VT4: Share Prayer Updates via YouTube

Video Transcript – Introduction

In the last couple of video tips, I showed you how you can share a video update with your prayer supporters through Google Drive. Now Google Drive does have its limitations. For one thing, there’s a limited amount of space that it gives you. For another, one day you’re going to want to share a video update by embedding it on a page or an article on your website. I haven’t figured out yet how to make that work reliably with Google Drive. But YouTube gives you an unlimited amount of space to share your videos – for free – and embed them on your website.

In today’s video tip, I’ll show you how to upload your first video to YouTube, and then how to set up your defaults so that your future uploads can go faster.

Sign In

Now YouTube and Google Drive actually share the same login information. So if you created a Google Drive account using one of the previous video tips, you can use that same account to log in to YouTube.

So let’s head on over to YouTube, and we’ll see how that works. We’ll go to http://youtube.com, and we’ll choose “Sign In.”

Now let’s sign in. We’re going to use the same Google Account that we used last time for our Google Drive. So I’ll just type in the password here.

So once I sign in to YouTube, then in the upper right, there is a little icon there that represents your user. In this case, it’s just a little blue – I haven’t updated the picture.

But one of the first things that I want to do once I am signed in – and this is just for me – I want to come down to this “Safety,” and I want to turn Safety mode on. Just because I would like to tell YouTube not to present options that may be objectionable. So as soon as I get into YouTube, that’s one of the first things that I do if I haven’t done that already.

Verify Identity (First Time)

Now we’re ready to upload our video. So let’s just click the “Upload” button. And because this is the first time I’ve been in – it may or may not present this to you – it’s going to ask you to verify your identity. This is its way of just making sure that you really are a person. Sometimes it may not ask you to do this until a later step. Sometimes it will ask you to do it right now. I’ve been interrupted, so I’m going to go ahead and verify the identity now. So we’ll have to click the “Verify My Identity” link.

And now it gives me two options. I can either have it send me a text message over SMS, or I can have it send me a regular phone call, and it’s going to give me a number. I’m going to choose a text message, and I’ll give it my phone number here, and then it will text message me with a verification code.

And I just got the text message right here. I’ll enter in my verification code. In my case – 374096. And I will hit “Verify.”

And now it asks me to tell it a little bit more about myself. You didn’t have to do all of this with Google Drive, but when you’re setting up a YouTube account, it wants to know how to present you – a little more presentable.

So I’ll go ahead and give it my name. We’ll skip past some of this other stuff, and I will hit “Continue.”

Upload And Describe Video

And now I’m already ready to upload a video. To upload that prayer video, let me just drag it off of my desktop directly into the area here in the middle of the screen. I let go. And now it’s uploading.

It’s going to take the filename of the video as it was on the desktop, and that becomes the title. I’m going to want to give it a better title.

So I can do all this while it’s still uploading. You don’t have to wait for this all to finish.

You can give it a description. A description is going to help make it easier to find. So if you’re looking to make this public, put in a description that other people can read. Even if you’re not going to make it public, a description that other people can read that describes what the video is about can be helpful to your prayer supporters. I’m going to skip that for now. The tags make it more easily searchable.

Now the next thing over here is to choose whether this is Public, Unlisted, or Private. Let me explain the difference.

It it’s Public, then anybody on YouTube can find this video that you’re about to post. If it’s a promotional video or an encouragement where you want to make sure that as many people as possible know about your ministry, you may want to make it public.

If this is going to be something that you’re going to share with many of your prayer supporters, but yet you don’t want just anybody out on the internet to be able to find it, I’d recommend making it Unlisted, and then only people who have the URL that you send them – that internet address – will be able to open it up.

The final one is Private, which means you are going to tell YouTube a list of email addresses or Google accounts that are allowed to view the video. So if you have something that’s particularly sensitive, first of all you may want to think twice about using YouTube, but if you choose to use YouTube, you may opt for a Private mode so that your video is available. It doesn’t take up your Google Drive space, but only people that you specify can see it.

