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VH1 Classic for Babies

I'd like to put together a playlist of great live musical performances on Youtube to play for my baby. What are your favorites? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jul 27, 2014 - 16 answers

Youtube music video suggestions - artists like Rihanna, Nicki Minaj?

I have a friend who wants to watch some new music videos. He has no access to the internet, but I do. Great! I can help out. Except we have very different tastes in music and he only gets as specific as "like Nicki." He also really likes Rihanna and Beyoncé's more beat-driven songs, La Fouine, and a lot of Nigerian popular music. Can you make suggestions for me? Preferably with links, because I'm on strictly metered internet and can't download a lot of videos to find the good ones.
posted by Kutsuwamushi on Jul 12, 2014 - 6 answers

Help me find youtube clips of moments in sports with intelligent plays

I'd like to see youtube clips of sports moments that are of the variety "OMG, did he do that on PURPOSE?" for example nutmeg goal in soccer, something that requires great anticipation/awareness, on the intelligent side of sport. Moments where a player did something before the play had even developed to a point where one could realize what was going to happen
posted by lijiaxiaoniu on Jul 2, 2014 - 15 answers

How much of the content on Youtube is "stolen"?

I am trying to locate studies or cited figures that estimate how much of the content on Youtube is posted without permission or attribution. [more inside]
posted by 99percentfake on Jun 18, 2014 - 4 answers

Podcasts exploring how a topic interesects other areas

One of my favourite Youtube series is Extra Credits. This series is centered around games, but it explores any number of related topics from games in education, the business of making games, careers in the game industry, religion, psychology, social issues.... Are there any other podcasts or video series where the creator has strong expertise in a particular topic, but relates in to a broad range of other areas?
posted by casebash on Jun 10, 2014 - 5 answers

Advice for a new youtuber

My twelve-year-old son has aspirations of becoming a pro youtuber. He initially wants to do video game reviews and demonstrate in-game scenarios. This will involve screencasting while skyping with friends. What resources can I point him to or advice do you have for getting started? What software and setup are most Youtubers using? He can recognize poorly done videos and wants to do something with decent production quality (bearing in mind it is for an audience of kid gamers). What are some of the key skills in video and audio he should start to pick up? What video formats and resolutions are best for Youtube? Are there places he can get free backing tracks? Are backing tracks even something to worry about? I'm quite knowledgable about computers in general but don't know what I don't know in this area. I currently have him set up with a decent mic on a Mac Mini, Quicktime for recording, and iMovie for editing. I haven't purchased any screencasting software yet.
posted by stp123 on Jun 8, 2014 - 6 answers

Audio/Video Podcast playlist help

Is there a tool or service that allows you to arbitrarily add podcasts episodes to a custom feed you can subscribe to or share ? [more inside]
posted by motdiem2 on May 31, 2014 - 3 answers

Is it safe to let kids put their original videos on YouTube?

Trying to think/work through my conflicted feelings on this. My awesome and creative kids (8 and 11) are getting into making videos, and of course they want to put them on YouTube. They're all excited about being able to check back and see how many views they've got - my daughter wants to do reviews of YA books, my son wants to do a video blog where he reviews sodas and candy and fun stuff like that. But I just don't know if I feel safe uploading them. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on May 29, 2014 - 25 answers

How do I make a decent gameplay video?

I've been working on a computer game for a while. Apparently, a whole lot of people use YouTube videos as the primary means to find out about games. This is utterly alien to me, so I could really use some advice. [more inside]
posted by Zarkonnen on May 18, 2014 - 3 answers

Youtube downloading in 2014

Now that SPOI's Youtube Options has gone subscription-only, what options are there for downloading Youtube videos in Chrome or Firefox? Userscripts.org seems to have finally bitten the dust, and the scripts it had were out of date.
posted by anemone of the state on May 12, 2014 - 14 answers

You are my only hope, Obi-Mefi-Kenobi

Ok, I'm blowing my question on this because I can't find it and I need to watch it right now. There's a YouTube video of courier typewriter text and voice-over which talks about "A fucked up situation" that the author is recalling. If the title doesn't indicate enough of the video to you, spoilers below the fold to help you find it... because I can't find it. [more inside]
posted by Nanukthedog on May 11, 2014 - 1 answer

What is the You Tube Number Station?

