A video blog by Roger Stix, Executive Producer of Atlanta Business Video
Have you seen YouTube lately, staying on the site for longer than the three minutes it takes to watch the video link that a friend emailed? Chances are the answer will be no.
Though YouTube calls itself the third most-visited site in the world (after Google and Facebook), it works like an efficient courier service, playing content for you wherever you are on the Web, including Facebook, Twitter and email instant messages. But while we’ve been busy watching YouTube videos elsewhere, the site itself grew up.
YouTube has things like personalized channels, more editing options for uploading clips and a full-screen mode for sitting back and watching videos. A lot of these extra features are buried on the site and difficult to find.
I took a deep dive into YouTube, compiling a list of handy shortcuts for navigating this video hub and getting more out of it.
Sharing videos with friends is one of the most popular uses for YouTube, but sometimes you want to share just the best part of a video. With two clicks, you can trim videos to begin exactly where you want and then share them. As a video is playing, right click at the point where you’d like your video clip to start and select “Copy video URL at current time” to get a URL for the trimmed video. When others open the link, it will start right at the spot in the video where you right-clicked. No longer will a video clip take too long to reach the best part, like waiting for a model to fall on the runway, and leave you hesitant to share it on Facebook or via emails with friends.
Real Deal Musicians
Searching for music on YouTube can be exasperating since so many people upload videos of themselves singing and tag the video with the name of a well-known musician. So while you’re looking for the latest Coldplay song, you find a high school band covering the song instead. To find artists who do publish on YouTube, look at youtube.com/disco, where users can type in artist names to get a playlist of videos by that artist. In regular YouTube search results, the official stamp from YouTube (and wording) signals that an artist is verified—much like the blue checkmark beside popular Twitter users who are truly who they claim to be.
With Video Editor, users can edit existing videos or upload new ones.
If you’ve ever recorded a video shot in portrait mode that you’d rather share in landscape or vice versa, the video can be switched to the correct viewing angle, saving viewers from tilting their heads to one side to watch. Do this with YouTube’s editor in the cloud, youtube.com/editor. Here, people can edit (including rotate) existing videos or upload new videos. Content can be mixed in with other video clips from the Creative Commons site, soundtracks can be added by choosing from a selection of music, and text slides can be dragged in to display between video clips.
If you’d rather use a third-party company for editing, multiple options are listed at youtube.com/create. A company called Vlix recently announced its integration with the YouTube site, bringing its editing features from the Vlix iPhone app—like artsy designs and text slides—to the site. Magisto automatically skims videos for the best footage and creates short clips with that content, and the Xtranormal Movie Maker lets people add text, such as a personal narration, to an animated video. (Never underestimate the entertainment value of hearing your words come out of an animated bear with a robotic voice.)
If you’re tired of hunting for videos to watch, take a look at clips that YouTube thinks you’ll like. Once signed into your YouTube account, if you’ve used the site to watch at least one video in the past, the homepage will show Suggestions below your username based on that past watching history. These suggestions appear as small thumbnail images of each video and include the reasoning behind why a clip was suggested, like “because you watched Lady Gaga and Sting.”
Videos From Afar
To see all of YouTube in a much more handsome layout, try Leanback, found at YouTube.com/leanback. This opens a page that’s meant to be viewed far from your computer, complete with a black background and white text written in large font.
Sign In, Sign In Again
Recently, it became possible to log into YouTube using your Google account username and password (Google has owned YouTube since 2006). Using their Google account, users may browse YouTube, rent a movie and “like” a video. To upload their own videos, subscribe to a channel, make comments on and “favorite” videos and get recommendations from YouTube on content they may like, people must create a YouTube account and use that in addition to a Google account.
A site called TestTube, found at youtube.com/testtube, holds many in-the-works projects from YouTube engineers. Here, users can kick the tires of some features that aren’t fully baked. One example is YouTube/slam, which pits one video against another and lets viewers vote on the best one.
