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Uploading Videos to YouTube

Please make sure to review the diagrams in the protocol guide on for a high-level overview of the upload process. Uploading videos can be done in one of two ways: either by uploading the video directly or by sending just the video meta-data and having a user upload the video through an HTML form.

In order to upload a video directly, you must first construct a new Zend_Gdata_YouTube_VideoEntry object and specify some required meta-data. The following example shows uploading the Quicktime video "" to YouTube with the following properties:

Table 77. Metadata used in the code-sample below

Property Value
Title My Test Movie
Category Autos
Keywords cars, funny
Description My description
File MIME type video/quicktime
Video private? FALSE
Video location 37, -122 (lat, long)
Developer Tags mydevelopertag, anotherdevelopertag

The code below creates a blank Zend_Gdata_YouTube_VideoEntry to be uploaded. A Zend_Gdata_App_MediaFileSource object is then used to hold the actual video file. Under the hood, the Zend_Gdata_YouTube_Extension_MediaGroup object is used to hold all of the video's meta-data. Our helper methods detailed below allow you to just set the video meta-data without having to worry about the media group object. The $uploadUrl is the location where the new entry gets posted to. This can be specified either with the $userName of the currently authenticated user, or, alternatively, you can simply use the string 'default' to refer to the currently authenticated user.

Example 469. Uploading a video

= new Zend_Gdata_YouTube($httpClient);
$myVideoEntry = new Zend_Gdata_YouTube_VideoEntry();

$filesource $yt->newMediaFileSource('');


$myVideoEntry->setVideoTitle('My Test Movie');
$myVideoEntry->setVideoDescription('My Test Movie');
// Note that category must be a valid YouTube category !

// Set keywords, note that this must be a comma separated string
// and that each keyword cannot contain whitespace
$myVideoEntry->SetVideoTags('cars, funny');

// Optionally set some developer tags

// Optionally set the video's location
$where $yt->newGeoRssWhere();
$position $yt->newGmlPos('37.0 -122.0');
$where->point $yt->newGmlPoint($position);

// Upload URI for the currently authenticated user
$uploadUrl =

// Try to upload the video, catching a Zend_Gdata_App_HttpException
// if availableor just a regular Zend_Gdata_App_Exception

try {
$newEntry $yt->insertEntry($myVideoEntry,
} catch (
Zend_Gdata_App_HttpException $httpException) {
} catch (
Zend_Gdata_App_Exception $e) {

To upload a video as private, simply use: $myVideoEntry->setVideoPrivate(); prior to performing the upload. $videoEntry->isVideoPrivate() can be used to check whether a video entry is private or not.

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