Social Media Examiner: How to Make Videos People Will Watch on Social Media. “Want your videos to make a bigger impact on social platforms? Wondering how to create videos that grab and hold people’s attention? In this article, you’ll discover three techniques to produce video people will watch on social media.”
BBC: The secrets of ‘food porn’ viral videos. “I’ve just watched a fresh turkey being covered in fragments of cheese-flavoured crisps and then stuffed with what looks like three kilos of cheddar. The video has more than four million views on YouTube. Call it a stunt, call it a travesty, whatever you make of it this is food – but not as you know it.” Unless you’ve ever been to a State Fair in America. And I have seen the video mentioned in the lede — well, I saw the Kalen Reacts video, and I agree with every exclamation of horror Kalen uttered.
Lifehacker: Create Written Notes From YouTube Videos Instantly With this Chrome Extension. “There are a ton of informative YouTube videos out there. When you’re watching one where you’re hoping to learn something; however, you have to take your own notes on the topic for later. Gnotes is an extension that can help with that.”
MakeUseOf: 5 Free Video Conference Apps for Office Meetings and Friendly Calls. “You no longer need to install Skype or pay a hefty amount for a video call. These free video conference apps let you set up an office meeting or reconnect with friends, each offering something unique in return.”
Tubefilter: 8-Year-Old Ryan ToysReview Reportedly Earned $22 Million On YouTube Last Year. “Ryan (and his co-vlogger parents) clocked $22 million in earnings last year, according to Forbes, which placed the first-grader at the top of its annual Highest-Paid YouTube Stars list. Forbes says it estimated Ryan’s pre-tax earnings from June 2017 to June 2018 based on data from influencer marketing platform Captiv8, analytics firm SocialBlade, and trade publication Pollstar, as well as interviews with industry insiders.”
TechCrunch: Facebook faces another moderation scandal over migrant torture videos. “Facebook is faced with yet another content-related scandal, after The Times newspaper reported that people traffickers and slave traders are using its platform to broadcast videos of migrants being tortured to try to extort money from their families. According to the newspaper’s report, footage showing Libyan gangmasters threatening the lives of migrants had remained on the social network for months.”
From Icecream Apps: How to Convert Videos with Google Drive for Free.
Don Schindler: How to host a virtual farm tour on your website or Facebook Page. Yes, this is about farming. But the way he breaks it down you could apply his thoughts to any institution or business. (Well, perhaps you wouldn’t mention cows quite so much.) If you’ve been thinking about virtual tours, this article might help you organize your thoughts.
First Draft News is offering free guides to verify photos and videos. “In recent weeks, members of the First Draft Coalition have worked together to create a verification guide which we hope will help in these situations, a guide which journalists can keep with them and refer to when necessary. This verification guide for photos can be downloaded via the link below, as can the video verification guide and double-sided booklet guide.”
Gary Vaynerchuk has an extensive article on how to create and use Snapchat’s custom geofilters. He’s made several himself and shares examples of his creations as well as costs and results.
The Seattle Police Department is putting its bodycam footage on YouTube. “Nearly all of the videos on the YouTube channel have been redacted. The police department has currently uploaded 2,591 videos to the channel. Many are only a few minutes long, but some last 15 minutes or longer.”
MakeUseOf: The 5 Best Online Tools for Making Professional Videos. Two of these tools are more about making vids from scratch.
Interesting and a bit odd: search engine Wolfram|Alpha has launched a video contest (PRESS RELEASE). “Users should submit videos revealing their favorite and most ingenious Wolfram|Alpha uses. Videos can be submitted by anyone, as long as they stay between six seconds and three minutes in length. We encourage users to be as creative as possible, while remaining appropriate for the general public to view.”
Journalism.co.uk has a writeup on Replay, which lets journalists create videos easily. “Making a Replay video is simple and takes only a couple of minutes. Once you open the app, you can select up to 200 images and video clips of any duration from your camera roll or import media from Facebook or Instagram.” This app isn’t free, but it’s a lot cheaper than something like Animoto.
Amazon-owned Twitch and YouTube continue their virtual circling and “come at me, bro”ing – Twitch has announced video uploads and playlists. “Twitch has more than 100 million monthly active users for its gameplay livestreaming service as well as 1.7 million live broadcasters. But now the company will make it possible for players to upload video to Twitch, starting next year. With uploads, that means that users can create videos, but won’t have to livestream them first.”