Spy messages? Or just another public challenge? [more inside]
posted by TangerineGurl on May 10, 2014 - 5 answers

What have been the most interesting and influential viral dance videos?

A friend of mine is starting a research project on dance videos (which certainly doesn't mean just ones created by professionals - so e.g. Saudi penguin dances are just as interesting as Gangnam Style) that have gone viral on Youtube or other online platforms. Many examples may comprise of both professional and amateur creation e.g. Happy . The key thing is that dance is the *main* reason for the viral spread. What are the most interesting and influential (or otherwise noteworthy!) examples of this in your experience? Thanks for your suggestions!!
posted by zresearch on May 3, 2014 - 25 answers

Economics of YouTube gaming

I've recently become very interested in people who record themselves playing video games and then edit and post the videos to YouTube. It's clear that some people are supporting themselves this way. What are the economics of this? Where does the money come from? How much is it? How many followers are necessary to make a living this way? Etc.
posted by JohnLewis on May 2, 2014 - 7 answers

Script that will link YouTube videos in much the way MetaFilter does it.

I would like to cobble together a client side script that will display YouTube links more or less like MetaFilter does - as a text link with a small "play" icon after it. Click the words you go to YouTube, click the 'play' thingus and you get an overlay. [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt on Apr 23, 2014 - 6 answers

Looking for good Let's Plays or tutorials that are minimally twitchy

I find a good Let's Play to be soothing and engaging. I like Minecraft best, but am willing to consider other games that have a similar vibe. I am interested in finding good videos that are relatively mature and fun. I would also consider good tutorial series. Currently I have been watching stuff put out by Paul Soares Jr, and I like it. I have not enjoyed anything by stampylongnose because it is too frantic and clownish. I have not found my way into Far Lands or Bust, but am willing to give it a try. Basically I like watching someone go about their business and talk about whatever while they do it. Do you have recommendations? Can you say what you like about your recommended titles?
posted by JohnLewis on Apr 21, 2014 - 11 answers

Added a video to YouTube, but it refuses to show up in the Feed

Recently uploaded a new video to our YouTube channel. It appears in the "videos" tab but not the home page. How can I move it over?? [more inside]
posted by Atom12 on Apr 14, 2014 - 4 answers

Please melt my face off with some choice licks.

What are the best live guitar videos on youtube I should know about but probably don't? [more inside]
posted by fishmasta on Mar 29, 2014 - 32 answers

Upload tricks on a Mac

For a while, I've searched for a quirky way to handle delivery of my files online - basically one video file, between 30 - 250 MB, gets uploaded to YouTube for client preview, and to Hightail (formerly YouSendIt) for delivery to put on air. I'd love a simpler, or more automated way, to handle this process on my Mac. [more inside]
posted by shinynewnick on Mar 27, 2014 - 5 answers

How to add a specific type of annotation to a Youtube video?

Hi folks, I have a video uploaded on Youtube that I'd like to add an annotation to - a link to a Google Map that I created. But for some reason Youtube only allows links to a few select destinations (e.g. another video, a personal webpage). Is there anyway I can get around this?
posted by AngryTypingGuy on Mar 15, 2014 - 3 answers

How to get Google 2-step verification to work in Sony Blu-ray Player?

After turning on Google 2-step verification, I am having trouble signing into YouTube on my Sony Blu-ray player. Any work-around? It seems like the Sony app makes no accommodation for 2-step verification.
posted by Exchequer on Mar 9, 2014 - 2 answers

The lazy brown dog watched the quick ______ jump over the _____.

My useless dog Truman seems to really enjoy watching a certain type of scene on TV. We've been stuck inside all winter and I know he'd rather be running around in big grassy fields. Please help me find some youtube videos for him to enjoy! [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Feb 26, 2014 - 18 answers

Can You Help Find the Missing Pieces in These Playlists?

I know there are songs I want on these playlists that I'm not remembering, and I'm constantly aware that I have blind spots that may be robbing me of perfect songs. Can you help me attack either issue by looking over one or both playlists then suggesting songs to add? [more inside]
posted by batmonkey on Feb 25, 2014 - 5 answers

What are good "screentime" guidelines for my toddler?

