Resources and tutorials for enhancing your Youtube experience.
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Custom URL Channels
Ever wanted to tell somebody about your video blog on YouTube but haven't been able to remember the address? Well, YouTube recently released a great ne tool called custom url channels which allows you to request a custom URL for your videos that is easy to remember. Get your custom URL channel here!
One of the best freeware video editors out there is AviTricks. It has an intuitive interface and will let you do all the slicing, dicing and effects you could ever want. Here is the info from the website:
AviTricks is a non-linear, non-destructive AVI video editor with real-time preview. It makes cutting and joining footage easy and includes a wide range of built-in adjustable effects that can be used separately or in combination. (Effects include dissolves, mirror image, sepia, iris effects, fades, TV-shop and many more.) Besides the preview screen, the video you are working on is also represented clearly and graphically on a timeline and a tree-structure. Both of these fields are active and easy to work.
I've been messing around with a web application called Muveemix which lets you mix your videos online. Muveemix allows you to add music, text, styles, title and credits to your videos. It allows you to edit videos that are up to 100MB in size. Its free to use, you don't have to install anything (other than flash) and works pretty well. Check it out!
YouTube is catapulting people into stardom overnite. The people that are becoming video blog stars aren't like Brad Pitt, Britney Spears, or Scarlett Johansson but normal joes and janes like you and me. With the number of vidoes and vloggers on YouTube one can't help but wonder how on earth these people stand out. After sifting through tons of popular videos on YouTube I've gleaned some insight on how to become famous on YouTube. Here are my obervations:
Have something interesting to say. It doesn't need to be sane or even intelligible but have something interesting to say. It can be anything from juicy gossip, personal insights, trash talking or drunken babble but if its boring then it won't be viewed.
There are two really great applications out there for downloading YouTube videos to your iPod. One works on a mac and is called PodTube. The other works on windows and is called iTube. Both are completely free to use and make transfering videos from YouTube to your iPod a breeze.
The LA Times just released an interesting article speculating on whether the latest YouTube celeb, LonelyGirl15 is real or a high budget hollywood hoax meant to promote a possible movie. LonelyGirl15, who goes by the name Bree has been adding new YouTube videos weekly since June, each video receiving an average 200,000 views . Critics say that the editing is just way too good to be done by a 16 year old girl. I've watched several of LonelyGirl15's videos and I definitely think they are way too professional to be real. The soundtracks are perfect and the editing is way too good to be real. Also the background looks like the set of some sitcom, rarely changing at all. If this is a ploy by some professional studio to make a very successful film campaign, then kudos to a job well done!
Update: LonelyGirl15 is definitely a fake. You can read the investigation details here and here. Thanks goodness for google cache!