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Make Your Own YouTubes: Google's YouTube Opens Up For Developers

 11:01 am on Mar 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

YouTube, Google Inc's popular video sharing site, is giving away tools that let Web developers tap the underlying database functions of YouTube, in effect allowing users to build their own YouTubes.

The Silicon Valley-based video-sharing site said on Wednesday that it is providing wholesale access to YouTube's extensive video library, global audience, and the underlying video hosting and streaming network that powers YouTube.

YouTube said its latest customization offerings allow anyone building a Web site or Internet-connected software program to upload videos straight to YouTube. They can fetch video feeds, comments, responses or playlists from YouTube.

Make Your Own YouTubes: Google's YouTube Opens Up For Developers [uk.reuters.com]



 2:30 pm on Mar 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

Can you adjust compression settings or resolution? If so, that would be useful.


 2:39 pm on Mar 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

Ah... the old 'Not For Commercial Use' clause. Best read those TOS's carefully before doing anything.


 3:01 pm on Mar 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

Good catch on the "not for commercial use" thing. It pretty much renders it useless....


 3:05 pm on Mar 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

Why would this be useful for "developers" if you can't use it on a commercial website?


 3:47 pm on Mar 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

The question is how far are they taking that clause? Does it prohibit use on a commercial website entirely, or does it simply prohibit using their API as a core part of your website?


 4:03 pm on Mar 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

If your making money with any ads other than adsense I bet G would shut you down quicker than a sweat shop in Santa Barbara.

Being at the mercy of any third party when you have devoted development time is a dicey path to take in my option.


 5:11 pm on Mar 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

From the Terms...

4. Commercial Use. You agree not to use the YouTube API for any prohibited commercial uses, which include the following actions taken without YouTube's express approval:

* the sale of the YouTube API, API Data, YouTube video content or related services, or access to any of the foregoing;
* use of the YouTube API for the primary purpose of deriving revenues from Your API Client, such as advertising or subscription revenue or the sale of copies of the API Client;
* the sale of advertising, sponsorships, or promotions targeted to, within, or on the API Client or YouTube video content;

Prohibited commercial uses do not include:

* uploading an original video to YouTube, or maintaining an original channel on YouTube, to promote Your own business or artistic enterprise;
* using the YouTube API to show YouTube content on an ad-enabled blog or website that is not comprised solely or substantially of YouTube video content;
* the placement of Your own branding on the API Client, provided that it does not interfere with YouTube video content playback or with any YouTube branding;
* the sale or distribution of any device that contains or runs an API Client; or any use that YouTube expressly authorizes in writing.

It doesn't say you cant develop commercial apps, but you will have to sign a different agreement and you will probably have to pay a royalty. This is fairly standard in the business, you cant expect them to just give away content and bandwidth so you can make money.


 7:10 pm on Mar 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

Somewhat related:
Associated Press has launched a YouTube channel:


 8:59 pm on Mar 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

Can you adjust compression settings or resolution? If so, that would be useful.

If you dig around on few of the popular video editing sites you'll find that you can do this now. The gist of it is youtube wants a video within a set specification specifically the encoder used, resolution and bitrate. They don't re-encode videos that falls within these specs. You encode your video to what resolution and bitrate you want then modify the header so it meets the specs youtube wants. :P

If you ever see a video on their that looks absolutely fantastic that is most likely the reason why especially if it looks a lot better than other professionally done videos.


 9:39 pm on Mar 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

Hmm, I'll have to look into this. If you know of a good video that doesn't have that typical youtube compression look to it, PM me with the link. I'm curious just how much better it looks.


 4:08 pm on Mar 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

A big move and another stiff blow into the Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, Myspace direction where only Murdochs acquisition look well positioned with their grip on the artist world and a fairly higher level of user quality.

Content is king and with having most videos on the servers Google will have solid access to vast amounts. This in combination with gaining more tech wisdom will widen the trench between MS Yahoo who have only vast money and Facebook on the strength list.

MS struggles a lot with every product and so does yahoo.

Google isn`t perfect with product quality, but their strategic moves make sense.

With their video service they had been a fraction to early as well as they have weaknesses with marketing and product quality. But competition is lightyears behind and only facebook and myspace jad been able to take them by surprise.

So after search, advertising they now will also rule videos and Internet TV.

Their competitors will have to improve a lot. Videos is almost youtube strictly, except for #*$!.

Alea jacta est.

At least for some time.


 9:18 pm on Mar 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

Is there a direct link to more info on this? I can't find it

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