It’s important to know the sharing settings in YouTube. There are three: public (anyone can search for and view); unlisted (anyone with the link can view); and private (only people who you choose can view). Any video can always be taken down from the site by its original publisher.
Courtesy of The Wall Street Journal
In 2010, the computer truly went mobile.
Sure, users of Apple Inc.’s iPhone have had the Web in their hands since 2007. But this past year, smartphones plunged into the mainstream, giving millions of people the ability to browse the Internet, watch movies and stream music anywhere they could maintain a cellular or Wi-Fi connection—and without having to find a place to sit down and boot up a laptop.
There were 81 million smartphones sold world-wide in the third quarter, the analysts at Gartner say, almost twice as many as a year earlier. They accounted for nearly one in five mobile phones sold that quarter. The chiefs of Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc. think smartphones could account for nearly three of every four phones sold by the middle of the decade.
This surge has upended the balance of power in the wireless market.
Devices running on Android, the software distributed by Google Inc., and Apple’s iOS have shot past Research In Motion Ltd’s BlackBerry, Gartner data show. Android is even closing in on market leader Nokia Corp., which has struggled and replaced its CEO this year.
Microsoft Corp., a powerhouse on the desktop, is struggling to find a foothold, with just 2.8% of the market for its mobile operating system in the third quarter. It has pinned its hopes on devices running a new version, Windows Phone 7, which are just hitting stores.
This past year also saw the tablet computer finally get traction, thanks to Apple and its iPad. The company sold 7.5 million iPads in their first six months on the market, and Gartner thinks nearly 55 million tablets will sell next year.
The momentum in technology is now with devices that can easily be carried around and the applications that sustain them.
The Journal runs through the defining moments of that transition this year and look at what to expect in 2011:
Apple created a new mobile category with its iPad touchscreen tablet computer, which went on sale in early April. Despite the notable failures of companies like Microsoft to sell a tablet-like device in the past, Apple proved the combination of a sleek device, a high-resolution display and content via iTunes could appeal to consumers. Analysts at Citigroup estimate Apple will sell about 14 million iPads this year, and some analysts say it could have shipped even more if Apple’s supply had kept up.
Coming next: Competition. So far, Apple has had the tablet market essentially to itself, with Samsung Electronics Co.’s Galaxy Tab its only real competitor at the cash register. The New Year will bring alternatives from Motorola Inc. and RIM among others.
This year saw the iPhone gain its first worthy competitors. And nearly all of them are powered by Google’s mobile operating system, Android. While the first Android device was launched two years ago, it wasn’t until 2010 that Android hit its stride. Credit Google’s partnership with Verizon Wireless and two phone makers—Motorola and HTC Corp. The collaboration produced a series of hit phones this year and saw Android pass Apple in market share. That annoyed Steve Jobs and ensured Google’s profitable search engine will be a mainstay on mobile devices.
Coming next: Cheap smartphones. Android’s next move is downmarket, with some predicting Android phones will sell at unsubsidized prices under $100. That plus cheaper data plans could dramatically expand smartphone penetration.
2010 was the Year of the App. Sometimes cheap, often silly, these little computer programs—there are hundreds of thousands of them—turned smartphones into game rooms, barcode scanners and photo manipulators.
Three years after Apple reluctantly opened its iPhone to outside developers, apps have grown from time-killers into an ecosystem seen as a key to keeping consumers loyal to their phones. That explains why companies like Google, RIM and Verizon have jumped into the game and opened their own online marketplaces for third-party programs.
Apps, many of which cost just 99 cents each, have also spawned a cottage industry with thousands of developers, established software vendors and start-ups focused on churning out mobile programs. Gartner estimates that global app sales will total $6.7 billion in 2010. Look no further than Rovio Mobile’s goofy “Angry Bird” game, which has sold 12 million copies.
Coming next: Apps go corporate. AT&T, business-software developer SAP AG and other companies are working on apps that can help their employees track sales, monitor systems or check-out customers without being tied to their stations. The quick adoption of tablets by business users is helping fuel the trend.
