Today, YouTube unveiled a new custom blurring tool to its online video editing platform Creator Studio. This new tool lets you select an object to blur and keep it blurred throughout the entirety of the video. [Read more…]
One of the most amazing things in this age we are leaving in is the availability of information. What used to be highly regarded trade secrets is now instantly available as a tutorial on youtube. Sadly, this creates a whole new issue of knowing how to separate the good from the crap.
Youtuber Sugar Zaza shares his all too familiar frustration with youtube tutorials that goes through length of useless info but actually hide the valuable info leaving you just as puzzled as when you were looking for a tutorial in the first place.
Here is something that should concern all creatives, and it is the bad side of intellectual property. Apparently, you are allowed to trademark just about any phrase you can think of. In turn, this means that if someone else is using that phrase in their video (or even video title), it can be shut down.
This happened to Devin SuperTramp (previously) when he uploaded his yearly show-reel titled “People Are Awesome 2015 – ULTIMATE DevinSuperTramp Edition in 4K“. The video gathered a massive 28,000 likes and over 400,000 views in the first 36 hours. Then it was gone.
You know how people photograph their happy moments and rush to post the photos on Facebook and other social media trying to make the world think their life is all peachy? Well here’s one person who made a living doing it; and why she stopped.
Essena O’Neill is a 19-year-old from Australia who used to spend a considerable amount of her time showing off her perfect life on various social media platforms.
With over one million fans, followers and subscribers Essena reached a point where she was able to support herself through sponsorships and was receiving modeling offers from some of the largest agencies out there.
Even though she says she had everything she ever wanted, yesterday she posted a video (without even putting on makeup) explaining why she has decided to quit all social media.
While some accounts will be shut down completely, she decided to leave her Instagram account active but edited the captions to reflect the truth behind those “perfect” moments.
Nobody likes having their creative content stolen, and everybody wants to be paid for their work.
While file sharing has altered the power dynamic of the music industry – the music industry did successfully blow up Napster (if you’re under 30 you probably don’t recognize the name Napster – but its rise and fall was a big deal in the evolving world of copyright as the internet gained popularity).
Facing a similar fate at the hands of film studios and TV networks, YouTube initiated their “matched third-party content” system – which automatically identifies copyright infringement of both video and audio content, and automatically restricts or blocks content that has been distributed without a valid license from the copyright owner.
But, what is really interesting about YouTube’s “matched third-party content” system is that copyright owners can monetize their content when it is distributed by other users.
Journalism and photography are the last outlets of rampant online distribution without compensation – but a YouTube style “matched content” system could be a very simple way for journalists and photographers to finally be paid their fair share for the reproduction and use of their work.
Social media platforms seem to change their image sizes pretty much every time you login. And every time that happens, photographers everywhere have to scour the internet searching for the new sizes. You just know that facebook is going to CRASH your photo if you don’t feed it the exact right size.
Well, here’s some good news: Mainstreethost blog already did the leg work for you.
You know we are not big fans of vertical videos, and up until lately, google were not a big fan of this either, noting camera users to flip the phone when shooting vertical video.
They also ‘made’ the youtube app play vertical video on roughly half the screen. I am not sure if this was a bug or a feature, but it is about to change.
Android Police reports that google are finally caving in and the new version of mobile youtube (Android | iOS) will enable playing a vertical youtube on a full screen when the phone is held vertically.
Online technological offerings just keep getting better and better. I remember the day (in the not-too-distant past) when online videos were low-res garbled messes, yet we still somehow found them to be fascinating and funny.
For a long time now, we’ve seen a rising culture of dare-devils taking selfies on skyscrapers, or documenting themselves doing dangerous stunts just so they can get those on youtube and enjoy their 15 seconds of fame. But for me, this guy is totally going over the limit.
Youtuber Alexandr Chernikov got on a 10-stories building (roughly 30 meters) only to set himself on fire and jump down to a pile of snow, documenting the entire experience with a GoPro. While one of the watcher documented the thing from the ground, there is also the first person view from the said GoPro on this link.
NSFL: Camera Death.
There’s a new trend on YouTube these days: making parody videos of all the horrendous tutorials we find so often there. They can be of someone holding a camera like it’s in the middle of a magnitude 7.6 earthquake; or what about the ones where the uploader goes off for about seven minutes on the premise of why he’s making the tutorial? And then there’s the videos that just… give plain bad advice in general. This video hilariously depicts exactly that by teaching you how to clean a Canon 5D – by submerging it into a tub of water and soap.
JP Danko is a commercial photographer based in Toronto, Canada. JP
can change a lens mid-rappel, swap a memory card while treading water, or use a camel as a light stand.
JP’s photography is available for licensing at Stocksy United.
Gannon Burgett is a photographer from Marion, Indiana. "Striving each day to make my dent in the universe"