Monday, 26 January 2009

Delete Your Own Video Comments

We're happy to announce the launch of a feature many of you have been asking for: you now have the ability to delete comments you've made on videos. We've all been there. Whether you misspelled "pwned", back in the day when you were just a n00b to the internets, or you simply said something you wish you could take back - now you can remove your commentary at any time.

The Abuse & Safety tool is here for you to resolve issues like harassment and bullying. This new feature will empower you to more easily and effectively handle these types of situations, without needing help from staff. Of course, we always encourage everyone to think things through before posting comments anywhere on the site. But if you don't get it right the first time, now you can simply delete your comment. To remove a comment that you've made, go to the "Text Comments" section below the video and click the "Remove" button next to your comment.

Helping you check yourself,

The YouTube Team

Sunday, 25 January 2009

Last Chance to Audition for a Trip to Carnegie Hall!

The deadline is fast approaching to submit your audition videos to be a part of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra. We hope that you have been practicing, as your last chance to upload your two audition videos is 9pm PST on January 28. Need any last minute instruction? There are masterclasses available from members of the London Symphony Orchestra along with tutorials provided by those classical musicians who are also auditioning, like BenChanViolin and NinaFlute.

To get started, follow these simple steps:

1) Visit and click "Prepare."

2) Select your instrument of choice and download the sheet music for "The Internet Symphony."

3) Click the Video #2 tab and pick one of the recommended public domain compositions.

4) Practice, practice, practice.

5) Record two videos of yourself playing each piece. Don't worry about having a professional camera crew -- we prefer something up close that zooms in on your performance and showcases your passion for music. Just make sure that the sound is turned on!

Finalists will be chosen by a judging panel and, next month, will be voted on by the YouTube community. Those selected will to travel to New York City in April 2009 to participate in the YouTube Symphony Orchestra summit, and perform at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. Here's the Maestro himself discussing the opportunity this unique collaborative orchestra project offers.

Follow MTT's advice and don't miss the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall along with musicians from around the world. We can't wait to hear you play!

Good luck,

The YouTube Team

Friday, 23 January 2009

The Pope on YouTube

Today we're delighted to announce that the Vatican has launched a dedicated YouTube channel.

To find out more about why The Pope has taken the decision to interact with YouTube on a regular basis, here is a short introduction from Father Federico Lombardi, S.I., Director of Vatican Radio, the Vatican Television Centre and the Holy See Press Office.

So, for regular updates on The Pope and the Catholic Church's take on the major problems facing the world today, subscribe to the Vatican on YouTube.


The YouTube Team

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Watch it on YouTube, then Click-to-Buy

We're happy when we can help YouTube users enjoy the content they love, and we're happy when we can help our partners build their businesses online – but we're happiest when we can do both.

That's why last year we launched our eCommerce platform for YouTube, which enables users to easily "click-to-buy" products -- like songs and films -- related to the content they're watching on the site. The past few months have demonstrated that great content on YouTube leads to increased sales. For example, when Monty Python launched their channel in November, not only did their YouTube videos shoot to the top of the most viewed lists, but their DVDs also quickly climbed to No. 2 on Amazon's Movies & TV bestsellers list, with increased sales of 23,000 per cent.

Today we're expanding the programme beyond the US and the UK. Links to songs from the iTunes Store will now appear in Germany, Spain and the Netherlands, so users from those countries who are drawn to a particular song can easily purchase it. And it's not limited to tracks on videos uploaded directly by our partners – partners can add these links to videos uploaded by users by using our our Content ID tools to claim videos that match their content.

We're also expanding and improving the ways in which these links are displayed. You may start to see click-to-buy links appearing as semi-transparent overlays that appear in the bottom of the video for a short period of time. This increased visibility should help even more people take advantage of click-to-buy.

This is just the beginning – over time, we're aiming to open up the programme to cover many types of content beyond music. We've already experimented with links to purchase DVDs and video games, and we intend to experiment with links to additional types of products soon.

Happy shopping,

The YouTube Team

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

User Choice and Music Licensing

Music licensing can get very complicated, but we try to make your experience as simple as possible. We want you to have options when uploading videos with music in them. And if your video is subject to a copyright claim, you should have some choices too.

Previously, when a music label or other rights owner issued a copyright claim to block audio, the video was automatically taken down. Uploaders had two choices: dispute the claim (in the case of fair use, for example) or use our AudioSwap tool to replace the track with one from our library of pre-cleared music. Now we've added an additional choice. Instead of automatically removing the video from YouTube, we give users the option to modify the video by removing the music subject to the copyright claim and post the new version, and many of them are taking that option.

Our content management tools have revolutionized the ways in which users and content owners are distributing, marketing, and making money from video online. As we continue to build out this system, we are working to find the right balance between encouraging creativity and free expression and respecting the rights of copyright holders and the law.

The YouTube Team

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

From YouTube to The Big Brother House: 500 Auditions And Counting

Big Brother called and you – UK users of YouTube – answered in your droves. In the month since the word went out that Big Brother 10 hopefuls could submit auditions online via the show’s channel, around 500 would-be housemates have committed themselves to video and uploaded to Big Brother Auditions.

Today we have highlighted several of these 60-second slices of hope on the front page with a view to a) celebrating everyone’s efforts to date, and b) encouraging anyone who fancies their chances to upload before the deadline of Tuesday, February 3, 2009. It isn’t hard… you don’t even have to shoot your video upright to qualify. Davina McCall is waiting to peruse the results – what more encouragement could you need?

After the deadline falls, the Big Brother team will sort through the files and invite a select band of users to an exclusive audition day. In effect, YouTube would have put you directly in front of the show’s producers, at which point your real-life charm, charisma and RealityTV-worthiness will have to kick in if you’re to taste fame, Big Brother-style.

So, what are you waiting for? Upload – we’re loving your work.

Have fun,

The YouTube Team

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

And The Trip to Sundance Goes To...

From scores of submissions, the programming team at the Sundance Film Festival whittled down YouTube's Project: Direct competition to 10 finalists, to be voted on by you, the YouTube community. At stake: a trip to the 2009 Sundance Film Festival to meet with the Festival's director of programming, a special industry screening, and invaluable exposure that will help one worthy filmmaker turn their hobby into a career.

Now, after a week of voting, the ballots have been counted, and without further ado, we're pleased to announce this year's winner...

Congratulations to the talented writing and directing team behind Perfecto. In this upbeat tale of true love amidst hidden identities, nothing can stop the romance between a small-town thief and her mysterious Latin fiancé... not even the police. A hilarious and heart-warming film, we're excited to see it make the jump from the YouTube small screen to the Festival big screen.

A hearty congratulations, as well, to the runners-up: White Collar Criminals and Good Deeds and the Damage Done. Last, but certainly not least, we want to thank and congratulate everyone who submitted films to the competition: your hard work is proof positive of the fantastic film talent that lives on YouTube. We can't wait to see your future masterpieces.

To check out the winners and other finalists, just visit the Project: Direct channel.

Happy filmmaking,

Sara P.

YouTube Film