Timelapse Tutorial Part 4: Sharing your timelapse with the world


Cover photo by Adrian Yau.

When you've gone to the trouble of making your timelapse video, I doubt very much that you'll want to keep it to yourself. So where can you share it? The two obvious choices are probably YouTube and Vimeo. Vimeo's status is of the slightly more discerning, slightly more niche video community. It has a cleaner layout and there're no ad-intros to videos; it has a much more professional feel to it. On the other hand, YouTube has a massive audience and there's a great deal of content hosted there, of all types of quality. You might find that you have an account on each: Vimeo for more serious work; YouTube for the more flippant stuff.

You will need an account to upload your video to either of them, but a Vimeo account takes about a minute to set up and if you have a Google account all you have to do is upgrade to a YouTube Channel by clicking a button.

Vimeo offers a choice of accounts, with both free and paid-for options. If you're only uploading occasional, non-commercial videos, the free option should suit you fine. If you're planning to upload more than 500MB of video each week, you'll exceed the limits of the free account, however. For videos that are longer than 15 minutes in length, you'll need to request an increase to your limit from YouTube. And of course both of them have restrictions regarding the kind of content that you can upload.

You need to play by rules! (These are Vimeo's)
You need to play by rules! (These are Vimeo's)

Uploading is then a case of hitting the upload button, and either navigating to your video and selecting it or dragging and dropping your video into the upload box.

Easy to upload to YouTube
Easy to upload to YouTube

If you make your videos in iMovie, you can export to both Vimeo and YouTube directly the 'Share' menu. Obviously, if there's an easy-access share option, you don't need to worry about file formats.

Direct share options from iMovie
Direct share options from iMovie

Then you get to name your timelapse video, add any extra details, and set the privacy requirements. Vimeo has the upper hand here, allowing you to restrict who can see your videos, who is able to share them, and who can comment on them. You can even password protect videos. YouTube's restriction options aren't as extensive. After that, you can leave Vimeo and YouTube to do their thing!

Choose who can see your video on Vimeo
Choose who can see your video on Vimeo

Vimeo and YouTube aren't the only options, if your video is within its size and duration limits, you can also share videos on Flickr. Just head to the Uploadr and drag and drop your video in the upload box. It supports a wide range of video formats, it just can't exceed 1GB in (1080p HD) in size or three minutes in length. If your timelapse contains slightly risqué content, Flickr might be a better option!

Drag-and-drop to upload to Flickr
Drag-and-drop to upload to Flickr

When you've uploaded your timelapse video, it's time to tell the masses of its wonder. Tweet about it, let people know on Facebook and Google+, and don't forget to let Triggertrap know, so that we can add it to our rather fancy Primelapse site!

More Timelapse Tutorials!

This tutorial is part of a 4-part series. Check out the rest:

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