Creators’ Guide To The New YouTube – Video Manager

Back in December YouTube rolled out a new homepage and an upgraded site design, making changes to everything from their analytics to channel design, the video manager and more. Last month they made even more changes, announcing new updates to the YouTube Browse page and Video Editor, as well as their Video Editor. We thought we’d take this opportunity to provide you with an in-depth overview of how the new YouTube Video Manager works and all of its functionality.

This is part three in a series covering the ins and outs of the new YouTube design, which launched in December.  We previously covered Channel Design & Layout and the new YouTube Analytics.  This installment will focus on the new YouTube Video Manager.

Back in December YouTube rolled out a new homepage and an upgraded site design, making changes to everything from their analytics to channel design, the video manager and more.  Last month they made even more changes, announcing new updates to the YouTube Browse page and Video Editor, as well as their Video Editor.  We thought we’d take this opportunity to provide you with an in-depth overview of how the new YouTube Video Manager works and all of its functionality.

For those of you that are new to uploading and managing videos on YouTube, the Video Manager is the part of the site where you manage your videos (it was obvious from the name, right?).  This includes things like adding your videos to playlists, deleting videos, making videos private, public or unlisted, dealing with monetization, copyright notices and more.

First things first—to get to the Video Manager, go to youtube.com/my_videos while signed into your YouTube account.  You can also get to the Video Manager by clicking the dropdown menu with your YouTube user name in the top right-hand corner and selecting ‘Video Manager.’  And now, without further ado we bring you…the ins and outs of the new YouTube Video Manager!

The Creator Bar

The Creator Bar is the name for that gray bar at the top of the page.  It lets you easily jump back and forth between various administrative areas of YouTube including the Video Manager, the Video Editor, your Subscriptions page and your Analytics.  For the purposes of this article we’re focusing only on the Video Manager.

Add to, Actions and View

Beneath the Creator Bar you’ll find the Add to, Actions and View controls.  We’ll take a look at each of these separately.

Add to

The ‘Add to’ dropdown menu lets you add your videos to playlists, which you may choose to display on your channel.  To add videos to a playlist, simply check the box next to the videos you’d like to add and then choose the playlist you’d like to add them to from the dropdown menu.  Choose ‘Add to new playlist’ to create a new playlist.  Pretty straightforward stuff.

Actions

The ‘Actions’ dropdown menu is where you will find the ‘Delete’ option, as well as Privacy settings and License settings.  When you check off a video and choose ‘Delete’ a warning will pop up to make sure you really want to delete the video.  You can set your video as Public, Private or Unlisted and choose to give your video a Standard license or a Creative Commons license.

View

The View dropdown menu allows you to sort your videos according to date, views, privacy settings and monetization.

The Upload Button

In the top left corner of the Video Manager, directly below the Creator Bar, is the Upload button.  Click on the button and it will take you straight to the Upload page or click the arrow on the right side of the button for more options, including ‘Upload a video’ (which also takes you to the Upload page), ‘Record from webcam,’ ‘Creator Tools’ (which bring you to YouTube Create where you can find a list of video apps that work with YouTube), and ‘Promote your videos’ (which takes you to Adwords for video).

Menus on the Left

Uploads

On the left side of the screen is a navigation menu that lets you click through to view different information.  The default is ‘Uploads’, where you can see all of your videos.