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YouTube Launches Video Editor 65

Jamie noticed that YouTube has announced a built-in video editor that lets you actually edit video online. The editor lets you manipulate video you've uploaded to your own account.
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YouTube Launches Video Editor

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  • Great, but... (Score:1, Offtopic)

    by Pojut ( 1027544 )

    ...will it make those people who upload videos of them working on their MPCs actually talented? I think of all the beatmakers on Youtube, there are maybe a handful that are actually worth watching.

    The same cannot be said, however, for guitar players; Youtube is overflowing with them.

    • Re:Great, but... (Score:4, Interesting)

      by Oddscurity ( 1035974 ) * on Wednesday June 16, 2010 @10:24AM (#32590248)

      I imagine it'll be a while before it lets you remix multiple Youtube videos into something like what Kutiman did []. Nevertheless, at the very least it's a very nice tech demo.

    • MPCs?

      I like youtube for all the free episodes of Penn & Teller I can get. And the nifty Firefox addon that lets me download them to my hard disk. However I am surprised Showtime doesn't complain & yank them.

      • by Pojut ( 1027544 )


        This is what I was referring to [].

        • by hitmark ( 640295 )

          why is it that everything on /. seems to go from zero to pro in no time what so ever?

          is it that unless its done using professional grade/cost tools, its not worth doing, or something?

          people have to learn/experiment somewhere...

          • by Pojut ( 1027544 )

            In most cases, I would agree with you...but a lot of these people act like they are hot shit when in fact they are cold diarrhea. All I'm saying is that you shouldn't act like you're the best there ever was when you aren't even close.

            Note: "you" is the general "you", not "you, hitmark".

            • by hitmark ( 640295 )

              thats more a issue of attitude then gear tho, right?

              • by Pojut ( 1027544 )

                Absolutely...I was merely using the MPC as an example because I figured people were most likely to know what I was talking about if I referred to that specific piece of hardware. I was obviously mistaken :-)

                For the record, I don't care if someone uses hardware or software, if they use an MPC or a crappy, homemade $20 pad. I don't care if someone uses Reason or FL Studio, or any other comparison you can think long as your tools allow you to create the music that you want, that's what matters.

      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        by Pojut ( 1027544 )

        And the nifty Firefox addon that lets me download them to my hard disk.

        DownloadHelper? Invaluable add-on. I've used it for all sorts sites. Nope, they weren't porn streaming sites. Nope. Not at all. ::crickets:: I DON'T USE IT FOR PORN, OK?????

        • >>>DownloadHelper?

          No. It's called 1-Click Youtube Video Downloader. It lets me download MP4 or FLV for my computer, and 3GP files for slow connections (dialup; wireless). I love it. "NetVideoHunter" is my second-used program, for non-youtube videos like CNN or FOX News.

          • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

            by Pojut ( 1027544 )

            Ah, gotcha. The one I mentioned, DownloadHelper, works with any flash object on any web page, whether it's a movie, game, audio file, or anything else. You can download the object as an .flv, and I believe the program supports on-the-fly conversion to just about anything imaginable as well.

            Give it a look [], awesome stuff.

            • by Hatta ( 162192 )

              I don't think that will work with, e.g., The Daily Show streams from Comedy Central.

    • by Hatta ( 162192 )

      This is simply because the guitar is a superior instrument to any sampler. If I want to hear people make beats, I'll listen to a drummer. At least then it takes some skill to keep time.

      • by Pojut ( 1027544 )

        Making live beats using something like an MPC 1000 does take a ton of's just that most of the people who try to do it don't really have it -_-;;

        Full Disclosure: I couldn't keep a beat if my life depended on it. That's one of the reasons why I make spacey ambient tunes...can't screw up a beat if there isn't one :-)

      • by manicb ( 1633645 )

        Ok, I know it's bad to feed trolls, but...

        Why? Because any beat that contains more than four sounds simultaneously is not worthy to be called music? Because if something is too fast to be physically played it should not be allowed to exist? Because there is no artistic use [] for being able to trigger arbitrary sounds?

        And yes, I can play guitar. But 'keeping in time' is not the only important skill in music. Neither is singing perfectly in tune. And if you think they are, you'd be shocked by the number of top

        • by Hatta ( 162192 )

          But 'keeping in time' is not the only important skill in music. Neither is singing perfectly in tune.

          But they are important skills. If you don't have them, don't cover them up. Compensate with what you're good at. e.g. Bob Dylan.

          you'd be shocked by the number of top live bands that use click tracks and autotune.

          You'd be shocked by the number of top live bands that suck. How can you improvise with a click track?

          • by manicb ( 1633645 )

            That's fairly simple. You improvise within songs while staying in time with the click track. You have free time improvisations between the songs.

