***** PLEASE READ ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE YOU START *****
•Before you begin the process of ‘Uploading’ to YouTube it is important that you name your file or it will get lost amongst all the others on YouTube entitled ‘img-1234’, and you will have difficulty identifying it even on your own computer
•On the Internet, go onto the YouTube site and click on ‘Create account’
•You will be asked for your e-mail address, without which you cannot have an account, and then to provide a ‘username’. PoliceWitness.com strongly recommends that you do not use your own name as a ‘username’, in order that nobody can identify you if you do not want them to do so. People viewing YouTube cannot see any other personal details, so what you enter in those fields is a matter of personal choice.
•We recommend that you create a username which begins ‘PoliceWitness’ in order to contextualise your evidence, for example: PoliceWitnessMary23.
•Once you are registered, simply click ‘Upload’ and then select the ‘Upload video’ option.
•Identify the clip you want to post from the files on your own computer and double-click on it. Your video will begin to upload automatically.
•When it is finished you will see a preview, to confirm that you have uploaded the evidence you want to post.
•You should then complete the ‘Video information’ section and select your ‘Privacy settings’.
•Change your video’s privacy settings to make it unlisted.
•When you upload a video, by default it’s set as a "Public" video, which means that anybody can view it. You can easily change the privacy settings while you’re uploading the video in the "Privacy Settings" section. Or, if you’ve already uploaded the video, you can change the privacy settings by following the steps below:
1. Visit your Video Manager.
2. Find the video you’d like to change, then click the Edit button.
3. In the "Privacy Settings" drop-down menu, select Public, Unlisted or Private.
4. Under the Advanced tab, also uncheck ‘Notify Subscribers’ .
5. Click Save changes.
•Unlisted videos: Making a video unlisted means that only people who have the link to the video can view it. Unlisted videos won’t appear in any of YouTube's public spaces, like your channel, search results or the homepage.
•To share an unlisted video, just share the link with the people who you’d like to have access to it, and they’ll then be able to see it. The people you share the video with do not need to have a YouTube account to see the video, unlike private videos.
•The title you choose is important in order that the police and Crown Prosecution Service may locate your evidence: there are literally millions of clips posted every day. Please use the standard format of: policewitness-vehicle registration number-date, for example policewitness-ZX56XZX-16032017.
•You will be asked to describe your clip, and you may use any description you wish, but be mindful that it may be seen by millions of people as some YouTube clips ‘go viral’ and spread right around the world.
•A ‘tag’ is used in various ways and is not crucial, but you may think of it as a ‘keyword’, such as ‘Collision’ or ‘Motorway’, to help people searching for that type of clip or evidence.
•Your category will generally be ‘Autos and Vehicles’, but this is simply an aid to searching YouTube and if you have used a username beginning with PoliceWitness, as recommended, the category will be less important.
•The ‘Standard YouTube licence’ is appropriate for this type of use, but click on the ‘?’ after each option for a description of the implications.
•Simply select ‘Save changes’ and you have finished.
•There is a further option to share your images through your profile (if you have one!) on other websites such as Facebook and Twitter. The choice is yours.