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Parents: don't panic about Momo – worry about YouTube Kids instead | Keza MacDonald | Opinion | The Guardian
The majority of YouTube Kids content isn’t distressing or disturbing – but it is mostly brain-numbingly terrible. A vast amount of the kid-friendly videos that are uploaded are straight-up garbage: cheap, algorithm-driven songs or nonsensical stories featuring 3D models or toys of popular characters such as Elsa, Spider-Man and Peppa Pig. They are designed purely to extract views and thereby money from common search terms – not to entertain or educate kids. Friends with young children regularly complain about the inane surprise-egg or toy review videos that have become household obsessions. My toddler would watch cheap, repetitive, unbearably cheery nursery rhyme videos for an hour if I let him.

The easiest solution for parents of young children might be to purge YouTube from everything – phones, TVs, games consoles, iPads, the lot. This is the approach we’ve taken in our household, which inconveniently contains two video games journalists and, consequently, an absurd number of devices. You don’t need to be a tech luddite to find YouTube Kids both irritating and vaguely worrying. There is no shortage of good children’s entertainment available on Netflix, through BBC iPlayer and catch-up TV, or through advert-free games designed for young players. And there’s zero chance they’ll come across any suicide tips there.

youtube  children  socialmedia  video  television 
march 2019 by juliusbeezer
What would you do if your teenager became an overnight Instagram sensation? | Technology | The Guardian
According to the influencer analytics platform Captiv8, the numbers range from very little or contra (in exchange for free stuff) to fairly impressive – at least at the top end of the business.

YouTube is the pinnacle, with the highest earners – 7m subscribers or more – able to demand $300,000 for an ongoing video brand-partnership.

On Instagram and Facebook, the biggest influencers are taking home anywhere between $150,000 to $187,000 per post. And even smaller “micro-influencers” with followings around 100,000 are able to command up to $5,000 per sponsored post – a pretty good living when you add it up at the end of the day.
socialmedia  business  facebook  youtube 
july 2018 by juliusbeezer
How Peppa Pig became a video nightmare for children | Technology | The Guardian
Whether these videos are deliberately malicious, “merely” trolling, or the emergent effect of complex systems, isn’t the point. What’s new is that the system in which such violence proliferates is right in front of us, and visibly complicit, if we choose to see it for what it is. I titled that original essay “Something is wrong on the internet” because it seemed and still seems to me that the issues made glaringly obvious by the scandal are not limited to children’s content, nor to YouTube. First among these is how systems of algorithmic governance, rather than leading us towards the sunny uplands of equality and empowerment, continually re-enact and reinforce our existing prejudices, while oppressing those with the least understanding of, and thus power over, the systems they’re enmeshed in.

Take YouTube’s recommendation system for starters, which doesn’t differentiate between Disney movies and a grainy animation cooked up by a bot farm in China. Essentially what the seemingly benign “if you like that, you’ll like this” mechanism is doing is training young children – practically from birth – to click on the first thing that comes along, regardless of the source.
internet  youtube  video  children 
june 2018 by juliusbeezer
Something is wrong on the internet – James Bridle – Medium
A step beyond the simply pirated Peppa Pig videos mentioned previously are the knock-offs. These too seem to teem with violence. In the official Peppa Pig videos, Peppa does indeed go to the dentist, and the episode in which she does so seems to be popular — although, confusingly, what appears to be the real episode is only available on an unofficial channel. In the official timeline, Peppa is appropriately reassured by a kindly dentist. In the version above, she is basically tortured, before turning into a series of Iron Man robots and performing the Learn Colours dance. A search for “peppa pig dentist” returns the above video on the front page, and it only gets worse from here.

Disturbing Peppa Pig videos, which tend towards extreme violence and fear, with Peppa eating her father or drinking bleach, are, it turns out very widespread. They make up an entire YouTube subculture.
youtube  internet 
november 2017 by juliusbeezer
Google Begins Biggest Crackdown on Extremist YouTube Videos - Bloomberg
Starting on Thursday, Google will police YouTube like it never has before, adding warnings and disabling advertising on videos that the company determines crosses its new threshold for offensive content.

