Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Yes Premier!

Citizens of Victoria, the Premier of Victoria has opened up his YouTube Channel for question time. For more information, watch this brief introduction from Premier Brumby:







You can exercise your democratic right - submit your questions for Premier Brumby on any issue relating to Victoria and vote on the questions submitted by others, like these:











Yours,

Lucinda Barlow

YouTube Australia

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Upload Size Doubles + HD Tips

Many of you have been asking for an increase in the size limit of your uploads. We're happy to announce that the size of standard uploads has doubled from 1GB to 2GB. The increase means you can upload longer videos at a higher resolution as well as large HD files directly from your camera.



In addition, the team's implemented some new features to make it easier for you to show these videos off to the world. The changes allow you to share links directly to the HD version of your video, as well as embed the HD version on your blog or website. Here's how:



* To share a link to the HD version of your video, simply append &hd=1 to the end of the URL. This means the video will start playing in HD as soon as someone follows the link. Cool, huh?



* To embed the HD version of a video on a website or blog, click the 'customize' button to the right of the embed box on the video page. Some options will appear; simply check 'play in HD'. The embed code that's generated will cause the video to start playing in HD as soon as a viewer clicks play. We recommend embedding HD videos at the largest size (853x505) for maximum enjoyment.




If you haven't yet started uploading your content in HD, see our Help Center article for more information on how to do so. You can also browse some popular HD videos here.



Enjoy!

Ryan Junee

Product Manager

The YouTube Team

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Adopt a Feature v2

You may remember the inaugural edition of Adopt a Feature, for which you made videos about AudioSwap, Country Pulldown, Insight, Playlists, Quick Capture, and Subscriptions. These videos generated 818,698 views (they're all collected here) and a bunch of them even got featured on our homepage. At the end of the two month run, thecomputernerd01 was crowned the Adopt a Feature king, thanks to his zany explanation of how the country/language pulldown menus work -- a video that accounted for a third of all of the program's views. He also got this awesome T-shirt.



Josh took a break from ribbing his grandpa to tell you why you should get involved with Adopt a Feature v2.







In case you're still buzzing from Josh's high-energy onslaught, here's what you need to know: Make a video about any or all of the features on the list below (click on the name of the feature to get more information about it). Include the name of the feature and "adoptafeature" in the tags -- this is important; it's how we'll locate your video for inclusion on our channel and possibly on the YouTube homepage.



* Annotations

* Customize Your Homepage

* Tags

* Quicklist

* Mobile Upload




(By the way, for folks waiting to hear more about the roll-out of new channels, we should have an update in a few days.)



Best,

Hunter Walk

Director, Product Management

The YouTube Team