My toddler son is finally of an age where the iPad and youtube are beginning to be a big draw. This is great, but I'd like to have some good guidelines from the start that allow him some screentime but prevent it from taking over too much of his life. I'm looking for a sense of what others have found works and doesn't work for them. [more inside]
posted by forza on Feb 22, 2014 - 28 answers

Video Downloadhelper has stopped working.

Can anyone point me in the direction of something that works? [more inside]
posted by anansi on Feb 20, 2014 - 7 answers

Looking for regularly posted interesting content about Minecraft

I'm looking for people who are regularly posting interesting/unusual content about Minecraft. Examples would be unusual Let's Play type series like the Far Lands or Bust series that recently got written up in the New Yorker. Written content or public servers where more interesting than usual activities are going on also work. [more inside]
posted by nanojath on Feb 20, 2014 - 7 answers

Where do you get music for your Vimeo/YouTube videos?

I want to get into video making and was wondering where people get their music from. I've noticed that some YouTube partners go to SoundCloud to pick up remixes of licensed songs to get past the copyright infringement--is that okay? [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Feb 7, 2014 - 3 answers

What is this movie?

Does anyone know from what movie is this youtube clip? [more inside]
posted by fruitopia on Jan 12, 2014 - 2 answers

Why are online videos stuttering?

Video and audio of online videos (YouTube, Hulu, etc.) stutter quite often when I play them. My laptop is not old by any means and it's been recently formatted. I've updated all the drivers and tried using both the default and HTML 5 Beta players on YouTube; no difference. Seems to be worst in Chrome. Any idea why this is happening? Thanks.
posted by gman on Jan 11, 2014 - 17 answers

Why does my screen go black on my Dellm6500 when playing movie trailers?

thisyoutube trailer, along with a few other trailers i've found, cause my computer screen to go black (but the computer stays on). Today it happened for the first time while i wasn't viewing youtube videos, I was playing poker online, had chrome open in background, and was watching a movie on VLC (I had been watching the movie for more than an hour when the screen went black). Running windows 7 (maybe my graphics card is overheating)? If I restart, the boot sequence is visibile, and "windows is starting" is shown, but then it goes black. After about 3 or 4 tries though, it will boot up normal, with a working screen.
posted by crawltopslow on Jan 2, 2014 - 15 answers

Are my "unlisted" youtube videos irretrievably gone ?

In the transfer of Youtube to Google, my unlisted videos have vanished. Is there a way to get them back? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano on Dec 24, 2013 - 6 answers

Songfilter: YouTube edition

Hi Metafilter! Can you ID the song used as background music in this video for me? I was unsuccessful at Googling it based on the (Spanish?) lyrics. The only phrases I can clearly make out are "esta no voy a perder" and the oft-repeated "Oye!"
posted by topoisomerase on Dec 6, 2013 - 2 answers

Hunting a Specific YouTube Fair-Use Case

I'm looking for a specific YouTube video, involved in a Fair-Use copyright case, that had been taken down and some months later allowed to reposted after having been approved by courts as transformative. It involved using two different movie-industry film footage segments that, when interspersed with each other, created a new conversation between two characters of different fictional universes. [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on Dec 3, 2013 - 2 answers

Simplest setup for unembarrassing Youtube video creation

What are the simplest requirements -- in terms of both technology (camera/software/etc.) and lighting/clothing/makeup/background setting/etc. -- to make a reasonably good-looking Youtube video that will feature just one speaker talking. Are iMovie and an iSight camera inadequate?
posted by shivohum on Nov 27, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me find more of these nice, long, relaxing YouTube videos

I like streaming long videos on YouTube that are soothing in some way. Can you recommend some more things I might like? Specifics within. [more inside]
posted by tomboko on Nov 27, 2013 - 8 answers

Why won't my Chrome load YouTube's stylesheet?

For some reason, the version of Chrome installed on my home laptop won't load YouTube's stylesheet on YouTube (or indeed show embedded videos on other pages), resulting in a page that looks like this: http://imgur.com/i6UiqpV Any suggestions on how to fix this? [more inside]
posted by almostwitty on Nov 11, 2013 - 3 answers

Mini movie

My sister's birthday is coming up and I want to ask her friends and other family to send me short videos of them saying happy birthday or whatever for me to compile into one full video to present to her on her birthday. What is the EASIEST way to go about this that a techophobe can handle? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Nov 9, 2013 - 5 answers

Apple Think Different commercial pulled from Youtube by FOX complaint?

