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How to Upload, Share, and Record Videos on YouTube

Please note: you will need to add captions to any YouTube videos with instructional content required for coursework. A full transcript can be uploaded as a temporary measure, but transcripts do not meet full ADA requirements. See the separate tutorial on adding captions to your YouTube videos.

If you have a personal Gmail account: when moving from your Gmail or Google+ interface to other applications like YouTube or Blogger, you may find that applications open in your personal Gmail account instead. Selecting "sign out" may just log you out of your account. Usually, however, logging back into your account will resolve this, or you can clear the cache in your browser (or use a different browser for each account). If you decide to link your accounts by using the "Add Account" option, you can switch between accounts by selecting "switch account" using the menu beneath your profile photo in the upper right navigation area.

Step 1: Open YouTube from your Gmail account (under the "More" dropdown menu).

Step 2: To upload a video or record one with your webcam, click the "Upload" button in the top navigation bar.

Step 3: To upload an existing video, click the "Select files from your computer" button. Videos must be no longer than 15 minutes.

Step 4: Browse to where you've saved your video file and select it. The video will begin processing and you'll see a progress bar:

Step 5: While the video is uploading, you can select its visibility settings.

Note: the default setting is "Public." You will probably want to share videos only with a particular class (which may be required under the Fair Use provisions of copyright law or for FERPA compliance if student coursework is involved). If that's the case, see the tutorial on creating a Google+ Circle for your class, which is the easiest way to share videos and playlists with your students.

To share the video only with your class Circle or selected people, click the "Privacy Settings" dropdown menu and select "Private."

Underneath you will now see a text box labeled "+ Add names, circles, or email addresses."

Step 6: Type or paste in the circle, names, or email addresses you want to share the video with.

Step 7: To cluster all the videos you want to share with a particular course or Circle, you can create a new playlist with your uploaded video in it. Simply select the "add to new playlist" option, located in the upper-right corner dropdown menu labeled "+Add to."

Step 8: When you create a new playlist it will ask you to name it and make it private or public. Confusingly, you must make your playlist public in order for your students to see it, but the videos themselves will still be private to the names or Circles you've shared them with.

Now, when others access the videos you've shared with them, they will also see the playlist those videos are part of displayed just below the viewer:

Step 9: To change the settings on or delete a video, click on the small arrow to the right of your profile photo. In the YouTube column, select Video Manager.

Step 10: Click the checkbox to the left of your uploaded video and then use the "Actions" menu to change the settings or delete the video. You can also move it or add it to a different playlist with the "+Add to" menu.

Step 11: To record a new video, you'll first need to make sure you have the latest version of the Flash video player. Download this at player/

You may also need to click a small button to allow Flash video to record. If you are using a Mac computer, you may find that this popup box is frozen and won't let you "allow" video recording. This is a Mac bug, so Safari and Firefox usually work fine, but often Chrome doesn't.

When you're done recording, enter a title, optional description, and set the privacy settings and sharing options as described above. You can also trim or edit your video using the YouTube video editor (, enhance the video quality with the "Enhancements" interface, and add notes that display at certain points in the video with the "Annotations" interface.

Instructors- A PDF of this tutorial is available for download for use in your course.