U.S. wireless networks moved solidly into their fourth generation this year, with Sprint launching the first 4G handsets this summer and Verizon Wireless rolling out its own 4G network this month. The first generation was analog. The second was digital, which made better use of spectrum and was more secure. The third allowed fast data connections. The fourth-generation technology promises super-fast broadband service that will make wireless video a breeze. For now, it’s mainly a service for laptops, and nationwide coverage doesn’t yet exist. But phones will be pouring out in the year ahead, and the networks are expanding. Now if the carriers would just agree on what qualifies. T-Mobile, exploiting the fuzziness around the official definition of 4G, announced it has the nation’s largest 4G network. Sprint and Verizon says it’s just an advanced form of 3G.
Coming next: Paying for what you use. Carriers are looking to cash in as data use grows. AT&T has already dropped its unlimited data plan for new users. Verizon plans to adopt of some consumption pricing as it transitions to 4G. Users are going to have to start watching bits the way they used to count minutes.
Fancy smartphones were all the rage, but humble transistors, resistors and screens showed their clout this year. HTC’s Droid Incredible went on prolonged back order almost immediately after its April launch due to shortages of its high-tech display. Insufficient supplies of basic components like semiconductors used in wireless base stations cost network-equipment company Ericsson around $500 million in sales in the second quarter. Shortages of network equipment in turn held up AT&T’s promised improvement of its much-criticized network in San Francisco.
Coming next: Samsung. The company’s mobile-display business, which has had difficulty meeting demand for ultrathin screens for smartphones, is boosting production with a new facility that opens in July. Capacity will go up to 30 million screens a month from three million currently.
The favorite sport for companies in the mobile business this year was patent litigation, and the home field was the International Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. The ITC, set up to adjudicate trade disputes, has the advantage of moving faster than the federal court system, and it’s fast becoming the locus of intellectual property litigation expertise.
Companies including Apple, Motorola, Microsoft, Nokia and even Eastman Kodak Co. turned to the court, which has the power to bar imports of products that are found to infringe on companies’ patents.
Coming next: More legal disputes. Patent attorneys don’t expect any slowdown at the ITC, which has the capacity and expertise to handle more cases. Rulings from this year’s round of cases could also show up in 2011, and their tone will affect whether other companies chose to fight or settle.
True, the big one hasn’t dropped yet. But smartphone makers, app developers and users are well behind the curve when it comes to securing mobile devices against the sort of attacks that PC users started defending themselves against long ago.
Hackers have turned up embarrassing holes in devices, and financial institutions copped to weaknesses in banking apps. Moreover, it turns out there’s plenty of intentional leakage, with data streamed off your phone by some of your favorite apps to support advertising or other functions.
A Wall Street Journal examination of 101 smartphone apps found 47 transmitted your location and five sent personal details like age and gender to outsiders.
Coming next: Extra rigor. Chip makers, carriers, and handset makers are going to roll out new security features to try to make consumers feel comfortable buying products and services on their mobile devices.
China, always a ripe market for sellers of mobile gear, gained notoriety this year as a supplier. Equipment company Huawei Technologies Co. expanded its reach in Europe and set off fresh alarm bells in the U.S. with its failed attempt to win a piece of Sprint Nextel Corp.’s big network upgrade.Meanwhile, Chinese makers of low-cost, unbranded cellphones doubled their market share over the past year to account for 33% of all cellphone sales in the third quarter, according to Gartner. The move put further pressure on companies like Nokia that still sell lots of low-end phones.
Coming next: Chinese smartphones. Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp. are rolling out Google-powered phones that could be sold by carriers for as little as $50. With Android software available free, China’s growing tech savvy and cheap skilled labor make it a competitor to watch.
It used to be stores had the advantage once you were inside: You knew their price, but not what their competitors were charging. The mobile Web changed all that—and in the process hastened the erosion of their pricing power. Now, shoppers can use their smartphones to find better deals. Chain stores’ best hope is that shoppers won’t bother, but a host of apps are making the process a lot easier. They include barcode scanners like RedLaser and price-comparison search tool TheFind.
