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YouTube™ for Dummies®

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YouTube For Dummies takes the classic Dummies tact in helping tech novices get a handle on a popular technology that more tech-savvy audiences consider "simple." With so much content on YouTube getting media attention, more first-timers are jumping on the site and they need help. The book also helps the next step audience of users looking to add content to YouTube. Content includes:

  • Watching the Tube - includes getting your PC ready for YouTube viewing, finding video, signing up for an account, and creating favorites.

  • Loading Video to YouTube—covers the nuts and bolts of shooting video, transferring it to a PC, editing it, and sending it up to YouTube.

  • Bringing Along YouTube—covers the various ways you can use YouTube video in places other than on the site. Includes mobile YouTube and adding videos to your MySpace page or another Web site.

  • I Always Wanted To Direct—explores how to use YouTube's directors program to upload longer video, use the site for marketing, or launch your own videoblog.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. About the Authors
  3. Authors' Acknowledgments
  4. Publisher's Acknowledgments
  5. Introduction
    1. About This Book
    2. How to Use This Book
    3. Foolish Assumptions
    4. Conventions Used in This Book
    5. How This Book Is Organized
      1. Part I: Curtain Up on Streaming Video
      2. Part II: So Many Videos, So Little Time
      3. Part III: Broadcasting Your Video to the World
      4. Part IV: Famous Final Scene: YouTube for Fun and Profit
      5. Part V: The Part of Tens
    6. Icons Used in This Book
    7. Where to Go from Here
  6. I. Curtain Up on Streaming Video
    1. 1. Everything You Wanted to Know about YouTube
      1. 1.1. Charting YouTube
      2. 1.2. Touring the Tube
      3. 1.3. Finding the Perfect Video
      4. 1.4. Changing Your YouTube Preferences
      5. 1.5. Getting to Know Other Tubers
      6. 1.6. Creating the Perfect YouTube Video
      7. 1.7. Creating Specialty Accounts
      8. 1.8. YouTube for the Entrepreneur
      9. 1.9. YouTube and the Copyright Police
      10. 1.10. A YouTube Parental Guide
      11. 1.11. Being a Model YouTube Citizen
      12. 1.12. Seeking the YouTube Experience
    2. 2. Registration, Please: Creating a YouTube Account
      1. 2.1. Signing Up with YouTube
        1. 2.1.1. Choosing your username
        2. 2.1.2. Opening your account
        3. 2.1.3. Confirming your e-mail address
      2. 2.2. Jumping through Security Hoops
        1. 2.2.1. Logging in
        2. 2.2.2. Getting help if you forget your username or password
        3. 2.2.3. Getting help if you can't log in
      3. 2.3. Modifying Your YouTube Account
        1. 2.3.1. Changing your e-mail address or password
        2. 2.3.2. Changing your username
      4. 2.4. Closing Your Account
    3. 3. A Guided Tour through the Tube
      1. 3.1. Viewing Top Videos
        1. 3.1.1. Finding newest videos: The Most Recent page
        2. 3.1.2. Browsing most-viewed videos: The Most Viewed page
        3. 3.1.3. Browsing top-rated videos: The Top Rated page
        4. 3.1.4. Browsing most-discussed videos: The Most Discussed page
