Sunday, 28 September 2008

New Video Upload Redesign Beta

We're excited to unveil our new and improved video uploader. A random sample of YouTube users have already been using the beta version, but now we're inviting everybody to check out this more streamlined uploading experience. Just login to your YouTube account and click this link to opt in. The new video upload flow includes these cool features:



  • You can enter in your video's metadata (title, description, tags, etc.) while the upload is processing.

  • Upload multiple files at once, without downloading a plugin (separate progress bars will display for each file).

  • The file-size limit for uploads has been raised from 100MB to 1GB.


We want your feedback, so don't be shy. Please leave a comment here, upload a video (using our new upload beta, of course) or join the discussion on our Community Help Forums.



The YouTube Team

Thursday, 25 September 2008

Announcing "In My Name," a Global Effort to End Poverty

Today, in New York City, world leaders will meet to discuss the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight time-bound, measurable goals that they set in the year 2000 to combat global poverty. These ambitious objectives were promises made to the poor, meant to hold world leaders accountable for ending global poverty by 2015. Today, we are halfway there.



That's why YouTube, Will.i.am, and nonprofit organisations Oxfam, GCAP, Save the Children and Comic Relief are launching "In My Name," a global effort to raise awareness around these goals -- and to give you the opportunity to tell your leaders to do more. See Will's message on the project here:







John Legend, Scarlett Johansson, Fergie and others are joining Will to speak out about the importance of achieving these goals. But world leaders also need to hear from you.



From now through November 1, visit www.youtube.com/inmyname to upload a video stating your name, your home country, and your simple message to your government about the need to meet the MDGs. Be as creative, compelling, simple, or wordy as you like -- this is your chance to join the video petition to end world hunger.



At the end of the programme on November 1, a mash-up of the most powerful submissions from around the world will be broadcast directly to global leaders at the United Nations General Assembly, as proof that global citizens are holding them to their commitment to create a better world for everyone.



You can make a difference in the fight against poverty -- all it takes is your name.



Sincerely,

Ramya R.

YouTube Nonprofits & Activism

Thursday, 18 September 2008

Join YouTube's Facebook and Twitter Groups

Did you know YouTube has an official presence on Facebook and Twitter? Sign up for these groups to receive the latest company news, product updates, hot video alerts, and much more. Here's how...



...to become a YouTube Facebook fan:



* Create a Facebook account if you have not already

* Sign in to your account

* Go to http://www.facebook.com/pages/YouTube/7270241753

* Once you are on the YouTube page, you will see an option to "Become a Fan" on the top right hand corner of the page. Click it to join!



...to become a YouTube Twitter follower:



* Create a Twitter account if you have not already

* Sign in to your account

* Go to http://twitter.com/youtube

* Click the "follow" button under the YouTube logo to start getting tweets every day



Long live social networks,

The YouTube Team

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

What Should Labour Do? What Film Should Future Generations Watch?

Two stark questions, one shared factor: both the Labour Party and the British Film Institute are inviting YouTube users to provide them with possible answers.


The Labour Party kicks off its annual conference in Manchester this weekend and plans to incorporate feedback and suggestions from YouTube users into the event, with politicians and party activists addressing the issues raised head on:



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The initiative has already drawn almost 100 responses, so get your suggestions in quickly. You never know, the Government may even take your idea on board and effect real change in your local area.
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On a slightly different note, the British Film Institute clocks up its 75th birthday this year. By way of celebration it is looking to answer the question of which film we should share with future generations. Ashley Walters has the brass neck to suggest that his latest film, “Adulthood”, should make the cut – surely you can be more imaginative than that?


Have fun,

The YouTube Team

Monday, 15 September 2008

New Features For Channels: Category Browsing & Comments Moderation

New features for channels we hope you dig:



BROWSE CHANNELS BY CATEGORY



All channels are now categorised so you can more easily find your favourite creators and videos. On the Channels page, under All, you can browse for channels uploading videos to categories like Film & Animation, News & Politics, Sports, etc. You can also use this functionality to filter your results to show Partners only.



