Founded in 2005, YouTube is one of the most popular websites around the world. Most of you are probably familiar with the site, but there are a few things you might not know about this free video-sharing website.
If you want to watch and follow events in a more convenient way, you can always use YouTube Channels. Channels are videos organized according to the uploader, which one can even “subscribe” to regularly, checking for new videos and receiving alerts. You can find channels of those ranging from self-help gurus and universities to Queen Elizabeth’s very own Royal Channel!
Don’t like waiting for the videos to stream? If you want to, you can compromise quality for quicker streaming for any YouTube video. All you need to do is add “&fmt=5” after the primary video link and your slow internet woes will be over. For instance, if the video link is “http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=cnFSaqFzSO8”, add “&fmt=5” at the end and it should now read as "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnFSaqFzSO8&fmt=5”. It’ll stream faster but the overall quality will understandably decrease.
Wanna play Street Fighter? If you search for it, there are loads of interactive games available for you to play online on YouTube. That’s right, just like the good old Mini Clip games, you can play the game on the video screen and use your keyboard as controls. And if you need to kill time while waiting for any video to stream, just start using your arrow keys and you can play good old snake.
If you want to download YouTube videos for personal use (it’s perfectly legal by the way), there are many third party websites that help you grab the videos. Websites like keepvid.com and clipnabber.com help you to download videos from just about any flash-video websites. All you need to do is copy the link from the browser and paste in the third party websites. You have an option to download the videos either in the .mp4 format or the flash video (.flv) format. You can use the evergreen VLC Media player to play both the formats.
Although the slow internet speed in Nepal might be a bummer, YouTube Instant is a tool that starts streaming the videos as you type in the words. Feross Aboukhadijeh, an undergrad at Stanford, developed YouTube Instant in three hours after having wagered with his friend that he could do it in one. He lost the bet, but let’s just say he gained a lot more. With 1 million visitors in 10 days and a job offer from the YouTube CEO, he’s all smiles.
Listen To YouTube
Listentoyoutube.com is a free website that lets you extract the audio from any YouTube video. Just paste the link to your video on the website and you can download the MP3 from the website. Although this is perfectly legal for personal usage, some videos violate copyright laws, so be careful of what you download.
If you want to upload your videos on YouTube, you need to create a YouTube account or use your Google Account
Source : The Kathmandu Post