Remmeber that stupid airline safety video we shot? A few months ago, an advertising agency contacted me to see if I’d let them run part of that thing in a television commercial for Road Runner. There was a chance it wouldn’t make the cut, but my silliness must’ve won ’em over. I’m a priceless moment maker according to the announcer. Not sure how long that video will stay hosted on the .Mac site, but if it disappears I’ll have to slap it into my YouTube account (which is where they discovered me in the first place). Oh, the best part of it isn’t being in a TV commercial – it’s having been paid pretty well for doing something so zany.
Call it a streaming data battle royale, a video network smackdown of epic proportions – whatever. What does one do to top multimedia madness? Set the stage for Soapbox vs. YouTube vs. Break.com vs. Vimeo. vs. Jumpcut vs. Blip.tv vs. Metacafe vs. Revver vs. iFilm. That’s nine different video networks: all at once. Of course, if I was arguing with myself again, it wouldn’t be anything new. Instead – I decided to get into the holiday spirit and Jingle Bell your socks off. This time around, however, I hired a couple of assistants to help me achieve the effect I so desired.
Rinse and repeat.
The idea here is that you have to press play on the following videos (in vertical order) so that they all stream to you at the same time. You may need to adjust the volume on each respective network, though. Press play on the top (YouTube) video, then immediately press play on the second (Google Video), and then press play on the third (Revver). Bam, bam, bam – and you should see ’em playing back simultaneously.
And if you think this sounds crazy, you gotta see my Soapbox vs. YouTube vs. Break.com vs. Vimeo. vs. Jumpcut vs. Blip.tv vs. Metacafe vs. Revver vs. iFilm shootout after you’re done watching the following video brawl.
For now, on this page, make sure you scroll down far enough so that you can see all three videos on your screen at the same time, then press the play button for each video. This will only “work” if you play these videos on the same page together:
To put this series of videos on your own blog or MySpace, copy and paste the following code into your page:
Most YouTube emails are insipid (not all of them, mind you). I just received this YouTube message from a fellow user a few minutes ago:
I am frequent YouTube watcher and a student at UC Berkeley. As part of a project for one of my classes, I have been working on a new product idea for YouTube film makers/posters like you. The product tracks the trends in your movie viewership over time – breaking your viewership down by day, week, and month.
I have just started the service and it is a bit rough, but functional. I would *really* appreciate it if you would be willing to try it out and provide feedback to me. Mostly your feedback will help a Berkeley student with his project, but if I feel the service is valuable to you I may consider further developing the product for public use.
The site is TubeMogul – it should only take a few minutes to run thru. After you take a look, I have set up a survey to collect comments and feedback. Itâ€™s only 10 questions and they are very short and to the point.
Took me no time at all to set up and complete – instantly seeing stats for some of my more popular videos on YouTube. Nice! Certainly better than anything I had before. If you’re a YouTube user, you might give TubeMogul a shake.
Dude. This webcam looks and sounds sweet:
- High Definition 2.0 Megapixel Video* (1600 Ã— 1190 pixels)
- High Definition 7.6 Megapixel Still Photos (3200 Ã— 2380 pixels, interpolated)
- Built-in Microphone
- Wide-angle Lens (71 degrees)
- Notebook Mobility (Designed for laptop lids)
I’m getting a Microsoft LifeCam NX-6000. Nay, I’m swearing by it.
Hi, I’m a journalist doing a story on YouTube ratings, and I need some people for the story. How did your video get on Featured Videos? What’s the trick (catchy title, provocative first frame, etcâ€¦) Why is it important (or not) to get on Featured Videos? How did it make you feel? Whatâ€™s more important to you, Top Rated, Most Viewed, Most Discussed and Featured Videos why? Have you been on Featured Videos before, and has it led to bigger and better things? Please write back asap. I need to write the story by next Thursday. Thanks!
1. I have no idea how it happened.
2. I have ideas as to why it happened.
People love watching people doing stupid things, whether or not they care to admit it. I’m not a stupid person, but I love doing stupid things that aren’t likely going to put me in harm’s way – but have a humorous element, nonetheless. Well, at least *I* think I’m funny. Sometimes. Maybe.
The safety video had been online for quite some time before it was discovered – so I’d imagine the editor found it through serindipity, and s/he pushed it to the front page. I didn’t do anything particularly amazing, so I didn’t really expect to be noticed past my first 30,000 (pre-frontpage) views.
The trick? Who knows. Do something interesting. Do something different. More than anything else? Be real.
I didn’t “feel” anything, though – I’ve been on the Internet since 1992. I’ve accomplished achievements that overshadow this honor. A front page feature on YouTube did not make me any money, it didn’t get me a deal in Hollywood, and it certainly did not “complete me.” I’m impressed that it happened, but I’m also keeping things in perspective.
