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YouTube For Dummies [Paperback]

Doug Sahlin , Chris Botello
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July 30, 2007 0470149256 978-0470149256 1
YouTube For Dummies takes the classic Dummies tact in helping tech novices get a handle on a popular technology that more tech-savvy audiences consider "simple." With so much content on YouTube getting media attention, more first-timers are jumping on the site and they need help. The book also helps the next step audience of users looking to add content to YouTube. Content includes:
  • Watching the Tube - includes getting your PC ready for YouTube viewing, finding video, signing up for an account, and creating favorites.
  • Loading Video to YouTube—covers the nuts and bolts of shooting video, transferring it to a PC, editing it, and sending it up to YouTube.
  • Bringing Along YouTube—covers the various ways you can use YouTube video in places other than on the site. Includes mobile YouTube and adding videos to your MySpace page or another Web site.
  • I Always Wanted To Direct—explores how to use YouTube's directors program to upload longer video, use the site for marketing, or launch your own videoblog.

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From the Back Cover

Add pizzazz to your videos and make a publicity splash!

The fun and easy way to join the YouTube community—and get noticed!

Are you yearning to get more out of YouTube? This fun, friendly guide shows you how to search for videos, save your favorites, and even create your own high-quality production! You'll see how to subscribe to a YouTube channel, create playlists, get your video seen, embed YouTube videos in your Web site or blog, and much, much more!

  • Create a YouTube account
  • Customize your YouTube channel
  • Record, upload, and promote your video
  • Network with other YouTubers
  • Add videos to your blog or Web site
  • Sell products on YouTube

About the Author

Doug Sahlin is an author, photographer, and videographer living in Lakeland, Florida. He is also the president of Superb Images, Inc., which is a wedding and event photography and videography company. He has written or co-authored 20 books on graphic, Web design, and video-editing and imageediting applications, including 50 Fast Digital Video Techniques and Photoshop CS2 for Digital Photographers Only. While working on his books, Doug has produced commercial photographs and video of actors, authors, architecture, automobile races, fashion models, food, landscapes, and products for his clients. His work has taken him from coast to coast and north to south, and has been seen in print and on the Web.

Chris Botello is a Photoshop artist and graphic designer living in Los Angeles, where he works as a retoucher and finisher on movie posters and marketing campaigns for the motion-picture industry.
Chris began his career in the graphic arts as print production manager for Premiere magazine. He designed movie posters for Miramax Films and was the art director for Microsoft’s launch of
Chris is the author of a successful series of books on Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign for Thomson Course Technology. When not working, Chris loves to travel and gets the opportunity to do so as a guest instructor for Crystal Cruise Lines.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (July 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470149256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470149256
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Doug Sahlin is a best-selling author and professional photographer living in Venice, Florida. He specializes in landscape and fine art photography. He uses state-of-the-art digital cameras to capture compelling photographs of the landscapes, floral and fauna found on the West Coast of Florida. He has written several books about digital photography including: Digital Photography Workshop for Dummies, Digital SLR Settings and Shortcuts for Dummies, Digital Nature and Landscape Photography for Dummies and Mastering the Lensbaby: A step-by-step guide to mastering your Lensbaby and becoming a more creative photographer.

Doug loves to share his knowledge of photography with others. In addition to being an author, he holds seminars and workshops about digital photography. He also teaches digital photography courses at local camera shoppes.

Doug and his wife Roxanne formed Doug Plus Rox Photography in 2011. They sell fine-art photography, and are available for wedding and event photography. To get inspired by Doug and Roxanne's photography visit:

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book But Needs An Update August 10, 2011
I'm currently using this book to become more adept with YouTube and it is very informative and, as with most of the Dummies books,is well laid out. However this book was written in 2007 and four years, in the computer world, is an eternity. As a result, some parts of the book can be a bit confusing as it won't match up with the current version of YouTube. The first time I realized this problem was using the chapter on groups to try to use that feature. I couldn't figure out why I couldn't find the parts of the web page being referred to until I did a Google search on 'YouTube Groups" and found posts discussing their elimination from the web site last year. That's the better part of a whole chapter discussing a feature that no longer exists. How to use groups is again discussed in a later chapter and I have also run into some instances where the interface has been streamlined so it no longer matches up with instructions and illustrations in the book. That's why I give the book only four out of five stars. It's because about 20 percent needs to be updated.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good intro to YouTube but published in 2007 November 9, 2012
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This book is good for someone who really has no idea about YouTube and its history and wants some basic information.

However, it was published in 2007 and the information on the current version of YouTube is non existent.
Whereas it does have information as to what types of accounts are available on YT and the guidelines of what is acceptable and what is not.

But when I say the information needs updating a few examples: the book still mentions the 1 to 5 star rating system of videos which has been changed long ago to 'thumbs up or down' and there is an entire chapter on how to post You Tube videos to MySpace and no mention AT ALL of Facebook anywhere.

Also there is no information regarding the YouTube partnership program and all the screen capture pics are from the old version of You Tube. The books info only barely reflects the You Tube of today, it looks like the You Tube of 2007.

Really there are very few people who would benefit from a book like this with such outdated material. Its time for the authors to do a revised edition.
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22 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YouTube Fanatic October 4, 2007
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YouTube is my favorite web site so I didn't really need to read this book. I only bought this book because it is about YouTube. The authors deserve a lot of "hater comments" because they merely describe how to use the web site. YouTube has already updated their web site, ensuring that this book will quickly become obsolete. I would have preferred a book that explored the social networking aspects of the YouTube community. They could have devoted more chapters to video production as well. There is also no mention of Stickam which is a web site you need to know about to become a YouTube insider. Also, I think potential vloggers should be strongly warned about the extremely malicious harassment that is being allowed to flourish on YouTube.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars out of date but interesting June 25, 2013
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Written only a couple years ago means a lot has changed in this fast paced online world as well as the Tubesphere. A good read but don't forget that YouTube has gone through a full face lift since the writing of this book as well as ongoing major changes. Most important is that YT changes parameters on a regular basis. So this is no "Rosetta Stone" but interesting and good info to the newbie YouTuber. Better one to read IMHO is "YouTube, Climbing the charts"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Completely outdated. February 18, 2013
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Things on Youtube have changed a lot since this book was written. Its illustrations don't match the revised look of Youtube, and the data entry points are no longer relevant. I don't understand why this book is still being sold. It was a complete waste of money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars YouTubeTM For Dummies® is very old April 13, 2013
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I'm disappointed. This book is from 2007. I suppose it was pretty good for its time. But a lot has happened and changed since then. This book has not helped me with some of the "deeper" aspects of YouTube because some of the current features had not been developed in 2007. This book doesn't teach much that you can't learn on your own. My fault. I guess I didn't read the fine print to see the copyright date. Don't make the same mistake I did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars waste of money March 5, 2013
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this book is so out of date none of it relates to the you tube of 2013 don't waste your money
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I had a few specific problems I wanted to solve when I got this book, but when it arrived, I found that the YouTube screens referenced in the book were either changed (hints no longer applied) or were gone entirely. For instance, the boo would tell me to go to a specific page and click on a specific tab or button, but that tab or button was simply nowhere to be found on the page. It seems that YouTube is evolving so fast that major changes had occurred since the book was written and, at least for the things I was interested in learning, it was mostly useless.
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