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It’s a question asked often: “What’s the best music streaming service?” My answer is, it depends. It’s Spotify if you are willing to give up some cash for a high-quality audio experience. But if you love free, then it’s YouTube.
Unfortunately, YouTube isn’t only about music, and can be quite annoying to use if all you want is music. To get the most out of it, you’ll need to understand the power of YouTube playlists.
In this YouTube beginner’s guide, we will tell you about the advantages of YouTube playlists and how you can leverage them to learn anything and enjoy everything.
What Is a YouTube Playlist (And Why Use One)?
A playlist on YouTube is a collection of videos. It can be public or private. Once you organize a list of videos, they can be played one after the other. This saves you from the chore of hunting down videos one by one.
It helps to organize the videos on a specific topic or theme. Though you can create a playlist of unrelated videos too. For instance, you can create a playlist of ambient sounds to listen at work. Or you can create a list of random videos you would like to share with friends.
It helps to make your own videos more discoverable. If you upload your own videos, then organizing your videos in playlists is vital if you want to give your viewers a better experience. YouTube indexes playlists and this allows others to find the different video content that you have uploaded.
How to Create a Playlist on Youtube
YouTube has versions for the desktop, mobile browsers, Android, and iOS. For the sake of simplicity, let’s talk about the method to create a playlist on the desktop.
It goes like this: Log into YouTube with your Google ID, search for the first video you would like to include in your playlist, and add it. You can add videos with two methods.
Method 1: Browse the search results. For any video you like, click the three vertical dots > Add to Playlist.
Method 2: Open and watch the video. Then, click the Add to (plus sign) icon that is placed just below the video.
In both cases, a menu is displayed which allows you to add the video to an existing playlist or create a new one. If you click Create new playlist then enter the new playlists name.
Use the dropdown box to select your playlist’s privacy setting. Set it to private if you want it to be for your eyes only.
Lastly, click Create. You can follow the same method now to add new videos to this playlist.
How to Edit a YouTube Playlist
Like any other playlist anywhere, you have complete freedom to change playlist titles, descriptions, reorder videos, or delete videos from a playlist. You can also choose a video to act as the playlist thumbnail.
Click on a playlist from the list under Library, then click the Edit link (with the pencil icon) next to your account name. The Playlist page is displayed. Use the customization options to change the way your playlist appears.
- Hover over the playlist title and click the pencil icon to change the title.
- Click the Add a description link to open a text box where you can explain what the playlist is about.
- Hover your mouse over the left edge of the video until you see the grey vertical bar and a four-headed arrow near the video’s thumbnail. Drag and drop the video up or down to reorder the playlist.
- Hover your mouse over the right edge of the video to display a link that says More. This opens up a few more options to organize your playlist including the ability to add notes and set a specific video as the common thumbnail for the entire playlist.
How to Make a YouTube Playlist Private
You can set YouTube playlists to private and keep them to yourself. Or your carefully curated collection can be enjoyed via a public playlist. Follow the same path as above to reach the page for an individual playlist.
Click the Playlist settings button. In the Playlist privacy dropdown menu, choose the playlist privacy setting, then click Save.
You can choose from the three options available:
- Public videos and playlists can be seen by and shared with anyone.
- Private videos and playlists can only be seen by you and the users you choose.
- Unlisted videos and playlists can be seen and shared by anyone with the link.
We get on YouTube because of the universally shared public playlists. So, don’t keep the videos to yourself as more sharing begets better discoverability. Which brings us to our next point.
How to Share a YouTube Playlist
Tap into the almost hidden social power of YouTube. You can easily share a public YouTube playlist with a click on the Share icon. But if you want to share a private playlist then you’ll have to invite your friends or family to view the videos first.
Let’s see how you can share a playlist you created:
Click on a playlist you want to share and open it on its own page. Click the Edit link (with the pencil icon) next to your account name.
The playlist management screen is displayed. Click the Share button and pick a method to send the playlist link to your friends.
How to Shuffle a YouTube Playlist
There was a time when the YouTube Shuffle button on the desktop was buggy. You had to rely on a third-party site like RandomTube to shuffle and mix your songs or videos.
But it seems the bug has been squashed. It is easy to watch the videos in any order with a click: click on the Shuffle button located above the playlist.