Meanwhile, wireless carriers are looking to turn phones into digital wallets. AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile USA formed a joint venture with Discover Financial Services in November that will someday let consumers wave their phones in front of a scanner to pay for purchases.
Coming next: Purchasing on mobile phones takes off. It can be clunky, but shoppers will get used to it as smartphone penetration increases. IE Market Research estimates cellphone purchases in the U.S. will jump from $1.61 billion in 2009 to $6.74 billion in 2011.
Everybody had high hopes for location-based services and ads that could be served up on a smartphone right as a person walks by, say, Starbucks. But it hasn’t worked out as expected just yet. Outfits such as Foursquare, Gowalla and Loopt attracted media buzz, but they don’t seem to be attracting many users. Just 4% of Americans have tried location-based services, and only 1% use them weekly, according to Forrester Research.
Coming next:Try, try again. Foursquare and its brethren are raising lots of funds, and 2011 will be an important year. They will be looking to give consumers more of a reason to continue checking in. Expect more coupons and other marketing offers to roll out.
—Compiled by Andrew Dowell, Spencer E. Ante, Pui-Wing Tam, Don Clark, Yukari Iwatani Kane and Amir Efrati
Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704774604576035611315663944.html#ixzz19WC2kl6M
ABV can now serve video that can be viewed on IPhones, IPads, Blackberries, and Androids without watermarks!
ABV can now serve video that can be viewed on IPhones, IPads, Blackberries, and Androids without watermarks.
With Mobile ad spending up nearly 80% in 2010 to $750 Million and forecasted to surpass 1 billion dollars next year, Atlanta Business video has added the capability for its videos to reach this important and growing segment of web users.
Our mobile videos contain no watermark, does not link back to the server site, such as YouTube, and can be set-up as a clickable link to make it easy to bring viewers where you want them, sign-up pages, order forms, etc.
Whether the content was created by us, or you have your own content, ABV can provide mobile hosting services that enable your videos to reach this important and growing segment of web users.
Please contact us for more information.
We have talked to many individuals who are hesitant to commit to a professional web video but recognize the importance of video in communicating their message and for SEO purposes. Also, we have a large client base that likes to use a mix of both professionally produced video and personal video to help build their presence online. In fact, we strongly recommend that practice, to maximize your exposure online and keep your content fresh.
If you are ready to begin building your online video presence but want to try it out independently we have found an inexpensive option for you to explore.
While there are several very inexpensive and convenient mini-cameras now available, many of which offer HD resolution, their have relied on an internal microphone that provided poor audio quality. For instance, the extremely popular Flip HD camera records in 720p, can be carried in your pocket, and purchased for around $180 new. Honestly, I have to admit that the quality is pretty amazing for what you pay for it. However, as mentioned, the Flip camera always gives itself away by the poor audio output.
The Kodak Zi8 solves that problem by having an audio-in jack that accepts an external microphone. Like the Flip, it sells for $180. Now- unless you are willing to invest in a microphone to go with the camera, there is no advantage to the Kodak over the Flip (in my inexperienced opinion, this is not an article arguing the quality of either product).
The Good news is we have found a $40 microphone to use with the Zi8, the AUDIO-TECHNICA ATR3350. It is a wired omni-directional lapel mic with a 20 foot cord.
Using the camera and the microphone together, you have a perfect solution for at home video production for just around $220. As a video production company, we do not feel that this is enough to completely replace your need for professionally produced content (we do edit personally recorded footage for clients, however)- but think it is a great way for one to begin exploring and benefiting from the rapidly growing world of online video.
The change is being implemented slowly but surely- instead of links you’ll see actual thumbnails attached for videos and photos! Full article below.
Twitter unveiled its new Twitter.com interface today (SEPTEMBER 14, 2001), and the big news is that it now features embedded video and images. So, rather than simply tweeting shortened URLs to video clips and pictures, online video publishers can now publish their content directly to Twitter.
