This Tutorial is meant for a Flip Mino HD Camcorder, but this tutorial would work for any other HD camcorder as well.
You may have just bought a Flip HD camcorder, tried to put the videos on YouTube, and found that the video quality wasn’t nearly to the level that you expected. In this tutorial, I will show you how to put up high quality movies. Also, I’ll show you the steps to make the movies, and a bunch of other stuff too, so fell free to skip ahead to the part that interests you.
1. Make your movie
if you have a Flip Mino HD Camcorder then follow these basic instructions on how to make a movie. It is such an easy camera to use you may not need these instructions, but I will put them out there anyway. Check out the labelled photo below.
When you first buy it, charge it in your computer overnight, to do this, use the USB opener and plug the USB drive of the camera into the USB drive of your computer, make sure your computer is on so that is actually a power source. It will ask you to install the movie software called FlipShare, it’s best to get this out of the way, so Install it. This is quite easy, so just follow the instructions.
Once it’s all charged up, press the power button to turn it on, maybe hold down the button for a second. If the display screen says Ready, push the red record button, and it should start recording. You know it’s recording if the display screen starts counting up in time in red numbers, also, from the lense side of the camera, a small red light will be shining just to the right of the lense. Once you are done recording your video, just hit the red record button again to stop.
To change the zoom, hit the plus and minus buttons.
After you have made the video, you can check out what it looks like by hitting the Playback button. To scroll through the multiple movies you have made, hit the left and right arrow buttons < and > .
2. Move your movie from your camcorder to your computer
Once you are happy with a movie, use the USB opener and plug the USB drive into your computer. The FlipShare Software should popup. If it did, go to the next step in this tutorial, if it didn’t do this. If you are on a Windows Computer go to (Computer -> FLIPVIDEO G: -> SETUP FLIPSHARE) , it should install for you, the names of these might be different than above, but you should get the idea.
Once in the Flipshare Software, the software display should look something like the photo below, it should look like the below image. The key thing here is to drag your unsaved video from your camcorder to somewhere on your computer. Follow the steps in the image: 1 hold and drag your unsaved video to 2. My Movies (you could make a new folder and label it something if you’d like to organize all the videos). You should see 3. The progress of the file saving, it should be reasonably quick, unless your video file is over a few minutes. If it is above a few minutes, you might want to consider breaking it up into smaller pieces, it leads to easier loading onto YouTube. The transfer should be successful.
The important thing here is, if you want high quality images, do not upload them from the FlipShare Software directly, so do not hit the Share Online button at the bottom. Just make a file of them on your computer, as I just showed you. If you upload them directly from the FlipShare Software, you will be forced to post a low quality video, and the reason you bought a Flip HD camera was to film in HD, right??
Once your video file is saved to your computer, locate it on your computer. On my computer, using Windows Vista, the default saving folder for FlipShare is ( Users -> Pete -> Videos -> Flipshare data -> Videos ) it should be something similar on your computer, obviously your Users folder will not be called Pete, it will be whatever name you set up yourself.
3. Upload your movie file to YouTube
Go to http://www.youtube.com/
In the top right hand corner, Sign in to your YouTube Account. If you don’t yet have a YouTube account, select create account and sign up, its free and quite quick to do this. After you have signed into your account, click on your username at the top right hand corner, then click on My Videos in the top right hand corner as seen in the photo below.
On the next screen, click New in the top left corner, then click Video Upload.
On the Next Screen, click Video Upload, then locate your video file on the popup screen ( as I said before, on Windows Vista, this would be under ( Users -> Pete -> Videos -> Flipshare data -> Videos )) and then click open.
If that worked for you, the file should transfer to YouTube in a screen like the photo below. Leave this window open for the entirety of the video upload, do not close your web browser. While it is uploading you get to see the progress, it might take quite a while (over an hour if your video is over a few minutes long). While it is uploading you should change the Title and Description to something relevant and to the point, remember, this is how the search engines find your video on the web, so be very descriptive. Also, add some tags, they might be the same as your title, also be descriptive in these because they also allow search engines to see your video. When you are done changing these, click save changes. You can always change them again later though.
After the File Transfer is completed, it should tell you that. It will take a while after that for YouTube to process that, so just be patient. If it didn’t fully transfer, then there was either a problem with your internet connection, or your video was too large. If the problem was not your internet connection, then use shorter videos, or break the long ones up into smaller parts.
That should be it, your videos should be on YouTube from here.
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