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Unearthing unique YouTube videos

Updated on September 19, 2013

Over 6 billion hours of YouTube videos are watched every month.

Streaming video is the potato chips of the Web. You can’t sample just one.

Hundreds of millions of Web users seemingly can’t get enough of cats chasing lights, guys doing goofy skateboard stunts and Psy singing “Gangnan Style.” To quench this online video thirst, millions of videos are served up by Youtube, DailyMotion, Vimeo, Metacafe, among others.

YouTube, of course, is the leading video-hosting website. Each month over 6 billion hours of video are watched on the Goggle-owned site. “That's almost an hour for every person on Earth and 50% more than last year,” claims YouTube. “Every month, more than 1 billion people come to YouTube. That's almost one out of every two people on the Internet.”

More video is uploaded to YouTube in one month than the 3 major US television networks created in 60 years.

With this tremendous amount of multimedia content to choose from you’ve probably seen some great video. NO?

That’s why I decided to search for some unique video to share. I sacrificed my time for you dear reader and spent untold hours watching films on YouTube and Vimeo, unearthing videos you probably missed. My criteria was that I enjoyed the video and it was unique. I also tried to select videos with minimal viewership.

Here are some video treasures ferreted out for you:

Since music is the most popular video category, let's start with a video that gives us a taste of the top songs through history — in just 15 minutes.

This video by Hayen Mill is a ► collection of snippets of popular music from the past 110 years, from Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty Waltz” in 1890 to the Black Eyed Peas’ “Boom Boom Pow” in 2009.

Along a similar vein here’s a video montage of 3,000 years of art, ► accompanied by Mason Williams’ “Classical Gas.” Mason was the head writer on the “Smothers Brother Show.” This video was originally shown in 1968 on that TV show.

The video started out as a student film with Beethoven's 5th Symphony as the original soundtrack.

Television has had a big influence on American culture

TV is such a major part of our culture we had to have something from this medium — a game show and an old Coke commercial represents TV before Netflix and HD.

When TV began the new medium borrowed from radio. Game shows were one of the programs that moved to TV and they quickly became a fixture on daytime TV. Mark Goodson and Bill Todman were prolific game show producers. They created numerous shows from the 50s to the 70s that featured celebrity panels (“What's My Line” & “I've Got a Secret”) and ordinary people (“Price is Right” & “Password”).

Need a laugh? Watch this video

One of the most successful Goodson-Todman Production shows was “Family Feud.” The show premiered in 1976 and is still on the air with both original shows and reruns.

Feud's original host was Richard Dawson, a popular panelist on Goodson-Todman's “Match Game.” He was a great ad-libber and enjoyed a good laugh, as you'll see here. ►

TV Guide selected Feud #3 on its list of the greatest game shows.

Coca-Cola is such a part of American culture. The carbonated beverage started in 1886 and during the first year sales averaged a modest nine servings per day in Atlanta, where Coke was invented. Today, each day 1.8 billion servings of Coca-Cola beverages are served worldwide.

Coke has had many ad campaigns ► that emphasize fun. Do you remember this one?

Based on this video, American ► motorists have always loved to drive fast. Focus on the background (if you can) and you'll see some great scenes of New York City in 1928.

The crazy taxi driver is Harold Lloyd and his second passenger is Babe Ruth. The last part of the video shows you drivers don’t need motors to go fast, as long as they have lots of horse power.

TED-Ed produces engaging video "Lessons Worth Sharing"

TED is a nonprofit dedicated to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” It's subgroup TED-Ed is focused on inspiring students. This educational group's tagline is “Lessons Worth Sharing." Their lessons are short videos aimed at K-12 students.

You'll find some excellent animated videos on YouTube’s TED-Ed Channel. While most of the videos focus on science, you’ll also find such topics as: “How to Read Music” and “Overcoming Obstacles,” which discusses disabilities.

There are no talking heads in these videos. They consist of animation and a voice over. Each video is about 5 minutes, making them a perfect way to begin a lesson.

If you’re an educator you ought to check out these videos (and their lesson plans).

This video short is a real gem

Forget that this is an educational video from TED-Ed; it is a wonderful short film most everyone will enjoy. As you watch it you aren't even aware you're being educated. Makes one almost long to return to a technology equipped school room.

In under four minutes they explain a solar eclipse by superbly marrying ► animation and narration. This one is a treasure; best video on this page.

There are hundreds of artists throughout the world who spend their time drawing urban scenes. Some are illustrators, others are architects, painters and graphic designers.

They each share a love of drawing on location.

Here you get a close up view of Rob Carey at work sketching Sam's ► Burgers in California. Love the detail.

YouTube is for the masses, while Vimeo is for videographers

You may find videos on Vimeo that are also on YouTube, but you won't find old TV shows on Vimeo. This site attracts an array of talented video artists and their fans. You'll find short movies, skits and video portfolios here.

Vimeo “has more original content than most other sites” similar to YouTube, explains Vimeo limits its site to original material. “As a result, Vimeo is a really fun way to find interesting videos by filmmakers you've never heard of before,” adds TopTen. (BTW, Vimeo is an anagram for "movie.")

You ought to give it a try. Here are a couple of clever Vimeo videos:

Do you remember those magnetic magic pens that kept you busy in the backseat during family vacations, before there were iPads? This film by Peter Simon features someone using a magic pen to grow hair and a beard on a bald man. ►

It’s very unique and whimsical. On the page is a link that gives you a behind the scenes look at how this unusual video was created.

Adam Cole, a NPR multimedia journalist, produced this unusual ► music video. In it male and female fiery figures tumble through the streets of Los Angeles to a tune by the band yOya.

Each frame used a hand drawn picture taken from images filmed around L.A. The two fiery yellow silhouettes splash and morph on the screen like a video Rorschach test.

© 2013 Thomas Dowling


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      Treathyl FOX 4 years ago from Austin, Texas

      YouTube is one of the best tech toys ever invented!