Create your first YouTube video and share it with the world!

In this video, I’m going to show you how to use the built-in webcam on your Mac to record your first YouTube video.

How to look great in your first YouTube video

Where to put your head

  1. Don’t have too much space above your head. Your eye level smack at the middle of the screen is a big no-no. So does having it anywhere at the bottom half of your screen. If you want to look great, make sure to have your eye-level at least two-thirds up from the bottom of the screen.
  2. Look directly at the lens. Make sure to look directly at the camera, not at the monitor or anywhere else.
  3. Talk directly to the camera. Take a deep breath and don’t forget to smile every now and then.

Creating your first YouTube video using Photo Booth

  1. Head over to Applications
  2. Open Photo Booth. By default, it starts in photo mode. If you look at the lower left corner you’ll see three buttons with the middle one highlighted blue.
  3. Switch to video recording mode. At the lower left corner, click the third button. Shifting from photo to video mode also changes the red button at the center from a camera to a video camera.
  4. Click the Record button. You will be given a three-second countdown before it begins recording.
  5. Click the Stop button once you’re done. Don’t forget to smile at the end of your video!
  6. Choose the file you just recorded by clicking the corresponding thumbnail at the bottom. Click File, Export then Save.

How to Upload your first YouTube video

  1. Head over to YouTube and login with your Google account.
  2. Click Upload at the upper right corner.
  3. Drag and drop the file to the upload screen.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to creating YouTube videos. You can edit your video using YouTube’s built-in editor, add annotations, buttons, cards – even custom thumbnails!

So what are you waiting for? Go and record your first YouTube video!

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