YouTube adds Paid Channels. Any takers?

Over the past few years, YouTube has gained a strong presence in the video world. It’s one of those services that Google has bothered to develop versus others which have been neglected post acquisition. Yesterday, YouTube announced the launch of paid channels as a pilot programme with a small group of partners that will offer paid channels on YouTube.

Over the past few years, YouTube has gained a strong presence in the video world. It’s one of those services that Google has bothered to develop versus others which have been neglected post acquisition.

Yesterday, YouTube announced the launch of paid channels as a pilot programme with a small group of partners that will offer paid channels on YouTube.

YouTube Paid Channels

There are currently 53 channels available for subscription including Big Star with subscription fees starting at $0.99 per month. Every channel has a 14-day free trial, and many offer discounted yearly rates.

I don’t see anything that tempts me yet to take a subscription. But, what about you? Will you subscribe to any of the paid channels? Would you prefer a single subscription that covers everything?

iTube Studio for Mac giveaway

iSkysoft iTube Studio for Mac helps you download videos (HD videos supported) from YouTube, FaceBook, TNT, BREAK, Google Video, and many other video-sharing sites opened in Safari. Convert the downloaded videos or FLV videos on your hard drive to use with iPhone, iPod, iPad, PSP and mobile phones; or to any video and audio format of your choice. Built-in Mac FLV player enables you to view the downloaded videos conveniently.

iSkysoft iTube Studio for Mac helps you download videos (HD videos supported) from YouTube, FaceBook, TNT, BREAK, Google Video, and many other video-sharing sites opened in Safari. Convert the downloaded videos or FLV videos on your hard drive to use with iPhone, iPod, iPad, PSP and mobile phones; or to any video and audio format of your choice. Built-in Mac FLV player enables you to view the downloaded videos conveniently.

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Features:

  • Download videos from YouTube and other similar video-sharing sites
  • Convert downloaded videos for iPad, iPod, iPhone (iPhone 4) and more
  • Play and manage downloaded videos or flash videos on your Mac’s hard drive

For a limited period of time, you can get a software license completely for free ($29 value).

This giveaway campaign will run from Sep. 14th, 18:00, GMT+8 to Sep. 19th, 18:00, GMT+8.

Download iTube Studio for Mac
Giveaway link

Har Ek Friend Zaroori Hota Hai

Airtel’s new video is definitely taking India (and Facebook) by storm. The tune and words are catchy, the video is well choreographed and the best part is that you can participate in their contest and win a trip to Las Vegas. The process of entering the contest is simple…

Airtel‘s new video is definitely taking India (and Facebook) by storm. The tune and words are catchy, the video is well choreographed and the best part is that you can participate in their contest and win a trip to Las Vegas.

The process of entering the contest is simple… winning will be a whole different ball game!

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Login using your Facebook account, select a friend, create that matching friend type that best describes him and then tag your friend.

Do remember to read the terms and conditions before you enter. All the best!

Search And Play Youtube Videos Within Chrome

Are you a Google Chrome user? Are you a YouTube frequenter? If you answered yes to both those questions, then today’s post of ours will surely be of interest to you.

Are you a Google Chrome user? Are you a YouTube frequenter? If you answered yes to both those questions, then today’s post of ours will surely be of interest to you.
Every time y

ou need to view a video, you leave your current webpage, head on over to YouTube, search for the right video, and play it. Does that process seem a little lengthy to you? What if there is information on the current page which you want to keep visible while you watch the video you are searching for?

Those questions entered the mind of one Chrome extensions developer and he/she created what we know as YouSearch.

YouSearch is an amazingly innovative extension for the Google Chrome browser that seamlessly integrates YouTube with Chrome. Firstly, after installing the extension you will notice a new icon with the YS in Chrome’s address bar.

When this icon is clicked, a search box appears as shown in the image below:

With this search bar, we can search for YouTube videos without leaving our current webpage. This search bar is actually sort of a YouTube search engine. The results are shown neatly in the same window. I searched for one of my longtime favorite bands, Joy Division and such was the image of my results:

Our webpage is still open and the information on it can be easily viewed. To play a video, we simply click on a search result and it will start playing in the same drop down window:

One shortcoming that I observed was that when the open webpage was clicked or another window opened, the browsing data in the extension would be lost. So if a video is loading and you leave the Chrome window (open some other window) you will have to start over with the search.

If the developer succeeds to recognize this hole and remedies it, then this extension will surely be the best one facilitating Chrome YouTube users.