        5. 3.1.5. Browsing top favorites: The Top Favorites page
        6. 3.1.6. Browsing most-linked videos: The Most Linked page
        7. 3.1.7. Browsing most-responded videos: The Most Responded page
      2. 3.2. Browsing Videos by Category
        1. 3.2.1. Browsing videos on the Categories page
        2. 3.2.2. Power searching categories
        3. 3.2.3. Browsing the Autos & Vehicles category
        4. 3.2.4. Browsing the Comedy category
        5. 3.2.5. Browsing the Entertainment category
        6. 3.2.6. Browsing the Film & Animation category
        7. 3.2.7. Browsing the Music category
        8. 3.2.8. Browsing the News & Politics category
        9. 3.2.9. Browsing the People & Blogs category
        10. 3.2.10. Browsing the Pets & Animals category
        11. 3.2.11. Browsing the Science & Technology category
        12. 3.2.12. Browsing the Sports category
        13. 3.2.13. Browsing the Travel & Places category
      3. 3.3. Checking Out the YouTube Channels
        1. 3.3.1. Browsing the Channels page
        2. 3.3.2. Browsing a channel
      4. 3.4. Checking Out the YouTube Community Square
        1. 3.4.1. Browsing groups
        2. 3.4.2. Browsing contests
      5. 3.5. Getting Info and Help
        1. 3.5.1. Viewing your My Account page
        2. 3.5.2. Viewing your Viewing History page
        3. 3.5.3. Getting answers to general help questions
        4. 3.5.4. Getting the 4-1-1 on YouTube
  7. II. So Many Videos, So Little Time
    1. 4. Searching the Tube for Your One-in-a-Million Video
      1. 4.1. Finding More Than One Way to Search YouTube
      2. 4.2. Searching YouTube's Video Vault
      3. 4.3. Changing Channels
        1. 4.3.1. Searching for channels with keywords
        2. 4.3.2. Searching for a fellow Tuber's channel
      4. 4.4. Indulging Your Special Interests with Groups
      5. 4.5. Searching through Playlists
      6. 4.6. Sorting a Search
        1. 4.6.1. Sorting by relevance
        2. 4.6.2. Sorting by Date Added
        3. 4.6.3. Sorting by View Count
        4. 4.6.4. Sorting by Rating
      7. 4.7. Sifting through a Category
      8. 4.8. Refining Your Search to Target Results
        1. 4.8.1. Mixing and matching to find the perfect video
        2. 4.8.2. Doing a tag-specific search
      9. 4.9. Expediting Your Search with Chris and Doug's Tips and Tricks
        1. 4.9.1. Performing a "faux" Boolean search
        2. 4.9.2. Using the Podzinger search engine
    2. 5. Customizing Your YouTube Experience
      1. 5.1. Saving Your Favorite Videos
      2. 5.2. Have It Your Way with Your Own Playlist
        1. 5.2.1. Creating a QuickList
        2. 5.2.2. Creating a playlist
          1. 5.2.2.1. Creating a playlist from the Video page
          2. 5.2.2.2. Creating a playlist from a QuickList
          3. 5.2.2.3. Creating a playlist from your account
        3. 5.2.3. Customizing a playlist
        4. 5.2.4. Adding videos to an existing playlist
      3. 5.3. Channel Surfing
      4. 5.4. Get Me a Subscription
        1. 5.4.1. Subscribing to a channel from the Video page
        2. 5.4.2. Subscribing to a channel from a channel
        3. 5.4.3. Subscribing to a tag
      5. 5.5. Communing with a Group
        1. 5.5.1. Joining a Group
        2. 5.5.2. Creating a Group
      6. 5.6. What's Your Preference?