How to Delete a YouTube Playlist
You can remove individual videos from a playlist and also delete a YouTube playlist completely. The changes to YouTube’s interface often confuse users, but deleting an entire playlist is easy.
Log into your YouTube account. Click on the playlist you want to delete from the Library on the left sidebar of your account page. Click the Edit link (with the pencil icon) next to your account name.
The displayed page gives you all the options to manage your playlist. Click the three vertical dots (More) on the extreme right of the playlist name.
Click Delete playlist to remove the playlist from your account. A confirmation box will ask you if you are sure. Click the red Yes, Delete It button.
How to Download a YouTube Playlist
YouTube apps for iOS and Android along with YouTube Go on Android do allow you watch individual videos offline. But there is no way to download an entire playlist yet. For that, you have to fall back on some excellent third-party tools.
We have reviewed some of the best tools and apps for downloading YouTube playlists. Here’s the short list:
There are also multiple choices available on the web if you don’t want to install anything. Many come with annoying ads. But here are two you can try out:
Start Using YouTube Playlists Today
YouTube is also one of the most popular “search engines” on the web. The huge number of videos uploaded every day make it a vortex of information. Carefully planned playlists make it more manageable. We have just scratched the surface in this beginner’s guide and you can be sure there are more YouTube tricks to discover.
So, if you are keyed up, check out these cool YouTube URL tricks to get more out of it right now.
YouTube can make you want to learn a new subject. You just need to discover the best new videos on a topic of interest and set up a playlist. There are many ways to set up YouTube for learning but nothing beats a well-organized playlist. Starting a new playlist from scratch is easy. But configuring an automatic playlist on YouTube is effortless.
How to Auto-Add New Videos to YouTube Playlists
YouTube can automatically add new videos to your playlists. You have to use a specific playlist setting that allows you to set up keywords to pull in the right videos to your playlist. It works like an advanced search for videos. Think of it as a “Google Alert for YouTube”.
- Open the YouTube playlist you want to set up from the list under Library.
- Click the Edit link (with the pencil icon) next to your account name.
- From the playlist landing page, click the Playlist settings button.
- Click the Auto add tab and define your rules.
- Enter keywords that will search across titles, tags, or descriptions.
- Click Save.
The rules you define for videos can be based on tags, keywords in the title, or keywords in the description. You can nail down the right videos with a combination of rules. Just click the Add rule button. YouTube will add any new video that matches the rules. The videos are automatically added to the playlist.
YouTube has evolved into a platform that provides many content creators with careers. If you’re thinking about starting a YouTube channel, you’ve probably wondered how you can earn an income from it.
The truth is not many peopl will earn millions of dollars on YouTube. However, as a YouTuber you have several options for monetizing your content. Let’s take a look at the most popular ways to make money on YouTube.
Like most free services, YouTube is powered by ads (and paid YouTube Red subscriptions). Before you watch most videos, and sometimes in the middle of longer ones, you’ll have to watch a short ad. Some of the money from this goes to the channel, and some goes to YouTube itself.
YouTube has recently changed when your channel is eligible for monetization (meaning ads show on your videos). In April 2017, YouTube started requiring channels to have 10,000 lifetime views for monetization. In January 2018, YouTube further updated its rules to require channels to have 4,000 watch hours in the prior 12 months, plus 1,000 subscribers, for monetization.
This means you won’t be able to make money from ads until you start building a fanbase. When eligible, you’ll want to visit your Creator Studio, then click the Channel tab on the left. Under Status and Features, select Enable under Monetization to get started.
From there, you’ll need to link your AdSense account, choose what types of ads you’d like on your videos, and go through a review. Check out YouTube’s monetization steps for more information.
Unfortunately, there’s no simple formula for how much you can make through ads. It depends on how many people watch the full ad, how many viewers use an ad-blocker, and other factors.
In addition, YouTube has experienced a lot of problems lately with advertisers pulling their ads from the platform. This has led to the site demonetizing lots of videos for questionable reasons. Overall, this means that when you’re starting out, ad revenue is not guaranteed.
2. Product Placements
Product placement is an age-old advertising technique that’s common in TV shows and movies. It’s essentially using specific brands (such as Apple) in order to promote them. For example, a movie from Sony Pictures may include someone playing a PlayStation 4 on a Sony TV.
