After you have shot and edited your video production to your liking, the next step is to share your creation with the rest of the world.
Of course, the options for sharing video has increased dramatically over the last few years. Besides burning a physical Blu-ray disc or DVD to distribute to friends and family, or you can also upload your videos online to the likes of YouTube, Vimeo and FaceBook. You can also host your own video on your website of you have your own domain.
Personally, I like online video sharing a lot. I remember when I first started out in video editing, I literally had to lug around tons of DVDs and scribble little notes as to what each DVD contained. Very troublesome stuff.
Here, I'd like to delve into each of the video sharing options described above you have a better idea on how you can distribute your creations to the rest of the world.
The first option for sharing your video is to burn it onto a Blu-ray or DVD. DVDs store 4GB of video data per disc and are great for normal quality movies. Blu-ray discs, on the other hand, store up to 25 GB per disc and that's a heck of a lot of space. It's enough to hold tons of DVD movies or one very high quality movie.
Share your video through DVD and Blu-ray discs
Burning your movies into DVDs or Blu-ray discs is also important as it serves as a form of backup and storage. I remember a time when I had a lot of family videos sitting in my computer's hard disk drive. One day, the hard disk decided to crash and I lost those movies! Was I mad! Always backup your movies.
DVDs and Blu-ray discs are also good as gifts or presents. I always like to surprise Grandma with a DVD of the grandchildren - it never fails to put a smile on her face.
The second option for sharing your videos is to upload them to YouTube. YouTube is immensely popular with the mobile, younger generation. Most of them have iPhones or Android phones and take videos as they go about their day.
Publishing a video from the iPhone to YouTube
Most phones have apps that allow you to upload videos directly up to YouTube, provided you have an Internet connection.
In fact, some phones or camcorders even build YouTube support natively into their software, meaning you don't need a separate app to upload videos to YouTube.
Once your video is online in YouTube, you can do all sorts of things to market it. Many people create a "video series" around specific themes to keep people coming back up view the videos.
If you are up to it, you can also try hosting your own website. Once you host your own website, you can store lots of videos and allow authorized years to come in and view them.
Hosting your own videos gives you the best control
It's like running your own YouTube. In fact, many online video sharing sites started out as smaller video hosting sites run by hobbyists before they got popular (e.g. Vimeo).
To host your own domain and videos, you do need to be conversant in uploading files, embedding videos into web pages, and doing some HTML or CSS here and there.
And it's really important to find a web host that's reliable and offers steady, fast connections to your visitors. A good web host to try out is BlueHost, which is a favorite amongst WordPress users.
There are others ways of sharing your videos, I'm sure. Just like we have PInterest for photo sharing, I'm sure we will see some form of "VInterest" in the future, just for video sharing. Until next time, here's wishing you all the best in your video adventures!