Quentin Tarantino is said to handwrite all of his scripts. Exorcist director William Friedkin fired guns to terrify the actors and contribute to an anxious vibe on set. Stanley Kubrick was such a perfectionist that he set the world record for number of takes to get one shot. Werner Herzog repeatedly put his own life on the line for his work—even shooting a film inside a volcano that was due to erupt any minute. Needless to say, genius filmmakers have certain quirks and rituals that set them apart. Like these film-savvy quirks, there are some YouTube secrets that can elevate your video experience.
You have the power as a YouTube video creator or user to make your experience (or that of your viewers) different from the rest. Although it boasts over a billion users, the YouTube experience can be unique for each and every user. Whether a creator, a consumer, or a combination of both, there are hidden tips and tricks that will make your YouTube experience an Oscar-worthy production.
5 YouTube secrets
1. Edit your videos without leaving YouTube
While photo and video editing tools and apps are helpful, YouTube’s built-in editor has the potential to save you hours of time. Upload your video to YouTube and edit it right there, no need to fumble around with another app
The video editor in YouTube allows you to:
- Combine multiple videos and images you’ve uploaded to create a new video.
- Trim your clips to custom lengths.
- Add music to your video from a library of approved tracks.
- Customize clips with special tools and effects.
For complete instructions on how to take advantage of this tip, check out the official page on this YouTube tip.
2. Link to a specific playback point
Have you ever sent somebody a great video, but had to awkwardly say “Fast forward to 1:46 for the funny part!” This is annoying if you’re trying to share a YouTube video with your audience but the clip contains irrelevant content. You want to keep your audience’s attention and not waste their time, so this tip is especially valuable.
There are two main ways to link to a specific playback point. You can either add t=*m*s (where the asterisks represent the minutes and seconds) to the end of the URL and share the link, or:
- Open a video on YouTube and jump to the time point you wish to share.
- Right click on the video screen and select “Copy video URL at current time.”
- Share the video URL.
Now you can rest easy knowing that you are making things easier on your viewer.
3. Edit and print out a storyboard of your video
If you’re someone who loves to write everything down and make list after list, this YouTube secret is one you’ll probably enjoy.
Whether you are looking to get inspiration and a breakdown of your competitor’s content, or want to review your own YouTube video content and make a record of it, you can use an external tool to print out a storyboard of any video. This will let you see a breakdown of the video’s components, and analyze what works and what doesn’t. Could this scene be removed? Could something be added in the middle of these two shots to make it better? A printed out storyboard will help you make these kinds of calls.
Third-party organization Labnol has made the process of creating such a storyboard as easy as possible for you. They’ve made a bookmark that you can drag to your bookmarks toolbar. When you open a video in YouTube, you just need to click on the bookmark and it will create the storyboard for you. With this, you can either print it out in parts or save as a PDF to have a digital copy. Get the bookmark button here.
4. Ensure an embedded video automatically plays in HD
One of the main complaints users have about watching digital video is the lack of quality. As a creator of YouTube content, it can also be frustrating to create high-quality HD content that ends up being a waste because your audience isn’t watching the video at its top quality.
If you’re embedding a video on your website or blog, to ensure that it plays back in HD simply tack on some secret additions to the URL code of a video.
- Add &fmt=18 to get stereo sound on a YouTube video plus a 480 x 270 image resolution
- Add &fmt=22 to get a 1280 x 720 picture resolution
As a creator of high definition video content, you can share this YouTube secret with your audience and encourage them to do this to your videos.
5. Play videos in slow motion
If only it was possible to slow down real life as easily as you can slow down YouTube videos. Whether you are trying to pinpoint a certain moment in a competitor’s video, show your clients the components of a successful video, or just use this YouTube secret for entertainment purposes, it’s great to be able to just slow things down.
To watch YouTube videos in slow motion, you can simply download a Google Chrome extension such as Video Speed Controller. This extension can “help you optimize your video viewing by allowing you to make quick playback speed adjustments, as well as rewind the video to hear the last few second one more time.”
There’s always more to something than meets the eye, and YouTube is no exception. With these YouTube secrets and tips, you can find new and exciting ways to engage with the platform and create better, more valuable content for your community.
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