I’m going to choose Unlisted.

The next thing is Advanced Settings. Now in the Advanced Settings, this is where you can choose whether you want people to leave comments on your video, whether people can rate it, what the license is… You can either use the Standard YouTube License or Creative Commons. Basically either one of them just says, “Yeah, YouTube, you’re allowed to use this. You can share it.”

I’m not a lawyer. I don’t study copyright law. I just use the Standard YouTube License.

Captions are an interesting one. The United States has certain laws about video content – how it must be accessible to those who are hearing impaired so that they can read the captions. Now you’ll notice at the bottom of this video, if you turn on the captions, I try to get all of the Edify Hub videos captioned so that you can read along with what I’m saying. It’s not required because this has never been on TV.

If you’re not going to do the captioning, then you’ll want to choose one of these certifications. There are a lot of options: never aired on television in the US; it’s only aired in the US without captions … all sorts of choices. I usually choose “This content has never aired on television in the U.S.” It’s a true statement for all of my videos. Still I like to try to get them captioned.

The other options are “Allow embedding.” This is going to allow your YouTube video to become embedded into a page on another website. And that’s really one of the reasons that you would want to use YouTube in the first place. I usually leave that turned on.

“Notify subscribers.” One of the other advantages of a YouTube account vs. a Google Drive is that people can subscribe to your YouTube channel. So I usually use that “Notify subscribers” turned on.

“Age restrictions.” That says this is mature content. I would expect you’re not going to be posting that.

Category: People & Blogs. If you look through all the different categories, that’s probably the one that’s going to work the best.

“Video location.” You can actually tell where in the United States – I’m sorry – where in the world this goes. So if you tap on that, it brings up a map and you can move the pin around. I usually don’t do that.

What language is the video in? Mine’s English.

When was it recorded? It was actually recorded today.

And no, there’s no 3D on it.

The last checkbox is – Do you want to let other people see how many times your video has been viewed? If you have a video that’s only been viewed twice or three times, you may not want to make that information public. It’s up to you. I don’t even remember what I do – whether I leave mine public or not.

Once this is all done, we can just click “Done.” And now the upload is complete. It’s still processing.

Process and Send It

Now we talked about processing last time with the Google Drive. And what YouTube is doing is the same thing that Google Drive was doing. It takes that very high-resolution video that I uploaded, and then it shrinks it down in several different file sizes and bandwidth so that somebody who has a lower-bandwidth stream – a lower-bandwidth connection to the internet can still download and watch my video.

And the video is done processing, and it says the video is now ready. And here is the internet address. You can copy that and paste that into an email. Let’s open up a new tab and see what that looks like.

So there is your first YouTube video. It’s posted; it’s available. There’s the URL that you can send.

Make Next Time Easier

Now, we ended up going through quite a few options to set up that one video. You may not want to have to go through and change all of those checkboxes and dropdowns every time you want to upload a video. So let’s go back to your YouTube channel.

Click on your icon, then choose “Creator Studio.” Open up the “Channel” section and choose “Upload Defaults.”

Now here are those same options that we had under the Advanced settings earlier. And now we can change them and set them up once so that in the future, when you upload a new video, it will use these settings. So we can change the Public to Unlisted, choose the category to be People & Blogs, All of the other options are there. When you’re done, click Save.

So with YouTube, you can now upload as many videos as you want with the highest quality that you can capture, and never worry about running out of space.

Now right now there is a 15-minute limit for each video. And that’s probably going to be enough for any video update or a furlough or deputation presentation, but if you have something longer – maybe a presentation that your church has done – a dramatic play or something like that – and you want to share that, you’re going to need to extend that limit.

Take Action

In the next video tip, I’ll show you how you can get YouTube to let you use videos up to 11 hours long. That’s practically unlimited. I can’t imagine ever using something more than 11 hours.

To make sure that you don’t miss that video, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and we’ll make sure that you know when our next video is out.

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