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YouTube Basics: How to upload a video



Welcome back to our series on using YouTube to promote your church or ministry.

In our last video, we showed you how to create your very own YouTube channel. Now we're going to show you how to upload a video.

Upload a video

Be sure you are logged into your YouTube account. When you go to, click on the camera icon in the top right corner and select Upload a video.

To upload, you can either click in the middle of the arrow that says Select files to upload or you can drag and drop a video file.

Choose who can see your video

Note that you can upload videos to be seen by everyone if you choose Public. But if you have a video that's not quite ready for everyone to see, you can choose Unlisted. An unlisted video will not come up in any search results or on your channel. Only those with the link can view it.

You can share the link with anyone (even those without their own YouTube account.) Keep in mind that the link can be forwarded to others.

You can also choose Private when uploading. Private means only those YOU invite can view the video, and they must have their own YouTube accounts. A private video will not come up in any search results or on your channel.

If you try to share it with someone who wasn’t invited, they will NOT be able to see it.

Make your video available later

Now, if you want to upload a video, but you don’t want it to show up until a later time, choose Schedule. You can then set the date, time and time zone that you want this new video to show up on your channel.

Subtitle your video

Once you’ve uploaded a video, we encourage you to subtitle it for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Click on your photo icon and then click Creator Studio. Click the drop-down arrow beside edit on the video and select Subtitles and CC, which means closed caption.

Click Select Language. If your video is in a different language than the default listed, type in the corresponding language and click Set language.

In the published area to the right of the video, you will see a button listing captions in the language you selected. To make sure the captions are correct, click on the captions button. On this page, the automated captions are listed to the left of the video. If there are any changes needed, click on the Edit button above the video. Click Overwrite to edit the captions. Once you have made any corrections, click Publish edits.

That's it! Now you’ve published your very first video to YouTube!

In our next video, we'll share some YouTube tips for your church.