Wednesday, 20 April 2011

The Royal Wedding live on YouTube

Cross-posted from the Official YouTube Blog

As the historic day approaches, the much-anticipated wedding of Britain's Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton has people around the world buzzing with excitement.

While millions will be in London for the big day, it's clear that people around the world have wedding fever. Google search trends show that in addition to the UK and the US, the top ten countries searching for “Royal Wedding” include places like Singapore and the Philippines. In response, we've been working to make as much of the big day as possible accessible to everyone. We previously announced the expansion of our Google Earth 3D imagery to offer a “Royals’-eye” view of the entire wedding procession, complete with 3D images of iconic landmarks and five species of digital trees that can be seen along the route.

Today, we’re thrilled that the Royal Household has just announced that footage of the entire ceremony will be live streamed on their official YouTube

The live stream will begin at 10:00a BST (9:00a GMT, 2:00a PT, 5:00a ET) on Friday, April 29, and will follow the wedding procession, marriage ceremony at Westminster Abbey and balcony kiss. Alongside the live stream, The Royal Channel will also feature live blog commentary of the event to give timely updates and insights as the day unfolds. For those of you in different time zones, the footage will be reshown in its entirety directly following the event and will be available in full on the site to view afterward.

You don’t have to wait until the big day to "attend" the wedding, though. A video guest book has just been opened on The Royal Channel for anyone in the YouTube community to upload messages of congratulations, inspiration or well wishes to the happy couple.

More than 50 years ago, the marriage of The Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, and Antony Armstrong-Jones was the first royal wedding to be broadcast on television and had over 20 million viewers. This one is already heralded as the first of the Internet age, where for the first time in thousands of years of royal history, the moment will be captured online and preserved forever.

Posted by: Rachel Ball, Partner Development Associate

Friday, 1 April 2011

Map My Summer one more week to go

Anyone get to Broome this summer? What about Thursday Island?

The Map My Summer Aussie map is filling out with your videos of this summer past. If you’ve still got summer footage on your phone or camera, good news - Screen Australia has extended the deadline of Map My Summer until April 8th and they’ve extended the time limit from three to five minutes. So there’s still time to get your video on the map and show the world what this summer looked like downunder.

What’s more, legend filmmaker Dr George Miller has selected award-winning film director Amy Gebhardt to make a short film in tribute to this summer using a selection of your videos entered onto Map My Summer. Here’s Amy talking about the project and what she’s looking for.

Five people, whose footage is included in the final cut, will be invited to attend the premiere of the film at the Sydney Film Festival in June, with flights and accommodation provided. Get your entries in - they don’t need to be fancy, just raw footage to share your story of this summer.

Lucinda Barlow, YouTube Australia, recently watched Melbourne Floods Feb 05 2011