"Hello, my question is how to watermark a video on YouTube. I've already uploaded several videos onto YouTube and would like to watermark these YouTube videos. But I have no idea how to watermark a video on YouTube. Do I need to watermark a YouTube video before uploading? What kind of YouTube watermark maker should I adopt? Thanks in advance." 

Adding a watermark to your video could help protect your video from copyright violation. Well, in this guide, we would like to show you how to watermark a YouTube video in different ways.

Part 1: What is Watermark and Why Should We Add Logo to Video on YouTube

To be straightforward, a watermark is a kind of mark or a symbol embedded in an object to identity its ownership or its authenticity. Nowadays, we have seen watermarks on various things, like postage stamps, currency, government documents, etc.

People adopts watermark, a logo or text, to help prevent the content (image, video, movie, etc.) from being copied for other uses, or allow other people to know where this content comes from and who owns the copyright.

Part 2: How to Watermark a Video before Uploading to YouTube

After learning what watermark is, we now need to learn how to add watermark to a YouTube video. Actually, you could watermark a video before uploading it to YouTube with some video watermark maker software tools just like Leawo Video Converter, which has a video editor built in to help you watermark a video before you upload to YouTube or send to friends for sharing.

Leawo Video Converter is actually a combo of video converter and video editor, which could help you edit videos in different ways and then convert video to 180+ formats for diverse devices. You could add either image or text watermark to video before uploading to YouTube with it.

Download and install Leawo Video Converter on your computer. The following steps show detailed operation on how to watermark a video before uploading to YouTube.

Step 1: Add source video file(s)

Kick off Leawo Video Converter, and then open the "Convert" module. Directly drag and drop your videos into this program.

Import Video to the program

Step 2: Add watermark to YouTube video

After loading source video file(s), you could see an edit icon in each loaded video title. Click it to enter the editing panel.

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Several editing features are available here: Trim, Watermark, Crop, Effect, 3D, etc. Open the "Watermark" tab and then switch the "Watermark" option to green. Determine to add either image or text watermark to YouTube video. You could adjust parameters of watermark, including: position, transparency, text font, text color, etc. These settings are very easy to complete. After setting watermark, click the "OK" button to exit.

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Step 3: Set output format

Now, next to the "Add Photo" button, there is a clickable button. Click it and then choose "Change" option on the drop-down panel. On the follow-up "Profile" interface, choose output format from either "Format" or "Device" group. MP4 Video is recommended since YouTube accepts it.

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You could adjust the parameters of the output MP4 Video format to meet YouTube requirements, including video codec, bit rate, aspect ratio, frame rate, audio codec, channel, sample rate, etc. To change these, click the "Edit" option on the drop-down panel after setting output format.

Step 4: Set output directory

After setting output format, click the big green "Convert" button. Then, on the popup sidebar, set output directory in the "Save to" box.

Set output directory

Step 5: Convert watermarked videos for YouTube

Finally, click the bottom "Convert" button to start converting.

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When the conversion finishes, your videos would be watermarked. You could then upload the converted videos to YouTube as usual.

Part 3: How to Add Logo to Uploaded YouTube Video

You could also add logo to uploaded YouTube video on the background of YouTube. Follow the below steps to learn how to watermark a YouTube video on YouTube backstage.

1. Sign into your YouTube as you always do.
2. Move mouse to the thumbnail icon of your account and click it.
3. On the drop-down panel, click the "Settings" option.
4. Click the "View additional features" option.
5. Then, click the "Branding" tab on the left sidebar.
6. On the new popup page, click the "Add a watermark" option.
7. On the popup window, click "Choose a file" option to browse and upload an image from you computer as watermark. Click "Save" to start uploading.
8. On the new page, click the "Display Time" box to set the duration of the watermark.
9. Then, click the "Upload" button to start uploading watermark to your YouTube videos.
10. Then, you could go to your video management part or open any of uploaded video to view the watermark you've just uploaded.

In this way, you will be able to add watermark to every video you have uploaded to YouTube. In other words, it helps you add watermark to YouTube video in batch.

Extension: How to Download YouTube Video with YouTube Downloader

What would you do if you want to turn a YouTube video to your own patent from others' sharing? You could download the target YouTube video and then add watermark to it in the above mentioned ways. Now, you only need a YouTube video downloader program.

Leawo Video Downloader is exactly what you need. It's a professional online video downloader program that could download online videos from 1000+ sites including YouTube, Facebook, Veoh, VEVO, etc.

Download and install this video downloader program on your computer and then launch it. Follow the below steps to learn how to download YouTube videos for watermarking.