If you are planning to upload your latest recorded video to Youtube then here is a small article which can help you in getting started.
Next login to your account and click on the ‘upload‘ link available near the logo on the top left part.
File Formats Accepted :
* Windows Media Video(.avi)
* .3GP (cell phones)
* .AVI (windows)
* .MOV (mac)
* .MP4 (ipod/psp)
* .FLV (adobe flash)
* .SWF (shockwave flash)
* .MKV (h.264)
You can visit this link to Select a video from your local PC to upload. Once you select the video and upload, the video will be processed and meanwhile you can fill in the details of the video like – Title, Description, Tags, Category etc. You can also use the Quick Embed feature which auto detects the web cam connected to your pc and starts directly uploading the video online and then saves it but generally these kind of videos are of very low quality hence upload video feature is more preferable.
Video Thumbnail : You can also add Custom Thumbnails for your youtube videos or a thumbnail from any part of your video like a still image. You can just play the video when its already processed and save it as your video’s thumbnail.
The following options would be to allow comments, video responses etc which are upto your personal choice if you are looking for public comments or not. If the video is totally personal then you should try to disable the comments options. Along with this you can also disable Embedding options, Ratings & Syndications feature if you dont want others to access/publish your videos.
Annotations : Annotations are something like adding extra information about your videos, which could be some quick info about a specific part in the video. You can even add annotations with names of the people in the video like naming them or post your website’s URL in the middle of your video to show that it was originally your video.
This feature allows you to add different things like ‘Add Speech Bubble’, ‘Add Note’, ‘Add Spotlight’ & ‘Add Pause Annotation’ and based on your requirement you can set up annotations here
Captions and Subtitles : This is the last feature which can be useful to you if you are looking to upload a video at youtube. These can be something like the text format of the same video representing the video, useful when the visitor is not able to understand the voice in the video. You can also add up some info about the video using this feature.
Overall its always recommended to use youtube.com if you are looking for a free video hosting service because its awesome, easy to host, upload and access. You can also promote this video easily and also embed it easily. Following is a Demo Video to make you understand some of the features.