Some Handy YouTube Tricks

I’m sure there have been times when you’ve wanted to link to a particular part of a YouTube video but, if you’re anything like me, you had no idea how to go about doing so. Well, you have two options:

  1. You can link to the video on YouTube and specify the minute and second at which you want the video to start playing.
  2. You can embed the video and specify the second at which you would like the video to start playing.

MIT World: “A High-Impact Video Portal”

I am now attending a session about MIT World and how to utilize this video portal to maximize the impact of video on educational Web sites. We are beginning with Laurie Everett discussing the initial reasons behind creating MIT World and the goals of creating the portal. She explains that she was recruited specifically to work on the project, with a goal of sharing information freely and openly.

The site began in 1999 using RealPlayer to broadcast the videos. As time went on, it became obvious that Flash was the video plug-in of choice for the Web, so they began producing videos in Flash around 2003. They produce and publish approximately 110 video projects each year on MIT World.

Screencast Goes Out of Beta

I received an announcement from the team at screencast.com in my e-mail the other day. Screencast is now officially moving out of beta and into version 1.0.

For those of you that are not familiar with screencast, it is a file organizing and sharing site for online videos. The Web site is owned by TechSmith, the company behind Camtasia Studio, Jing and many other multimedia applications.

With an account at screencast, you can easily save your videos and upload them directly from your desktop. Once the file has been uploaded, you can share it across the Web.