How do YouTubers send videos to editors?

To send videos to an editor, YouTubers can either send the raw files on the internet or through a physical hard drive, depending on their logistical requirements.

While at the beginning of YouTube, it was common for YouTube content creators to shoot and edit their own content to upload on their channels, with the growth and commerciality of the platform, some YouTubers have started outsourcing the editing of their videos to video editors.

A logistical issue as a result of this trend could be determining what is the best practice to send your raw files. This will be dependent on the logistical requirements.

Therefore, the footage can be sent through a physical hard drive, but a more common best practice recently is the use of a cloud system or the internet.

Considerations when planning to send videos to editors

Before deciding which method is the best way to send raw video files to the editor, it is important that you take into consideration some logistics. These considerations in the planning process include:

  • How many people the footage is intended to be sent to
  • How big the videos files are
  • What your turnaround time is for the project to completed, including changes that may need to be made
  • What works better between couriering the raw video files and sending or sharing them through a cloud system or the internet

How do YouTubers send videos to editors?

Primarily, there are two ways to send YouTube videos to an editor. The first way is through courier on a physical hard drive with the footage and the project file.

This way is best if the content creator and the editor live close to one another, as they can share the hard drive with the content just transferring the shot footage directly onto the drive before delivering it to the editor.

However, if there is distance between the content creator and the editor, this will be a logistical nightmare.

Factors including possible damage to or theft of the hard drive, or delays in the couriering of the hard drive can have far-reaching implications on the overall workflow, which can affect your video uploading consistency.

Therefore, the preferred option more recently is the internet. This can be done in two ways. Firstly, by sharing the video with your editor on a cloud system.

For files that are less than 20GB, commonly used platforms like DropBox and Google Drive are preferred. The only consideration in this case is your internet upload speed.

Alternatively, for videos that are bigger than 20GB, there are a number of popular online transfer sites which are commonly used and trusted platforms through which to send raw files.

These are great because their free features are perfect for those who do not want to spend too much in creating an account and making monthly or lump sum payments to send large files.

The most preferred online file transfer sites include:

1. WeTransfer

Probably one of the most popular of the online transfer tools is WeTransfer. It is touted for its quick uploading speed and how extensive its free version and trial is.

However, you can get more features by purchasing its Pro and Premium offerings. The WeTransfer Pro costs approximately $120 annually.

Alternatively, you can purchase the WeTransfer Premium package which retails for $228 annually. The major drawback of the site is that sometimes there is a lag in the downloading speed compared to the uploading speed, which can be frustrating.

2. SendBig

A more recently introduced online file transfer site, which has grown in terms of the number of people that use and support the site, is SendBig.

Introduced in July 2021, the service is touted for the fact that it allows users to send up to 30GB of files for free.

Moreover, the files can be sent in the form of an email or the sender can generate a link to share with the recipient, depending on what they find convenient.

The biggest disadvantage of the site is that to enjoy its advanced features, you have to create an account.

A hack to sending videos via Google Drive

One of the drawbacks of sending files on Google Drive is the time that it takes to upload large files, especially if the YouTuber shot the raw files in 4K HD quality.

This can be a logistical nightmare too as it can take hours or days to complete, even with fast internet speed. One way to avoid this is by sending the raw files via Google Drive as proxies.

This ensures that the quality of the footage remains intact during the uploading and cutting down on turnaround time. A detailed step-by-step on how to send proxy files is available here.