Saturday, 24 November 2007

Project Direct: Go Vote!

In October, we announced Project Direct, YouTube's first film competition for aspiring directors.

The response was overwhelming. We were blown away by the number of exceptional films that were submitted – both from experienced film makers and first-timers.

After reviewing the entries, Jason Reitman, the award-winning director of Thank You For Smoking and the upcoming film Juno, and a panel of industry experts selected 20 finalists.

Now it's up to you to decide which film maker is ready for the big time. Check out this video to see exactly what's at stake (well, almost exactly -- our first, second and third place winners also walk away with cash debit cards).

We hope you enjoy these entertaining and thought-provoking films as much as we have. And stay tuned to YouTube's Film & Animation category to see spotlights on some of the excellent entries that may not have made the top 20 but certainly deserve your attention.

Happy voting,

Sara P. aka TheStoryBoard

YouTube Film

Friday, 23 November 2007

Where Will You Be on Dec. 1?

If you're serious about your YouTube, you'll most likely be at Melbourne's Federation Square on December 1. Beginning at 11 a.m., YouTubers from all over Australia and New Zealand plan to come together to connect, share their stories and meet one another at the continent's first completely community organised get-together. Thumbs up to OzTubers SeanBedlam and AngryAussie for making this happen. If you have any questions about the day, click on over to the AsOneMelbourne channel and leave the guys a comment.

And if you plan on attending, don't forget your hat, sunscreen and a pair of sunglasses -- it's hot out there!

See ya in Melbourne,

Damien E. (aka YourTubeNEWS)

YouTube Australia

Wednesday, 14 November 2007

New Video Category and Tag Choices

Just a quick post to update you on some new choices available for "Video Category" and "Tags" on the video uploading and editing pages in your account.


You can choose from a set of new "suggested tags" when you upload or edit a video, in case you need some ideas for how to best represent your content. The more descriptive your tags, the easier it will be for folks interested in your videos to find them.

Just choose the best Category for your video, then click on any of the suggested tags to automatically add them to the "Tags" field.


A few changes made to existing video categories:

- Travel & Events (previously "Travel & Places")

- Howto & Style (was "Howto + DIY")

- Gadgets and Games (now part of "Entertainment")


The following new categories are now available when you upload or edit your videos:

- Education

- Nonprofits & Activism

- Science & Technology

Since these categories are brand new, we need your help to populate them by uploading new videos or editing any of your current videos which are relevant to these topics. Once these categories fill up with all of your awesome content they'll be searchable on the Videos tab (a few of the above changes are already reflected on the Videos page).

More categories changes are on the way, so stay tuned!

The YouTube Team

Tuesday, 13 November 2007

G'day Oz 'Tubers!

YouTube Australia finally has its own blog! This is where we'll be posting all the latest YouTube happenings, such as site updates, community news, details on any Aussie YouTube get-togethers (coming up: Melbourne, December 1) and much more. Feel free to also connect
with us directly: tell us what you're loving on the site (send vid links to and whatever else is on your mind. And don't forget to use the Help Centre, which has answers to a lot of frequently asked questions as well as technical assistance.

We really want to make YouTube Australia a site that showcases a huge variety of Australian culture, interests and talent, and with the great online community we have here already we know it's going to be an exhilarating ride.

Have a good one,

Damien E. (aka. YourTubeNEWS)

YouTube Australia

Thursday, 8 November 2007

Multi-Video Upload Arrives

Have a hard drive full of new videos? With the YouTube Uploader, we've
now made it easier to get them all live on the site. This small piece
of software lets you upload multiple videos to YouTube at the same
time; each video can be up to 10 minutes in length and up to 1GB in
size. That's right, no more compressing to 100MB - we want your big

Right now the YouTube Uploader is only available for Windows PCs but
we're cooking up a Mac version too. To get started, just go to the
installer webpage and download the software. Then you'll be able to
access the Multifile Upload page and start your, well, uploading.
These videos will be available in My Videos after they have finished
processing. (Note: it may take 30 minutes or more for extremely large
files to appear on your page.) We link to the Multifile Upload page
from today's single file upload page so you can always find your way

Happy Uploading!

The YouTube Team

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Improvements to Video Flagging System

Greetings from your friendly YouTube admins. We've been listening to
your feedback and we've been working hard to make the video flagging
system consistent, fair and less mysterious.

When users flag a video, it is reviewed by real-life humans at YouTube
who check to see if the video should be removed, age-restricted or
left alone.

Today we made some changes to the video flagging options:

* Clarified the top-level category names and added one for spam

* Added 17 sub-categories

* Added ability to enter additional information for some flags

* Some flagging reasons redirect to the appropriate Help Centre form

These changes are aimed at making it clear to users what should be
flagged, and allows users to provide us with more information so that
the less obvious violations can become more obvious to us. This will
help us be more efficient and consistent, which should hopefully
provide a better experience for everyone.

So let us know what you think of the new menus. In the meantime, we'll
keep working on adding abuse and safety content to the Community
Guidelines and the Help Centre so that the rules are more transparent.


The YouTube Team

Monday, 5 November 2007

Meet the Inaugural Community Council

Today marks the first day of a new project aimed at better
understanding the needs and wants of our users. The "YouTube Community
Council" consists of a handful of volunteers (who will rotate every
six months) eager to share their opinions about the site and the
community with us on a consistent basis. They're kicking off their
tenure by visiting us in San Bruno over the next few days, giving
feedback directly to the team that makes it happen behind the scenes.

You can approach any of our councillors with your thoughts, gripes --
anything at all -- over the next six months, and they will fast-track
your feedback to us. Here's a quick video to introduce you to the

…and their channels:






As with anything new to YouTube, we are open to your feedback on this
endeavour, and don't forget to let us know if you're interested in
being on future editions of the Council.


The YouTube Team