What’s the best way to share your Doodly video with your audience? The answer is, of course, to upload it to YouTube. Although there are other video sharing websites on the Internet, there is no doubt that YouTube is still the most popular video sharing platform and preferred site by many.
In today’s blog, we are going to go over the best practices for uploading Doodly videos on YouTube. If you intend to upload your videos to YouTube, or just want to be familiar with YouTube’s video upload settings, this blog is for you. Let’s start by knowing the best video format for your video.
These are the recommended resolutions and dimensions for YouTube videos:
The best resolution for your Doodly video is 720p and 1080p. Before you export your Doodly video, be sure to set the resolution to either 1280×720 or 1920×1080. Otherwise, if you upload a vertical or unusually sized video, YouTube will cover the 16×9 playing area with blank bars.
Doodly to YouTube
To upload your video to YouTube, simply locate the camera icon with the “+” sign and select upload video from the drop-down menu.
This will launch the upload screen. Hit Select Files and choose the video you wish to upload from your computer.
The next screen is your video’s Settings. We need to fill out some details so we can successfully upload our video. Details, Video Elements, Checks, and Visibility are the four sections of YouTube’s upload settings. Let’s take a look at each menu and let’s see which fields are required when uploading a video.
First on the list is Details. The required fields are all saved under this menu.
The title is a required field. Note that YouTube automatically saves your video’s filename as its title. But of course, we want a title that is searchable and attractive so it is best to set a personalized title for your video. Make your title descriptive. Use keywords that your target audience will likely use when they are looking for a video like yours.
Though a video description is not a required field, it will help your viewers understand what your video is about before they press the play button. You can add keywords to the description box to help search engines find your video more easily. Remember to always keep your description relevant and accurate to the content of your video.
The thumbnail is the still image your audience sees before they press the play button. The default thumbnail is usually the first frame of your video. If you would like to change your thumbnail, you can choose from the thumbnails provided or upload your own. For our sample video, we chose the third thumbnail from the provided options.
If you upload different types of videos, such as tutorials, updates, and so on, creating a playlist can help your viewers locate them more faster. It keeps things neat and organized. Having a playlist is good for people who make videos and other things that people watch. Playlist menu is not a required field.
The next field is your audience type. This is a required field. You will be asked whether or not your video is intended for children. We tag this section as No, it’s not made for kids unless the video you created is for kids. Tagging this option “YES” causes your video to appear alongside other children’s videos and may not receive much attention if it is intended for general viewing. Please keep in mind that marking this section as “YES” also disables the option of adding an end screen, which we’ll go over later.
If your video includes a voice-over, you may want to enable captions. It allows deaf users to enjoy your content as well as viewers who do not want to listen to the audio. Maybe they’re on the subway and don’t want to bother others. Or maybe they just prefer to read the captions. As we all know, Doodly also has its subtitle feature. If you have this on your video, you no longer need to enable captions on YouTube.
This feature allows people to grab your video and embed it on their website using an embed code. This can be beneficial or detrimental. If your video isn’t well-branded and your competitor embeds it on their website, they’ll reap the benefits without having to do anything. Turning on the”allow embedding” feature, on the other hand, is a good idea if you want your video to be widely shared, such as a public service announcement.
Another feature that you might want to set up is the comments section of your video.
There are 4 options to choose from:
- Allow all comments – This enables the comment section in your video. When this is selected, people will be able to leave comments which will be visible for everyone to see.
- Hold potentially inappropriate comments for review – When this option is enabled, all potentially hurtful comments are hidden from view. They may not be 100% accurate at first, but as you continue to review the hidden comments, the accuracy improves. These comments can be found in the YouTube Studio, and not in the actual comment section of your video. Don’t like to see a specific harsh word in your comment box? Add those words to your blocked words list on YouTube.
- Hold all comments for review – This means that before anyone else can see a comment, you must review it first. Comments can be held for review for a maximum of 60 days.
- Disable comments – When this is selected, the comments section in your video is disabled.
This option lets you hide the like and dislike buttons on your uploaded video. You can disable these buttons by unchecking the box next to “show how many viewers like this video”.
We finally reached the bottom portion of the Details menu. Let’s click Next and proceed to the next video setting, which is the Video Elements.
Unlike the Details menu, Video Elements only has 3 features. These features may be few, but they make our uploaded video interactive and fun. These features are the subtitle, end screen, and cards.
Under video elements, you are able to upload your subtitle file. You can go to YouTube’s support page to see all the supported file formats. If you don’t have a subtitle file, you can simply paste or type in your subtitles as you watch your video.
The End Screen allows us to control what viewers see at the end of our video. If you remember in the past blogs, we talked about creating a custom outro with arrows that are strategically placed based on where YouTube will place the interactive elements such as the subscribe link and two promoted videos. Our custom outro is specifically made for our end screen.
With the end screen feature, you are able to suggest a video to your audience on what to watch next. You can choose from your uploaded videos or a playlist from your channel. You can also suggest them to subscribe to your channel, or promote another YouTube channel with a custom message.
Cards make your video more interactive. This is the little banner that appears in the upper right corner of a video. They stay visible for 5 seconds and disappear after. You can feature your own video, a playlist, or another YouTube channel. If you are a member of a YouTube Partner Program, you can feature a link to an external website. Just like the end screen, you can set it to appear on any part of your video by dragging it to your desired frame within the timeline.
Checks is the next video setting after you hit “Next” from Video Elements page. You’ll see the result of YouTube’s copyright check on this screen. Please keep in mind that this is not the final copyright check. YouTube continues to review your video after it has been uploaded. If they discover a possible copyright violation, they will tag your video “copyright claim.” When this happens, the video still plays, but the audio has already been turned off.
This happens occasionally with Doodly’s royalty-free music, where someone, almost always an automated bot, claims ownership of the music. If you use Doodly stock music, you can respond to the notice by informing YouTube that you are using royalty-free music from Doodly and that you have permission to use it. This usually solves the issue. If you require additional assistance, please contact Doodly Support, who will gladly assist you with this concern.
The last video setting is Visibility. This menu lets you decide how you want to save or publish your video.
When you choose this option, only you and those you specify will be able to view your video. This is an excellent choice for sharing family videos or videos for your classroom or workplace. To let people watch your private video, you must specifically invite people, and those people must sign-in using their own Google accounts.
The unlisted option prevents your video from being found on YouTube by other users. When you make your video unlisted, only those who have been given the link to your video will be able to view it. Other people may still be able to view your video if one of your friends shares the link that you gave them.
The public option makes your video searchable and accessible to anyone who wants to watch it. If you have a target audience and you want a high viewing rate, or you just want to simply show your video to everyone, then this option is for you.
Here’s the comparison of each option under Visibility:
Last, but definitely not the least, we have Schedule. Schedule menu lets you choose a date for your video to become public. This function helps you keep track of your time. You can upload numerous videos at once and schedule their release.
Uploading a video on YouTube is indeed a very straightforward process. As long as you follow the recommended aspect ratio for your Doodly video, your storyboard will look great. We hope this video has given you a better understanding of the YouTube video upload process and the fundamentals of YouTube video settings.