Thursday, May 29, 2008

HD Video

I haven't been doing much filming lately, one excuse was that my digital camcorder wasn't good enough.

Most of my stuff ends up in flash format on youtube or the like so just as long as the lighting and audio is good I can make do with my trusty Sony trv-19.

But... if I was to get a new camcorder i've been investigating the new digh definition formats, hard disk drive and dvd camcorders.

What is putting me off HDD and dvd camcorders is that they compress the video (granted it's minimal) but I still like mini-dv and the opportunity to have the best avi files possible on my pc so I can then output it as I want.

Also the new camcorders are very small. I like the feel of a larger camcorder and they are more stable when shooting 'freehand'.

So I am also looking at older 3ccd models.

Will let you know what I come up with. Feel like eating a mandarin now for some reason...

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Youtube Video Success - Amazing Physical Feats

Over 20 million views and 33,000 + comments, "Urban Ninja" is a video of one very athletic, very talented young man.

The skill in scaling a wall, using an adjacent building to climb another and even forming a path in his mind that will take him to his goal is quite intriguing to watch.

So tip number 8 for topping youtube video is video's of amazing physical feats.

Here's how the creator describes himself:

"Through suffering and hardship, sacrifice and perseverance, i
am what i am today. Strong in mind, body and spirit. Confident in
myself and proud of the things I've accomplished. I am open
minded and aware of the people and things around me and
although I am somewhat of an anti-hero, beneath my tough
exterior lies compassion for my fellow man. I've learned to
appreciate life and to live it the best way i possibly can."

Sunday, May 25, 2008

How To Create Viral Video - Silly Animated Stories

Over 22 million views and 58,000 + comments, "Charlie The Unicorn" is an animated video about a unicorn and his adventure to 'Candy Mountain'.

It has a story to it (including a surprise at the end). It appears to be something dreamed up after a heavy night of working too closely with modelling glue.

"I dont even know why I like this so much. It's addictive, I watch it ALL the time. Its so weird and wonderful and wacky, kinda screwed up, but hilarious all the same "

"This is the funniest video ever!!!!! I want to go to Candy Mountain!!!!! Joyness!!!! ...

Leopluradon looks like stuff you get in the old HappyMeals ...

omg i have seen this like so many times and when ever i see it it cracks me up!!! "

Thursday, May 22, 2008

In Support of Loved Ones

Over 24 million views and 5,000 + comments, "Remember Me" is a video of support for troops serving in the army, navy, air force and marines.

It is a not debate on the reasons or validation of any kind, but simply a message of support and an expression of pride from the creator for loved ones serving in difficult circumstances.

So tip number 6 for topping youtube video is to offer genuine support and comfort to a great many people.

Here's some comments on the video:

"That was beautiful! Its encouraging? and thats exactly what I wanted to hear/watch to make my day!

ty for this video, i think more ppl should realize just what our troops are going through over there. i? am crying watching this but i love the video and i support the men and women over there. .

Monday, May 19, 2008

Awwww How About A Hug??!!??

Over 25 million views and 50,000 + comments, "Free Hugs Campaign" is a your basic 'feel good' idea that can touch many hearts.

Was featured on Oprah (he gave her a hug of course) and was great promotion for the band Sick Puppies.

So tip number 5 for topping youtube video is do something that touches the heart... like giving a stranger a hug.

Here's how the creator described the following video:

"Sometimes, a hug is all what we need. Free hugs is a real life controversial story of Juan Mann, A man whos sole mission was to reach out and hug a stranger to brighten up their lives.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Stupid, Wacky, Zany... and Harry Potter

Have you ever watched something knowing that you should look away but just couldn't?

Then you told someone else or dragged a friend in to watch as well?

Whether they were meant to or not, that is what the Potter Puppet Pals seem to have a talent for.

Over 41 million views and 90,000 + comments, "Potter Puppet Pals in "The Mysterious Ticking Noise"" is a simple puppet comedy show based around a Harry Potter theme.

So tip number 4 for topping youtube video is align yourself with a popular movie (in such a weird an quirky way that it intrigues people).

Thursday, May 15, 2008

More Youtube Magic - Awesome Guitar

It's pretty obvious that big record companies know the value of exposure on sites like youtube. Commercial popular music make up most of the top viewed videos. So after wading through many music videos of commercial artist's the first private... well semi-private video simply titled "Guitar".

Over 41 million views and 177,000 + comments.

Many comments describe how people are amazed with his guitar playing (although why he has a hat on and his head down is something of a mystery... could he actually be slash or Eddie Van Halen himeself??? lol).

So tip number 3 for topping youtube video is amazing musical feats.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Youtube Video Success - Cute Baby

Over 46 million views and 130,000 + comments, simply titled "Hahaha" is the first of our "cute kids" videos.

This is not the second most viewed youtube video as that is an Avril Lavigne music video. I am focussing on non-commercial video releases and ones that use an obvious gimmick to attract viewers (sexual images or titles)

We all (well most of us) like to laugh and also find babies cute. Once again we have a combination of two favourite aspects of life:

Cute babies and laughing.

It's almost like a laughter class... it's infectious and you don't know why but you just keep watching it.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Youtube Video - How to Make It To The Top #1

Over 82 million views and 145,000 + comments, "Evolution of Dance" sits at the top of youtube's all time viewed list.

A clever comedian named Judson Laipply has used remarkable video to generate sales and business for his comedy act and merchandice.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

How To Make It To The Top On YouTube!

I could re-phrase that to say "How to make it to the top on youtube... without any tricks!"

And what do I mean by tricks?

Many Youtube providers know that they will get 'cheap' views if they put sexual images where the preview images are taken from (quarter points of the video's), if they use sexual or pornographic titles for their videos (even if they have no such content within them).

The group of videos I chose are unique in some way. And that trait has made them top ranking in some aspect of google video.

From most viewed to most discussed, each of these videos has a trait that compells viewers to watch, comment, forward on or a combination.

There are a lot of music video releases from popular stars which I have overlooked in this summary as well as the obvious use of sexuality with images and titles just to gain viewers.