On your YouTube channel, you may be able to strike a product placement deal with a company that’s relevant to the kind of content you produce. Of course, you’ll likely need to build a following before a brand will want to advertise with you.
The product placement doesn’t have to be the entire focus of your video—just part of it. Mentioning or using a brand in your video in a natural way is all that’s required. Rhett & Link’s video above is an example of product placement done well, as the music video stands on its own aside from the Buick promotion.
This is a solid advertising tactic because people can’t skip it. Additionally, viewers often feel a connection with their favorite content creators. This lends more authenticity to your recommendations, but you have to take care that this doesn’t backfire.
If you don’t make it clear that you’ve been paid for the promotion or don’t actually like the product you’re reviewing, it could negatively affect your viewers’ opinion of you.
Thankfully, YouTube includes a checkbox that lets people know your video contains sponsored content.
3. Sponsored Videos
Sponsored videos are similar to product placement, but with a few key differences. While product placement involves integrating a brand into an existing video, a sponsored video is entirely based around a brand.
If you run a gaming channel (one of the most popular types of YouTube channels) for instance, a developer might approach you to make a video about its game. Since you likely wouldn’t have played this game otherwise, you’ll let your viewers know that the developer paid you to make the video.
Sponsorships came come in less drastic forms, too. Many YouTubers include a short sponsor message at the start of their videos. This is essentially a quick advertisement for a brand that’s separate from YouTube ads.
Like product placement, sponsored videos are a good alternative for making money but you should be careful with them. If you don’t come across as genuine, your audience might find these videos in poor taste. Thus, you should try to avoid advertising sponsored content you’ve never actually used or don’t endorse.
4. Affiliate Links
You’ve probably heard of affiliate links, as many websites use affiliates to make money. Basically, affiliate links allow you to create a unique URL to a website. When anyone follows that link and buys a product, you get a small percentage of the sale.
These are pretty easy to set up, and don’t require sponsorship deals from brands. If you talk about a certain product in your video, you could include an affiliate link to its Amazon page in the description. Or, you could add an affiliate link for services like Audible, where you’ll make some money if someone decides to sign up.
Affiliate links are a good passive source of income. After all, if someone is going to buy a product anyway, it doesn’t take much extra effort to buy it through your affiliate link. Like the other methods, it’s a good idea to clearly disclose when you include affiliate links to your audience.
5. Fan Funding/Subscriptions
With YouTube ads being unreliable, many creators have turned to fan funding as an alternative way to make money. This involves joining a service like Patreon that lets fans donate some money each month to support their favorite channels.
Most creators who use Patreon offer tiers of rewards in exchange for their fans’ support. You might list their names at the end of each video, host a video chat with them every month, or provide behind-the-scenes clips. It’s a great way to connect the biggest fans with their favorite channels, and provides a somewhat-steady form of revenue.
Viewers can also sponsor a YouTuber, but most people will probably want to stay outside YouTube for this option. If you livestream on your channel, you can also use the Super Chat feature. This allows viewers to donate money to you in exchange for highlighting their message for a while during a stream.
6. Selling Merchandise
Another monetization option is creating merchandise to sell to your fans. Websites like TeePublic let you create custom designs for T-shirts, wall art, mugs, and more. Many creators create designs featuring popular catchphrases, jokes, or art from their videos.
Once you’ve created some cool designs, let viewers know about them in a few videos. Include a link to your merchandise page in video descriptions, and anyone who’s interested can support you and get some cool swag at the same time.
It IS Possible to Make Money on YouTube
While you have many monetization options for YouTube, remember that it’s hard to make money on YouTube. You’ll have to put out quality content for some time in order to build the viewership required for ads, sponsorships, and more.
If you’re just starting out, focus on making awesome videos and do what you can to make YouTube a better place. And hopefully, after some time, your audience will come. You can then look fully into these monetization options once your channel becomes more popular.
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A YouTube playlist is a wonderful way to organize videos around a common theme. Collect your favorite videos and turn YouTube into a powerful music player. Or build educational playlists to master a subject.
But why do it all alone? YouTube allows you to make collaborative playlists with others. Do it right and you can turn them into a never-ending mixtape of videos that you can share with friends and family.
How to Make a Collaborative Playlist on YouTube
Let’s start by assuming that you have already made your first playlist by clicking the Add To button below a video. Then select Create new playlist and give it an appropriate name. All playlists can be managed from the central dashboard called the Creator Studio.