The new home page features a separate section that features the images and videos, alongside the traditional tweet feed. In other words, as Peter Kafka of All Things Digital’s Media Memo put it, “Twitter is a (reluctant) media company,” giving users a reason beyond tweeting and following to spend time on the site—and hopefully bringing in ad revenue to support the site, which has more than 145 million users.
For the moment, video from Brightcove, Justin.TV, Twitvid, Ustream, Vimeo, and YouTube can be embedded into a Twitter feed, as well as photos from Flickr, TwitPic, and others. The new version of the site—which will be rolled out to users incrementally over the next few weeks, so don’t fret if you don’t see the changes right away—should be a boon to anyone who uses video to communicate for business. As Brightcove’s Bob Mason wrote on the company’s blog, quoting a report released by Brightcove and TubeMogul earlier this week, “internet users who find video via Twitter are more engaged with the content than uses who find video through other sources, such as display ads and search engines.”
What’s not clear is what this means for third-party Twitter apps like TweetDeck; the announcement of the new Twitter.com didn’t address whether videos would be embeddable in those apps as well.
What’s it look like? Check out the video below—jump in at about 1:05 to skip the pretty branding shots and get right to the good stuff.
An OnlineVideo.net article
Hello from Atlanta Business Video! It has been a great week here at the new ABV studio. Producer Roger Stix returned from his family vacation in Maine and we immediately got back to business! This week brought us 4 days of in-studio shooting- including a commercial that we are shooting today, featuring 6 actors. We have been in our new studio at 690 Miami Circle for just over 3 months now- and are loving the new location! If you haven’t had the opportunity to come by and see the new studio- call us, and we’d be happy to give you a tour.
We have several exciting projects coming in the next few weeks, and samples of the new work should be appearing in different areas on our website.
Speaking of which- if you haven’t been to www.atlantabusinessvideo.com in awhile- you should check it out! Our new website was launched last week, and we are extremely pleased with it. Samples of our new work can be found on every page, and its easy navigation will help you find exactly what you are looking for. Whether it is On-Location Videography, In-Studio Production, HD Video Editing, or Video Marketing- you can find details on all of our featured products and samples of how others have used ABV to harness the power of video on the web!
Thanks for checking in with Atlanta Business Video… we look forward to seeing you soon!
Last Sunday, Erin, Megan and I videoed Victor Antoino, presenting the commencement address to 12,000 people at the University of Phoenix Graduation at Phillips Arena. Victor as hired us to produce a 15 minute documentary. This is our first time working together. The customers ability to communiacate what they want makes our job easier and Victor has been wonderful explaining what he wants.
On Tuesday we had the open house. The first guest arrived at 11:15. The last 8 of us left at 9:00. About 150 friends stopped by.
My close friend and client Daniel Grissom, spoke about how our products and services are being commoditized as buyers focus on price. “Selling is dead, value creation is alive”. Individually, we all need to create value for our customers in order for them to buy from us. This makes them buy you first, your product or service second and the brand third.
To create value for al my friends, prospects and clients, I’m trying to encourage Daniel to speak again about ways we can create value for our clients. If you enjoyed his presentation please let me know as I’m sure that will help me convince him that he is getting value from giving them as well.
We finished the initial edit of an excellent video for “Water for Life”, featuring our good friend Joyce Bone as talent. I’m very pleased with the messaging. Pete VanCleave, Ned Nimm and I went through several revisions before making every word just right.
Erin is on vacation all next week. Victor is coming in Monday morning to look at the initial edit. Megan is doing the editing. I reviewed the piece before leaving the studio Friday and it is fabulous. Megan got a wonder clip from one of the upper levels of the arena shooting down from behind the dais with Victor on Stage at the bottom, graduates in their gowns covering the floor and thousands of friends and families filling the stands and Victor’s image on the jumbotron at the top.
Roger Stix, Producer
Atlanta Business Video