You Can Now Edit Your Videos on YouTube

YouTube announced a new feature this week which allows you to edit your uploaded videos. Let’s say you have a video on YouTube, and you decide that the color is off. You used to have to download the video, edit it with some video editor, and  re-upload  the video. This would cause your stats to be off because, basically, YouTube would treat it as an entirely new video. All of your likes and comments would be gone. This is no longer a problem. Now, you can go straight to your videos and edit them right in your browser. When you go to your uploaded videos section on YouTube, you will now notice an “edit video” button listed, as pictured below.

Edit Button

When you click the “edit video” button, the first thing you will see is a dual screen view. On the left side of the screen, you will see your video in its current state. As you make edits, the right side of the screen will give you a “quick preview” of how your changes will look.

Dual Edit View

There is an impressive selection of editing tools offered. There are three tabs with different editing tools from which to choose. There is also a large button in the upper right corner called “Revert to Original” in case you make a mistake. Below, you will see pictures of each of the tabs and their tools with explanations.

Quick Fixes Tab

Pictured above, you will see the “Quick Fixes” tab. This tab contains tools that will allow you to change the look and feel of the video. One of the nice features is the “Stabilize” button, which will help fix home videos where the camera person had a shaky hand. There is also a one-click “I’m Feeling Lucky” button which will automatically make adjustments to your color and lighting.

The “Effects” tab offers an array of predefined special effects that you can add to your video. Pictured below, you can see their many choices of effects. Here, you can choose anything from old-time movie camera effects to making your video look like a cartoon.

Effects

The last tab is the “Audio” tab. In the picture below, you can see that there are a number of free audio files available to add to your YouTube video. You have the ability to search for songs. You can also limit your selection to songs of similar length to your video.

Audio

I have to say that I am pretty impressed with these new features added by YouTube. The tools are robust, considering that they are browser based. The interface is very intuitive and simple to use. Having the ability to do all of this in the browser, without having to waste time uploading and downloading, not to mention losing comments and stats, is a well thought out and considerate implementation on YouTube’s part.

What do you think?

 

Breathtaking Mandelbrot Videos – Now in Brilliant 3D

Yesterday, I saw the most amazing videos. These are called Mandelbulb videos, and half the fun of watching them is understanding the science and mathematics behind them. If you don’t want to learn how these are made, you can skip to the end of this article.

What is a Mandelbulb?

It’s a type of mathematical entity that’s based on ideas behind  Fractals  which were discovered in the 17th century. Fractal mathematics describe  geometric patterns that repeat at ever smaller scales to produce irregular shapes and surfaces that cannot be represented by classical geometry. Fractal patterns are often seen in nature, such as in snowflakes. Here’s an example of a Von Koch curve, which is one of the simplest forms of a fractal.

 

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When a fractal shape is calculated, it is calculated in steps, or iterations. You can see the shape change, above, as it goes through each iteration.

Here’s another example of a complex fractal which was generated by the  GoogleLabs JuliaMap Generator.

Google Labs Juliamap web app

If you follow that link to Google Labs, your web browser will generate a fractal. One of the unique properties of fractals are that you can zoom in on the patterns and see even smaller but very similar patterns.

Over the years, many mathematicians have tried to determine the formulas for true 3D fractals. Finally, in 2007,  an amateur fractal image maker,  Daniel White, came up with some formulas that seem to generate these 3D fractal shapes. Daniel started his work by using one of the most famous fractal types, called the  Mandelbrot set. The resulting shapes are called Mandelbulbs.

A couple of months later, some software hackers and fractal enthusiasts got together to work on software to render Mandelbulbs on computers. The Mandelbulber Project has been a success, and as you’ll see below, it’s also resulted in some very fantastic images and videos.

Here’s a screenshot of what the software looks like, running on a Linux PC. The software is Open Source, completely free to download  and also runs on Windows PCs.

Mandelbulb Interface

Here are a few screen-shots of Mandelbulber’s artificial worlds.

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Finally, we have reached the video. As you’ll see, Mandelbulber can create entire virtual worlds that can be explored. In fact, it can create an infinity of different worlds and some of them are almost scary in their complexity.

Video:  Trip to center of hybrid fractal

Here are more Mandelbulb videos from XLACE. It’s interesting to see how his videos have evolved over the years, and how Mandelbulber has suddenly changed the world of fractals forever. Someday, I expect to see these artificial worlds appear in movies. If you need an alien place for a Sci-Fi movie, it’s pretty easy to see where you could get one.

 

How to Convert Movies for the Sansa Fuze Player

[Windows, Linux, Mac]

Late last year, I spotted a deal that I couldn’t turn down. I was able to buy a Sandisk Sansa Fuze 4G player for about $30 USD. When these were first released in 2008, they were over double that price. I already had an iPod Nano, but I wanted video and photos, and the price of the iPod Touch was over my playtime budget.

If you aren’t familiar with the Fuze, here’s some info from Google Products:

sandisk-sansa-fuzeListen, watch and play all day with 24 hours of battery life and room for up to 2000 songs. The Sansa Fuze from SanDisk is your portable music machine with 2GB, 4GB, or 8GB of storage. Watch your favorite video clips on the Sansa Fuze’s 1.9″ color screen. Jam to FM radio with 40 preset stations, play with the built-in voice recorder, and share your photos wherever you go. Choose from five electric colors: blue, red, pink, black or silver. Incredible battery life in a 0.3″ thin device – the Sansa Fuze marks the next wave of music and video players.

