Professional YouTube video creators and amateurs alike will soon get new tools for refining their work and expanding audiences.
YouTube may face some challenges as it moves toward the mainstream, but it isn't standing still on the technological side. Here are eight new tools for video creators YouTube execs Matthew Glotzbach and Oliver Heckmann—the site's director of product management and VP of engineering, respectively—previewed at the unofficial YouTube convention VidCon last week.
A few are available now, but most are are still coming attractions. Keep your eyes peeled, YouTubers.
1. Sound Effects
YouTube's Audio Library already featured hundreds of free songs; now it also includes an array of royalty-free sound effects—perfect for the creator who needs a blood-curdling scream or machine gun fire. The company is also adding more music tracks, though it didn't say how many.
2. 60 FPS Video
Most YouTube videos play at the standard film-projection rate of 24 frames per second—typically just fast enough to trick a viewer's brain into seeing motion instead of a succession of still images. YouTube will soon be supporting higher frame rates of 48 fps and 60 fps in order to better capture action from video-game footage shot at higher frame rates.
YouTube has uploaded three videos that preview the new HFR (high frame rate) mode; you can check them out here. (Though be careful out there, creators; remember the grief director Peter Jackson took from some critics when he released the first Hobbit movie in 48 fps.)
3. Creator Studio App
A new Creator Studio app gives creators mobile access to their analytics, which help them better understand the audience drawn by each video, as well as video-management functions. The app is available on Android and will be launching on iOS in "coming weeks."
Although the execs' description was a little vague, creators are apparently going to get "new ways" to create video playlists designed to draw in fans.
5. Creator Credits
Lots of creators collaborate in making YouTube videos, but it's not easy for viewers to track down the video history of individual collaborators in a video. Creator Credits aims to fix that by letting creators tag their collaborator friends on videos so that viewers can click through to discover new channels. Credits will also allow users to search for different creators based on their work and location.
6. Fan-Contributed Subtitles
Viewers will soon be able to submit their own translations of video subtitles or captions for videos that use them.
7. Info Cards
Info cards will help cleanly organize text in video, replacing YouTube's older annotation format. Creators will be able to program Info cards once to work across desktops, phones, and tablets.
8. Fan Funding
YouTube is adding its own way for fans to support their favorite YouTube celebrities as an alternative to KickStarter, IndieGogo and Patreon. A "Support" button now being tested on channels such as The Young Turks will let viewers donate money directly to video creators via Google Wallet.
YouTube—Now On Satellite Radio
In addition to these new features, the video site is also launching The YouTube 15, a weekly show on SiriusXM Hits 1. Hosted by creator Jenna Marbles, the show will feature YouTube's rising music stars.
Tahaan is an award winning hindi film based on the life of a young boy living in Kashmir. This is a drama movie for both adults and children.
A Bollywood Indian Children drama film directed by Santosh Sivan, Tahaan is a fable-like journey of the eponymous eight-year-old boy, whose life revolves around the pursuit to find real purpose in his little world.
The film stars Purav Bhandare as the young boy. Anupam Kher, Sarika, Rahul Bose, Rahul Khanna and Victor Banerjee form the rest of the cast. It was filmed on location in Jammu and Kashmir.
A tender fable about childhood innocence amid the realities of war is set against the rugged landscape of Kashmir, so long a flash point for the territorial claims of neighboring India and Pakistan. The title character, an eight year old mountain boy, often hears distant gunfire. But it is not until he goes on a quest to reclaim his beloved donkey, which has been confiscated as payment of his poor family's debts, that he is drawn toward a violence he has no capacity to understand.
Tahaan was very much appreciated by a lot of critics and has won a lot of international awards that include "Best Picture" at Pusan film Festival
The legend Mr. Amitabh Bachchan is on a fiction show for the first time. 'Yudh' Coming Soon only on Sony. A story of a man who is invincible. It is the journey of a man and his struggle with his collapsing health, his battle with business rivals and his complicated family equations. It is journey to emerge as a winner despite all odds.
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Ari Graynor is looking really good playing Meredith on her new CBS sitcom, Bad Teacher.
Meredith is a recently divorced woman who finds work as schoolteacher just to hold her over until she finds another man with enough money to restore her to her formerly cushy life. Graynor's tight wardrobe often highlights her sexy curves.
"I haven't worked out, this is unfortunately true, in over a year," she tells me during a break from rehearsing her upcoming Off-Broadway play American Hero. "I hate any kind of physical activity. I've more just tried to cool it on eating everything in sight.
"I've been a picker of food my whole life and once I start I can't stop," she continued. "So rather than feeling the pressure of having to look a certain way for the role and for the outfits, it was more about not expelling that energy of self-loathing at the end of the day if I had hung around the craft services table for too long, especially with Meredith feeling so confident."
Graynor laughs when asked who are her dream actors to play Meredith's love interests.
"Oh, God! I don't know," she said. "I don't know because there are the really lofty goals that are completely and wildly inappropriate like the Michael Fassbenders of the world that I love so much and then there are the Jon Hamm kinds of dreams."
Here's hoping Ari's dreams do come true.