Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Get Started with YouTube Studio


Distance learning has gotten more teachers posting lesson videos on YouTube than ever before. As you become a creator of YouTube content, the YouTube Studio helps you manage your videos, edit them and more. The Studio is something that often gets overlooked, but once you learn of it, it becomes a go-to tool in your edu-toolbox. If you are looking to change the visibility of a video or add to a new playlist or make the video "safe for kids", YouTube Studio is your one-stop shop. 

Get started accessing YouTube Studio by clicking your profile picture in the top right corner of YouTube. In the dropdown menu, click YouTube Studio.

When the Studio opens, you'll see Channel dashboard and a menu on the left side of the screen. To manage your videos, on the left side menu, click Content. 

After clicking Content, you'll see a list of the videos you have posted to YouTube. The most recent video appears at the top. To edit the details of any video, click on the video thumbnail or hover your mouse over it and click the "pencil" button to edit.

There are a variety of tools and options available to you after opening a video. The first thing you will see is Video details. Here you are able to edit the video Title and add/edit a Description of the video.

As you scroll down, you will have a button where you can add the video to one or more Playlists. If you want to change the Playlist, this is the place to do it. In the Audience section, you can choose whether or not to make the video "for kids". If you set it as made for kids, there will be no targeted ads. This is something you may want to enable when posting a lesson video that your students will view. 

To the right of the page, when editing a video, you will see a link to your video with a copy button for easy sharing of the video. You can change the Visibility to either Private, Unlisted or Public. Private means that only you can view the video. Unlisted means only people who have the link can view. This also means nobody can search for the video and find it. Public means anyone can search and find it. I recommend Unlisted to maintain a level of control over the privacy of your lesson videos. In the past, I made my lessons Public and I had to deal with wannabe academics who tried to criticize the content of my videos. If you don't want to deal with that, set it as Unlisted. 

When you hover your cursor over a video, the menu you see below will appear. From left to right, you have buttons to edit, see video statistics, view comments left by viewers, play the video on YouTube and more options. 

The three dots button gives you more options. If you need to delete the video for any reason, that option is found here. If you want to view the video offline, the option to download your video is also here. Any video you post to YouTube can be downloaded to your device.

These are just some of the basics of YouTube Studio. There is much, much more to it. Click here to read a blog post about using the YouTube Studio to blur portions of the screen in the video. How will you use YouTube Studio? 

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