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URL: http://www.youtube.com
Max. Video Length: 10 minutes
Max. File Size: 100mb
Comments: Yes
Ratings: Yes
Embed Code: Yes
Help Site: Uploading Videos to YouTube

For most people, YouTube is the best option for video sharing because it is so widely used already that it will expose your videos to the largest possible audience. That said, the first thing you want to do is sign up for an account at YouTube. If you plan to upload videos that are longer than 10 minutes, be sure to change the Account Type from “Standard” to “Director” but be aware that signing up for a “Director” account requires that you divulge more of your personal information. It’s also worth noting that most people will not watch a video longer than 10 minutes (the shorter the better, in fact).

Once you’ve verified your account, click on the “Upload Videos” link at the top right of the main YouTube page. You’ll be asked to enter a Title, Description, Tags, Category and Language for your video. Once you’ve done all of that, scroll down and click on the “Upload a Video” button.

On this second page, you’ll see a “Browse” button. Click on that and find your video file. Once it’s selected, click on the “Upload Video” button–and wait! Depending on the speed of your internet connection and the size of your video, it could be a few minutes or an hour or two before your video is fully uploaded. Most videos uploaded with high speed internet connections take less than 30 minutes.

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Now that the video is uploaded, it’s not immediately available for viewing. The videos you upload to YouTube are automatically converted to the “Flash” video format which reduces the video’s quality but makes the file small enough to load quickly in most web browsers. This is what’s happening while the video is “processing” and is unavailable. Depending on the length of the video, and how busy the YouTube site is currently, it may take 5 minutes to an hour before your video is done processing. You won’t receive any e-mail notification from YouTube informing you that the video is ready, you’ll have to come back to the site and check.

When the video is done processing, you can open the video page. On this page, you’ll find a field with some HTML code in it labeled Embed. Click in that field to select (or highlight) the code, which you can copy (CTRL+C for Windows users) and then paste (CTRL+V for Windows users) into your post or comment on the blog of your choice.

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