Devices commonly used to record video include:
- handheld cameras
- mobile phones
In some cases, video needs to be copied from these devices to a computer before it can be shared on services like YouTube, Vimeo and MetaCafe. However, some devices can post video directly to these services.
Use the device’s data cable to transfer video to a PC or laptop. If it doesn’t have a data cable, it probably has a removable memory card. These can be read by PCs or laptops with memory card readers. Some devices will have both options.
Not all devices record video in the same file format. The most common file formats are:
Online services usually convert videos into FLV files or Flash video, as most web browsers can play these files.