Upload and claim your videos at youtube.com

The features described in this article are available only to partners who use YouTube's Content Manager to manage their copyrighted content.

The process of uploading a video to YouTube has a few extra steps for a YouTube content partner. In addition to processing the video, YouTube also creates a new asset, claims the video for the new asset, and applies a policy that specifies how to handle the video.

The steps below describe how to upload videos from the Upload page at youtube.com. The process of creating assets and claiming videos is different when you upload videos using other methods.

Remember that you must own or have the necessary licenses for the audiovisual rights to any video you upload.

To upload a video as a YouTube content partner:

  1. Sign in to YouTube with a user name that is linked to your YouTube partner account.

  2. Click the Upload link at the top of the page.

  3. Select the video you'd like to upload. You can click the large up-arrow icon to open a file selection dialog box or drag-and-drop the video file onto the page.

    As YouTube uploads the video file, the Edit details page for the video appears. You can optionally add a title, description, or tags for the video and set its privacy status.

  4. Click the Monetization tab.

  5. Specify the type of asset to create for this video.

    YouTube recognizes different asset types based on the type of content they represent, such as music videos, web videos, and movies. The Asset information section at the bottom of the page has a radio button for each available asset type, with the default asset type for your account selected. To change to a different asset type, click the radio button next to the desired asset type.

    You can’t change the asset type once you save it at step 8.
  6. Set the policy to associate with this video.

    The Usage policy drop-down list shows the policies available in your account, with your default usage policy selected (or Track in all countries if you don’t have a default usage policy). Select a different policy to override the default.

  7. If you are registered for YouTube’s Content ID system, specify whether to create a reference from the uploaded video.

    To enable Content ID matches for this asset, select the Enable Content ID matches check box and select a Match policy from the drop-down list. (These controls do not appear if you are not registered for Content ID.)

  8. Click Save changes.

If the video's Privacy setting is Public, YouTube publishes the video when you click Save changes and it's done processing the file. If you want to review the video before making it live, set its Privacy setting to Private, Unlisted, or Scheduled.
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