YouTube isn’t removing the selected videos, but is instead setting new restrictions on viewing, sharing and making money on them. A note detailing the changes will go to producers of the affected videos on Thursday, according to a spokeswoman for the Alphabet Inc. company.
youtube  google  video  censorship 
august 2017 by juliusbeezer
Tony Blair on Andrew Marr Show (24Jun12) - YouTube
08:03 "Sure!" (… it was fine to spit in the face of the UN and embark upon a war of aggression without Security Council backing). Perhaps M. Blair's acuity as a statesman would have been greater had the BBC employed journalists capable of holding him to account!
dccomment  youtube  politics  uk  iraq  UN 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
Close Viewing by Austin Allen - Poetry Foundation
When I told a friend I was writing about great poets on video, he guessed right away which poet had sparked the concept. In 1967, Al Alvarez interviewed John Berryman for the BBC, sharing beers with him in a Dublin pub and letting the old lion hold forth. The footage has become legendary in poetry circles, for good reason.

Berryman’s verse is known for its contrarian rhythms, the quirks of emphasis he sometimes signals with fastidious accent marks. Watching him declaim his “Dream Songs,” you realize how physical those rhythms were, how he converted bodily and vocal tics into metrical ones. You see him hunch and rock, stroke his outrageous beard, jab a pedantic finger on the line “this is not for tears; thinking”—and jab even harder as he shouts the word But in an explosive volta.

Sure, he’s drunk, as the YouTube commenters gleefully point out. But sobriety wouldn’t smooth over such spiky eccentricity.
poetry  video  youtube  socialmedia 
september 2016 by juliusbeezer
The secret rules of the internet | The Verge
Sometimes exhausted, sometimes elated, and always under intense pressure, the SQUAD reviewed all of YouTube’s flagged content, developing standards as they went. They followed a guiding-light question: "Can I share this video with my family?" For the most part, they worked independently, debating and arguing among themselves; on particularly controversial issues, strategists like Mora-Blanco conferred with YouTube’s founders. In the process, they drew up some of the earliest outlines for what was fast becoming a new field of work, an industry that had never before been systematized or scaled: professional moderation.
video  censorship  internet  moderation  youtube  facebook  twitter 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
Untitled (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jG6wqvVA1Q)
Whatever Gerry Downing's views, his immediate expulsion from the Labour Party is surely an error:
dccomment  youtube 
march 2016 by juliusbeezer
Doing Is Knowing: “Sweet Jane” and the Web — Backchannel — Medium
Anyone who wants to learn “Sweet Jane” today can look it up on YouTube and get schooled by gawky kids and middle-aged instructional-video peddlers and all sorts of other people who have chosen to say, “I will show you how I do this.” You can listen to and compare a fat catalog of live performances by Reed and covers by others. (You may visit the “Sweet Jane” Museum I have assembled here, if you like.) The Web has, among many other achievements, allowed us all to produce and share the instruction manuals to our DIY dreams. Pickers and strummers everywhere who have posted your clumsy, loving, earnest videos: I thank you and salute you!
blogs  music  learning  youtube  video  dccomment 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
Complete Guide to YouTube Optimization: Everything You Need to Know
Now that your channel is all set, let’s move on to optimizing your videos themselves.
youtube  video  search 
august 2015 by juliusbeezer
Surveillant Anxiety: Pleasure in the Surveillance of “Others” and Seveillance at the Deep Lab – Performing the Digital → Blog
Moderately interesting discussion of online video phenomena, with good examples: big brother, russian dashcam footage, sextape fappenings
"I laid out three types of pleasure in a foreign language, because that’s how I roll, with definitions taken from the internet. Jouissance, Divertissement, and Schadenfreude. A working hypothesis for why the three examples were sticky or different is because people see them as something that could happen to them but did not. They are also all types of pleasure that have some pain, discomfort, or cringeworthyness attached to them."
video  youtube  internet  socialmedia 
june 2015 by juliusbeezer
Cheaper bandwidth or bust: How Google saved YouTube | Ars Technica
YouTube was burning through $2 million a month in bandwidth costs before the acquisition. What few knew at the time was that Google was a pioneer in data center technology, which allowed it to dramatically lower the costs of running YouTube.
youtube  google  video  business  networking  internet 
april 2015 by juliusbeezer
linux - Convert a video to MP4 (H.264/AAC) with ffmpeg - Stack Overflow
http://handbrake.fr is a nice high level tool with a lot of useful presets for mp4 for iPod, PS3, ... with both GUI and CLI interfaces for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X.