        1. 5.6.1. Changing your channel info
        2. 5.6.2. Changing your personal info
        3. 5.6.3. Changing your location info
        4. 5.6.4. Changing your channel URL
      7. 5.7. Customizing Your Channel's Look
    3. 6. Joining the YouTube Community
      1. 6.1. Networking with Other Tubers
        1. 6.1.1. Posting a text comment on a video
        2. 6.1.2. Posting a video response
        3. 6.1.3. Rating a video
        4. 6.1.4. Messaging another Tuber
        5. 6.1.5. Checking your messages, video comments, and video responses
        6. 6.1.6. Joining a group
        7. 6.1.7. Starting a group
      2. 6.2. Sharing Your YouTube Experiences
        1. 6.2.1. Creating a list of contacts
        2. 6.2.2. Creating a Friends list and a Family list
        3. 6.2.3. Creating a customized contact list
        4. 6.2.4. Removing a contact from a contact list
        5. 6.2.5. Forwarding a link to a video
        6. 6.2.6. Sharing a playlist
      3. 6.3. Weeding Out the Bad Stuff
        1. 6.3.1. Flagging a video as inappropriate
        2. 6.3.2. Blocking another user from contacting you
        3. 6.3.3. Filtering user comments
  8. III. Broadcasting Your Video to the World
    1. 7. From Camcorder to YouTube
      1. 7.1. Recording the Perfect Video
        1. 7.1.1. Recording video with a camcorder
        2. 7.1.2. Recording video with your digital camera
        3. 7.1.3. White balance and other delights
      2. 7.2. From Source to Desktop
        1. 7.2.1. Starting a new project in Movie Maker
        2. 7.2.2. Starting a new project in iMovie
        3. 7.2.3. Capturing video with Windows Movie Maker
        4. 7.2.4. Capturing video with iMovie
        5. 7.2.5. Creating your first movie in Movie Maker
        6. 7.2.6. Creating a movie in iMovie
        7. 7.2.7. Optimizing video for the Tube with Movie Maker
        8. 7.2.8. Optimizing video for the Tube with iMovie
      3. 7.3. Digital Video 101 For Dummies
        1. 7.3.1. Understanding frame and pixel aspect ratio
        2. 7.3.2. Choosing the right codec
      4. 7.4. Freeware Applications for Optimizing Video
      5. 7.5. Super for Windows
      6. 7.6. Creating Instructional Videos
        1. 7.6.1. Choosing capture software
        2. 7.6.2. Choosing the right hardware
      7. 7.7. One Giant Step: Uploading Your Video
        1. 7.7.1. Uploading video from your computer
        2. 7.7.2. Using Quick Capture
    2. 8. Look at Me! Tips for Getting Your Video Seen
      1. 8.1. Your Video on the Cutting Floor
        1. 8.1.1. Trimming a video clip in Movie Maker
        2. 8.1.2. Trimming a video clip in iMovie
        3. 8.1.3. Cropping a video clip in iMovie
      2. 8.2. Adding Panache to Your Videos
        1. 8.2.1. Adding pizzazz with transitions
          1. 8.2.1.1. Creating a Cross Fade transition in Movie Maker
          2. 8.2.1.2. Creating a Cross Dissolve transition in iMovie
          3. 8.2.1.3. Adding video transitions in Movie Maker
          4. 8.2.1.4. Adding video transitions in iMovie
          5. 8.2.1.5. Adding video effects in Movie Maker
          6. 8.2.1.6. Adding video effects in iMovie
          7. 8.2.1.7. Adding titles and credits in Movie Maker
          8. 8.2.1.8. Adding titles and credits in iMovie
          9. 8.2.1.9. Adding a text overlay to a video in Movie Maker
          10. 8.2.1.10. Adding a text overlay to a video in iMovie
          11. 8.2.1.11. Adding a soundtrack to a video in Movie Maker
          12. 8.2.1.12. Adding a soundtrack to a video in iMovie
      3. 8.3. Creating Image Slideshows
        1. 8.3.1. Optimizing images for slide shows
        2. 8.3.2. Creating a slide show in Movie Maker
        3. 8.3.3. Creating a slide show in iMovie
      4. 8.4. Getting Noticed on YouTube
        1. 8.4.1. Tag, my video's It
          1. 8.4.1.1. Adding tags to your video
          2. 8.4.1.2. Editing tags after you upload a video
          3. 8.4.1.3. Smart strategies for tagging your video
        2. 8.4.2. A tale of two categories
        3. 8.4.3. Promoting your YouTube videos
