Upload and share videos easily with Dropbox and Vimeo

Want an easy way to upload and share videos? First, sign up for free Dropbox and Vimeo accounts if you don’t have them already. Dropbox is great for sharing all types of files and Vimeo is good for uploading and sharing videos.

  • Create a Video folder in your Dropbox account, this is where you will save your video files.
  • Log into Vimeo and go to Me > My Settings
  • Click “Connect” next to Dropbox. Make sure to give Vimeo full access to Dropbox and tell it where your new Video folder is on Dropbox.
  • Save your videos to your Dropbox folder and they will automatically upload to Vimeo! If you install the Dropbox app on your phone, you should be able to save videos you take on your phone right into that folder too.

More information on Vimeo.com

Watching YouTube videos later

YouTube is fun, but sometimes you don’t have time to watch that whole 15 min video on the 1960’s Digital Future.

Did you know that you can save videos to a “Watch Later” list in your account? Just log into YouTube and view a video. Click the “Add to” link under the video and then choose Watch Later. The next time you log into YouTube, just click the “Watch Later” link in the left column to see your videos.

YouTube watch later

Prevent iTunes from auto-playing videos on shuffle

Do you ever listen to your iTunes library on shuffle only to have a music video pop-up instead of a song? Here is a simple hack to allow a seamless music listening experience.

  1. Go to File > New > Smart Playlist
  2. Change “Artist” to “Media Kind”. Then it should read “is Music”
  3. Click OK

You’ll see a new Smart Playlist in the left column. You can rename it if you like. Since it’s a “Smart” Playlist, it will automatically add new audio files anytime you add new songs to your library. Next time you want to listen to your library on shuffle, just play this playlist instead and you will avoid obnoxious video pop-ups!

Record your computer screen

If you have Mac OSX Lion (10.8) installed* you can easily make your own screencast (a video of what’s happening on your computer screen). This can be helpful if you need to demonstrate how to do something or illustrate a problem you are having to someone who isn’t with you.

Open up Quicktime Player (in Applications), go to File > New Screen Recording and then click the red Record button when you’re ready. If you click on the arrow button you can choose a microphone for audio input as well.

*If you don’t know the version of operating system (OS) you’re running, click on the apple icon in the top left corner of your screen and choose About This Mac. The OS/Version number is right above the Software Update button.

Saving video off the web

Can’t get enough of that kitten video or your friend’s baby laughing? Here are a few websites/browser plugins that enable you to save web videos onto your computer, so you can watch them offline later:

*Keep in mind that video you don’t own the copyright to should only be used for personal use and not shared with others.

Vertical videos

When you are shooting video on your phone or iPod, make sure to turn the device horizontal before you shoot! Otherwise you will end up with the dreaded “vertical video” which no one likes.

Listening to podcasts

A podcast is an episodic series of video or audio files that are downloaded or streamed online. Think of it as a radio show that you can listen to/watch on your computer at any time. You can either listen directly on a website or subscribe to the Podcast through a Podcast client.

The easiest way to find and consume Podcasts is through iTunes. Go to the iTunes Store and click on the Podcasts category. Find a Podcast and either download episodes you want to listen to or subscribe to the whole show. When you subscribe, all new episodes will automatically be downloaded to your computer when they are released.

If you don’t have iTunes there are plenty of other podcast clients available.

My favorite podcasts are This American Life (NPR) and WTF with Marc Maron.