MODERATE COMMENTS ON YOUR CHANNEL



Now you can moderate all comments other users leave on your channel page.
To turn this feature on, go to the Edit Channel Info page in My Account. There you can change your settings to allow comments from "Friends" or "Everyone" to display on your channel automatically or only once you have approved them. All comments waiting for your approval are highlighted on the "see all" page of your channel comments. Once you have chosen which individual comments you want to approve, click the "Approve Selected" button. If your email options are set to notify you of new bulletins or comments on your channel, the link in your email brings you to the page where you can approve selected comments.



We're always interested in hearing your feedback! So, if you've got something to say about the aforementioned features, please leave a comment on this post or join active discussions on our Community Help Forums. You will find pinned topics for the site improvements listed above in the Feeback & Suggestions section.



Holler at us,

The YouTube Team

Saturday, 13 September 2008

Help Centre Videos Made By You: Call for Submissions

YouTube is, well, a video product. So we thought, why not use videos to provide help to our users? That's where you come in...



We know you know how to make informative, creative videos -- the site's full of them. We're asking you to use your skills to create videos that we can embed in our Help Centre. If selected, your video will be seen by many of the 1 million+ users who visit the Help Centre each day!



To participate, here's what you need to do:



1. Decide which Help Centre entries you'd like to make an original video about:



2. Upload your video to your YouTube account, then submit it through this page.



Here are a few tips to help you along the way:



  • Keep it brief (1-2 minutes is perfect)

  • Be creative, clear and 100% original

  • Stay on topic (only submissions which address the Help Centre entries included in the list above will be accepted)

  • Keep our Terms of Use and Community Guidelines in mind

  • Have fun with it


The deadline for submitting your video is October 10, 2008, so get up off of your keester and make some videos to help your fellow users!



Good luck,

The YouTube Help Team

Friday, 12 September 2008

Updated Community Guidelines

As the YouTube Community expands and evolves, we're always trying to keep pace by creating policies that reflect innovative new uses of YouTube and the diverse content posted by users every day.



We realise it's not always obvious where we draw the line on content that's acceptable to upload. Our goal is to help you to be able to keep your videos up and also keep your account in good standing. With this in mind, we've updated the Community Guidelines to address some of the most common questions users ask us about inappropriate content. Included in the update are a few new things to steer clear of, like not directly inciting violence or encouraging other users to violate the Terms of Use. In the UK and Ireland in particular, the specifics of this update essentially bar users from showing weapons in their videos with the express aim of intimidation – so please bear that in mind.



If you haven't taken a look at the YouTube Community Guidelines lately, go check them out. We've also added tips and examples to explain our policies on hate speech, violence and other content.



We know most of you video heads are not necessarily interested in reading a novel, but this is an essential read for anyone with a YouTube account.



The YouTube Team

Thursday, 11 September 2008

The Streets: Original YouTube Material

Want to hear The Streets’ new album before it’s released? You’ve come to the right place, as today Mike Skinner offers UK YouTube users an early taste of “Everything Is Borrowed”. Homemade music promos, behind-the-scenes footage, musings on life and the creative process – they’re all here. Together with a kitten video and some footage of the band’s back garden…






“We were the first people ever to put a video on YouTube,” claims Skinner. “People don’t know that. They owe us.” And with such powerful reasoning, how could we deny them the opportunity to give “Put A Donk On It” the frontpage profile it so richly deserves? But to be a little more serious about the effort that the band has put into The Beats, it’s clear that The Streets have wholly embraced the potential YouTube offers and are busy fleshing out a new – and often very, very funny – way of connecting with their public.


“We love YouTube – it has honestly changed the world we live in and way in which we consume content,” explains Skinner. “We make almost all of our videos ourselves, because no-one knows us like we do. Plus, it’s much cheaper and easier to control… having no money and relying on yourself forces you to be creative.”


On that note, go forth and see what The Streets have done with the UK homepage. And remember: if you would like to have a similar opportunity, contact us and make your case.