Everybody wants their fifteen minutes of fame – but I’d hope they’d care to make their mark in other ways. I’ve got about thirteen minutes of fame left now – and I plan on spending it wisely. Nobody from YouTube told me that it was going to happen, nobody reached out to me in an editorial capacity, and my farty-pants ego hasn’t expanded or contracted since the video was featured.
I think most users, not to mention videos, on YouTube are… insipid. Myself included. And who cares? 🙂 Really, who cares about my life – or what I do? It’s a serious question!
What’s most important to me is meeting new people who genuinely care about what I stand for and what I do. Most online “friends” aren’t. But even a front-page feature on YouTube didn’t win me any new friendships. At least, not real friendships. I don’t have real friends anymore – because they all got tired of my mime meme.
Top Rated, Most Viewed, Most Discussed and Featured Videos – take away the ratings, and all you are is a depressed narcissist. Validation should not come through awards and recogntion, but in bringing ideas to fruition. Ideas like… what would happen if you made fun of dumbass airline safety instructions that nobody listens to in the first place? My hope was that United would start using my adaptation in lieu of their original. Didn’t happen.
Life goes on.
This may get fixed at some point in the near future, but… I’ve been without my profile on YouTube for at least the past week. I can still access my account, change settings, upload videos, etc. – but nobody can see my profile. It’s not there. Nothing. Zilch. Zero. Zip. I sent a note off to YouTube support and they dismissed it with a FAQing reply. How else is someone going to know that I have videos of my dog sleeping under Ponzi’s chair? Oh YouTube, why hast thou forsaken me?
I don’t mind that YouTube is full of crap – I just want my crap to be as easily accessible as everybody else’s crap. Is that too much to ask for? Where did my profile go?!
Doing It is really doing it, apparently – generating over 75,000 unique page impressions for a single post today. Our post on How to open a beer bottle with a piece of paper got Fark’ed, and now that link is leaking out into other social news services. We went from zero to sixty in a matter of hours, and it looks as though that momentum will carry us through to future farkable finds. Yes, we’re expanding our search for the wackiest ways to do things – be that in video, audio, or plain text format. Since anybody can contribute to the site, you’re welcome to join us in our quest for the holy grail…
Well over a dozen people tuned into NBC’s Sunday night prime time lineup, shattering the network’s previous record of 10. Since the advent of the Internets, fewer intelligent beings have found themselves interested in what Hollywood has to offer.
Yesterday evening, one billion users logged into YouTube.com to upload videos of themselves doing stupid things. This morning, the networks responded in kind – issuing lawsuits against YouTube and every one of its users, claiming they (the television networks) “own the rights to insipid entertainment.” YouTube was again forced to update its Terms & Conditions to the following:
“…by submitting the User Submissions to YouTube, you hereby grant YouTube a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, uninspired, completely boring, waste of time, I want my five minutes back, who is this dipshit and why do I care, another pointless singalong, a trailer I already saw elsewhere, lame-ass halfwits who just purchased a Webcam, can I punch the ninja yet… oops, where were we? Oh yes: to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform the User Submissions in connection with the YouTube Website and YouTube’s (and its successor’s) business… in any media formats and through any media channels.”
Next week, YouTube is switching to the “I’m not dead yet” RealVideo format to settle the score with another copyright lawsuit holder, Robert Turd – since beating him senseless was out of the question.
When I heard that Video Downloader 2.0 could enable me to download videos from sites like AnimeEpisodes.Net, Badjojo, Blastro, Bofunk, Bolt, Castpost, CollegeHumor, Current TV, Dachix, Danerd, DailySixer.com, DevilDucky, Double Agent, EVTV1, FindVideos, Hiphopdeal, Kontraband, Lulu TV, Midis.biz, Music.com, MusicVideoCodes.info, Newgrounds, NothingToxic, PcPlanets, Pixparty, PlsThx, Revver, Sharkle, SmitHappens, StreetFire, That Video Site, VideoCodes4U, VideoCodesWorld, VideoCodeZone, Vimeo and Yikers, Angry Alien, Blennus, Blip.tv, Break.com, Dailymotion, Double Agent, eVideoShare, Free Video Blog, Google Video, Grinvi, iFilm, Metacafe, MySpace, MySpace Video Code, Putfile, Totally Crap, vidiLife, vSocial, YouTube and ZippyVideos… I was thrilled. Of course, I don’t visit half of these video sites, but it’s nice to know I could download the videos if I did. They’ve got a FireFox plugin, so I figured I’d ask for a Maxthon plugin, too. Wheelie4 answered my request with an IE bookmarklet to help you save embedded video files: