About This Project
Creating and uploading videos can be harder than expected, we believe that users shouldn't have to struggle with making their videos. So we have defined what we believe to be the easiest way(s) to upload and create videos! :) Your videos will be uploaded to YouTube first so it is easier to upload onto the site,
Included are audio recording software, video editing software, screen capturing software, and where to go to upload your completed video onto YouTube on Mac OS.
Meet The MakersJoin Team
.How We Make YouTube Videos On Mac OS
Making videos sounds easy enough right? Not necessarily. Depending on what you want your video to look like, you could need to edit your video (some examples are removing bloopers, adding text, songs, speeding/slowing parts of your video, etc.). Without further ado, here is our method of creating and uploading videos to YouTube on Mac OS!
.Video Editing Software
Before we upload videos we like to edit them so they not only look better, but include features not available on a camera/phone. While editing is not required, it makes your videos look better and have an overall sense of professionalism. If you wish to edit your videos before uploading them, then you will want to read the following. If you are already familiar with editing, or frankly just won't use it, then you can skip this section :)
If you are someone who like to hop around operating systems, and does not wan't to learn multiple video editing softwares then sadly your choices are limited. Although one widely recognized software that does just this is LightWorks. How much does it cost you ask? It's absolutely free! There are pro options that are only included in the paid version, but luckily none of the videos created for this site require the pro options :D
You will find a helpful tutorial in seeing the gist of LightWorks in the section of this project labelled "Video"
In most future projects uploaded to SWYM by out staff including video editing software, the video editing software used will be LightWorks as all users can follow along.
If you decide that you don't want to use LightWorks, no problem! Mac users should find that they have iMovie. iMovie has been used by many YouTubers and has been known for its ease of use, and it has a lot of good features. If for any reason you don not have iMovie, it costs around $15. An excellent (but lengthy) tutorial for iMovie can be found in the section of this project labelled "Video". While the video is around 43 minutes, we found what we needed in the first 13 minutes. Again, many YouTubers use iMovie, this is a good software :)
.Audio Recording Software
An excellent audio recording software that is downloadable on Mac/Windows/Linux is Audacity.
You may not even need audio recording software, your videos could either have no sound or could have been recorded with everything you wanted to say! If you don't need audio recording software, then continue on to the next step :)
Our staff member xJoexRipx has had experience with Audacity, and he says that no tutorials were needed for him. He could just jump in! While the many options included in Audacity may confuse you, if you stick to plain old recording and no fancy effects you should have no problem.
If you find this is not the case for you, and you are perplexed you can spam Joe hehe. Don't worry we put a tutorial in the "Videos" section just in case!
This video is highly recommended for anyone who plans to use Audacity, as it not only explains what you should do but also why you should do it. This will prove to be helpful with any future sound recording issues.
.Screen Capturing Software
A lot of videos recorded for SWYM will include the use of 3-D modelling software such as Autodesk Inventor. Whats better than filming what you do on your computer from a camera/phone? Recording your computer work from your computer! Yes this does exist, and yes you can get it for free :)
The software we suggest is OBS (Open Broadcaster Software), and there is a video on how to get/use OBS included in the "Videos" section of this project.
OBS includes screen capture, and audio recording software.
.Uploading to YouTube
Once you have all your video and audio the way you desire, now it's time to upload to YouTube! While you may be asking why we're uploading to YouTube, and not to the site directly, there are several reasons. You can upload the URL to our site, and that will be used to place your video on the site. Another reason is that not only will other users view your video, but others around the world will watch your video. Who knows, you could become a successful YouTuber from the videos you put on this site!
Uploading videos to YouTube is a very simple process. You will need a YouTube account firstly, if you do not already have one go ahead and make one. Once you have an account, and are signed in you will find a box labelled "Upload" at the upper left corner of the YouTube home screen. Simply click this box, and you will have to find where your video file is on your computer. If your video hasn't been placed on your computer yet, this can be done by lugging your capable camera/phone into your computer via the cable that most likely came with your camera/phone. If you do not have this option, it is absolutely necessary to have some way of transferring your videos. Some phones and cameras have the ability to upload videos to YouTube. Once you have found your video, you will then be asked to give a good title, description, quality, and tags. Tags are sort of like definitions of your video. For example, if you were to make a video on how to program your new Arduino board to blink 2,000 times a second your title would look something like: "Programming Arduino Board to Blink 2,000 Times a Second." People would potentially find your video would have to look up your title word for word, which is hard if they don't know what they're looking for. This is what tags are for. Some tags that would help with this example video would be "arduino", "board", "programming", "C++", "Blinking", "LED", "2000", "times", "a", "second". If someone were to look up any of these words, your video would be somewhere in the results. So make sure to give all your videos good tabs :)
You can find a short tutorial for uploading to YouTube in the "Videos" section of this project.
There you have it! This is how we suggest creating and uploading videos to YouTube, and what video editing software to use for Mac OS. If you have any trouble with our suggestion, or find that there is an easier way than what was listed by all means message us! We will take your input under consideration :)
.Replace With Your Own Wiki!
.Managing Your Profile
- My Dashboard This is where it all happens for you: your feed, your projects, who’s following you, and your profile.
- Your Feed This is a recent history of your projects and the projects that you’re following.
- Following Other Makers Did you know you can follow other users and keep up with their activities? Whenever you visit a user and click on ‘Follow’, they display in your Following tab.
- Changing Profile Info Click on the Profile tab and change your info as needed.
- Changing Image Within the Profile tab, you can upload an image for yourself. Make it fun!
- Changing Password On the Profile tab, at the very bottom, you can change your password. Pay attention to our password rules (stated at the very bottom of that page) - we enjoy keeping your data secure.
Search or browse for projects that you’re interested in. You can search by tag, date, user, and more.
- I Made This! Let others know that you built this project. They will be impressed, guaranteed.
- Share Send an email to your buddy about this project
- Ratings Click on the Rating stars for how sweet the project is. Click on the Difficulty cogs for how difficult it is.
- Download Click on the Download button to zip up all the project files and download them. This could be a LOT of data so be prepared to wait.
.Managing Your Project
- Project Feed This is the recent history of all the comings and goings with your project.
- Overview This is a summary of your project. Other users can see your stats, summary, main image and team members but your team can also see the revisions (and roll back those revisions - wow, cool feature!) and manage snapshots (also cool!)
- Instructions This is where the step-by-step instructions go.
- Wiki Wait, you’re on this section...haven’t you figured out what this page is for already?
- Files Store all your project files here: source files, links, schematics, data, whatever! We’ve included all the file types we could think of but if you have one that we’ve missed, let us know and we’ll add support for it!
- What You Need This is where your parts and tools go. For your parts, you can grab a part already in our database or add a new one. Feel free to add additional stores too if needed. The tool list is just that, a list of tools.
- Comments Comment on your project or someone else’s. If you see an offending comment, flag it! - that will send a message to that project’s owner and they can remove it.
- Settings You can update the project image, main project information, and team here. Make sure to tag your project so it can be found!
- Message Owner When you message an owner, we’ll pass that message onto their inbox.
- Upload images or add YouTube videos at will!
- Want to become a part of a project - Join their Team. That’ll send an email to the project owner and thane then can add you.
- If you’re a project owner and would like to add someone, go to the Settings and click on Add Member. Either search for that user or select from the project watchers.
- Add skills and then rate them so other makers know how easy or hard your project is and if they’ll be able to handle it.
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