In the past few months, I’ve enjoyed using it at work and play, but there are two things that I definitely don’t like about the Fuze. First, they used a proprietary connector, instead of using a mini-USB. Secondly, they force you to convert all your videos to a weird AVI format, which can only be created by their special Sansa Media Converter (Windows only).

There isn’t much that I could do about the connector, but I’ve finally found an excellent alternative to the Sansa converter, called Video4Fuze. It is supported in Windows, Linux and Mac OSX, unlike Sansa’s lame converter. Now converting full length DVDs for use on my Fuze is as simple as creating an AVI file, then converting it with Video4Fuze. If you are a big fan of downloading Youtube video, the Video4Fuze utility also converts FLV and MP4 videos with no problem.

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Here’s a video showing how to use Video4Fuze.

Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

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A Web Browser for Your TV – Kylo

[Windows and Mac] I have hooked up my computers to the TV occasionally. It’s pretty cool, but for me, it’s not very handy. My couch is too far from the screen and I can’t read most of the text while surfing. A new web browser called Kylo, promises to solve that problem. The Kylo browser is based on Mozilla code, so it’s using the same engine that Firefox uses. Here’s what the web site says about their browser:

Sit back and get ready for big-screen browsing. Kylo brings your TV and computer together to create the ultimate content experience. Enjoy your favorite online shows, videos, music, games and news. Take your HDTV anywhere on the web.

I tried Kylo briefly last week. At first I was pretty amazed at how well it worked. Here you can see the Kylo home page. (click to expand pictures)

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Next, I visited Youtube. It works very nicely in full screen mode most of the time. Occasionally the video would freeze, but going back to normal screen usually resumed the video.

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Below, you can see the on-screen keyboard that pops up whenever you click into a text entry box.

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In the next two screens, I was watching a soccer match. It was almost like watching it on regular TV.

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Rather than go into too much detail, I’ll show you a video on how Kylo works.

Click here if you can’t see the embedded video.

Download the Kylo TV Browser

Techie Buzz Verdict:

As I mentioned above, full screen video would occasionally freeze up. Other than that, I was pretty pleased with the way Kylo works. If you want to surf on your big screen, Kylo may be a good solution for you.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)


200,000 Students a Month: Learning Science and Math on YouTube

salman-khan Sometime last month, Shankar posted a tweet about the Khan Academy. Have you ever heard of it? I followed the link and learned about Salman Khan, a man who gave up a successful career in Silicon Valley to teach people using Youtube videos. He’s posted over 1200 videos covering everything from basic arithmetic and algebra to differential equations, physics, chemistry, biology and finance.

Why does Khan do it? He’s not in it for the money. According to a recent interview, Khan said You know, I think I’ve always enjoyed teaching.

I believe him. His videos are not the dry lectures you’d expect from a geek. His enthusiasm shines through in the 10 to 20 minute videos. Here’s a video overview of the academy:

Link to this video at Youtube

When talking about his teaching style, he says:

I teach the way that I wish I was taught. The lectures are coming from me, an actual human being who is fascinated by the world around him. The concepts are conveyed as they are understood by me, not as they are written in a textbook developed by an educational bureaucracy. Viewers know that it is the labor of love of one somewhat quirky and determined man who has a passion for learning and teaching. I don’t think any corporate or governmental effort–regardless of how much money is thrown at the problem–can reproduce this.

Students all over the world are viewing Khan’s videos and are finding that they are learning previously difficult subjects much more easily now.

To find out more, visit the Khan Academy website.

Mowid lets you Perform Tag Searches on YouTube

If you are a YouTube Fan and spend most of the time searching and viewing videos in YouTube, Mowid can come in handy. It is a tag based search engine for YouTube which lets you explore YouTube videos by combining multiple tags (see example).

How Mowid Works

To get started, just browse to the homepage and you will see a scrolling bar right at the top of the page. This bar features the most popular tags on YouTube.

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Select one or more tags and the bar narrows your search based on these tags. For example: If you are looking for videos related to box and best, just select them and Mowid shows you the videos accordingly. The more you mix the number of tags, the better and funnier are the results. It’s not just the same boring searches on YouTube and seeing the same videos over and over again. In brief, Mowid helps you find new videos in YouTube containing multiple tags.

The videos are shown in the same page as shown below

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You can quickly share the video you saw on Mowid in your social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Digg, Delicious and Stumbleupon

Techie-Buzz Verdict

Mowid is a new video search engine which lets you find funny and not so common videos. It allows you to search for videos using tags or specific keywords and there are no sign ups or registrations involved.

Techie-Buzz rating: 3/5 (Average).

YouTube Allows Users To Turn Down The Lights

The best way to watch a video online is when you have no distractions around it, a popular video sharing network, has added a new light bulb feature, which will allow users to turn of the lights while watching a video.

YouTube Lights Down

While watching a YouTube video look for a light bulb in the top right hand side of the video, click on it and you will be able to view the video distraction free, without having to switch to full screen mode.

Turn Lights Down While Watching YouTube Videos

Though this feature may be a bit old, we just noticed it and saw it as a really good way to enjoy distraction free videos, have you been using this feature? What are your thoughts about this? Do let us know through your comments.

iTunes Like Web Application For Watching YouTube Videos

YouTube is one of the most popular video sharing website which allows users to upload and watch videos. There are several applications we have covered in the past which will help you download multiple videos from YouTube, download a single video from YouTube and automatically repeat YouTube videos among others.

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Just came across a excellent web application called YouTube App which is a iTunes like web application, which will allow you to browse and view YouTube videos in style.

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