It will require some cutting, but you can get your hours long speech or half-hour long video uploaded and usable.
It used to be that YouTube had something like a favored user status and those users (universities, companies, etc) could upload longer than 10 minute content. However, as far as my non-favored-self can tell, this is no longer possible.
So. What is a Youtuber to do? Around the same time as YouTube was making strict the 10-minute rule, it introduced playlists. Playlists are sets of videos which continuously play. Say you have a 39 minute video of a lecture on Ancient Egypt.
[I am assuming: you can upload your video without violating your bandwidth restrictions. You have the rights to the video you are uploading. You have a YouTube account]
- Take a video editing program
- Macs: the new iMovie is great, Audacity (perhaps for Windows als0), Final Cut, Final Cut Pro
- Windows: Windows Movie Maker
- Chop your video into <10 minute segments
- (add explanatory intro/extro titles)
- Upload the videos to you YouTube channel
- (add tags and a simple, informative description of the video’s content)
- Go to My Account->Playlists
- Now, there might be a sexier way to do this, but here is how I do it. Open each of your newly uploaded videos (it may take around 1/2 an hour for YouTube to process newly uploaded videos) in a different window or tab, and at the bottom of each video click the “+ Playlist” and add it to the playlist you just created
- Now you have a playlist which will play your entire lecture nearly continuously and can be found through a normal YouTube search.
- (Subtitle/closed caption you video)
That should be it. Enjoy!