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I began adding videos to YouTube a year and a half ago after WaukeshaNOW made it possible to add them to the site. I don't own a video camera, but can record video without audio on my digital camera.
I've since added 33 videos and had a total of 9000 views among them. The most-viewed video has 3000 views alone, and is also the first video anyone showed enough interest in to add to a future film.
Bronson Club in Helsinki, Finland showed interest in my July 19th, 2009, minute long cluster balloon flight, which I shot of John Ninomiya's solo flight using helium balloons. I've been in contact with them for several months and have seen the movie's trailer. They informed me what the film was about and I agreed that it would be an acceptable use for my video. They did ask for the original video and not the lower resolution YouTube version, but couldn't provide it.
The cool thing about YouTube, besides the thousands of choices in adding music to your video on their site, is the way YouTube graphs your views. You can easily see in which part of the world, in any particular month or day, your videos are getting the most views. You can pick any country or time frame. I can see how many people in Belarus watched Cluster Balloon Flight on May 28th, 2010. I can also see the age and gender demographics. Pretty sophisticated stuff.
Another video has garnered some interest from a production company. Supposedly, the Travel Channel is interested in Waukesha County Fair 2010, a video I uploaded July 24th. I sent them the high resolution copy of the video, but I drew the line when they asked for my Social Security number. They offered to pay something if they used my video, but if that means giving out my soc. sec. number to someone I don't fully trust, then they can keep the money. It does seem legitimate, Cheri Sundae in Burbank has produced many films and is the production company interested in my video, but I still don't trust them enough to give them all my personal information.