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walkenChristopher Walken got kind of a raw deal. How, you ask? Well, the legendary character actor is clearly a song and dance man at heart, yet he has the body and larynx of the wackiest supervillain ever. And a gift for comedy. That’s probably the reason it’s so fun to watch him dance, but the truth is, no one knows. All we do know is that Walken’s dancing, like the Aurora Borealis or a double rainbow, is a true wonder of nature, better experienced than analyzed. So, click through to watch one of humanity’s significant achievements, as well as the best reason yet for YouTube to exist. More »

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sundance film festivalIt’s that time of year again, No Film Schoolers. The Sundance Film Festival, the Super Bowl of independent film, has made its way back to Park City for another year. Last year, the folks at Sundance did something unexpected; they uploaded 12 short films selected to play at the prestigious festival and premiered them on YouTube. The film with the most views once the festival concluded would then be awarded the YouTube Audience Award. The online competition has returned for its second year, and the lineup has expanded to 15 films, ranging from narrative to documentary to animation and beyond. Check out a few of this year’s Sundance short films below. More »

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Video thumbnail for youtube video How Youtube Works - No Film SchoolIn an effort to get videos to stream more reliably regardless of your connection speed, the YouTube team at Google continues to innovate and utilize different distribution methods to get videos buffering as little as possible and in the highest quality possible. Here’s a great video from Computerphile that explains just how complicated their delivery system actually is, and how they get high-traffic videos to actually load faster (and the video itself is on YouTube, of course): More »

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YouTube Logo1Rival service Vimeo launched their Music Store back in 2011, and now just two years later, Google is doing something similar for creators with their YouTube Audio Library. While the Music Store was designed as a way to allow creators to sell or give away their music with certain restrictions, the new YouTube Audio Library is designed to be completely free without any royalties, and the music can be used for any video you create (even outside of YouTube). Check out some samples from the new Audio Library below and read more about how you can use the files. More »

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YouTube Next WeekendThought YouTube was all cat videos and Chocolate Rain? Think again! Okay yes — most of them are cat videos (I’m not complaining,) but nowadays independent filmmakers are uploading videos that are gaining attention, paying their bills, and opening up doors for their careers. What kinds of doors? Well, for the first time, a major film festival will curate and screen a short film program exclusively featuring YouTube videos, thanks to the partnership between YouTube and Sundance to bring you YouTube Shorts @ NEXT WEEKEND. This means that not only will the big YouTube hitters, like CollegeHumor and VICE, have a chance at being in the lineup, but you as well. More »

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Den Lennie F-Stop Academy Rotolight TestDen Lennie of F-Stop Academy posted a video comparison involving a test between a Rotolight AnovaDedo Softbox, and Kino Flo Celeb. Five months later (and without contacting Den first), Rotolight, one of the manufacturers in the test, had this review abruptly taken down by Vimeo because of supposed copyright infringement. He was then contacted directly by Rotolight days later explaining that they did not think the test was fair or representative of their product. Den responded on Facebook to express his disappointment, and Rotolight later issued a statement to give their side of the story. Here’s what has happened since. More »

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Video thumbnail for youtube video Buffering Bummer: Are Bitter Broadband Providers Handicapping Netflix & YouTube? - nofilmschoolIt’s probably no surprise to anyone that Netflix and YouTube dominate the domain of web video. Any video viewer is also probably used to watching those please wait, buffering circles go ’round while waiting for their videos to load. Tuning in to such sites during peak hours, it’s no wonder why video can take a while to buffer, right? According to a recent post by Ars Technica, there’s a bit more to buffering (read: suffering) than what may be immediately obvious. The real bummer is that web video doesn’t have to be so slow, at least in some cases. But, due to disagreements between ISPs and major media services, sometimes it is. More »

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Rotolight LogoIf you’ve been following along, you already know the details, but if you need a quick refresher, head on over to the previous post. Basically, Den posted a review that included a Rotolight Anova, and they were not happy with the results, and had Vimeo take it down without first consulting with him. Now Rotolight has responded to all of the criticism with their side of the story. You can read that below. More »

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Den Lennie F-Stop AcademyThat’s exactly what happened to Den Lennie of F-Stop Academy, even though they owned all of the equipment in the review. He posted a review of the Rotolight Anova, Dedo Softbox, and Kino Flo Celeb, and while the review had been up for some time, one of those companies was not happy with the result. They issued a DMCA takedown notice to Vimeo, and the video was removed. Check out Den’s video below for the explanation: More »

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Gloves and Boots - YouTube Copyright ExplanationWhether you’ve had one of your videos taken down due to copyright issues, or someone else has pulled your video and uploaded it elsewhere without permission, YouTube’s copyright procedures can be a little confusing. That’s why we’ve got puppets Glove and Boots to give you the rundown about copyright rules and how YouTube handles takedown notices. Check out the video below: More »

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YouTube logoIn the late 90s, it seems like everyone had a startup, but no one, especially the media giants, knew exactly how they were going to make money off this new thing called the Internet. Would there be a machine next to your computer that accepted quarters, à la those massaging beds you see in movies but have never seen in real life? Would it come from subscription fees, like the old AOL model? It turns out the answer was ads, mostly, and with its model, individual users can earn quite a bit of money with their YouTube videos. An infographic shows how at least one segment of the internet is making its scratch, moolah, bread, cab fare, etc. Click below to check out how much sweet, sweet money the top 1,000 channels are making! More »

