Youtube videos with limited video capacity

Alternate ways to create videos

I was hoping that hubpages revenue would provide me enough $$ to purchase a video camera by now. Alas, that hasn't happened. Like everything else, it's not what you know, but who you know. As a rather shy individual, I don't know anyone, so my creative efforts don't go very far. But I digress.

I own a digital camera that can do little videos, but the audio is terrible. I'd rather be able to splice my own sound track. Also, I know you can make videos out of stills and do other things with the windows video program, but it is rather time intensive. I've found two quick easy and free shortcuts to do it in a way that you can upload it to youtube, so I am able to show you the samples right inline.

Way 1 is an online application I found while browsing the youtube API. It is called I told it about one of my flickr sets, chose a soundtrack and I had a video on youtube in about 5 minutes. Animoto has a certain amount of randomness to it, and it actually handles the mechanics of uploading to youtube for you.

Way 2 is a desktop application called videothang that you can download and install in windows xp or vista. It is so simple to use I am not even going to belabor it with detailed instructions. You basically feed it a set of stills and a sound track. You have a bit more control with this, but there is less it does. It allows you a few standard transitions and it also allows you to make very very basic titles. Time to download and install: 8 minutes. Time took to create this video: about 10 minutes.You have to explicitly save a videothang video for export and then upload it yourself. That took me about 5 minutes also.

WATCH OUT!  It lookes like uploading this baby wiped out one of the other videos I had there.  This is not good.  Luckily it was no big deal and I have a back up   but I will try again and I will also notify the people who made it.  If this behavior repeats and I can't localize a work-around or a fix I will toss it.   

These videos are not great--they are kind of tests if you will. The pictures are not that great to begin with, and I didn't put a whole lot of thought effort or time into them. The point is really how fast it is to make them.


Videothang video: Beet Carrot Fennel Slaw

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Aya Katz 7 years ago from The Ozarks

Hot Dorkage, I, too, am beginning to suspect that having a lot of friends must really help with hubscores and earnings. I come from a small family, and I am really isolated, as I spend most of my days in the pens with Bow. However, it may take time to build up a readership, and maybe just hanging in there for a while is worth it.

I have some videos that I want to share with the readership of Hubpages, but I don't want to put them up on YouTube for a less friendly audience to comment upon. Any advice on how to do this?

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hot dorkage 7 years ago from Oregon, USA Author

Beginning to suspect? It's everything. And it's not just friends--you have to have friends that play the game. I actually have friends but most of them are not online and even those that sort of are do not understand the web at all.

On youtube you can simply forbid comments / and or restrict views to only your subscribers if that's all thats holding you up. And if you don't have friends or popular keywords, not to worry. Very few people will view your video anyway. There is nothing like publishing something for the public and saying please visit this to make people say naaaah, I'd rather I'll check out Brittneys latest crap.

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Aya Katz 7 years ago from The Ozarks

Hot Dorkage, Some of my friends are not online, too. It's a generational thing to some extent. Younger friends mean more clout on the web.So, the best thing to do is: "make new friends, but keep the old ..." as the song goes.

I'm still mulling over the YouTube options. You say I could limit it to my subscribers... Does this mean I could select for the video to be viewable only through Hubpages?

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hot dorkage 7 years ago from Oregon, USA Author

I don't think hubpages has any hooks for resricted youtubes, maybe they do, I'd ask Paul Deeds. Subscribers = subscribers on youtube. But what u could do is just turn off comments altogether, embed your vids in your hubs and your hubpages readers could comment via hubpages. They'd still be viewable on youtube itself, but you wouldn't get all that comment crud that happens on utube. I'd love to see some footage of Bow!

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Aya Katz 7 years ago from The Ozarks

Hot Dorkage, I took your advice and did a trial video. It's not footage of Bow, because I'm still weighing the options on that. This is more of a really low key effort mostly with stills and pre-packaged music.

I've embedded it in my hubpage on Chocolate under Communism.

You're right. Hardly anyone so far has gone to look at it. There have been no comments...

When I do footage of Bow, I hope to just do excerpts from the annual DVD to serve as trailers, with the idea of marketing the DVD on However, I'm not sure any of this is worth it unless it generates a lot more interest than I've been able to stir up so far.

Any advice?

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vitaeb 7 years ago from Shenandoah Valley, Virginia

I just love your slaw video, very charming, partiuclarly your choice of music. Is this the sound that runs through your head when you are chopping, slicing, dicing and mixing?

Thanks to you, I've downloaded videothang!


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hot dorkage 7 years ago from Oregon, USA Author

Hi vitaeb. The slaw video has a spacy tango if I recall correctly. I too kinda liked how it came out. Actually it was the first handy music file I happened to grab. Sometimes we make art by mixing things up and not following stereotypes. My daughter got a real videocam so I'm gonna make her owe me a favor then borrow it and hopefully make a real vid. :)

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jmichaels59 7 years ago from Hinesville/Savannah, Ga

Hey dorkage! Nice simple hub. I often wonder how some people get so many hits and hub scores. I know that the more hubs you do, the more people see and read and click. That said, friends are a key also, I believe. One thing that gets your "face" seen is looking at other peoples hubs, then making coments, even something simple, gets YOUR face (or whatever you use) on the comments part of other peoples hubs. Sometimes that generates an interest in what you've said and then they look at your hub page!

Too bad your video, with the beets, didnt have some text instructions, in case someone wanted to try it!!

Cool deal!

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hot dorkage 7 years ago from Oregon, USA Author

That is a limitation of the free software. You kind of get what you pay for. there is the recipe with directions.

How To Download Video From Youtube 6 years ago

I’ve been looking at downloading videos from YouTube, it seems that YouTube and many other social network sites have changed their code in order to prevent certain sites from allowing you to download video content from them; most annoying, is there a foolproof alternative? Anyway, excellent hub, I found it very insightful.

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hot dorkage 6 years ago from Oregon, USA Author

I'm not sure what you're trying to do here. The whole point of youtube is to stream you the vid from their site without allowing you to download a copy to your own computer. The other possibility is: Many managed corporate networks BLOCK youtube altogether because people waste a lot of time on it. If your school or corporate network blocks the youtube domain altogether you will have to access the internet through some other network to access youtube. If on the other hand, you want to steal video content against youtube's policy, there are ways to defeat it and I have done so for the fun of it, but I'm not going to publish a howto.

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