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How do I upload a video on YouTube?

Note: The recording of teaching and academic contact sessions should meet the needs of our staff and students whilst protecting their rights under UK law (specifically privacy and intellectual property) and comply with existing Brookes’ policies and regulations. Materials should be published in accordance with official guidance and the Recording Teaching and Academic Contact Sessions Policy.

Panopto is here! We recently introduced Panopto, our official video library platform, to all staff, where you can host your Zoom recordings and asynchronous video content for your students. See our documentation on Panopto and the workflow of a Zoom recording.

Before you get started

This section applies to: Programme Leads.

We recommend setting up a YouTube brand account for your programme to store all related videos. The advantages of this are:

  • You can add colleagues as managers, who can then upload their own video content. Even if you or your colleagues leave the University, the rest of the team will continue to have access to the content and the programme’s brand account.
  • You can separate content by creating playlists specific to certain modules, e.g. you can create a playlist called ANML7006 with videos for that module and a separate playlist for ANML7005.

The upload process

This section applies to: Programme Leads, Module Leaders, Co-teachers.

Important: Don’t follow the instructions below if you haven’t talked to your Programme Lead first about your programme’s brand account.

  1. From the top-right hand corner make sure you are acting as the brand account that the Programme Lead created for your programme. If you are not sure, click on the account icon and make sure that the Programme title appears at the top (Figure 6).
Screenshot from studio.youtube.com that shows the dropdown menu in the top-right hand corner.
Figure 6. The Programme title should appear at the top of the menu.

  1. Click Create from the top-right and choose Upload video (Figure 7).
Figure 7. The Upload video option in the dropdown menu on YouTube.

  1. Drag your video from your computer and drop it into the upload area (Figure 8).

Pro Tip: You can drag more than one video file and drop it into the upload area. YouTube will upload them one by one.

Screenshot from youtube.com that show the white upload area and an mp4 file being dragged onto it.
Figure 8. Drop your video file into the upload area on YouTube.

  1. Under Details, fill in the following information (Figure 9):
  • Title: give a title to your video (e.g. ANML7006 unit 1 lecture).
  • Description: give some further details about your video, e.g. the topic, what was covered, when etc. Typing timings will create chapters in the final video.
  • Thumbnails: it allows you to upload an image that is displayed before you click play on a video. You may or may not see this option depending on whether your programme’s brand account has been verified and thumbnails have been enabled.
  • Playlists: click on the dropdown menu and either create a new playlist for your module or add it to an existing one.
  • Audience: choose No, it’s not made for kids.
The video details screen on YouTube that shows the different fields to be filled in highlighted in yellow.
Figure 9. The video details screen on YouTube (click to enlarge).
  1. Under Visibility, choose Unlisted (Figure 10).

What does Unlisted mean?

Unlisted videos and playlists can be seen and shared by anyone with the link. Your unlisted videos won’t appear to others who visit the “Videos” tab of your channel page. They won’t show up in YouTube’s search results unless someone adds your unlisted video to a public playlist. You can share an unlisted video’s URL with other people.

The visibility screen on YouTube that shows the different fields to be filled in highlighted in yellow.
Figure 10. The visibility options on YouTube (click to enlarge).
  1. Click Save (bottom right).
Updated on September 19, 2020

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