The Short Version
This is the 8 minute version that shows you how to get video onto the Internet fast. All you'll need is a digital camera that records video and a computer with an internet connection.
warning: some digital cameras have a recording time limit -- test your camera before you shoot something important
The LONG Version
This wasn't nearly as concise as I had hoped. At any rate, this late in the game, I recommend you use the above method. If you must edit your video, I suggest that you find a mac w/ iMovie. Every mac has the same hardware/software, and that takes a lot of variables out of the equation. This video is about 70 minutes long.
Basics of iMovie
Import your footage
For camcorder w/ tape: Plug firewire into camcorder and computer, open iMovie, use the 'import' button (on the playback screen).
For digi cam or already digitized footage: Press (File > Import) and browse to the video file.
Arrange on Timeline: Move clips down onto timeline (click the clock icon below playback window). You can rearrange and cut clips up by dragging them around and using (Edit > Split Clip at Playhead).
Titles/Transitions: In the editing menu on the right side (below the clip library). Over black will make plain title on black.
Exporting/Sharing settings (iMovie)
- (File > Export) or (File > Share)
- Choose Expert Settings
Uploading Footage: Watch the "short version" video for a quick how-to.