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YouTube for Mobile

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YouTube for Mobile is a simple, fairly fast, and well-designed application for a variety of Windows Mobile and Symbian phones that supports both landscape and portrait views. You’ll search for videos through the search bar at the top of the screen, or through Top Rated, Most Viewed, or Most Recent categories. The results are displayed in a horizontal ticker, where you’ll view a thumbnail image from each video and read the blurb and ratings below. In the Menu options, you’ll find a shortcut key to return to the Home page, a shortcut to search for videos related to your current pick, and tips tucked away in a help menu.

YouTube videos loaded quickly in our tests and played in landscape mode. You can tap to call up the Back button and controls to pause, skip, and adjust the volume; otherwise the video will play full screen. Note that playback quality will vary by device and your connection strength. YouTube’s videos will chew through data, so having a monthly data subscription is strongly recommended before downloading the application. So long as that applies to you, any YouTube fan with find YouTube’s mobile application an easy way to get a quick video fix–although the community aspect and saving favorites are missing from the mobile version.

You can download the program from CNET.

YouTube goes widescreen

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YouTube goes widescreen

YouTube now becomes more popular offering all of their videos wide screen. This recent move comes just after YouTube started to offer HD quality videos.

As the YouTube blog notes, this means that the vast majority of videos on the site — which were uploaded as 4:3 — are now displayed with black bars on the sides (the empty space not used by 4:3 videos).

With the recent upgrades many people feel that these changes may be part of a bigger plan to transform YouTube into 100% HD quality.

The service has already announced plans to host full length MGM movies.

Youtube Crowned World’s Second Most Popular Website

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Video Search Marketing Comes Of Age As Youtube Crowned World’s Second Most Popular Website

YouTubeAccording to data at Alexa.com which ranks websites according to their visitor traffic, Web 2.0 video sharing site Youtube.com has now overtaken Google.com as the world’s second most visited website. Is this proof that video search marketing has come of age and is becoming a threat to traditional online search?


According to data at Alexa.com which ranks websites according to their visitor traffic, Web 2.0 video sharing site Youtube.com has now overtaken Google.com as the world’s second most visited website. Is this proof that video search marketing has come of age and is becoming a threat to traditional online search? “The proof is in the pudding,” claims one prominent internet marketer.

After noticing a massive spike in popularity and traffic at video sharing sites such as Youtube.com starting early last year, internet marketer and website traffic expert Kevin Riley decided to see for himself if online video had more than just entertainment value.

YouTube gets closed captioning support

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In a move to make videos easier to understand without volume or for the hard of hearing, YouTube has given users the option of embedding closed captions that show up as semitransparent overlays. Caption files that have text dialogue synced up to the proper timestamps can be uploaded during the time of upload or afterwards, and YouTube has provided multiple language support to let viewers swap between different languages of a single video without having to leave playback.

Videos with closed captioning have it as an option in the lower right-hand corner menu; a part of the user interface that also houses the toggle to turn video annotations on and off. Even with the inclusion of closed captions you can continue to keep annotations enabled, although the two may overlap if annotations have been ledged on the bottom of the screen.

Videos with closed captions appear as on-screen overlays. You can also swap between multiple languages if the video author has provided that as part of the file.

For now closed captions can only be seen on YouTube. Embeds do not yet have the option to have them toggled on, just like annotations are not yet available.

Also, no news yet on if this feature will be making its way to mobile versions of the site, particularly the iPhone application which does not yet have support for YouTube’s warp or on-screen annotation features. Considering that the iPod Touch does not have an external speaker built-in, having closed captions on the go could make for a much richer mobile experience.

There’s already a small handful of content providers including closed captioning in their videos, including CNET, MIT, and the BBC. Of the bunch I think the most useful is for video lectures, although for non-native language speakers, seeing a video in your own language (if available) is pretty darn useful. If you want to see it in action go check out this episode of Blassreiter which is entirely in Japanese–and awesome.

Flash/Firebox bug still lies unpatched!

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Adobe Flash Player An annoying and long-lived bug is preventing some users from viewing Web videos. There’s a workaround, but for many, the cure is as bad as the disease.

The bug is that Flash videos don’t play for certain Firefox 3 users on Windows XP or Vista, when using the current Flash player version 9. On YouTube, CNET TV, and other sites, embedded videos will start, but they halt after two seconds. Both Mozilla and Adobe have been aware of the issue since late May, but as yet no solution has been found. For some people suffering from this bug, it’s intermittent. For others, it’s a consistent block to viewing online videos.

One workaround solution is to install the Flash 10 player, which is still in beta. Unfortunately, many Flash video sites don’t recognize that Flash 10 is a valid and current player. CNN, for example, thinks Flash 10 beta is older than Flash 8, asks users to upgrade to Flash 9, and thus won’t play at all.

Since the bug is serious and has been known for some time, I called both Mozilla and Adobe to see what’s going on. I spoke first with Mike Beltzner, Mozilla’s “phenomenologist,” aka head of user experience. He pointed me to the record in Bugzilla where they’re tracking the issue and gave me some of the issues they think are responsible for this one. In a nutshell, Mozilla thinks there’s a miscommunication between plug-in and browser but doesn’t know which product is the culprit.

He also took a minute to trumpet Mozilla’s open-source philosophy. Since Firefox’s code is open, Adobe can look at it to try to determine what is going on. But Mozilla’s team can’t look into Flash. Beltzner didn’t blame Adobe for the bug itself, but he did say that Adobe’s traditional closed software architecture is slowing down their investigation. “We hit a wall when it’s a closed-source solution,” he said.

An Adobe spokesperson, who asked not to be named, said Adobe is looking into the issue but isn’t yet sure if the problem is isolated to Firefox 3 and Flash 9, or if there is a third culprit–another plug-in, perhaps–that is throwing things off for the Flash player.

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