          1. 8.4.3.1. Promoting your video through the YouTube community
          2. 8.4.3.2. Networking with friends in high YouTube places
          3. 8.4.3.3. Promoting your video through personal contacts
      5. 8.5. Creating a Vlog
    3. 9. Getting Famous on YouTube
      1. 9.1. Creating Specialty Accounts
        1. 9.1.1. Creating a specialty account when you first register
        2. 9.1.2. Switching your account to a specialty account
      2. 9.2. Finding Performers on the Tube
        1. 9.2.1. YouTube for singers and musicians
        2. 9.2.2. Becoming an online music star
        3. 9.2.3. YouTube for comedians
        4. 9.2.4. YouTube for directors and filmmakers
        5. 9.2.5. YouTube for gurus
  9. IV. Famous Final Scene: YouTube for Fun and Profit
    1. 10. Thinking outside the YouTube Box
      1. 10.1. Promoting Products and Services on YouTube
        1. 10.1.1. Infomercials on YouTube
        2. 10.1.2. Selling products on YouTube
      2. 10.2. Creating a Professional Presentation
      3. 10.3. Adding a Video to an eBay Auction
      4. 10.4. YouTube + MySpace = YouTopia
        1. 10.4.1. What's acceptable on MySpace
        2. 10.4.2. Adding video to our MySpace page
        3. 10.4.3. Adding a video to your MySpace blog
      5. 10.5. YouTube and Other Online Communities
        1. 10.5.1. Adding a YouTube video to Friendster
        2. 10.5.2. Using YouTube video on a Blogger page
      6. 10.6. Advertising on YouTube
    2. 11. Playing It Smart, Playing It Safe
      1. 11.1. Understanding the YouTube Community Guidelines
        1. 11.1.1. Illegal content: What's not allowed in your video
        2. 11.1.2. Is YouTube really PG-13?
        3. 11.1.3. Flagging a video as inappropriate
        4. 11.1.4. What to do if your video is removed
        5. 11.1.5. What to do if YouTube cancels your account
        6. 11.1.6. Protecting yourself and your family
        7. 11.1.7. Keeping your identity secret
        8. 11.1.8. Communicating YouTube safety to teens
        9. 11.1.9. Making your video private
        10. 11.1.10. Blocking another user from contacting you
      2. 11.2. Avoiding Problems with Copyright Infringement
        1. 11.2.1. The official word: The YouTube policy on copyright infringement
        2. 11.2.2. Copyright tips part 1: The hard line
        3. 11.2.3. Copyright tips part 2: The real deal
        4. 11.2.4. How to file a copyright infringement notification with YouTube
    3. 12. Bam!! Kicking It up a Notch
      1. 12.1. Uploading a Video from Your Mobile Phone
      2. 12.2. Higher Education: Joining Your College's Private Tube
      3. 12.3. Embedding YouTube Video in Your Web Site
      4. 12.4. Auto-Starting a Web Site YouTube Video
      5. 12.5. Creating a Video HTML E-Mail
        1. 12.5.1. Changing Outlook security settings
        2. 12.5.2. Sending a YouTube video page via e-mail
      6. 12.6. Embedding Video in a WordPress Blog
      7. 12.7. Hacking YouTube
        1. 12.7.1. Downloading YouTube videos to your computer
        2. 12.7.2. Converting YouTube videos for iPod viewing
  10. V. The Part of Tens
    1. 13. Ten Tips for YouTube Videographers
      1. 13.1. Choosing a Camcorder
      2. 13.2. Mastering Your Recording Equipment
      3. 13.3. Steadying the Camcorder with a Tripod
      4. 13.4. Creating a Makeshift Studio
      5. 13.5. Recording Yourself
      6. 13.6. Creating a Makeshift Dolly
      7. 13.7. Recording Video from a Car
      8. 13.8. Creating a Documentary-Style Video
      9. 13.9. Capture Video with the Highest Quality
      10. 13.10. Multi-Purposing Your Video
    2. 14. Ten Things Not to Include in Your Videos
      1. 14.1. 10. Copyrighted Music
      2. 14.2. 9. Nudity
      3. 14.3. 8. Your Personal Identification
      4. 14.4. 7. Your Big Thumb
      5. 14.5. 6. Copyrighted Video
      6. 14.6. 5. Your Spleen
      7. 14.7. 4. Your Worst Enemy
      8. 14.8. 3. The Scene of Your Last Crime
      9. 14.9. 2. Your Death-Defying Acts
      10. 14.10. 1. Roadkill