YouTube is all set to release a web-based inbuilt video editor. This will be a great news for all the video enthusiasts who are regular up-loaders at the video sharing website. Right now it will be a basic video editor having the most commonly use functions such as trimming and joining with promises of more functionalities in the future.
More features are sure to be added to this innovative tool with time. The YouTube video editor is slated for release later today. This new concept is sure to increase the existing very large user base of YouTube.
After creating one of the biggest disasters in US history with the Gulf Oil Spill, British Petroleum (BP) has tried to buy ads on Google to get their message through, however, they have not just stopped at buying ads for Google search and have been promoting their message on YouTube too.
If you visit YouTube to watch a video you might see a new friendly ad from BP which asks you to Friend them, the link on the ad points to the same BP video which has also been linked through Google search for the search term "oil spill" and other BP related queries.
In the video you will see BP CEO Tony Hayward saying that they take full responsibilities for whatever happened and cleaning it up too.
I found the ad improper in the sense that BP has not yet cleaned its act up and are using the web as a medium to show messages which are totally inappropriate. Remember the Toyota problem? I would suggest that such ads not be show unless and until they are very sure about what they are doing.
Assuring people is a necessity, but only when you yourself are sure about what you are going to do to address the issue on hand.
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:
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.
YouTube is really getting somewhere with its huge bandwidth consumption. It recorded a full 2 billion video views which is a big milestone. Being more ambition as YouTube should get now, it is jealous of people sticking to their television sets. YouTube wants you to dump your TV set and switch to YouTube instead.
What started as a site for bedroom vloggers and viral videos has evolved into a global platform that supports HD and 3D, broadcasts entire sports seasons live to 200+ countries. We bring feature films from Hollywood studios and independent filmmakers to far-flung audiences.
Although the average user spends 15 minutes a day on YouTube, that’s tiny compared to the five hours a day people spend watching TV. Clearly, we need to give you more reason to watch more videos! And we want to give you all the tools and support to make YouTube both your career and your community. After all, this is only the beginning of the video revolution. We’re just getting started.
Those lines are clearly dripping with ambition and YouTube has it in itself to deliver this. Though, let us see what hinders this development.
Firstly, the worldwide Internet and broadband connection is still not capable of watching streaming videos. That is when we have a satisfactory broadband penetration which is again a far-sight.
Secondly, the cost of watching TV is far lower than watching videos on the Internet at many places in the world. The better option is the cheaper one for most people out there.
Thirdly, the playtime and quality of videos on YouTube is just not enough to keep people glued to it like they are to TV. And finally, there is a big difference between watching short 2-5 minute video clips and full movies and serials.
YouTube has plans for a new clean uncluttered look which it will roll out soon. It is expected that YouTube will try and bring the user experience closer to the TV using this new interface.
If you thought that the iPhone could only be used for phone calls, taking pictures and social networking, you might need to add another thing to it, creating a music video.
An Israeli band called Izabo has created a innovative video using lots of iPhone’s as props. The song named "On my way" uses the iPhone pretty interactively and has made it an integral part of the video.
Enough speaking, take a look at the video below to see Izabo’s new song "On my way" created using the iPhone.
Last week the Pakistan government had banned YouTube because of its "growing sacrilegious content". However, according to new reports from Associated Press, the government has now decided to lift the ban on YouTube, albeit, partially.
The Pakistan government will continue to block videos which are offensive to Muslims, while allow other YouTube video to continue being viewed.
According to AP, the government seemed to move in that direction Wednesday by deciding it would restore access to YouTube but continue to block videos "displaying profane or sacrilegious material," said Najibullah Malik, the secretary at Pakistan’s information technology ministry.
Pakistan’s neighbor India also reportedly banned the "Everybody draw Mohammed Day" Facebook page. There were reports that the ban on Facebook and maybe Twitter may remain in effect till May 31st, however, there are no concrete reports to prove that claim yet.
Are you able to access YouTube or Twitter is Pakistan now, or is it still blocked?
According to a BBC report, Pakistan has blocked YouTube because of its "growing sacrilegious content". In addition to that, there are reports that several Wikipedia pages are also being restricted by the government.
The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority said it had ordered internet service providers to "completely shut down" YouTube and prevent Facebook from being viewed within Pakistan.
Banning websites is not a new phenomenon and countries like China have blocked access to almost every popular social networking sites including Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. The Indian government in the past has also blocked access to BlogSpot blogs and other websites.
So is the South Asian region more susceptible to banning website and internet freedom? The recent crackdowns don’t give a different picture here.
According to a recent study by video search site MeFeedia, there has been a 160% increase in the usage of H.264 videos over the Internet in the last few months, starting January this year.
The driving factor behind this adoption seems to be the ever rising dislike of Flash by accelerated by Apple. You can see the report findings at this page.
An important update from this report says,
Although 26% doesn’t seem like a lot, only 10% of our video index was HTML5-compatible at the beginning of 2010. We have seen rapid adoption of the new standard this year and that is now moving even faster with the recent release of Apple’s iPad.
This puts Apple iPad as an influential gadget behind the adoption of H.264. With this, Google has to deliver with its recently acquired On2 technology else, it will have a huge H.264 market to convert soon.
According to the report, most of the new content being put on the web is being encoded in H.264. This puts all these videos compatible across various kinds of devices from the iPhone and the iPad to Android devices and more. (Via: ars technica)