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Robin Good's insight:
Konoz is a web service which allows you to package and publish your own YouTube video playlists into free online learning courses.
It works like this: Once you are logged in into Konoz, you can input the URL of a YouTube playlist. Once you have done so, Konoz grabs the set of video URLs of the playlist and creates a custom page for your upcoming course, in which each video of the playlist is a lesson to be seen.
Thus Konoz offers a very simple way for those who are either YouTube creators to collect relevant videos or screencasts into playlists and then to package them into free online video courses, while providing also a stimulating option to reward their work.
Simple but interesting solution. Very easy to use. 7/10
In private Beta.
Robin Good's insight:
A free online course from YouTube to help any video publisher maximize the use of the tools and features available in the new YouTube One Page channel experience.
The course starts on June 3rd.
This is the course program:
Sign up for the course: http://creatoracademy.withgoogle.com
The forum of the course will open on May 29th and the course materials (links to lessons) will go live on June 3.
Start prepping for the course now here:
Find out more: https://creatoracademy.withgoogle.com/
Course info: https://creatoracademy.withgoogle.com/course
An accessible interface for users of assistive technologies to play YouTube videos independently
Robin Good's insight:
"Henshaws College has launched an accessible version of YouTube, which was funded by Jisc through Jisc Advance. It allows people with learning difficulties and disabilities to use this mainstream technology independently.
ACCESS: YouTube simplifies the standard You Tube site making it easier to search and play videos, and allows the use of assistive technologies. It is now publicly available so everyone can benefit from this accessible method."
Free to use.
Try it out now: http://accessyoutube.org.uk/
Robin Good: If you are frequently unable to see YouTube videos stream smoothly to your screen, either because your computer is starting to show its age or because your Internet connection is not that fast, this experimental opt-in feature from your YouTube may solve your problem.
Called YouTube Feather, this new feature allows you to access msny YouTube-hosted videos by severely limiting the features available on the page and optimizing the delivery of the video by drastically reducing the amount of data transferred.
"YouTube Feather removes the information panel, share button, most of the related videos, video responses, vote counts on each comment, the medium-size player option, like and dislike counts for the video, and the capability to add the video to a list."
You can try it out now by going to http://www.youtube.com/feather_beta and clicking on "Join the Feather Beta" blue text.
You can also turn off the feature at any time by going back to the above URL and clicking on "Leave the Feather Beta".
You can provide feedback to YouTube about this experimental feature here: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/youtube/label?lid=31a878cd44b81c60&hl=en
N.B.: The Feather feature may not work on all videos.
(Image credit: http://www.technobuzz.net)
Robin Good: Google has just released the new YouTube app for iOS. The app is free and it is available worldwide in the app store.
Key features include:
✓ Enjoy YouTube’s vast video catalog, including official music videos
✓ Find videos and channels more easily with voice search and query autocomplete
✓ Subscribe to channels and instantly access your subscriptions with the channel guide UI
✓ Read comments, browse related videos, enable subtitles and more - all while watching
✓ Easy video sharing to Google+, E-mail, Facebook and Twitter
Download it now: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/youtube/id544007664
Robin Good: YouTube has just released a "face-blurring" tool that can be utilized on any video uploaded to the platform.
"Whether you want to share sensitive protest footage without exposing the faces of the activists involved, or share the winning point in your 8-year-old’s basketball game without broadcasting the children’s faces to the world, our face blurring technology is a first step towards providing visual anonymity for video on YouTube..."
Here's how it works: "Blurring faces on YouTube is simple. Once you’ve chosen the video that you’d like to edit within our Video Enhancements tool, go to Additional Features and click the “Apply” button below Blur All Faces.
Before you publish, you will see a preview of what your video will look like with faces blurred. When you save the changes to your video, a new copy is created with the blurred faces.
You will then be given the option to delete the original video."
Guide on how to use it: http://support.google.com/youtube/bin/static.py?hl=en&guide=1388381&page=guide.cs&answer=2640535
Robin Good: VDownloader is a free Windows sooftware that allows you to download a copy of your favorite videos from YouTube, Hulu, Vevo and other sites.
VDownloader acts also as a good FLV and MP4 video player.
No registration required.
Free to use.
Robin Good: YouTube has released a new set of features for video-makers of all levels which allow you to replace your video's soundtrack for free with a song from the YouTube library of hundreds of thousands of audio tracks.
To try it out, go to your Video Manager, select Edit, select Enhancements, then select Audio.
From IBTimes: "In the latest update to the video-sharing site, YouTube is rolling out new audio editing tools that will make it easier for uploaders to layer several audio tracks on top of one another.