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Of all the filmmakers of all time, few can claim the sheer volume of titles to their name as Roger Corman — never mind his other accomplishments. The 87-year-old director, producer, writer, and occasional actor is still active in his 60 year film career, during which he has coached countless high-profile auteurs, fostered the careers of several notable actors, and earned a 2009 Honorary Academy Award. He has also already denied services such as Hulu streaming rights to his extensive ~400 film canon even for an offered $5-6,000 per film (to be paid to him) — but has agreed to launch “Corman’s Drive-In” as a $4/mo paid YouTube channel in the summer. Read on for more details. More »

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youtube spaces studioInevitable as it was, YouTube has finally rolled out the initial phase of its first ever attempt at paid subscription content. The 30 channels offered in this ‘pilot program’ span a wide range of demographics and subject matter — which is to be expected from the place where a vast majority of web video lives. Especially judging by these first 30 channels, this news likely won’t have no-budget filmmakers screaming anything about a ‘self-distribution revolution,’ but it certainly offers a more direct line of monetization for content owners than ad-based revenue. Viewers can try out any of the channels with a two-week free trial, and they start at $1 a month. Read on for more details. More »

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Tribeca Enterprises and Maker Studios announced their collaboration to create a new YouTube channel featuring web series and short films called Picture Show. Comprised of Maker Studios’ YouTube talent, along with writers and stars from College Humor, Upright Citizens Brigadeand Tribeca’s own artists, Picture Show will “specialize in original content that blends the Maker sensibility with Tribeca’s cinematic focus.” With its official launch date of April 19th nearing, it might be worth your while to get acquainted with this comedy destination with a cinematic twist. More »

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We recently mentioned the documentary TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay — Away From Keyboard as part of VHX’s drive to make strong independent work available direct-to-audience. TPB AFK is a documentary that follows three Pirate Bay co-founders as they face prosecution for aiding piracy on a massive scale (or, in other words, founding The Pirate Bay). Released for free on BitTorrent as well as on YouTube, the film raises powerful questions about piracy, intellectual property law, and an ungoverned internet, and gives us a glimpse into the lives of a few individuals who created a web portal that is still going strong even today. Given that law is so much slower to change than the internet, is the problem with the pirates, or with anti-piracy laws that may need some updating? Watch the entire 82 minute film below. More »

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As promised, the team behind VHX is steadily working to change the independent film distribution landscape. Veteran experience in populist collaboration and the building of Vimeo means VHX understands web video, audience interaction, and tracking social trends. Can it really work? The likes of NPR and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl (as director) think so, joining the ranks of non-fiction VHX-powered releases like Indie Game: The Movie. VHX has also empowered documentary filmmakers spotlighting the ‘hacker’ community Anonymous, and the creators of the controversial BitTorrent tracker The Pirate Bay — even with the latter doc’s simultaneous free release through YouTube and BitTorrent. More »

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YouTube is doing a lot to make itself a media service platform that rivals the traditional television you’re used to. Original channels are getting a major push, creators are being given some big perks as incentive, and shooting/uploading elegance now trumps native video-sharing options on rival mobile devices. There’s still plenty of things that need to be ironed out before all of us may seriously consider YouTube as a hub for our own content — but Google is still looking toward the future and forging ahead. The ability to watch YouTube on your home TV set is already proliferating, but now, Google has announced an app update that allows you to control browsing and viewing directly with your Android phone or tablet. More »

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A few weeks ago I first saw a web ad that ran something close to, “Know who probably buys clothes? People who watch fashion videos… YouTube Ads work.” It struck me as fairly profound, though obvious at the same time, because it rings pretty true. Of course, how true it rings is contingent on people actually watching videos to see those ads — something that’s simply not happening (at least as much as it appears) when views are artificially generated. We’ve covered view inflation and cheating YouTube before — but now, YouTube has accused two of the largest record companies in the world of ‘click fraud,’ and has ‘confiscated’ an unprecedented two billion views as a result. Talk about your parent catching you “clicking yourself” under their roof, huh? More »

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Freddie Wong, the namesake of his FreddieW YouTube channel and co-founder of Rocket Jump Studios, directs or collaborates on some of the coolest original content on YouTube. The FreddieW team also contributes to YT’s Node channel, featuring work from their brethren-in-arms Corridor Digital, who also produce a volume of great original stuff on the ‘Tube. Rocket Jump’s cumulatively feature-length web series Video Game High School was a substantial undertaking, the first for FreddieW and co at such a scale, and produced for over $600,000 (just the first season) — subsequently, Freddie and Rocket Jump have done something virtually unheard of by posting a full budgetary breakdown. More »

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I wasn’t really expecting to have to refer to the theoretical ‘Instagram of Video’ for another while — major choices for mobile users are already in place and ‘in the running’ for such a title, and it could be a while before everyone in the discussion unanimously declares one app the victor (if ever). The Verge (seemingly in a nod to comments) acknowledged YouTube as the elephant in the room for these apps, because even on iOS where the YouTube app is read-only (well, watch-only — no uploads), the service is the megalith for easily-socialized video. A complete YouTube experience is already native on Android (again, YouTube is Google is Android), perhaps to the chagrin of recent Android-joiner Viddy. A new development may totally shift the dynamics of this interplay, however: Google just yesterday released YouTube Capture for iOS. More »