Have fun,

The YouTube Team

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Project: Report -- YouTube's First Journalism Contest

In partnership with the Pulitzer Center, YouTube presents Project: Report (www.youtube.com/projectreport), a journalism contest (made possible by Sony VAIO and Intel) for non-professional, aspiring journalists to tell stories that might not otherwise be covered by traditional media.




In each of the three rounds of Project: Report, reporters will be given an assignment to complete. Each of these assignments gives you an opportunity to report on the important individuals, issues and communities in your life that most people do not yet know about.









The assignment for Round 1 is to profile someone in your community in three minutes or less, highlighting a story you think deserves to be heard by a wide audience. Submit your video entry for Round 1 by midnight EST on Sunday October 5, and a panel of journalists from the Pulitzer Center will narrow the field to 10 semi-finalists. The assignment for Round 2 will then be announced, and the judging for this round will be opened up to the YouTube community to determine the five finalists who will move onto the third and last assignment. Winners of each round will receive technology prizes from Sony VAIO and Intel, and the grand prize winner will be granted a $10,000 journalism fellowship with the Pulitzer Center to report on a story outside of their home country.




Even if you did not participate in or advance past Round 1, you may still complete the assignments for Rounds 2 and 3, though you will not be eligible for the grand prize. With Project: Report, YouTube and the Pulitzer Center hope to highlight as many of your stories as possible and draw attention to important topics that have been under-reported, misreported, or not reported at all.




So, it's time to pick up that video camera, take on this assignment, and start reporting your stories to the world.




Yours,

Olivia M.

YouTube News & Politics

Monday, 8 September 2008

Beijing Paralympics on YouTube

The 2008 Paralympic Summer Games is underway in Beijing's Bird's Nest stadium, featuring 4,000 athletes from 150 countries competing in 20 sports for 472 gold medals. Be sure to check out Paralympic Sport TV's YouTube channel over the next two weeks for event footage, profiles, interviews and more.



A few athletes to watch for: world no. 1 wheelchair tennis player Esther Vergeer from the Netherlands, Canada's Chantal Petitclerc, German swimmer Kristen Bruhn and South African sprinter Oscar Pistorious, aka "The Blade Runner." Pistorious's recent attempt to qualify for the South African Olympic team electrified the sports world, but he's up against a highly competitive field of sprinters. Here's a recent profile of Oscar:







Some interesting facts about the XIII Paralympic Games:



> The host country of China is looking to surpass the 63 gold medals they won in Athens in 2004. In preparation for the Games, the Beijing city government made subway stations wheelchair accessible and added 2,000 wheelchair-accessible buses and taxis.



> Sixteen of the 213 athletes on the U.S. delegation are military veterans, including swimmer Melissa Stockwell, an Army veteran of the Iraq War, and discus and shot-putter Scott Winkler, an Army veteran of the campaign in Afghanistan.



> Wheelchair rugby -- or "murderball" as it's known to most fans -- has its own welding shop in the Olympic Village to repair dents and busted chairs resulting from high-speed collisions.



In addition to watching all the action, you can upload your own Paralympic moment to YouTube and add it to Paralympic Sport TV's YouTube group.



Enjoy!

The YouTube Team

Friday, 5 September 2008

Metallica's Favourite YouTube Shredders

Heavy metal rockers Metallica have inspired countless musicians on YouTube – think extreme guitar soloists, pounding drummers, violin trios, hard-edged vocalists and even animated kerrang-ing Lego musicians. Turns out the band itself has noted this phenomenon. Here's drummer Lars Ulrich revealing his favourite Metallica-inspired videos and wondering if some of these musicians could even out-play his crew:







The videos Metallica chose include an eight-year-old guitar phenom from Sweden, a Spanish violin trio performing "Nothing Else Matters," teenagers banging out "Master of Puppets" in their bedroom, and Canadian "Shred the Web" winner (and uber-fan) Francisco Meza. Lars shares the whole playlist on the MetallicaTV channel and today we are featuring them on YouTube's home page. Also featured is the new Metallica video, "The Day That Never Comes," an epic guitar-solo journey through the desert during wartime.







Happy Headbanging,

The YouTube Team