How To Get Video On The Web 4 Simple Steps To Creating Online Video
With the arrival of broadband Internet access and the proliferation of free video hosting sites like YouTube, Blip.tv, Revver and Veoh.com, today anyone with a camcorder and an Internet connection can produce a video and proportion it with the world. Producing video for the Web can be a powerful marketing tool for your business. Some benefits include:
o Free or low-cost publicity and exposure for your company
o moment access to a worldwide audience on the Web, 24/7
o The ability to use your video hosting site’s HTML code to add the video to your own Web site
Here are 4 simple steps for getting your video on the web:
1. Produce a short video
“Short” is the meaningful information here, for several reasons: First, online viewers have a much shorter attention span when watching video on the Web. Second, longer videos average larger file sizes. Most free video hosting sites have a 100MB limit; some already less. For great, do-it-yourself, online video tools, visit Serious Magic and look at their inexpensive “Vlog It” software. Techsmith’s Camtasia Studio software may also meet your needs for simple video production.
2. Output your video for online viewing
Once you’ve got your video, it nevertheless needs to be encoded and compressed to make it “Internet-friendly.” Video files can be enormous, but compression software shrinks the video file size so it plays more smoothly on the Web. Remember to save or export your file to an online-compatible size, which is 320 X 240 resolution; and compress it so it’s under 20MB, if possible. Be sure to save your video file in a format that most video sites accept, such as a Quicktime movie (.mov), a Windows movie (.wmv) or Flash (.flv) file. QuickTime Pro (for Windows or Mac) is ideal for compressing your video and transferring it to in any case file format you prefer (Windows, Flash, MPEG).
3. Upload to several free video hosting sites
Now comes the fun part – You get to upload your video and proportion it with the world! Most of the popular video sites have comparatively easy upload instructions: First, you’ll have to create an explain each site. The video hosting sites usually have a two or three step course of action that allows you to browse for your video file on your computer; add a title and description; and then click “upload” to post your video file. Most sites will also give you options for adding a thumbnail photo, selecting your genre or category or, in some situations, signing up for revenue sharing. I suggest that you go beyond the obvious sites like YouTube and Yahoo, and upload your video to some of the newer, more characterize-high sites such as Veoh, Revver, iFilm and Stickam. Visit the individual sites for easy upload instructions.
4. Promote and proportion your new “online TV channel”
After you’ve uploaded your video, the video hosting sites provide the option of “sharing” your video by giving you a link/URL that you can e-mail to your contacts. Most sites also include a great characterize that allows you to copy the HTML code and “embed” the video into your own website or blog. Simply cut and paste the code provided into your own site. Finally, use RSS (Really Simple Syndication) to offer “subscriptions” to your online videos.
Follow these four steps and you can have your own video on numerous video websites and on your own home page, in addition!
Sidebar: Beyond YouTube…:Everyone has their own favorite video site, from Bolt.com to Lulu.tv, there are dozens of video hosting sites out there. I find the most “user-friendly” sites to be Blip.tv, VideoEgg and Veoh. For a video hosting site geared more toward business, check out Brightcove.com.