Grrrr… You’ve planned, filmed, edited and now finally uploaded your video to Google-owned YouTube and BLAST! What are those stupid black lines on the top and bottom? I thought I’d take a moment to explain some Video Production terminology to help you out.
A good place to start is the YouTube Help centre where we can find a wealth of info on file formats and duration but some of this might fly over the head of the would-be Steven Spielberg.
Aspect Ratio – Simply the shape of the video. For 99% of you, stick to 16:9 which is widescreen.
Letterboxing – These are black lines at the top and bottom of the screen. Don’t select this if you’ve filmed in widescreen. Just upload as is.
Data Rate – Whilst YouTube now accepts up to 50mpbs, I would opt to stay at YouTube recommended 8mbps. Your video taking AGES to upload? Maybe the data rate is too high (and indeed the video file size too big).
Tags – After successful upload, ensure you fill in your tags with the search keywords you wish to be found on!
I hope these few pointers have helped. I know it can be a real mine field when filming yourself. My top tip would be to film on an iphone in one single take and upload straight to YouTube – this is a great place to start!
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Thanks, Matt Peake, Director, Tweak Video
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