Thursday, 20 November 2008

Help Centre Videos Made By You: Call for Submissions - Round 2

Last month we took video submissions from the YouTube community to be included in our Help Centre. We received a large number of creative, informative videos and have embedded six of them in our Help entries. Check out the Round 1 selections in the Favourites section of the YouTubeHelp channel.

Based on such great success last month, we are opening the floodgates for Round 2! We're asking you again 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. Last round we got some epics, which were great, but just too long).

  • 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 December 19, 2008.

Grab a camera and show off your helpful community spirit!

The YouTube Help Team

Friday, 14 November 2008

How To... YouTube

Sometimes we all need a little help – there’s no shame in admitting it. Which is why we at YouTube are constantly updating our Help Resources, not to mention the recent addition of Community Help Forums, designed for you to share knowledge amongst yourselves.

But, let’s be honest, sometimes you just want someone to show you how to do something, rather than make all the effort to read instructions. Which is where the Things To Do With Google channel comes in, with How To… videos dedicated to everything from using the search engine’s inbuilt features to an entire section devoted to YouTube:

So if you want a straightforward, video-based way to find out more about features like YouTube Insights, how to access us via your mobile or are looking for some guidance on customising your channel, Things To Do With Google could be just the place you’re looking for.

Have fun,

The YouTube Team

Flagging At YouTube: The Basics

The YouTube flagging system works best when you take the time to understand our Community Guidelines before you flag a video. Then, if you come across a video that you think may not belong on YouTube, it will be easier for you to let us know the reason you flagged it, whether it be for hate speech, nudity, violence, or another guideline violation. Once a video is flagged, we review it quickly, and if we find that it shouldn't be on YouTube, we remove it within hours. It's as simple as that.

Lots of users ask us questions about flagging. Whether you're brand new to the Community Guidelines or looking to get a flagging refresher, check out this new video to get a closer look at how it works.

The next time you come across inappropriate content on the site, flag it!
We're counting on you.

The YouTube Team

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Be A Record Breaker At YouTube UK

There is something about the Guinness World Records that stirs people into action in ways ranging from the sublime to the gloriously ridiculous. Seeing as YouTube arguably provides a similar catalyst, today we are happy to hand the homepage over to Guinness Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday.

The occasion? The fourth annual Guinness World Records Day, inaugurated to mark the publication's place in its own pages as the biggest-selling commercial book of all time. Craig has set himself the task of surfacing some of the best record-breaking videos out there, coming up with a list that spans global superstars and local heroes – although he argues that they share some common traits.

"The videos I've highlighted today all embody the spirit of determination and dedication required to earn yourself Guinness World Records certification," he explains. "This selection is, I truly believe, a realistic snapshot of the world we live in today. The news is full of doom and gloom, and rarely paints a true, balanced picture of the world we live in. The truth is that humanity is full of optimistic, fun-loving, determined people, and Guinness World Records is here to celebrate the fantastic diversity of people and their achievements."

As you can see above, Craig isn't beyond taking part in the record breaking process himself and is keen to spark that spirit in others. Today, for example, he will be joining the crowds at St Pancras station in London who, together with the Pants To Poverty organisation, will be attempting to set a new record for the Largest Gathering of People Wearing Pants. If they can do it, so can you – although if you want to share your efforts through YouTube, we'd really rather you remained fully dressed…

Have fun,

The YouTube Team

Attention Film-makers: Who Wants To Go To Sundance?

Project Direct, YouTube's annual short film competition, is back to offer another talented film-maker a chance to be discovered!

This year we've partnered with AOL Moviefone and The Sundance Film Festival to bring you this challenge: direct an original short film incorporating three specific props. One must be a red phone and the other two must be chosen from a list of 25 props that have played stand-out roles in some of the most memorable films to emerge from the Sundance Film Festival over the past 25 years. To choose your props, visit

Submissions open on November 16 and close at 9PM PST on December 14. A panel of Sundance Film Festival executives will review your film and whittle the competition down to 10 semi-finalists. Then, on December 27, the YouTube community will start voting for the winning film.

If you win, you'll be off to the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, where you'll meet with the festival's Director of Programming and screen your film at a festival event. The top three films will also take home cash prizes and be distributed on DVD to industry executives at the Festival.

While the competition proper is only officially open to entrants in the US, Canada, Brazil, UK, Spain, Italy and France, everyone is welcome to submit and we will feature top films on the YouTube site.

Need some inspiration to get started? Check out last year's three finalists:

Visit the Project Direct channel to learn more, and take advantage of a rare opportunity to introduce your work to both a global audience and key industry executives.

Good luck,

Sara P.

YouTube Film

Saturday, 1 November 2008

Auto Translate Now Available For Videos With Captions

In August, we added captions and subtitles to YouTube videos to help uploaders reach a wider audience.

While we've been working to offer captions in as many different languages as possible, there are often only a few translated versions available. To solve this problem, we added a new "auto translate" feature. Google Translate adds real-time machine translation to any caption tracks you upload. Now you can enjoy this video spoken in Italian, even if you don't understand Italian.

To get a translation for your preferred language, move the mouse over the bottom-right arrow, and then over the small triangle next to the CC (or subtitle) icon, to see the captions menu. Click on the "Translate..." button and then you will be given a choice of many different languages.

When you add captions to your video in one language, it will be readable to almost everybody through auto translate. While machine translation is not perfect, we hope this will help creators to offer you a better understanding of their videos.

For more information about how to use captions, please visit this page.

Tell us what you think of auto translate by leaving a comment here or posting on our Help Forum.

The YouTube Team