Prior to the update, YouTube offered an AudioSwap feature that let users replace a video's audio track with one of the company's thousands of licensed audio tracks.
The new update has catapulted YouTube's licensed track count to more than 150,000.
The update will also give YouTube uploaders the ability to adjust volume levels on each track .
Prior to the latest update, users could add licensed tracks to videos, but the audio levels could not be adjusted -- it would simply replace the video's audio track.
The latest audio editing tools will be rolled out over the next few days. To try them on the video's you've uploaded, go to "edit settings" from the video manager."
Robin Good: Vibop is a new YouTube app that allows you to create personalized video clips that can be "embellished" with preset themes, decorative graphics, introductory captions and visual effects.
You can also add your own photos, use existing clips or record a live video in front of your webcam. Video features include the ability to add many different filters, to auto-adjust bad quality-video, brighten dark images and fix shaky camera footage.
At the end of the process your video is automatically uploaded to your own video channel.
"Add an animated intro, a vintage filter, a cartoon look, a silent movie theme, and dozens of other effects. Brighten dark images and fix a shaky camera. Fun, fast, and easy, Vibop will take your memories to the next level!"
Supported video formats: mpeg, mp4, mov, avi, wmv, flv, 3gp/3g2. (Max video size 200MB)
Free to use.
Video intro: http://youtu.be/tYvmX_bFKqk
Go try it out now: http://www.youtube.com/create/Vibop
Robin Good: If you have a YouTube channel and you want to check your progress in terms of subscribers, views and more, SocialBlade offers a new free service which can check on any active YouTube account instantly.
Not only you can view your own stats for the last 30 days, but you can get also an estimator of your possible earnings for each day as well as global ranks for the most viewed YouTube accounts according to category, region, type and more.
Here are my own: http://socialblade.com/youtube/user/robingood
Try it now: http://socialblade.com/youtube/
From the original article: "Did you know that major search engines want you to make video sitemaps for all of your embeds, even if you're hosting on Vimeo or Youtube?
Not only does it help them spider your website by giving the search engines clues as to where to look for video embeds, it may also earn your site a click through boost by giving you a picture in the SERP.
There are several reasons why you'll want to add a video sitemap.
It makes it clear to Google what your content is.
"Have you ever tried to download a YouTube clip? If you Google “how to download YouTube videos” then you’re faced with an overwhelming number of links and options that often don’t work or look to be some type of scam.
Enter MPEG Streamclip (made in Italy by Stefano Cinque).
It’s very simple to do. First, find your YouTube clip of choice and copy the URL.
Then go under File: Open URL: - You’ll then get a dialog box where you can paste the YouTube URL:
Open will open the YouTube clip in the MPEG Streamclip window where you can then do just about anything with the clip...
Download is my favorite option and it will do just that: download the YouTube clip to your hard drive in the format you want...
Fast and easy. If you notice there’s even a radio button for HD. Leave that checked and you’ll get an HD version of the clip if it is available."
Uncovered by PlanetMitch
Full tutorial with screenshots: http://provideocoalition.com/index.php/ssimmons/story/did_you_know_mpeg_streamclip_could_convert_you_tube_videos/
Download MPEG Streamclip (Mac and Win) here: http://www.squared5.com/
(Curated by Robin Good)
Example video demonstrating YouTube's Slomo effect. Original clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7XyABF8s5U0
Robin Good's insight:
YouTube has made available a new "slow-motion" feature that can be used on your clips uploaded to YouTube.
Official announcement: http://youtubecreator.blogspot.ca/2013/05/slomo-makes-everything-better.html
Here is a screenshot of the new "Turtle" button that provides access to the "slow-motion" feature inside the Edit feature of YouTube: http://o7.no/18tiKO8
VideoNotes is a neat new tool for taking notes while watching videos.
Via Ann S. Michaelsen, theo kuechel
Robin Good's insight:
Plenty of useful uses for VideoNotes which allows you to easily take notes and references of any YouTube video by providing you with a split screen in which you have, on the left side your selected clip, and on the right a text editor that saves to your Google Drive preferred folder and which you can easily share with others to collaborate on.
YouTube Annotations NOW offer External Linking: http://www.jameswedmore.com/youtube-annotations YouTube has recently offered a small feature that can offer B...
Robin Good's insight:
If you are a YouTube Video Partner you can easily add a link, from within any of your video clips, to your preferred website page. You do not need any special software or plugin to do this, as this feature is now officially part of the YouTube offerings to their "partners" (if you are not one yet, apply here: http://www.youtube.com/yt/partners/).
