Online Video News
As of now FaceBook have begun actively trying to get their users to directly upload their videos to the FaceBook platform rather than by embedding a video already uploaded to another service like YouTube.
One of the lesser known ways they have been doing this is by giving greater exposure or importance to video uploaded directly to FaceBook.
Given the market penetration enjoyed by FaceBook historically is would be wise to get to at least know their interface and any differences between it and YouTube as well as any advantages or disadvantages to using them.
FaceBook seem quite determined to enter into this space and only last week announced a new feature that allows video uploaded to FaceBook to be embedded on other properties such as blogs etc.
Of course amidst all of this movement on FaceBook’s behalf the other main sites such as YouTube and also Vine have not been resting on their laurels.
YouTube are currently testing Ultra-HD 4K 60fps video streaming and Vine have begun to roll out the capacity of users to upload at 720p HD.
At the moment this entire space on he internet is in a bit of a flux and it is hard to say exactly what anyone person should do regarding video uploads right now.
Should you exclusively upload to YouTube and embed on FaceBook?
Should you upload to both?
Right now it’s hard to say but in the meantime here’s a video at least covering some of the difference between FaceBook and YouTube videos and how to handle those differences effectively as well as some links to some relevant reading from this week.
- Facebook Is Launching Embeddable Video Player
- YouTube Reportedly Testing 60fps Ultra-HD 4K Video Streaming
- Vine Now Supports 720p HD Video Upload
Copyright Protection Realities
This is an excellent video from YouTube user UglyMcGregor regarding the subject of copyright on YouTube or anywhere else for that matter and he gives an excellent overview of the reality of the situation.
Tutorials From Gripps
Another solid video from Gripps this week running through the use of the Magnifying Glass filter that comes as part of the New Blue FX set of filters in Corel VideoStudio Pro X8.
Easily one of the biggest problems that most modern video editing software makers have is how to incorporate everything the program can do without ending up with a user interface that is prohibitively complicated and messy.
To deal with this problem they have all opted to use a kind of layered approach to accessing the full features of their programs.
The downside of this is that until you can learn to navigate your way down the rabbit warren to get to the thing you want the program may look a little crippled!
This situation applies to PowerDirector from CyberLink, Sony Creative products, Magix and VideoStudio from Corel.
They all have to have a way of you accessing the features without totally putting you off in the first place.
The video below is from Gripps who almost exclusively deals in VideoStudio but there are features like the ones he shows in this video in all video editing software… you just have to learn how to find them!
Here’s a clue, start by reading the manual.
No, not by sitting in front of the computer half way through a project, stuck as to how to make the next move yelling at the screen!
I mean really, read the manual.
General Video Tips
Over on the Vimeo blog this week they posted an article aimed at video producers who were specifically trying to promote or sell a product.
The tips themselves are very good but I think just saying that they only apply in a commercial sense kind of underestimates their value.
If your interest lies in creating video for others to watch then there are things you need to look at so that you can separate yourself from the point, shoot, upload crowd.
The downside of everyone having access to video creation tools these days is that any idiot can do it and a whole bunch of idiots are doing it!
Sadly this means that the online space is swamped with video mediocrity, yet lifting yourself above that morass of the ordinary can be so simple.
Some of the tips they cover are things like “Context” and “Don’t Use Scare Tactics” which admittedly are firmly in the realm of the commercial production.
On the other hand tips like demonstrating your message, knowing who you are actually talking to and injecting your personality are definitely things that can be successfully applied to all videos of any description.
GoPro Review Worth Watching
One of the subjects connected to video editing or video in general that I really try to steer clear of is that of choosing or reviewing video cameras.
First of all I really hate doing reviews of any type.
Sure I like to play around with stuff but to then sit down and write it all up into some kind of meaningful review for me is really hard and something I have great difficulty getting myself motivated to do.
Additionally the sheer pace of development in the camera field whether it be the cameras themselves or the technology behind them or the video codecs or, or, or, or I mean really!
I just can’t keep up!
Whenever I do come across someone brave enough to do it then I will happily post it here which brings us to the video below.
This is a review of the GoPro and it comes from the point of view of using the cam for vlogging.
However it is a very thorough review and goes into the pros and cons of the GoPro from a much wider perspective and is probably one of the more even handed and honest reviews I have seen.
Most reviews tend to be influenced by the reviewer trying to get you to buy through their affiliate link, or they hate the thing because of their own personal perspective or they are already fans so they just highlight the pros.
In the video below Tim gives the GoPro a pretty good workout and a very fair and balanced view of the whole thing.