YouTube upload troubleshooting

When I want to upload a video to youtube I simply click the “upload” button at the top of the page (after I’ve signed in of course) and then click “upload video”. Simple. So let’s go over the problems.

On certain browsers, if your upload failed, all the information you typed in as you waited for the video to be uplaoded will be lost. There’s no trying to re-upload into the same information you’ve just spent time typing up.

So now that you’re upload has failed ( I got “Failed (unable to convert video file)”, you might want to start with, “Well, maybe there was something wrong with my file? Perhaps it was the wrong format or something?” It’s not as easy as it should be to find the parameters for uploading into youtube acceptably.  I tried the obvious (to me) place which is the page where I initially uploaded the file. When I couldn’t find it there I got frustrated and went to Google. Here you go:

Supported YouTube file formats

File size and length

Now, my video fits into all these parameters. I just finished updating all my software that had updates, and the video still fails to upload. I turned on Private Browsing (youtube’s only other suggestion) and that failed too.

To get my video on youtube I re-exported as an mp4 using the h.264 YouTube setting on Premiere. The video finally uploaded correctly.  I’m not sure why my previous MOV 45MB 4min long video wouldn’t upload.

CC file sample for YouTube

I’m uploading the file I used for the captions on YouTube in case anyone needs a sample to work from. I downloaded the original file from this website which is where you get re-directed from this youtube video. I then entered my own text using TextEdit. Here’s the file on MediaFire:

The errors I would get would be from having an extra space bar (something impossible for me to track). The video would be going along fine and then suddenly I would get an error that looked like the entire script was trying to jump on the screen at once. To fix this I would have to go back into the text file to the time code where the error started occurring and then press delete and Return until I was sure I got any extra space bars out. There was also one instance where I typed the wrong number and so the captions started two minutes early on top of the other captions.

Here’s a sample of what the code looks like:

Video Captions for YouTube/Vimeo

First let me get the bad news out of the way… there’s no CC option for vimeo.  The last update on the forum was from 10 months ago promising something would come up in a year or so.

Ok, so now as I crawl back and beg YouTube for forgiveness, it took me a couple hours to find a way to get CCs up on my YouTube videos now that I’ve already uploaded them.

The How To article from YouTube was of very little help to me except to imply that I might need a SUB, SRT, or SBV file.  Or in their words “only supported formats will be displayed properly on the playback page”. What this means, as I found out, is that I can upload whatever file I want and YouTube will just ignore it unless it’s a supported format. I must have uploaded a DOC and DOCX file (after using their Preparing a Transcript File article) 5x before I gave up.

Like most things in technology, my answer was found by letting Google direct me to others that had better answers for me.  Someone posted an SRT file that I could download and open with TextEdit.  Here’s the video that really helped:  HOW TO MAKE SRT FILE AND ADD CAPTION TO YOUTUBE VIDEOS

After doing this for about 2 hours I was having trouble and Googled “youtube cc” and got YouTubeCC which at first glance seems to have been the first solution I should have looked at. Was it on the first YouTube help article?  No.

The method I spent two hours on

youtube v. vimeo

I uploaded the final drafts of the tutorials this morning to vimeo and youtube as requested. I created a playlist in youtube to group all the videos together. I sent out a recommendation to push the vimeo links instead of the youtube links because of one major factor: Replace this Video.

The video tutorials will likely need to be updated in a few months.  When I upload into Youtube, I can’t replace the original file and I will lose statistics and a permanent URL.  Vimeo allows me to replace the previous video with a new one. This gives me the ability to keep a permanent URL and all the statistics for one video together.  I did a little bit of research trying to see if there was a way since youtube is so much more popular.

I propose we push the vimeo URLs and let people stumble on to the youtube ones.  Also include links to vimeo in the youtube channel.

I also can’t upload my own thumbnail into youtube. I have to let the screenshot showing be one of three images from the video youtube randomly picks out. In vimeo I can upload whatever photo I want to be the image representation of the video.

Succeed at Searching

Vimeo channel:

Youtube Playlist:

Xtranormal MovieMaker

I will be looking at Xtranormal MovieMaker for possible use in library tutorials.  After a quick look through the website I found out that it is possible to download the videos into an mp4 file.  We could then theoretically splice these animated video files with video screen captures of our library website. It seems like an interesting way to get the students attention.  And that’s really the most important point because if no one’s watching the videos then no one’s learning what you intended. Might as well just pack it up and go home.

The Xtranormal service is not free, at least not the part where you can download an mp4 file.  Also, the idea has not been fully approved. We are still in the drawing board stage.

I tried and failed to embed code from Xtranormal into WordPress so here’s the video from the YouTube page.  This video is both a good example of Xtranormal and a very informative film for anyone considering getting their PhDin the humanities:

So you Want to Get a PhD in the Humanities

The youtube page has a few more of these type of videos about getting PhD in other areas.