How to Upload a Video on Your Laptop

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Laptops are efficient mobile computing devices for the aspiring cinematographer on the go. They serve as mobile storage devices and mobile editing labs. Laptops with Internet connections also serve as mobile upload devices for those who want to share their videos on the Internet.

Upload a Video on Your Laptop

  • Identify the media that the video is on. Most videos taken from cameras are written on memory cards, such as Secure Digital (SD) cards.

  • Plug the memory card into your laptop. You will need an adapter that plugs into a USB port on your laptop if your laptop does not have a built-in memory card reader. Check with your computer's instruction manual to see if you have a memory card reader.

  • Locate your memory card on your computer. For both Windows and Macintosh computers, this should pop up as a separate drive close to your "C:" drive. On a Windows computer, click "Start," then click "Computer" on the right side of the Start menu to access your computer's drives. On a Macintosh running OS X or later, inserting a memory card should cause a separate hard drive icon to pop up on your computer. The name of your memory card on your computer will vary depending on the manufacturer of your SD card, but both Windows and Macintosh computers will identify the SD card as external memory devices. Double-click on your memory card's location.

  • Locate the video on your memory card. The location of your video on your memory card is going to depend on how your camera formats your video card. Check with your camera's manual to see what folder your camera stores videos on.

  • Copy the video on your memory card. On a Window's computer, select the video to copy, right-click on it and select "Copy." On a Macintosh computer, select the video to copy, press and hold "Control" on your keyboard and click on the video. Click "copy" on the menu that pops up.

  • Locate the folder on your computer to copy your video to. On a Windows computer, right-click the area to copy the video and click "Paste." On a Macintosh computer, hold control, click on the area to copy the video to and click "Paste." Your video should now be on your computer's drive.

Upload a Video From Your Laptop to the Internet

  • Log in to Facebook. Click the "Video" button on the upper-right corner of the home screen. Click "Upload a Video" on the menu that appears below the "Video" button. Click "Choose File," then find the video on your computer. Double-click the video, then click "Share." The video has to be less than 1,024 megabytes.

  • Log in to your Youtube account. Click the "Upload" button on the upper-right side of Youtube's home page. On the following screen, click the yellow "Upload video" button. Locate the video to upload on your laptop in the screen that appears, then double-click on it. Wait until the video is finished uploading before navigating away from the Youtube uploading Web page. Videos on Youtube can be up to two gigabytes.

  • Log in to your Vimeo account. Move your mouse over the "Upload" button at the top of the Web page, then click the blue "Upload a Video" on the menu that appears. Click "Choose a File to Upload" on the page that appears, and select the video on your laptop. Wait until the video has finished uploading before navigating away from the Vimeo upload page. Your file has to be less than 500 megabytes to upload.

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