YouTube Adding a Feature to Let Fans Contribute Money Directly to Creators

Video thumbnail for youtube video YouTube Planning to Let Fans Contribute Money Directly to YouTube 2 - No Film SchoolWhile Vimeo is taking a page out of YouTube's book with new copyright protection software that scans uploads, YouTube seems to be taking a page out of Vimeo's book with a Tip Jar-like feature that will allow fans to give money directly to the creators of a video. It's unclear how this will work as of right now, but they've also got a number of other new features in the works, like a better mobile app for creators, and royalty-free sound effects that you can use in your videos. Check out the video below for an explanation:

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Here are some of the changes coming:

  • A new mobile app just for YouTube video creators that gives more control over your channel
  • Direct-to-creator contributions that will allow fans to give money directly to video creators
  • Fan-contributed captions
  • Royalty-free sound effects in the Audio Library

And here is what's available right now:

Obviously the biggest news here is a way for creators to make money off of fans beyond just a share of ad revenue on their videos. You'll likely have to be a YouTube partner to benefit from this new feature, though becoming a partner and enabling monetization on your account is easier than it has been in the past. Vimeo's Tip Jar doesn't seem like it has gained too much traction, so it will be interesting if the bigger viewership base of YouTube actually has people contributing serious money.

Link: See what’s new and what’s next in our Creator Preview -- YouTube 

[via The Verge & 9to5 Mac]

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How much do youtubers make by putting advertisements over their vids already?

May 24, 2014 at 12:42AM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


Never mind. Googled it.

May 24, 2014 at 12:49AM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


What did you type to find the info? Are they more transparent now?
Vimeo: Creator gets 90% profit, Vimeo gets 10%
iTunes: Creator gets 70%, Apple gets 30%
YouTube: ?

May 24, 2014 at 4:12PM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


YouTube:45% Creator:55%

May 25, 2014 at 9:06AM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


Thanks Achilleas.

May 25, 2014 at 2:36PM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


There's a new site called "Patreon" that operates under a similar premise that's worth checking out.

The Redlettermedia guys (Mr. Plinkett Star Wars reviews) currently makes $5,500+ a month just through Patreon.

May 24, 2014 at 1:20AM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


Why does Nofilmschool have 13 different tracking cookies? Without being transparent about it when visiting?

May 24, 2014 at 7:24AM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


Why do I keep getting a pop-up-ad for a FREE high-resolution PDF of The DSLR Cinematography Guide??

May 24, 2014 at 2:19PM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


Yeah, no offense, but it's probably time to give that one up. That was fine 3 yrs ago, but it's definitely dated now...I think many nfs readers are going beyond d-SLR's anyway.

June 2, 2014 at 12:27AM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM

Daniel Mimura

No one tips on Vimeo, and I think people are far less likely to tip on YouTube.

May 24, 2014 at 11:12AM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


You have a valid point.

But thinking about it, they are channels like Freddie W (rocket jump) who reach a good amount of money every time they make a campaign for his Web series. That's because people knew he would use their money in order to create something they already like. It's his audience. Imagine your own audience cheering for you. Now they have the choice to help YOU, their favorite channel, first hand. This could be the beginning of something bigger. Or so I want to believe...

May 24, 2014 at 5:35PM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


On the flip side, and depending on the subject matter, the audience on YouTube tends to be much larger, so maybe there's a chance the two factors will even out and creators will the same negligible amounts of money. :-P

May 24, 2014 at 5:48PM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM

Mr Blah