Video Made Easy: How to Use YouTube Capture

See why this is a must-have app if you’re an Apple device user who creates video

By Andrew Fogliato, Training Specialist, RE/MAX INTEGRA

We’ve all heard that 2015 is the year of video, which is why this month’s in-depth look at an app is YouTube Capture. It’s made by Google but currently only available for Apple devices. YouTube Capture is an amazing tool for creating, editing and uploading simple videos to YouTube. Within the app, you’re able to shoot multiple videos, edit the length, piece them together with other clips, add music, and then upload to YouTube with the proper SEO.

If you’re wondering how to do this, look no further! Let’s take a look.

Getting started: Never shoot videos from your phone or tablet in portrait mode. Always landscape. YouTube Capture will remind you of this because vertical video doesn’t look good on YouTube.

When you start shooting, the app works much the same way as your built-in camera does. You just hit tap on the big red button, and it starts recording. When you’re done, tap it again and it stops. You can use either the front or rear camera on your phone or tablet to record the video. While they do have stabilization software built in, it’s still important to try and keep the camera as steady as possible because the software can only do so much without ruining the quality of the video.

Editing your video: Once you have shot the video you can begin the process of editing the clip. You’ll be able to see at the bottom that they have white sliders. By adjusting those you can eliminate the beginning or the end of a specific clip. Doing simple edits within the tool is easier than ever – and when you’re done, click on the “+” in the bottom right. Now you’re able to choose whether or not to record a new clip to add to that one, or you can choose a clip that already exists within your device and add it to the video you just edited. You can repeat this process as needed to get the desired video. The first few times you do this, it may be a little more time consuming, but the more you do it the better you’ll get at it.

Adding music to your video: When you’re done, you can now select “Add Music.” It will give you two options: Either you can select music from your device or add in YouTube soundtracks. It’s important to keep in mind that if you are using music from your device to be mindful of copyright laws. You don’t want to post a song that you can face legal repercussions for using because you don’t have rights to it. It’s safer to use the YouTube soundtracks in your video.

Uploading your video: Once that is complete, you’ll now enter the upload process, which is actually quite simple! For starters, you want to give it a very descriptive title. Do not just call it “My New Listing” or something along those lines. You need to think about how it will be found on Google. So if it’s a new listing video, you can consider putting up “123 Mainstreet, Indianapolis Home for Sale” instead of “My New Listing.”

Add a description: The same goes when you’re adding in the description of the video when you click on the three dots on the right side of the screen. You need to consider how consumers would enter terms in search to end up at your video. Use those keywords in the description. As well, you should include a link to your website in the description so that people are able to easily and quickly check you out more.

Sharing your Video: When you do go to share it, you also want to keep in mind how you’re sharing it. You have three basic options:

  1. Public: This means that anyone can see it and it becomes completely searchable by anyone through Google or YouTube. This is what the majority of videos should be.
  2. Unlisted: This means that anyone who want to view the video has to have the link (URL). If you share the link to someone specifically, they could pass the link on for others to view – but without the direct link it can’t be found. This setting is better if you’re doing personalized videos for people and you only want them to see it.
  3. Private: Only you and the YouTube gods will know of its existence. Very rarely will you use this, but it’s good for videos that you want to remove from being seen (such as virtual tours of homes that sold) but you don’t want it completely deleted.

From the app, you can also share the video directly to Google+, Facebook and Twitter.

YouTube Capture is a great app for video and very user friendly. The more you use it, the easier it will become. And you’ll find that you can put together a video in under 10 minutes with minimal effort. So next time you have a quiet open house, get out YouTube Capture and make a quick video and send it to your sphere.

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