How to upload your videos to youtube and have it actually work

Screen Shot 2014-03-20 at 10.53.02 AMWhile walking a teacher through the process of using her iPad as a document camera so that she could record her geometry lesson, we got stuck at the sharing part. It is all well and good to flip the classroom, to record your lessons so that your students can refer back to them, but how do you actually get the videos to them? The video files are too big to email. Having to transfer your video from your iPad to your computer just to upload it to a sharing device is a pain in the patootie and wayyyy too many steps. The “upload to youtube” seems perfect, especially since we use gmail and every student has a youtube account attached to it. Simple check the “Unlisted” option in the privacy settings where anyone with a link can view and you can either email the link to your students or add it to your portal.

Perfect, right?

Except for lately, I’ve noticed that uploading to youtube just never works.This annoying problem has cropped up suspiciously with the new iOS 7 and I have not found a suitable solution.

That is until I finally sought out an answer and came across this article about Youtube Capture. According to this article, youtube now has one app for watching videos and another for uploading and editing:

If you are frustrated that YouTube’s iOS app doesn’t let you upload videos, then you missed YouTube Capture’s release last December. Google decided to keep video uploading separate from video viewing. YouTube Capture made it easy to capture, lightly edit, and upload videos from your iPhone or iPod Touch, but there was no love shown for those who wanted to perform such a trick with an iPad. Now, with yesterday’s update, YouTube Capture is universal, bringing iPad videographers into the fold.

Oh. So what you are saying is that I have been dealing with this problem for over a year homer-simpson-dohand the answer was right there? A big fat slap on the forehead and Homer Simpson like Doh for me please.

Here are the simple steps you must do in order to once again upload your video to youtube:

1. Download Youtube Capture. Don’t worry, it is free.

2. Sign in with your gmail account (for us at Traf, that means our school email).

3. Allow access to your camera roll and to the microphone.

4. You will see all the videos from your camera roll on the side:

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4. Choose your video and edit it if you feel like being fancy (you can trim it just like in iMovie).

5. Tap Upload.

6. Give it a title and description (especially if you are planning on making many how to videos for your class). Having an organized, uniform system for naming your videos might be a good idea. eg. Math Sec II Transformations: Triangles. Well, you get the idea…

7. Choose your privacy settings. Do you want it to be public? If you choose this option, you can embed it into blogs and other websites. If you choose unlisted, you only get the link. If you choose private, nobody but you will be able to see it…

8. Tap Done and watch the magic happen!

NOTE: I found that the video on Youtube Capture uploaded fine but then got stuck on processing. However, when I logged on to my youtube account either via a search engine or the youtube app and tapped the video (even if it said it was still being edited) it worked almost right away. Sometimes I don’t understand technology…


Flipped Classroom Video on iPad

Mr. Scruton, our beloved math and multimedia teacher, has made a screen video using two iPads to show his Grade 7 multimedia class how to make a slide show presentation. This is a good example of how the iPad can be useful in a flipped classroom.


Here is what he had to say about how he made it:

Here is the link to a vid that I made by taking a video of one iPad with another iPad. I edited the film in iMovie, then exported. The exported file was way to big (on medium). I opted to jing the playback window from iMovie. There are some minor problems with stops (from the playback of iMovie), but otherwise is ok quality at very low size.

Here are the links:

I assume the Mr. Scruton, when faced with the large file, synced the file to his laptop and then used jing to record the recording.
An alternative route to deal with large files would be to upload them to your youtube page and then share the link with a select group of people. All students at our school have youtube pages attached to their official email- it has been the way we have exported movies from the lab iPads to the teachers. They only have to share the link with their teacher ( a simple click on the privacy options and voilà! An easy way to get a movie off the iPad!

Youtube channels and the iPad Lab

One of the difficulties of the documentary project I did with Ms. Allison’s grade 8 class was that the movies were too large to email to the teacher and there was no good way to sync them without wasting a colossal amount of our tech guru’s time.

Ms. Allison had to view the movies on the iPad themselves, which meant her marking was at the mercy of other people needing the machines as well as needing to keep them in the building.

Well, a solution has presented itself! The students can create their own youtube channels via their Traf email.

Once they are signed in, they will have to create a youtube channel. They will be asked for a username and a password and then whether they want to connect it to their traf email. The answer is yes to all of the above.

Easy as pie! (actually way easier-making pie is hard).

 They can directly upload their movie to their youtube channel, making sure they check the following option:

If they choose the private, the teacher will not be able to view their project.

This is how it looks on the iPad in imovie:

After uploading their movie, they need to go to the youtube app on the ipad. There they will sign in to their account and share their project with their teacher:

Make sure the students sign out before they hand back the iPad.

If you want to embed the video, the settings must be public. As I am such a good sport, I will make this one public just to show you.

 Hopefully, your students will be producing better quality video than this one..