Subscribe to Youtube channel podcasts and favorites RSS video feeds in FLV and MP4 formats

A Youtube `channel’ is a fancy way of saying Youtube `profile page’. Whenever you sign up with Youtube you get your own `channel page’ that gives details  such as your public videos, favorites, comments, subscribers, video log, bulletin status, and recent activity. Users can also see stats about you, like how long you’ve been a YouTube member, how old you are, and how many videos you’ve watched.

A Youtube `channel’ is a fancy way of saying Youtube `profile page’. Whenever you sign up with Youtube you get your own `channel page’ that gives details  such as your public videos, favorites, comments, subscribers, video log, bulletin status, and recent activity. Users can also see stats about you, like how long you’ve been a YouTube member, how old you are, and how many videos you’ve watched.

A very popular use of the `channel page’ is the subscribe option .If you have a collection of favorite videos that you’ve placed on your channel, and if that collection is something many people like, those people have the option of subscribing (which is another way of saying `following you’) to your channel. They can even get the option to get updates of your channel by subscribing to your channels RSS feed.

However what happens when you want to view these videos offline? (eg. on your PSP on a long drive) that where RSShandler.com’s YouTube RSS coverter comes in.

Just feed in the YouTube channel URL that you need (eg ww.youtube.com/user/Google) then choose a format that you’d like the video(s) in, hit generate and you should have a specially formatted link that you can put into your RSS feed reading device/software (eg. iTunes or the built in RSS feed reader in the PSP) , that’s all you have to do!
When the RSShandlers link will open up in your feed reader. You’ll see all videos in that channel along with a link to download each one (or all) in the format you specified earlier! This way you get to keep the videos that you really want and still be updated whenever something new comes onto the channel!

The best way to Watch Images and Videos with your Family

The web is definitely evolving and at the core of it all is social networking. It never fails to surprise how many different ideas people can come up with. Watchitoo.

The web is definitely evolving and at the core of it all is social networking. It never fails to surprise how many different ideas people can come up with. Watchitoo.com is one of them.

The website looks like a combination of Flickr and Youtube when you first look at it but you might be fooled into thinking that its nothing more than that until you notice the service’s motto!

Watchitoo main focus is not that you just upload your photos and videos and leave it for others to find, far from it! Watchitoo’s point is that as soon as you upload your content (be it video or images) you can view them with your close friends or relatives – simultaneously! (That’s `instantly’ in case you’re wondering…)

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What advantages can this have? Way too many! You could watch your favorite show with your friends without any of them ever leaving the house. You can even switch on the Video chat feature invite your friends to join you so that you  can talk and watch the show just like you were sitting in the living room!

Maybe you just came back from vacation and want to share your photographic mementos with your family members? Get them to sign up / log into their watchittoo.com account and easily share and view your photos online while directly text or video chatting to them at the same time!

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As they say, the possibilities are endless, and you still get to be near to those dear to you! As the sites motto puts it – Whatever I watch, you watchitoo!

How to Split a Video in Small sections

There are times when I would want to cut a specific part of a commercial or a movie and upload them to YouTube to share it with my friends and readers. Till now I had been using Windows Movie Maker and it’s been great. Recently I have discovered another helpful software that allows you to cut and split video files into small size by using it as a Video Cutter Video Splitter or Video Clipper Unlike many other programs Free Video Cutter is designed to work with most video formats including MPEG 1/2, MPEG4, DivX, Xvid, AVI, WMV, Quicktime MOV, Flash video and more.

There are times when I would want to cut a specific part of a commercial or a movie and upload them to YouTube to share it with my friends and readers. Till now I had been using Windows Movie Maker and it’s been great.

Recently I have discovered another helpful software that allows you to cut and split video files into small size by using it as a

  • Video Cutter
  • Video Splitter or
  • Video Clipper

Unlike many other programs Free Video Cutter is designed to work with most video formats including MPEG 1/2, MPEG4, DivX, Xvid, AVI, WMV, Quicktime MOV, Flash video and more. Free Video Cutter is completely free to use and promises to produce output with a good video quality. The best part is that you don’t need any professional skills or knowledge about all kinds of video formats.

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The program is dead simple and comes without any adware or spyware. To get started

  • Download Free Video Cutter
  • Select the video you want to edit
  • After selecting a valid video file the program wills tart to create video thumbnails
  • Drop the right button of right Track Bar to set the end cutting position
  • Choice the output video format
  • Click the “Save Video” to save the output video

Other than the regular feature it also lets you extract the audio data from the video file so that you can create your own movie original sound track by yourself.

5 Must have Firefox add-ons for Social Media addicts

I have tons of Firefox add-ons installed on my browsers. Thanks to Firefox, blogging and social media work + fun has never been this easy. Following are some of my favorite Add-ons and definitely must have for any social media addict out there.