Original video tutorial: http://youtu.be/iL45d3MigxY
Robin Good: The YouTube Topic Explorer is a freely accessible dynamic map highlighting the key topics and videos you have been exploring recently on YouTube.
These topics are recommended to you based on your watch history. Your YouTube video watching history can be managed here: http://www.youtube.com/my_history
A "Surprise Me" icon-button futher allows you to serendipitously discover new interesting video clips suggested by the system.
YouTune Topic Explorer: http://www.youtube.com/topic_explorer
Robin Good: If you have been spending countless hours trying to figure out by yourself what are the best encoding settings to use for uploading video to YouTube, this video guide has all the info and tips you may need.
The guide covers lots of useful ground, provides some very useful reference tables, and goes over 1080p and 720p encoding, SD resolution, data-rates, key-frame interval, audio quality settings, and a lot more.
Recommended. Excellent info. 9/10
Robin Good: Useful guest post by Deepak of VideoMarketing.net on Problogger for anyone trying to improve the visibility and findability of their YouTube video content.
The guide covers:
Full 10-steps guide: http://www.problogger.net/archives/2012/06/23/seo-your-youtube-videos-in-10-steps/
Robin Good: Google Hangouts On-Air is finally live and accessible inside my Google + account.
You can check whether you can now live stream from Google+ and YouTube by logging in inside your G+ account and creating a new hangout. If you see the checkmark allowing you to activate the "on-air" feature, you are all set.
Find out now: https://plus.google.com/hangouts
For a full comprehensive guide on how to use Google Hangouts On-Air, please check out this one: http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/google-hangouts-on-air-guide/
From the official YouTube blog: "This new software is free for YouTube partners and allows you to produce and stream professional-looking live events directly to YouTube from your desktop.
It allows capture and switching between multiple video and audio sources, roll in of media files and images and add live effects and overlays.
If you’re enabled for livestreaming, you’ll see a link to download Wirecast for YouTube in your YouTube account."
Learn more about YouTube Live at: http://www.youtube.com/live
Robin Good: Synchtube allows you to create public and private rooms and share music, videos that you can watch synchronized with your other viewers.
Robin Good: Not everyone likes YouTube new interface facelift, but what counts, is how effective your YouTube presence is in helping you reach your audience and in be found, linked and discovered by new potential fans.
Casey Zeman at SocialMediaExaminer has some good, illustrated advice, to share.
"#1: Add Your Custom URLs in the Newly Placed Description Area
#2: Add Overlays to ALL of Your Videos
(Previous YouTube guidelines required you to promote your videos in order to take advantage of YouTube’s self-branded overlays. However, YouTube has changed that requirement. You don’t need to have a running and approved promotion for a specific video to take advantage of overlays.
Now you can simply create the promoted video, pause the campaign and still have the power of the branded overlay.)
#3: Prevent Other Ads from Showing on Your Video"
But there is more.
EmbedPlus lets you easily edit and watch upgraded video embeds with enhanced playback and relevant content.
Like DVD chapter buttons, click these to skip to marked times. Use the wizard to mark notable parts like game highlights, changing performers, and lecture sections.
Sweet Spot Marking
Helps you catch the best parts of a video by revealing the scenes that are generating the most buzz by other viewers. You can also use it for your creative/marketing efforts or just for your curiosity.
Crop, Cut, Splice, Chop (or how ever else you prefer to pronounce it). Plays the interesting part of a video you decide.
Discussions about a video occur in many places. Optionally enable this button to show viewers the latest Internet reactions, right inside the player. Currently showing YouTube comments and Twitter feeds.
Third Party Annotations
Add your own timed annotations to any video. Use it to display titles, captions, scene labels, and side comments during playback.
Slow Motion On-Demand
Instantly watch videos at a slower rate to more clearly see what happens. Use it for videos with sports highlights, demos, tricks, and raw footage.
Added accessibility. Dynamically magnifies the area you point over. Use it to get a close look at objects, writing, and things like moving athletes.
Instant Replay / Loop
Replay an event soon after it happens. Also double-click to loop the replay.
More info: http://www.embedplus.com/
"The next version of YouTube video player will have one very useful feature – you can hover your mouse to any point in the video, without actually moving the playhead, and the YouTube player will show you an image thumbnail of the video frame at the position.
Thus you can easily get a visual gist of the whole video while the clip is still buffering.
I recorded a screencast video and that should give you a better idea of this new feature."
Read the full story: http://labnol.org/?p=20708