• HndsmKansan

    Posts: 16412

    Jul 18, 2009 3:54 PM GMT
    Would appreciate any input you may want to share regarding converting my
    videos (currently on VHS) to format for Youtube. An RJ friend has given me a couple of pointers, but thought I'd encourage some ideas.

    The videos are of my horse shows I directed (with my students). I taught horsemanship from 9th grade until after I graduated from law school. I think I have 8 or so of the shows on video and want to put them... and my registered quarter horse (KoKo) on YouTube for all my previous students to enjoy.

    Suggestions? Thanks.
  • creature

    Posts: 5197

    Jul 18, 2009 4:41 PM GMT
    Not really a suggestion, but just be mindful of the 10 minute limit per clip. If a clip runs longer than 10 minutes, then find the appropriate mark to stop it, and then continue with a part II.

    And if something is split up into multiple parts, make sure to identify it as which part (i.e. "part 1 of 6"), so it'll encourage the viewer to look for the proceeding clip.

    Don't forget to let us know when you have them posted.
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    Jul 18, 2009 7:16 PM GMT
    Yeah, the time limit thing is a buzzkill. creature's suggestions are good. Split the videos and title them accordingly..

    Show 1 - Part 1/5
    Show 1 - Part 2/5
    ..and so on.

    Another thing you can do is create a playlist, so that viewers can just click on one link and it will play the videos in the order you specify.

    If the time limit thing is a deal killer for you, then use Vimeo. They don't have time limits, but have file size limits instead. I think it's 1GB or something like that.

    If you haven't converted the videos yet, I would recommend using H.264 as the encoding format. I know a VHS video source won't give you the highest quality to begin with, but using H.264 will yield better results after it goes through the transcoding process on the Youtube servers.

    Do some test uploads with some short 5 minute clips, and see what works best.