For its introductory accounts, YouTube requires that all multimedia uploads be less than 2GB in size and less than 15 minutes in length. You may upload in many different file types, including those native to your default Windows video-editing and publishing software, Windows Live Movie Maker. Although this came as a standard program when you purchased your PC, you can download it free of charge from the Microsoft Windows Live Movie Maker home page. This software allows you to easily cut scenes and upload straight to YouTube, as long as your video file meets YouTube’s upload requirements.
1. Open Windows Live Movie Maker or download it free of charge from the program’s home page. Double-click the downloaded program file to begin installation to your computer. Follow the on-screen instructions for installing Windows Live Movie Maker, accept its licensing terms and launch the program.
2. Click the “Home” tab at the top of Windows Live Movie Maker to reveal all photos, videos and devices connected to your computer. If importing video from a camera, attach one end of your camera’s connector cable to your camera and the other to the proper computer port. Turn your camera to its “Playback” or equivalent mode and wait for Windows Live Movie Maker to recognize the device connection.
3. Import footage from your camera by clicking the “Movie Maker” button and selecting “Import From Device.” Choose your camera from the list of devices connected to your computer and press “Import.”
4. Press the “Import All New Items Now” button in the New Photos and Videos Were Found screen. Enter a name for your footage and click “Import.”
5. Import existing video footage on your computer (or footage imported from your camera) by clicking the “All Photos and Videos” icon in the left side panel of Windows Live Movie Maker and locating the desired video clips. Hold down the “Ctrl” key on your keyboard to select multiple clips to edit and click “Open.”
6. Click the first video clip you want edited and drag the timeline cursor to the point where you want the clip to begin. Click the “Edit” tab in the Video Tools portion of the screen and select “Set Start Point.” Set your clip’s end point by setting your cursor at the desired point on the timeline, clicking the “Edit” tab in Video Tools and choosing “Set End Point.” You may also click the “Trim” option and drag the two “in” and “out” timeline cursors to the desired points.
7. Repeat editing each desired video clip to the correct in and out points. Rearrange each edited clip by dragging the various clips’ icons into the proper order from right-to-left on the right side of Windows Live Movie Maker.
8. Click the “Sharing” tab at the top of the screen and press the “YouTube” icon. Enter your user name and password, when prompted, and log in to your YouTube account. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the YouTube upload. When upload and processing is complete, click the “Watch Online” to open your Web browser and watch your YouTube video.