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YouTube Live now streaming select partners in real time

Not content with limiting its dominance in streaming uploaded videos, YouTube is now ready to take on competitors like Justin.TV and Ustream. The new YouTube Live service is being rolled out to select YouTube partners and will enable real-time broadcasting. In its official announcement, Google states that "The goal is to provide thousands of partners with the capability to live stream from th...

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 the...

YouTube Video Editor gets impressive stabilization and 3D Video Creator

Google has just updated its cloud-based YouTube video editor to include the fruits of its recent purchase, plus a bit of 3D thrown in for good measure. The in-browser editor can now dramatically reduce camera shake using technology acquired from Green Parrot Pictures. It works by charting the best camera path for you, as if you were using a dolly or tripod, using a 'unified optimization techniq...

Google introduces Anthill hardware VP8 decoder

It's full speed ahead for Google's VP8 video codec. Now that the bulk of YouTube's video library has been converted, it's on to the next task -- which looks to be hardware decoding. To that end, Google has unveiled Anthill, a hardware VP8 decoding solution that is substantially faster and more efficient than current software solutions. Google's Aki Kuusela said, "The H1 (Anthill) hardware en...

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 h...

Enable WebM video in Internet Explorer 9 with a Google plug-in

Not too long ago, Microsoft released an extension for Google Chrome which enabled H.264 HTML5 video playback. Now Google has returned the favor by offering a WebM plug-in for Internet Explorer 9 users. In a move which we can only describe as oozing with self-confidence, Google points out that there are some known issues -- visit this page, and revel in its blankness. If you plan on using IE9...

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 detectiv...

Google to launch unlimited video streaming service in the U.K. first

Google, no doubt more than a little leery of Netflix's entrenchment in the U.S., is planning to launch an unlimited on-demand movie streaming service through YouTube in the U.K. The Big G has been talking with Hollywood studios for months, and has set aside $100 million to secure some big deals. According to one Hollywood executive, Google will launch both video-on-demand and 'channels,' which ...

Watch live NBA and NHL games on YouTube? Google's working on it.

According to a report from Bloomberg, Google is in active discussions to bring two marquee professional sports leagues to YouTube: the NBA and NHL. Google has already successfully shown IPL cricket matches, and is now moving on to European soccer leagues as well as the NBA and NHL. Bloomberg doesn't just cite "sources familiar with the situation," either. Rather, the confirmations come from two G...

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 Dem...

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 c...

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 ...

Google defends its dropping of H.264, announces WebM plug-ins for IE and Safari

After Google's announcement last week that it would be dropping H.264 HTML5 video support, the tech world exploded. As the dust settled -- as the fragments of brainless bile drifted slowly back to the tech blog morass -- it became clear that there were two evenly-split sides. Half of the tech world, spearheaded by TechCrunch's slavering Siegler, felt that Google had figuratively defecated on its o...

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 ...