How to Share a Private Video

share-video-youtube-uploadThere will come a time when you may not want the world to see a video that you’ve produced on a site like YouTube. Maybe it’s just a draft, maybe you only want to share it with a few people, or maybe the video is for a client and you just want their feedback.

It’s a situation that one of our Chefs recently encountered. She is  a still photographer who recently started dabbling in video. She just finished editing her first video for a client using Final Cut Pro X, and she wanted to share it with her client.

She didn’t know the best way to share the video, so she sent us the following question:

Hey Amani! I finally finished editing my video. What is the best way for me to share it with the designer? Also, in order for me to post it online on my blog, does it first have to live in Vimeo or YouTube? Thanks!

We appreciate the question. There are a few options if you want to control who is able to view a video, or if you want to share it with a select group of people.

1. Google Drive: Google drive is a great option because it is free with a Google account, and Google gives you 15GB of storage which is plenty. I suggest that you create a folder for the project before uploading. Once the video is in the cloud, go into the sharing settings. I usually allow anyone with the link to view the file. Then you can invite people to view the file by their email address. People you share the video with can either view it online, or download it.

2. Dropbox. Dropbox is probably the most popular cloud storage service. It allows you to upload and sync files via your desktop, or mobile device. Once you set up folders you can invite others to view everything in a folder. Dropbox limits the amount of free storage, but you can upgrade it and you can get additional space by inviting people in your network to sign up. When they do, you’ll get 500mb per sign up. Use this link to create your free Dropbox account.

3. Screenlight. Screenlight is a service for video professionals that allows your production team as well as clients the ability to collaborate on videos. Users can comment, make notes, and organize your video projects. A 30-day free trial is available if you’d like to try it out. Chip did a review on the service, you can check it out here.

How to Post a Video on Your Blog or Website

Adding a video to your website is easy thanks to video sharing communities like YouTube and Vimeo.

Anytime you upload a video, you’ll be able to use an “embed” code which is a short piece of code that will place the video on your website or blog, almost magically!

The images below will show you how to find the embed code on both YouTube and Vimeo.

Embedding Video from YouTube

Embedding Video from YouTube

Embedding a Video from Vimeo

Embedding a Video from Vimeo

With YouTube, you can also set a video to private or unlisted. These settings will give you greater control over who is able to view the video.

If you upgrade your Vimeo account to a Plus or Pro account you’ll be able to password protect your videos and also change the viewing settings.

Thanks for the great question.

About Amani Channel

Amani Channel is a former news reporter, a vlogger, an award winning video producer, and an adjunct professor. He also helps organizations and companies create visual stories through VisualEyeMedia.

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