Entries in Youtube (2)

Wednesday
Nov202013

Make Youtube Yours Again

 

 

 For anyone who’s been on Youtube recently, you’ve probably noticed the havoc that the recent Google+ integration has had on the commenting system and overall performance of Youtube as a whole.

 

It’s gotten so bad that some major content producers are claiming that Google is gaming their own system to reduce negative feedback and criticism about the recent changes.

 

Others like TotalBiscuit, Boogie and PewdiePie, Youtubers with over a million subscribers each, are turning off comments for their videos and instead using Reddit and other sites in order to correspond with their viewers.

 

It’s times like this that remind us that there really aren’t very many alternatives for Youtube. Dailymotion and Liveleak are slow and riddled with clunky players, and while Vimeo has great quality, their supporting infrastructure is a little weak.

 

So until this mess is resolved here are some tips and tricks to make Youtube work the way YOU want it.

 

Slow Playback 

Youtube has changed the way it’s cached and buffered its video often resulting in poor playback. One option actually comes from Google themselves in the form of the Youtube Feather Beta that for many videos can increase the speed and responsiveness of their player. You can opt in and out whenever you like, so don;t be scared to give it a try.

 

Ads

The Adblock extension for both Chrome and Firefox is a great way to get rid of those intrusive ads, especially when the ad you are forced to watch is longer than the video you are trying to get to. There is even a mobile version for smartphones. Adblock also remove ads from website during general borwsing as well, helping keep clutter to a minimum. Just keep in mind that Youtubers and many of your favorite sites depend on those ads for revenue, so be sure to help them out and whitelist their pages.

 

Comments

To disable comments for your videos you can go to the Video Manager > Select which videos you want comments disabled  > Select actions > Scroll down to advanced > Select comment > choose the option you want.

Alternatively if you want to get rid of comments forever, the No Youtube Comments extension for Chrome and Firefox is also available.

 

User Interface

 

The layout for Youtube is constantly under construction, whether you know it or not. For older users of the site they may remember the wonderful grid layout for the subscription page which made is much simpler to keep track of the latest uploads from your favorite subscribers. Download it for Chrome and Firefox.

 

The Kitchen Sink

 

Magic Actions for Chrome and Youtube Center for Firefox can fix a whole litany of Youtube issues such as always quality auto-select, disabling comments, Cinema mode, auto-play options and more. 

 

There's no reason to get pushed around by changes that make your experience wose, and with these simpletricks you don't have to.

Friday
Jul052013

Video Content, Trends and Futures of Video Games 

Growth of Gaming

 

Earlier this week Google released a study on the growth and impact of video content as it relates to video games. This study seems to have gone unnoticed which is strange considering the amount of time and coverage that is often spenty trying to find the next big trend in contemporary media.

 

The study takes a look at the growth of videogame content throughout 2012, citing an over 100% gain in time spent viewing gaming content compared to 2011. Google showed the growth in gaming content exceeded the overall growth of Youtube as a whole, with an increasing number of views coming from mobile devices. The most important observation is that they found a strong correlation between the sales of a new game and the amount of views of brand related content.

 

This should be a wake up call for some Japanese game makers like Square-Enix who have been struggling recently even after producing quality AAA releases. Additionally they observed that post release almost 40% of video content is community generated, providing another vector of interest generation independent from the original brand.

 

The short story is that companies need to put more time into producing strong brand released content, both pre and post launch, in order to increase visibility and sales. The entire report can be see here.

 

On a separate but related issue, Twitch.tv announced a partnered with Steam to provide a more integrated way for viewers to watch Steam games on Twitch. Right now the biggest effect is that this allows viewers more choice on the manner in which they watch their content. Previously, DOTA2 viewers had to use the in-game spectating system in order to receive the prizes for watching certain DOTA2 tournaments. While they haven’t stated what other developments are in the works between Twitch and Steam, after securing a partnership with Microsoft for Xbox One streaming and now Steam, Twitch has further solidified their lead in the streaming market.

 

A quick Alexa check shows Twitch.tv with a global rank of 442 globally and 216 in the US, while PS4 streaming partner Ustream only ranks 1135 but with a much stronger rank of 300 in Japan. With the semi-recent shutdown of Own3d.com and the current uncertainty of Azubu.net, the internet streaming competition has become a two-horse race. With Youtube’s live streaming capabilities still in its infancy and the release of the PS4 and Xbox One in the fall it will be interesting to follow the change in these numbers throughout the next year.