I had 2 versions of the Apple Think Different ad in a playlist from a few months ago. I went to watch them recently and the pages say "This video contains content from FOX, who has blocked it on copyright grounds." What claim does FOX have to take these down? How can I find out more about the takedown notice. [more inside]
posted by covercash on Nov 2, 2013 - 4 answers

Still Frame + Music = Video

I regularly want to make videos for YouTube consisting of a single still album art image + audio track. I use OS X. I'm still looking for the best solution for this seemingly trivial task. [more inside]
posted by Wolfdog on Oct 28, 2013 - 3 answers

Could you speed that up a little?

I would like to ask a particular YouTube lecture video creator to enable their videos to play back in HTML5, so I can use the variable speed toggle. Currently, all the videos in this channel are flash only. I'd like to include specific instructions in my email, so that if he wants to do this, he doesn't have to go hunting to find out how. But all the instructions I can find are on how a viewer can view videos that already have HTML5 enabled, not how to enable it in the first place. How can one change previously published flash videos on YouTube so they will play back in HTML5?
posted by ocherdraco on Oct 28, 2013 - 4 answers

Video Violin lessons?

You can learn piano, guitar, and even the ocarina on YouTube. So, are there any good violin lessons out there? I'm looking for anything, but especially beginner violin (from, this is how you hold the bow to "caring for your violin" type videos.) [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Oct 11, 2013 - 5 answers

How can I make my own silent unboxing videos?

I discovered ASMR on Metafilter and now am a devoted fan. What equipment and techniques would I need to make silent unboxing videos like this one? Talk to me like I'm a five year old. I know nothing about video and sound recording.
posted by Wordwoman on Oct 10, 2013 - 10 answers

TV optimised web pages.

I'm looking for tv optimised web pages for streaming and similar like the YouTube TV browser or the BBC iPlayer's Big Screen. [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless on Oct 7, 2013 - 1 answer

What software do people use to make animated videos these days?

The Internet! Full of fun, narrated explainer videos that usually involve some kind of simple 2D animation (sometimes hand-drawn, sometimes cobbled together from other images) with a voice-over. But how are people making them? If Flash is in terminal decline, as I keep hearing, what are the most popular software tools for piecing together 2D online animation?
posted by bicyclefish on Oct 4, 2013 - 5 answers

Modify/hack a Google Hangout "feature": Press to Talk

I want to use a Google Hangout "On Air" for a project, but a tiny limitation is getting in the way. I would like to bypass the 'Press to Talk' functionality with a tiny browser script/hack/modification. My programming knowledge is tiny, but I am sure this could be done super super simply with a script loaded in the browser. Perhaps there's better solution. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Oct 1, 2013 - 4 answers

Do I need a second set of social media accounts?

I am about to launch a project that I think will get a lot of attention. I have personal/business social media accounts already, but do I need a second set of social media accounts just for this project to keep my personal/business ones from getting cluttered?
posted by CollectiveMind on Sep 28, 2013 - 2 answers

What's with the special 'Share this video' link on YouTube?

Why does each YouTube video have a special 'Share this video' link, at the http://youtu.be/ domain? Is there a meaningful difference between using the link provided and just copying the URL from the address bar? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Sep 25, 2013 - 7 answers

16:9 video still has black borders on YouTube!

I am making a video composed of still photos that I'm finding on the internet. I want to put the final video on YouTube, so I'm converting them into 16:9 aspect ratio because I've been told that that's what YouTube needs in order to fill the whole screen with no black bars. But the video still has vertical borders! [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Sep 21, 2013 - 7 answers

Proxy allowing access to live Youtube streams blocked in the US

I would like to watch the official live Youtube stream for the America's Cup races this afternoon. These live streams are blocked in the US. I believe this will be the stream for today's racing. [more inside]
posted by enn on Sep 15, 2013 - 5 answers

YouTube + Firefox issue.

For the last few days, I've had trouble getting YouTube videos to play in my browser of choice, Firefox. Not even advertisements will load and I suddenly get the error message: "An error occured, please try again later." However, the video works perfectly in Chrome. [more inside]
posted by juliebug on Sep 14, 2013 - 9 answers

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