Tree Videos 


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  The videos featured below are hosted by YouTube  YouTube is an online service that provides free hosting and serving of video clips posted by its members. Anyone can join. Recently I opened a YouTube account in order to feature videos taken by ENTS members of their adventures. These will be accessible through a player embedded below and hosted by YouTube. In addition I have provided links to a selection of other videos that I felt would be of interest to ENTS members and visitors to this website. One of note in particular is the climb of the worlds tallest tree in California by Jim Spickler.

TOPIC: Videos - FAQ

Tues, Dec 11 2007


Many of you may have videos of trees or old growth forests that you want to upload to Youtube. If they are in DVD format, they are saved on the disk as a VOB file. There are few programs that can directly edit VOB files.

There are a number of programs you can use to convert VOB to other formats. You can find lots of programs on that do almost anything you want for free. For VOB converters go to this page: 

I used "any video converter", and also "auto gordianknot" to play with the vob files sent to me by Ernie Ostuno in DVD format. I would try the "any video converter " first. I converted the original VOB files using the program to convert it to 320 x 240 size and mp4 format. That is the size that Youtube displays.

If you want to upload the file at this point, it is in a good format. I added basic titles and credits to Ernie's clips using Windows Moviemaker. It allows simple editing and additon of transitions also. (I generally run Adobe premiere Pro C3 as my editing program).

YouTube accepts video files from most digital cameras, camcorders, and cell phones in the .WMV, .AVI, .MOV, and .MPG file formats. YouTube recommends the following settings:

MPEG4 (Divx, Xvid) format
320x240 resolution
MP3 audio
30 frames per second

Youtube says resizing your video to these specifications before uploading will help your videos look better on YouTube. But the videos can be other formats so long as it's less than 10 minutes, smaller than 100MB, and in an acceptable format.

You will need an email address to subscribe to You tube. Simply log onto the site and create an account  then you can begin uploading videos. There is an option to upload multiple files at once, which is very convenient, and it requires only a small download and installation. Otherwise you can upload videos one at a time. ( For Ernie's videos I signed up for a free Windows Live Mail account using a pseudonym for Ernie, then I used that address to create the youtube account.)

So ENTS, create your video accounts and upload your videos. It is easy, If you have Windows or a Mac you have the basic software to edit and upload already from most formats. Everything is free. Send the list your channel information, and I will link it to the ENTS website.


Some of you are on dial-up connections and even YouTube videos won't play right.  You can get a free program called YouTube Downloader at this website:  

It will connect to a video and download it to your computer so you can play it offline.  If you don't have a player that will play the *flash* video format the file comes in from YouTube, it will convert it to a format that you can play on any computer with your built in Media player or other video software.  I have used it before and it works well.

At this time I am still working through the various options of vblogs, channels, groups, favorites and so forth to see how this material might best be presented. ENTS members who wish to add videos can either create their own account on YouTube and post their video there, or they can send the video to me through the ENTS ftp site and I can post it to YouTube.  - Edward Frank, August 8, 2007

The blurb from the YouTube site reads: "Founded in February 2005, YouTube is the leader in online video, and the premier destination to watch and share original videos worldwide through a Web experience. YouTube allows people to easily upload and share video clips on  and across the Internet through websites, mobile devices, blogs, and e-mail. YouTube has quickly become the leading destination on the Internet for video entertainment.

Everyone can watch videos on YouTube. People can see first-hand accounts of current events, find videos about their hobbies and interests, and discover the quirky and unusual. As more people capture special moments on video, YouTube is empowering them to become the broadcasters of tomorrow."






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