I know what you're thinking, "Why is he writing about sharing videos on a site for the blind?" The answer is simple. Lots of visually impaired folks have enough vision to use a video camera and many blindness-related organizations produce videos for public use. There are some great blind photographers and their work should be available for everyone to enjoy.
Let's say you've got this video ready to go, the question is: how do you share it with everyone else? You could e-mail the file, but if it's too large, that will either take too long to send or the email won't go through because of the large attachment. The best idea is to make the video available as a streaming video. That way your friends and relatives won't have to download anything. They will just click the link, wait a few seconds and the video should play smoothly.
There are three extremely popular services for free video sharing: YouTube.com: http://www3.youtube.com, Google Video: http://video.google.com and PutFile.com: http://putfile.com. Each one will allow you to upload your video and let you send the link to your friends and family to watch it. These services are also great if you've filmed something, such as a short movie or music video, that you just want to share with the world.
All the services work relatively similarly, but we'll use YouTube for this example. In preparation for any video upload, you'll want to make sure you've saved your video in one of the file types that are supported on the Web. This usually includes .avi, .mov and .mpg (some accept .wmv as well). When you download your video from your digital camera to your computer, you should select one of these file types.
Most of these services require you to sign up for free before you can do anything. For YouTube, the sign up option is in the upper right hand corner. Click the link and it will walk you through the process.
Once that is done, you should be back on the main page and ready to upload your video. YouTube has a 100 MB file size limit and a 10 minute time limit. Other services have more or less, so make sure the video you choose is within those standards.
Click the link titled Upload on the top menu towards the right. This will bring you to the Video Upload page.
First, they want you to give some information about your video. In the first form field, enter a title. You can title it whatever you want, such as "Family Reunion," if that reflects your video.
In the second form field, enter a description of your video.
Finally, in the third form field, where it says Tags, you will want to enter a few keywords that describe your video. This is very important only if you want others to be able to search and find your video.
Below that, under Video Channels, choose a few categories that your video fits in to. This part is also important if you want to share your video with the whole YouTube community.
Once that is done, click the button that says Continue at the bottom of the page to go to the next step.
You're now ready to upload your video. You should see a yellow box, an empty form field and a button that says Browse next to it. Hit the Browse button. A window should pop up and your computer's file system should be visible. This is the standard "open file" box that you normally see when opening a MS-Word document. Once you've found the video, click the "open" button or press enter on the file if using a screen reader. Now, you should see the path to your file in that same form field.
The next section is Broadcast. This is where you choose if you want to share your video with the entire Internet or not. If you choose Private, only you and those you give access to your video will be able to see it. Your video will not be found on the YouTube general search engine. Make your choice by clicking the radio button next to your selection.
When you're finished, hit the button that says Upload Video towards the bottom of the page. Your video is now officially being uploaded to the YouTube server. You should see an animated graphic that resembles a star. This means your upload is still being processed. The uploads can take quite awhile, depending on the length of your file. Don't be surprised if you end up waiting 10 to 15 minutes. As long as you still see the graphic moving, the upload has not stopped. Screen readers will usually speak the percentage as the file is uploaded.
Once the upload is complete, you will be taken to a new screen where you will be allowed to change any of the information you included with your video.
When you're ready to send this to your friends, click your username in the upper right hand corner (it should say, "hello, your username"). Next, click My Videos on the top menu. Your video should be listed there, but it may take a few minutes after uploading for it to show up. Underneath each video in your account, you should see a form field with a URL in it. Copy and paste that URL and include it in an e-mail to your friends and family. All they have to do is click that link and they will be able to view your video.
Make sure you stream the video yourself by clicking that same link. You can also embed this video into your Web site using the html code provided in the form next to the words Embeddable Player.
Your friends and family will really appreciate this and they will enjoy your videos more than you will ever know!
Easy YouTube Player
From the site:
The Easy YouTube Player is an alternative way of watching YouTube videos. Instead of simulating YouTube we wanted to make sure that everybody who wants to see videos on-line can do so - regardless of age, ability and web proficiency.
Click this link to use the Easy YouTube Player at http://icant.co.uk/easy-youtube.