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Old 02-09-2009, 5:34 AM
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Share your camcorder HD videos on YouTube

Share your camcorder HD videos on YouTube

Video sharing has become a popular trend in our daily lives, and people are earnest to upload all sorts of videos recorded by camcorders to video sharing websites like YouTube, Facebook, Metacafe, MySpace, etc. or their own Blogs and WordPress.
However, these websites usually have limitations on the uploaded video formats and file sizes, here I will take YouTube for instance to show how to share camcorder HD videos on YouTube via Mac.

If you are sensitive enough, you must have noticed that camcorder manufacturers have already released some camcorders or cameras specially designed for YouTube in recent years, which brings users great convenience, for people can upload their footages to YouTube in real time without doing previous format conversion job.
These camcorders or cameras include Kodak Zi6 HD Pocket Video Camera,
Samsung VP-MX20/XEU YouTube Camcorder, super-small camcorder Flip MinoHD,and so on.

However, most mainstream HD camcorders record footages in the format of .MTS, .M2TS, and .TOD, and all of them can not be accepted by YouTube directly. As we all know, YouTube supports a relative wide range of video formats including .FLV, .MKV, .MOV, .WMV, .AVI, MPEG, .MP4, DivX, 3GP and .OGG. Obviously, .MTS, .M2TS, and .TOD are out of this range. Therefore, if we want to upload video files in these formats to YouTube, we have to convert them to its compatible formats at first. When it comes to video converting, an easy-to –use program should be mentioned right now,
I usually use Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac to handle my camcorder HD videos, and it keeps working well all the time.

To put it bluntly, the quality of HD videos will be degraded during format converting no matter what kind of converters you are using.
In addition, the resulted files will be done second conversion by YouTube’s encoders while uploading, so to achieve the highest quality for YouTube, we’d better try the optimized video settings recommends by YouTube while converting:

Video codec: MPEG-4, H.264, or MPEG-2
Audio codec: MP3 or AAC, 128k Mono or 320k Stereo
Resolution: Recommended:1280 x 720 (16:9 HD) and 640 x 480 (4:3 SD)
Frame rate: 30 frames per second
File size and length: Up to 2GB file size and 10 minutes duration

If you can't set the optimized settings accurately, try and match them as close as possible.
By the way, .FLV should be a much better choice than other formats, as long as you limit the bit rate in not more than 320 kbps. In that case, the generated .
FLV files will not be converted for the second time by YouTube’s encoders while uploading, so that you can remain the original quality of .FLV video files as much as possible.

Well, once you have got the YouTube acceptable video files with satisfactory quality, you can login via your Mac to upload videos made by yourself with the intention of sharing them with YouTube users and even the whole world.
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