Youtube's latest feature - Annotations

As soon as Youtube updated the look of their embedded player for all ( it was optional before ), it has added an amazing feature which screams "Youtube is the king of online video!". This might seem like a big statement to some who like Veoh, Hulu, Dailymotion and other websites more. But the fact that you can now add speech bubbles, spotlights and notes to any video you upload to Youtube keeps it above the rest.

Youtube Annotations is the newest and most innovative feature so far that I've seen in online video sharing websites as it brings a whole new dimension of interactivity to your videos. As a matter of fact, it does for online videos, what subtitles have done for DVDs. The process of adding annotations to your videos isn't difficult either. It involves you uploading the video of your choice, or selecting one of your already uploaded videos. On the video page, you'll see a new portion under the embed code area. Click the Add Annotations button, and you'll be taken to the Annotations editor, which is built like a movie editor software would be, only it's much simpler and easier to use. Instead of a separate timeline as with desktop applications, it allows you to work on the seek bar of your Youtube video and use that as a timeline. You can click either of the 3 options ( Add Speech Bubble, Add Note, Add Spotlight ). All these options are very useful as with speech bubbles, you can make comic style bubbles which can make it very interesting depending on the video. With notes, you can just add a note on any portion of the video ( it can also be used as subtitles, only problem being that the background isn't transparent). And spotlight can highlight an area on the video, but wont show any text unless you hover on that portion. You can even use links ( although the links are limited to Youtube's only for now) in your text.

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Tagged video has been arround for a while and youtube probably started it. As for the evolution into taggs over video, smaller sites, and even a big Japanese video share site have had this for a while (cannot remember the name), so it is not theirs for people to be calling it ground breaking, but a nice feature to finally be added.

Nico video have been doing this for a while, but it's nice that Youtube has a similar feature.

I can't imagine Youtube ever having anything like Nicovideo, where anyone can put their own tags. Imagine the abuse.

Why would you compare Hulu and YouTube? They aren't anything alike. The only thing they share in common is that you can watch a form of video on their sites.

Youtube Annotations is the newest and most innovative feature so far that I’ve seen in online video sharing websites

doh!.

Do you known about Nicovideo?.

Unfortunately we can't all know everything about what's going on in the world wide web, so cut him some slack, k?

Indeed, Nicovideo have allowed viewers to overlay comments on the screen since the beginning. It can be pretty funny at times and annoying at others. Thankfully you can toggle it on or off.

YouTube is decent. Until they have true HD videos then I'll look elsewhere. But I can at least realize that bandwidth is at a premium and most users don't have an HD camcorder yet...

My God I want to slap the original author..... "amazing feature"? WTF?!?!

Jesus, if adding text to a video is an amazing feature the author seriously needs to get out more.

How the hell this counts as news I have no idea.

(stevehoot said @ #3)
My God I want to slap the original author..... "amazing feature"? WTF?!?!

Jesus, if adding text to a video is an amazing feature the author seriously needs to get out more.

How the hell this counts as news I have no idea.


Care to count me the services where an average joe can do this with their videos? just because you dont find anything amazing unless it's coming towards you upside down in a tin foiled hat doesn't mean it's worth nothing. And Deviant Art isn't used by many average users to share videos, or actually none compared to youtube.

(Imran Hussain said @ #2)
Care to count me the services where an average joe can do this with their videos? [...]
And Deviant Art isn't used by many average users to share videos, or actually none compared to youtube.

So, the amazing feature was to take something done on a smaller site and repeat it somewhere more exposed?
Because that has been done a zillion times before.

Is it so hard to just say "I didn't know about that Deviant Art feature preceeding this, I'll edit the article".
You're making yourself look bad and doing a disservice to your readers that don't look at the comments.

(d3v said @ #3.3)
(Imran Hussain said @ #2)
Care to count me the services where an average joe can do this with their videos? [...]
And Deviant Art isn't used by many average users to share videos, or actually none compared to youtube.

So, the amazing feature was to take something done on a smaller site and repeat it somewhere more exposed?
Because that has been done a zillion times before.

Is it so hard to just say "I didn't know about that Deviant Art feature preceeding this, I'll edit the article".
You're making yourself look bad and doing a disservice to your readers that don't look at the comments.

I didn't know about Deviant Art's video capabilities, so I admit it's not an innovation on Youtube's behalf. I'll edit my article and do a comparison of the 2 shortly.

(Imran Hussain said @ #3.4)
I didn't know about Deviant Art's video capabilities, so I admit it's not an innovation on Youtube's behalf. I'll edit my article and do a comparison of the 2 shortly.

Respect++

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