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Step 4: Getting Your Videos Online


Once you've finished editing your video, you'll have to export it as a standalone video file. 

The finished video has to be in a low-bitrate format (usually 400 kilobits per second or less) that's suitable for streaming over the Internet. 

If you're unsure of what settings to use, your NLE will normally have an export preset for smaller files (usually labelled "Web/email video").  

Don't worry too much about the actual file formats as most video sharing / hosting services will take care of that for you, automatically converting them into the correct formats. 

And now that you have your finished video, you have to decide how you'd like to distribute it online: Virally or through subscription. 

Viral transmission 

Video-hosting sites such as Metacafe (www.metacafe.com) and YouTube use Flash video players to display videos on their websites. 

And as a bonus, these videos can also be embedded in other webpages for easy viewing – this arrangement lets bloggers and other websites to embed videos created by other people into their own webpages. 

The clincher, though, is that there are links within the video files themselves, allowing you to e-mail a link to the same video to your friends. 

So if you've got a particularly interesting video, it could spread to thousands of users within minutes. Great, isn't it? 

The great thing about these video-hosting sites is that they're completely free. All you have to do is to create an account and start uploading videos – it's that simple. 

The only limitations are in file sizes and durations. For example, YouTube limits video uploads to 100MB in size and the videos must be no longer than 10 minutes long. 

Subscription 

When people talk about subscription-based Internet videos, podcasts immediately spring to mind. While it was a little more complicated in the past, podcasting is now as simple as uploading your videos to YouTube. 

Video hosting sites such as Blip.tv (http://blip.tv) can take care of all the backend stuff – complete with RSS feeds! 

It works exactly like YouTube but has the added bonus of automatically converting your videos into downloadable podcasts too: MP4 for iTunes/iPod and WMV for Windows via TVtonic ( www.tvtonic.com).

With the help of a media aggregator (such as iTunes 7 and TVtonic), all podcasts that you subscribe to can be automatically downloaded into your PC/Mac.  

So whenever new videos or episodes are released, they'll appear on your computer. 

This arrangement makes podcasts the best way to feed your videos to a regular audience. 

Go mobile  

If you're on the go and haven't got access to a computer, fear not – you can upload videos to YouTube from your mobile phone too. If you've already got a YouTube account, just log in to your account and create a new profile – just make sure you've got your country code correct.  

Once you've done that, you can email videos taken by your phone to YouTube's servers. 

We've tried it from here in Malaysia, so I assume it'll work almost anywhere in the world. 

But what about all of the video editing stuff I mentioned earlier? No problem as long as your phone has video editing functions. 

Most mid- to high-end Sony Ericsson phones have a built-in video editor called VideoDJ that'll do all of the essential editing functions – it even has a timeline and the ability to trim videos, insert titles and more.

Source: Article by Chris Chong from the Star Online,





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