It comes with its own dependencies as a single statically linked fat binary so you have all the x264 / aac codecs included.

$ HandBrakeCLI -Z Universal -i myinputfile.mov -o myoutputfile.mp4
youtube  tools  video 
december 2014 by juliusbeezer
YouTube presets - HandBrake
The Normal preset will get you close, at about RF20.
youtube  tools  video 
december 2014 by juliusbeezer
YouTube: Your videos will process faster if you encode into a streamable file format. - Timo Hetzel
YouTube will try to encode chunks from the video as it is still uploading. This also allows them to spread out this single encode job to multiple machines, optimizing load across their nodes and speeding up the process.

In order to do that, they need to know how the data inside the file is laid out. This information is stored in the moov atom of the video container. When locally encoding the file, this information only becomes available at the end of the encode and is therefore appended at the end of the file.

To move the moov atom to the front of the file, one may use the “Fast Start” option of the encoder. QuickTime and others do this in their GUI, ffmpeg users can use the -movflags faststart option, and one may use the qtfaststart script after encoding.
youtube  video  tools 
december 2014 by juliusbeezer
Encoding for YouTube: How to Get the Best Results - Streaming Media Magazine
If you're working with HD video, it's hard to imagine a usage case where you'd want to upload a file smaller than 720p; see above for recommendations there. If you're uploading DV or similar footage, I would heed YouTube's recommendations and convert to a square pixel resolution before uploading. I tested by uploading both 4:3 and 16:9 DV files, and the aspect ratios were slightly off in both. Nothing tragic, but definitely discernible to the trained eye.

Specifically, YouTube encoded the 4:3 DV file to a resolution of 654x480, rather than 640x480, and produced the 16:9 DV file to 854x470 rather than 854x480. Rather than uploading at DV resolutions and aspect ratios, I would convert 4:3 DV footage to a progressive 640x480 file, and the 16:9 DV file to 854x480. Three of the vendors, Adobe, Sorenson and Telestream, provided 640x480 presets, and the data rate ranged from 2 - 2.5 mbps, which sounds about right. The 854x480 file has more pixels, so I would boost this to no more than 3 mbps, with 128 kbps audio good for both resolutions.

So, that's it. Hopefully, you know a lot more about encoding for YouTube upload than you did at the start, with links to get more information should you need it.
youtube  video  tools 
december 2014 by juliusbeezer
Advanced encoding settings - YouTube Help
Recommended bitrates, codecs, and resolutions, and more
youtube  video  tools 
december 2014 by juliusbeezer
Encoding YouTube Videos at the Highest Quality | Videomaker.com
it helps to know how YouTube processes your video once it’s been uploaded to its video servers. When you know what's going on behind the scenes, you'll understand the best settings to use, and why you should use them.
youtube  video  tools 
december 2014 by juliusbeezer
CS106A Programming Methodology
Introductary programming course materials (to be read in conjunction with online video of lectures available on YouTube)
programming  MOOC  youtube  education  code 
december 2013 by juliusbeezer

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