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May 28, 2010

How To: Post a Video Response on YouTube

There are many free options to edit video. The two biggest other than the professional grade Final Cut Pro are Microsoft Movie Maker and Apple iMovie. I have worked with Final Cut Pro but use Apple iMovie for most of my projects as it is quick and simple...and I heart quick and simple.

There’s also a list of free editing software online if you simple do a Google search. Those with Flip video cameras are given software with their cameras. Same story for Kodak digital video camera, such as the Zi8.

As for the "Share Your Tasting Party" promo, there really are no length requirements on these videos, so disregard past suggestions to keep it 30-90 seconds. The point is to submit as many videos as possible and for that reason alone, the simpler the edit job the better. I can usually upload raw footage, edit and render a video out within 30 minutes or less. In fact, you don't even have to edit anything. If you shoot several sequences that you think are a great collaboration from your tasting party - send it in. Keep it raw. That's how we roll!

The next question I’ve received is how to upload the video to YouTube as a video response. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help:

Go to the video you wish to respond to. For this promotion, your video responses should be to Jeff Graham’s “Share Your Tasting Party” video, located here.

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Simple click in the “Respond to this video…” box below the video.

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Once you do this the box will be highlighted in blue and a "Attach a video" link will appear to the right.

Click on the link and it will take you to a page where you have the option to “Record a Video” or “Choose a Video” from your current YouTube library or “Upload a Video.”

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At this point it’s up to you. If you’ve already uploaded the video to your personal YouTube account then click “Choose a Video.” Otherwise, click “Upload a Video” and a menu will pop up in a separate smaller window. From there you simply need to find the video on your drive, click on it and YouTube will do the rest for you. You may have to fill in a few descriptive details about the video; make sure to include name and Distributor ID in the Description box. Your video may not show up right away and that is only because I have to approve them before they go live.

And there your have it. You will be good to go! If you need further explanation then please feel free to leave me a comment here or email me at

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