I have tons of Firefox add-ons installed on my browsers. Thanks to Firefox, blogging and social media work + fun has never been this easy. Following are some of my favorite Add-ons and definitely must have for any social media addict out there.

Facebook

Facebook Toolbar for Firefox is an excellent add-on that allows you to integrate your Facebook life into your browser. The Search Box allows you to easily search Facebook no matter where you are. Select a friend from the dropdown to go directly to their profile, or hit “enter” to see the search results. In addition to that it offers Icons on the toolbar that tell you how many new pokes, friend requests, and messages you have. A pop-up will notify you when your friends update their statuses, write a new note or interact with you on Facebook.

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Using this add-on you can also share the page that you are currently browsing by sending it to friends or posting it to your profile.

Shareaholic

Shareaholic is the ultimate add-on for the link sharing addict. If you use any site like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Digg, Google Gmail, StumbleUpon, etc you’ll likely enjoy having Shareaholic by your side.

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Shareaholic lets you quickly, and very easily share, bookmark, and e-mail any web page via a wide array of your favorite web 2.0 social networking & bookmarking sites.

YouTube

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Youtube add-on for Firefox adds an improved version of YouTube’s search engine, now with search suggestions. It uses Google Suggest API to retrieve search suggestions from user input, without the need to log in to YouTube.

Fire.fm

Fire.fm gives you direct access to the extensive music library on Last.fm. You can listen to music that is related to your favorite artist, and discover new artists and music in the process. Listen to your friends’ favorite music. Find Last.fm users with musical taste similar to your own.

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Quickly access your favorite stations by just typing a few letters into the location bar. This is the ultimate add-on for the music junkie.

TwitterFox

TwitterFox is a Firefox extension that notifies you of your friends’ status on Twitter. The extension adds a tiny icon on the status bar that notifies you when your friends update their status. Also it has a small text input field to update your status.

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Convert Youtube Videos to Mp3 With a click of a button

Youtube is officially my favorite website to enjoy music videos and listening to Mp3. I had been using a few websites to download these tracks from Youtube. Recently I’ve discovered one that not only helps you convert Youtube videos to Mp3 in an instant but it also reduces the size of the actual file big times.

Youtube is officially my favorite website to enjoy music videos and listening to Mp3. I had been using a few websites to download these tracks from Youtube. Recently I’ve discovered one that not only helps you convert Youtube videos to Mp3 in an instant but it also reduces the size of the actual file big times.

Video2Mp3 is a free online service that lets you download Youtube videos after extracting the music file from it so that you an listen to your favorite YouTube tracks on every MP3 player.. This helps it reduce the size by at least 60%. For example a 6Mb video song will most probably be converted to 1.5MB or may be less.

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All you have to do is copy the url of any Youtube video you want to download and click Convert.  You can choose the quality of this track by choosing between “Stand Quality” and “High Quality”. If you have a high speed internet I would highly reommend that you choose the “High Quality” to enjoy better quality of the music.

In addition to all that it offers a Firefox add-on . The addon adds a link on YouTube Video pages to this service and converts the video directly.

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– Covert Youtube videos with Video2Mp3
– Download Firefox Add-on

Best websites that convert Youtube Video to Mp3/Mp4 online

Youtube is the most popular Video Streaming website out there. Even though they have recently removed thousands of videos that had copyright issues you still can’t get enough of Youtube. For those of you who are looking to convert their Youtube videos to Mp3 and other formats can check out the following web based converters that actually works.

Youtube is the most popular Video Streaming website out there. Even though they have recently removed thousands of videos that had copyright issues you still can’t get enough of Youtube. For those of you who are looking to convert their Youtube videos to Mp3 and other formats can check out the following web based converters that actually works. I’ve personally tried each of them and they work just great.

KeepVid

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Keepvid is one of the most popular Youtube converter online. It supports just about any video sharing site out there. Another great thing about Keepvid is that it displays the most famous videos on the web so you can quickly download the most watched videos.

ListenToYouTube

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Now when it comes to converting my favorite Youtube videos to Mp3 ListenToYouTube is all I need to visit. It not only converts the video to Mp3 but it also reduces the size of the file big time. Normally a video is 20-25Mb each but ListentoYouTube reduces the size to 3-4MB which is quiet amazing. All you need to do is enter the Youtube Url int he search box and click go. Once the file is processed simply click the download link and save the file on your computer.

Flv2Mp3

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Another great way to convert Youtube Videos to Mp3 is by using Flv2Mp3.com. FLV to MP3 Converter is 100% free and you don’t need to install additional software to download yout favorite Youtube video.

Enjoy