- Click the icon for your account on the top-right. Then, click on Creator Studio.
- From the left sidebar, select Video Manager > Playlists.
- Choose a playlist that you would like to convert to a collaborative playlist. Click the Edit button.
- Again, click the Edit option next to your account name.
- Now, you have to change the privacy setting to turn a private playlist into a collaborative one. Click the lock icon just below the name of the playlist.
- In the next step, a dialog box with three tabs is displayed. Under the Basic tab, change the privacy to Unlisted or Public.
Private videos and playlists can only be seen by you and the users you choose.
Unlisted videos and playlists can be seen and shared by anyone with the link.
Public videos and playlists can be seen by and shared with anyone.
- Now, go to the Collaborate tab and toggle the switch for Collaborators can add videos to this playlist. Click the Get link button and share it with your collaborators.
You cannot mine the millions of YouTube videos alone. A collaborative playlist makes it easier to go into the depths of YouTube without actually sharing videos individually.
KeepVid, one of the most popular YouTube downloaders around, is no more. The site itself is still up and running, but instead of giving you the ability to download YouTube videos, the homepage is full of advice for staying on the right side of the law at all times.
People have been downloading videos off YouTube and other sites since forever. It’s an easy way of obtaining a video to keep, or even just the audio for obvious reasons. However, it’s not only against YouTube’s Terms of Service, it’s also usually illegal.
KeepVid No Longer Lets You Keep Videos
As first noted by TorrentFreak, KeepVid no longer lets you keep videos. Which was its whole reason for being. Instead, the site exists to educate and inform visitors about how downloading videos from popular sites is against their Terms of Service.
The KeepVid homepage formerly let you download videos from YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, and more by pasting in a URL. Now, the homepage is full of statistics about online video, and an explanation as to why downloading copyrighted videos is bad.
The people behind KeepVid haven’t explained why the site has morphed from a video downloader to an educational resource. However, they have confirmed that both KeepVid and KeepVid Pro are no longer working and how that’s unlikely to change.
In a statement to BBC News, the administrators of KeepVid said, “Video downloading will become possible if the video download tools and video sharing platforms reach an agreement about downloading videos”. Which isn’t going to happen anytime soon.
KeepVid Has Probably Fallen Foul of the Law
Unless this is some kind of fake out for publicity it seems pretty clear what’s happened. To switch from offering the means to download videos to advice on avoiding doing so suggests pressure has been applied on KeepVid. And it’s clearly worked too.
The thing to remember is that downloading videos you don’t have permission to download clearly is against the law. And that’s why the RIAA shut down YouTube-MP3 last year, and why KeepVid has now stopped functioning.
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We’ve all been there. You watch a film or TV show and see a simply amazing shot. You think to yourself “that can’t be too difficult to reproduce”. You set up your camera and start shooting, but when you’re finished the result looks nothing like a “real” movie. What can you do?
In this article we’ll show you some tips and tricks you can use to make your video footage look more cinematic. While none of these tricks will be the magic bullet that takes you from an unknown director to Quentin Tarantino overnight, little tricks combined can add up to make a big difference.
1. Think Before You Shoot
One of the easiest things you can do before filming is thinking about your shot. If you just grab your camera and press the record button, things aren’t going to work out as well as if you plan a little first.
Before you even begin shooting you can think about your shot. Do you want to shoot at a really shallow depth of field, or will you be filming in bright sunlight in the middle of the day? In that case, you’ll need an ND filter. Our guides to depth of field and photographic filters may come in handy here.
Will you be using a tripod or will you be holding your camera? What about sound: do you have a microphone or are you going to be filming in a really noisy area?
Film productions spend a lot of time planning everything. They don’t just start filming and hope for the best. Instead, production teams do everything possible to eliminate any uncertainty. The actors know where to stand, the camera operators know where the action will take place, and all of the other departments work together perfectly.
Even if you’re just starting out, or are just filming silly stunts for YouTube, you can make your shots better by planning them beforehand. Big YouTubers such as Casey Neistat and other engaging vloggers may appear to be spontaneous, but everything they do is carefully considered and intricately planned, even if it doesn’t come across as such.
2. Edit at 24 FPS
“Nonsense,” I hear you say. “My camera can shoot at 240 FPS, why would I shoot at a measly 24?”
