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Desktop Video News #038: How To Share Your Video With Others
March 23, 2006
Issue 38, 23 March 2006

What's Hot

Learn how to share your digital video creations with friends and family.

A review of Roxio Easy Media Creator 8, a powerful DVD authoring tool.

How to buy your first digital camcorder.

How to shoot a spectacular wedding video.

A powerful tool for editing video and adding special effects.



Ulead VideoStudio

allows you to turn home videos into slick looking productions with ease.

Learn how to use Microsoft Movie Maker using this excellent video tutorial.

Ulead MediaStudio Pro is a quality video editor designed for professional videographers.

Store your video files online with StreamLoad - a premier video storage service.

Pinnacle Studio Plus allows you to easily capture video from camcorders and produce the best home movies.

How To Share Your Video With Others


Let's say you've finished shooting, capturing and editing your very own video. How can you now dump it into a format that is easily shared with friends and family?

There are two ways to do this. One is to create a VCD or DVD as most homes now have VCD or DVD players. The other way is to share your video on the Internet.

Let's take a look at each of these options and see how they may apply to you.

Creating a VCD or DVD

Video files cannot be burnt directly into a CD for viewing on the TV just like that. A VCD or DVD is specially encoded and you will need a good VCD or DVD authoring package to create them. A good program will allow you to add VCD menus and DVD chapters for easy navigation to various parts of your video production. You'll also want to check out my article on selecting a good VCD or DVD authoring program for more information.

Sharing Your Video on The Web

Another option for sharing video would be to stream the video on the web. Sharing your video on the web is simple. There are three things you need to do.

First, you need to convert the video into a form ready for the Internet - which means a smaller size. You can't have a huge 50MB file waiting to be downloaded by others. Its more effective to compress the video by converting it to a lower resolution or screen size. This is easily done by a good video editing program.

Next, you need to get a website that will host your video files. You can approach companies like Atom Films and Single Reel which can accept your video files and display them directly for you. However, they charge a fee for their services and you may not be able to customize the presentation of the web site easily.

My personal recommendation is to set up your own web site to host the files. If you're looking for a good web hosting company, I'd suggest you try Yahoo! Web Hosting. I've used them for years without any problems and their cuYahoo web hosting. I've used them for years without any problems and their customer support is first-rate. Don't go for those free web hosts - they won't have enough space for you to store your video files.

Lastly, you'll need a way of transferring your video files to the web hosting company. If you have your own web site, the web hosting company would have given you instructions on how to do this. Typically it would be via a FTP program like CuteFTP. This is a good option if you have a broadband connection. If you're on a slower dialup line, it will take pretty long to upload your video files. In that case, you may wish to consider burning the files into a CD and passing it directly to the web hosting company.


We've seen two ways of sharing video files with friends and family - via VCDs and DVDs and across the Internet. I personally feel creating VCDs and DVDs to store your video productions is a must at the minimum. Sharing your video on the Internet is recommended if you have extra time. Get a good VCD or DVD authoring program and soon, you'll be building up a huge rack of VCDs and DVDs containing your own digital videos!


Articles Of Interest

How to create a movie with Windows MovieMaker
A short tutorial on how to create a movie clip with Windows MovieMaker

An in-depth explanation of how a camcorder works
An in-depth article which reveals the intricacies of a camcorder. Learn how a camcorder functions and captures video.

Convert digital photos to VCD format
How you can convert digital photos to VCD format using Ulead DVD PictureShow.

How to buy your first digital camcorder
Buying your first digital camcorder. How to find the best deal among the many cameras out there.

All about the different types of camera movement
Learn about the camera movement techniques that professional videographers uses.

For more articles, be sure to visit

Recommended Desktop Video Tools & Services

A Top-Notch Video Editing Program

Ulead VideoStudio is a full-fledged video editing package at a reasonable price. This software allows you to turn home videos into professional looking productions with ease. There are more than 1000 customizable special effects to play with.

Create Great-Looking Digital Videos
Roxio VideoWave Professional is a video editing program that could be the answer to your video editing headaches. If you have trouble creating good-looking home videos, VideoWave allows you to edit and produce Hollywood-style videos with a few mouse clicks.

The Easy Way To Make DVD Movies
Ulead DVD MovieFactory is the quick, easy way to make great DVD movies, music discs and write data on DVDs or CDs. The software allows you to burn video straight to disc using no hard drive space. You can also easily trim video clips or add DVD chapters and titles.

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