I absolutely did not want to have to buy or download any extra programs. I didn't want to buy a camcorder. I wanted to use what I had. I downloaded the video from my camera to an Apple PowerBook using OSX 10.7.5.
The CameraI have an inexpensive Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS Digital ELPH. I bought it a year or so ago for less than $200. It takes decent pictures and I've found I can make movies with it! I did have to buy another larger memory card. I picked up an 8 GB card at Fred Meyers for less than $10. My movies are less than 15 minutes so that's plenty of memory. I do have a little tripod.
Video Editing SoftwareI bought iWork several years ago so I have iMovie 11. It's kind of clunky, funky, but gets the job done. I did suffer through a few videos on how to use it. At this point I am just a hack able to delete bits and pieces and export the video. But later on, I can add fancy stuff.
There is more than one way to get your video to YouTube. The most successful way for me was to go to the iMovie menu:
Export using QuickTime.
Here are the QuickTime settings recommended by YouTube:
Frame Rate: 30
Data Rate: automatic
Key Frames: automatic
Frame Reordering: unchecked
Show advanced settings & choose constant bit rate as encoding strategy
Choose original size of the video. For my Canon 1300 it is 640x480 VGA
Prepare for internet: fast stream
These settings will export in .mov format which is acceptable to YouTube. It took my 9:37 minute video about 30 minutes to convert. It was a big file.
YouTubeGo to your YouTube account and choose upload and follow the prompts. My .mov file was over 248 MB; I don't know if that is normal or not. But it did upload in less than 30 minutes – successfully! Don't be discouraged if you have problems. Just go to the help section, Google the error message, work through it. Good luck and have fun!
|Still shot of the video shot from my Canon Powershot.|
I'll be posting the video with my review of VeganCuts August 2013 Beauty Box.