The vast majority of films and movies are shot at 24 FPS. Not only does this closely resemble the “frame rate” your eyes see in, but it’s what viewers expect films to be shot in. If you’re delivering in 48, 60, or any frame rate other than 24, your film won’t look the same as “proper” films.
Our eyes and brains have been trained to expect 24 FPS, by hundreds or even thousands of movies throughout the years. YouTubers or gamers may say that 60 FPS is the best, but trust me, 24 FPS is where it’s at.
In this video, YouTube channel Filmmaker IQ provides a comprehensive overview of film frame rates:
3. Shoot With a 180-Degree Shutter Angle
This may sound confusing, but perhaps you know “shutter angle” as “shutter speed”. A shutter angle of 180 degrees means that your shutter speed (SS) is double your frame rate. When shooting at 24 FPS, your SS should be 1/48. This is another area where your brain has been trained by the cinema that this looks the best.
If you shoot with a faster shutter speed, there won’t be enough motion blur. Images will look far too sharp, and have a “freeze-frame” effect. This means that if you’re shooting slow-motion, you’ll need to increase your shutter speed.
This video from YouTube channel Precision Camera & Video provides more information about shutter speed versus shutter angle:
4. Add a Cinematic Crop
Adding a cinematic crop is one of the easiest things you can do in the edit suite. Suddenly, you’ll be a “real filmmaker”. Viewers will faint at how cinematic your film is, and your fifth-grade girlfriend will wonder why she ever left you.
I’m joking, of course, but adding a cinematic crop does make a bigger difference than you’d think.
It once again comes down to “real movies”. Bigscreen films are shot at an aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Your widescreen computer monitor is 16:9, maybe 16:10. Converting your film from a “standard” widescreen to the ultra-wide ratio of the big screen makes a big difference—even if you have to fake it with a crop.
This video from camera support manufacturers RhinoCameraGear shows just how easy it is to add a cinematic crop to your films:
5. Choose the Right Music
Music can make a massive difference to the feeling of your film. After all, music is used in films all the time to manipulate your emotions. Classical music in a sad scene, dance music in a party scene. Think about (or better yet, try it in your edit) how certain scenes would sound if they had clown music playing in the background.
Using classic Disney films as an example, in The Lion King, during the scene when Mufasa dies, listen to how epic that music is. Haunting strings and quires really set it apart. How different would that be if something like the Benny Hill theme was playing?
As another example, in Disney’s Bambi, when Bambi’s mother dies, the music jumps around between energetic orchestral pieces, and slower, sadder strings. How would that scene look if “Jump Around” was playing?
If you’re a bit stuck on your music choice, then worry not, as YouTube legend Peter McKinnon has you covered with his guide to finding music for video:
6. Slow Things Down
Movement can transform your shots from static and boring to lively and exciting. Jumping around all over the place, however, will make your viewers want to throw up.
Film productions spend large sums of money on all manor of dollys, tripods, jibs, cranes, and gimbals. You don’t need to spend money you haven’t got, and it doesn’t mean you can’t make a film on a budget, it simply comes back again to thinking before shooting.
Slow, smooth, and deliberate movements are the key here. A nice slow pan on a tripod, or smooth movements with a budget gimbal such as the Zhiyun Crane 2.
In this video, YouTube creator Matti Haapoja shares his cinematic movement tricks:
7. Use Color Grading
Our final tip here is to color grade and color correct your footage. Color is also capable of messing with our emotions. Ever noticed how films like The Matrix lean more towards the color green, or how old wild west films have a more yellowish brown tint to them?
While color grading and correction are entire industries in their own right, you can do something about it, even if you’re not experienced in the edit suite.
Getting your shots correct in-camera will make the biggest difference. If you start your scene with a really yellow shot, because your white balance was off, it’s totally possible to fix this in post production, but if you get it right while filming, it will save you a lot of time later on.
In this video, YouTuber Kyler Holland provides a quick overview of the differences between color grading and color correction:
Learning From Professional Filmmakers
In this article we’ve shown you just some of the many ways to make your films look more cinematic. From pre-planning to color grading and more, there’s plenty you can do right now to match the professionals.
And if you need an extra hand making this all work, maybe some of these simple DIY filmmaking hacks will come in useful.
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