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YouTube now lets you create animated videos, no camera necessary

YouTube.com/create is a page dedicated to letting you easily create videos for YouTube, without ever touching a camera. The page starts out as a collection of links to Xtranormal, Stupeflix, and GoAnimate, three services focused on letting you build videos using animated avatars and custom speech. Basically, you choose your avatars, and then write their lines. A text-to-speech engine will...

Google acquires video quality specialist Green Parrot Pictures, will improve YouTube's cute cat videos

Google has acquired Green Parrot Pictures, a company that specializes in video quality improvement technology. It sounds like Google (and its massive YouTube wing) want to do something about the low-quality video that comes from smartphones and webcams -- and judging by the demonstrations of its technologies on the Green Parrot Pictures site (embedded after the break), it looks like Google...

First Hollywood film made for the Internet premieres on YouTube

Now playing in the YouTube Screening Room, 'Girl Walks Into A Bar' is the 'first ever' Hollywood film created specifically for the Internet. Brought to you for free in partnership with Lexus, the Sebastian Gutiérrez-directed film is a comedy charting the events of a single night involving a seemingly unrelated group of people, including a desperate dentist, an undercover private...

Google's Demo Slampionship kicks off with 16 contenders

Google's Demo Slam turns it up a notch with the first-ever Demo Slampionship, which kicked off yesterday. The idea behind Demo Slam is pretty simple: pit videos of technical demos against each other for users to vote on. By doing this you to get your tech demo in front of as many eyeballs as possible, roping in those least likely to watch a standard tech demo -- Joe Public. Google's 2011...

YouTube Ad Blitz 2011 lets you watch, share and rate Super Bowl ads

While I'm not a huge sports fan, I can appreciate a good ad when I see one; and the Super Bowl sometimes feels like it's as much about the ads as it is about the sport. YouTube Ad Blitz is an official YouTube channel going strong since 2007, with over 21 million channel views. It shows all Super Bowl commercials, uploaded instantly once they're broadcast in-game. Saw an ad you liked? Now you...

YouTube Screening Room now showing Sundance Film Festival shorts

In case you can't make it to the Sundance Film Festival for some reason, YouTube's got you covered. The well-known independent film event is taking place in Park City, Utah, between January 20 and 30 this year, and the YouTube Screening Room is going to do its best to make you feel like you're there. Over the next few weeks, the Screening Room will feature four career-starting short films from...

YouTube rolls out new personalized homepage to all users

YouTube, after testing a redesign of its homepage for quite a while, has now begun the rollout to all YouTube users. The new homepage brings many improvements, all designed to make it more personal to each user. The 'Videos Being Watched Now' module has been removed, and some modules that haven't seen much use, such as 'Spotlight' and 'Featured Videos' have been moved to the right sidebar, to...

YouTube app for Android gets pre-roll ads, access to Vevo's music video library

Hot on the heels of Vevo launching its music video app for Android, the YouTube app for Google's mobile operating system has also received access to Vevo's extensive music video library. To watch the videos your phone needs to be running at least Android 2.2, and your YouTube app has to be version 2.x. The latest version of the YouTube app is available in the Android Market. Within YouTube for...

Window Expander for Chrome lets you view YouTube videos in near-full screen without hacking Flash

These days, you no longer have to be an esoteric nerd to sport a dual-monitor setup. Heck, many of us use three monitors, and some have been known to use entire walls. Now, when you have such a setup and try to watch a YouTube video in full-screen, you quickly discover an irritating fact: While you're watching a video in full-screen on one monitor, any click on another monitor collapses the video...

YouTube now lets you watch embedded videos later on YouTube.com

Embedded YouTube videos have received a new clickable link in the upper-right corner that appears when you hover over the video. This is called 'Watch later', and predictably, lets you watch the video later. Here's how it works: You spot an interesting video embedded somewhere, but don't have time to watch it just then. Click on 'Watch later'. Then, when you have time to watch it, just go to...

YouTube Trends launches, now even easier to be virally hip

Have you ever wanted to be in at the beginning of a viral YouTube trend? Well, now's your chance, thanks to YouTube Trends. There are two parts of Trends: a website (which is actually a rather fancy blog), and the Trends Dashboard. The website shows you currently-trending videos (it picks out four new videos at 4am and 4pm every day), and also offers more in-depth contextual analysis of the...

TinyOgg lets you quickly convert YouTube videos to Ogg format

It's fairly easy to download YouTube videos, but they usually come in FLV or MP4 format when you grab them right off YouTube. TinyOgg is a lightweight service that lets you grab those same videos, or just the audio, in the open source Ogg format. It couldn't be simpler to use: you just feed it with a YouTube URL, and hit Convert. You then get a short URL; after a few minutes, this URL contains a...

YouTube makes video length unlimited for some users

YouTube has begun lifting the previously-enforced 15-minute video length limit for some users, the company has announced in a blog post today. The limit had been raised to 15 minutes for all users (up from 10 minutes prior to that) back in July. As of today, users "with a history of complying with the YouTube Community Guidelines" and the copyright rules that YouTube enforces will be able to...

DivX HiQ Beta does Flash video better than Adobe

Some people say that Flash video playback can be a tad crappy at times. This is a pretty obvious business oppurtunity for competing video products, and indeed, DivX tries to one-up Adobe with its DivX HiQ Beta 2. It's a whole (free) bundle of applications, but the interesting one is the DivX Web Player. It's basically a player that latches onto the YouTube player and a bunch of other common video...

YouTube's new TrueView Video Ads are skippable

As expected, YouTube has introduced a new ad format called TrueView Video Ads. The big novelties that this product brings is the viewers' ability to skip ads (after watching a minimum of 5 seconds, though) or even select which ad they would like to watch from a list. Advertisers are charged only when a viewer has chosen to watch an ad, and not per impression. Allowing people to choose the ads...