaycut is an in-browser editor that allows you to upload edited videos to Youtube.
Youtube has a video editor built-in that allows you to work with uploaded clips
If you have a Photobucket account, you can use Premiere Express to edit your videos
Video editing can be a time and memory intensive process, and it is often easier to complete offline. These sites offer free downloadable programmes if your basic services that came with the computer are not quite up to the task:
Cinefx offer a range of downloadable tools for editing and encoding video.
Wax is a video compositing and special effects package more suited to advanced users wanting to go the extra mile.
Zweistein 4 is a downloadable video editor that has a range of built-in special effects
Picture2avi is a download that allows you to combine still images into a video
Avidemux is a downloadable video editor that is available on multiple platforms.
Once your video is edited, it needs to be posted online to be shared effectively.
Youtube is the best-known online video hosting service. They have a very robust community of uploaders and commenters:
Uploading videos is a simple process:
If you do not want your video to be searchable on the main site, you can share it privately:
Youtube share their tips on copyright. For more, see our copyright page:
Vimeo is a major alternative to Youtube for video hosting online.
They take you through the upload process:
They have notes online to assist with basic tasks:
Schooltube is a moderated video community designed for educational use. All content and comments are checked before being posted. If your school blocks access to Youtube or other video upload sites, Schooltube is an alternative venue to host content online.
The site features a range of resources for teachers.
Edublogs also allows uploading of videos
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