            There is staying in time well enough that nobody notices, and then there is staying in time well enough that you can introduce complex keyboard and guitar sounds half-way through a song and be perfectly in time with them.

      • While true any idiot can use a 404, there still is alot to be said for someone that can use it and arrange something competently.
  • by AHuxley ( 892839 ) on Wednesday June 16, 2010 @10:26AM (#32590268) Journal
    Recall the "Fun with YouTube's Audio Content ID System" on slashdot? []
    Based on []
    offer a speed increase of 5% or greater or a speed reduction of 4% or greater.
  • This will make it MUCH easier to splice a Rickroll into videos of "OMG Cute Kittenz!!1"

    • by thijsh ( 910751 )
      Yeah, but I want to bet the metadata will automatically be linked, so you're warned by the movie info: 'Contains scenes from: Cute kittens, Rick Ashley'. Very likely that a ban on a video will result in (partial) bans of other videos that use scenes. This could be a great step forward in the whole meta-web idea, content can actually be derived and linked in an organized fashion... true web 3.0, now also with: moar kittens!!!11!eleventy!!!LOL!
  • Yo dawg (Score:5, Funny)

    by dandart ( 1274360 ) on Wednesday June 16, 2010 @10:43AM (#32590470)
    I herd u liek video so i put a video of ur video editor in your video editor in ur video player so you can watch while you edit while you watch while you edit.
  • I was hoping this would happen someday. Jumpcut going away (thanks a lot for that, Yahoo) left a big hole in online video content. I'll be waiting for them to allow the same type of collaborative editing/borrowing.

  • Yay (Score:3, Insightful)

    by simonbas ( 1319225 ) on Wednesday June 16, 2010 @10:46AM (#32590506)

    More data for google!

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      So they can target ads at you because they find out that you like crossfades and lens flares?

      This meme has to die.

  • The Horror (Score:5, Insightful)

    by COMON$ ( 806135 ) on Wednesday June 16, 2010 @10:47AM (#32590514) Journal
    Ok so now not only do I have to filter through voiceovers and subtitles to find the original version. I now have to cut through all the remixes and crap as well. Queue people taking popular videos and cutting in genitals in 5...4...3...
    • by omnichad ( 1198475 ) on Wednesday June 16, 2010 @10:50AM (#32590536) Homepage

      With that countdown, you are clearly cuing and not queuing.

    • by thijsh ( 910751 ) on Wednesday June 16, 2010 @10:53AM (#32590570) Journal
      Oh, you missed the whole article on 'penis detection' huh? Youtube will probably include labels like: 'WARNING: this movie contains 5% penis. Click here to view original without bonus scenes.'.
      But seriously, the great thing about an online editor that makes it so easy is this: they will keep the link to the old movie... no more 'this is a response to...' but 'this movie contains scenes from ...'.
      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        What percentage of penis is acceptable in a youtube video? Do we need a system similar to the drink-driving laws? Sorry, this video is over 0.008% penis, which puts you over the limit. Video removed.
        • by thijsh ( 910751 )
          I dunno, the 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand' episodes are still very entertaining, but contain at least 50% penis. Not really my thing, but I'm not afraid to see it either... I would really like some advance warning though... The unexpected transition from flying swords, blood and tits to a screen filling swinging penis is unsettling to say the least.
    • I now have to cut through all the remixes and crap as well.

      Yes. Now, this crap of remixes is starting now. I haven't suffered through that for years, it's a new thing from now on ;|

  • Close to the edit (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Wowsers ( 1151731 ) on Wednesday June 16, 2010 @10:50AM (#32590544) Journal

    A video editor built into youtube. Excellent! Can we remove the fingerprint then they add to files for "copyright" enforcement? No? Then it's a rubbish editor.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by melikamp ( 631205 )

      Hey I am still waiting for a feature so complicated, they haven't gotten to implementing it after all these years: a link to a video file. I purged all flash on my computers: I am just that afraid.

      Symantec's Internet Security Threat Report states that a remote code execution in Adobe Reader and Flash Player was the second most attacked vulnerability in 2009. -WIKI

      These affect GNU/Linux plugin just as well, so burn in hell, Adobe. And you, Web designers, get a clue and link to your bloody videos so that people can get it and watch it regardless of which browser they use.

      • And you, Web designers,
        get a clue and link to your bloody videos so that people can get it and watch it regardless of
        which browser they use.

        In broad theory, this is among the issues that Flash is supposed to solve, while simultaneously not making an easy avenue for the server to be DDoSed by having the video downloaded by a whole botnet simultaneously. Flash doesn't succeed nearly as well as I'd like and I'm not trying to defend its poor implementation of the idea, but "watch regardless of your browser or OS" is part of the issue that Flash (poorly) addresses.

        • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

          by melikamp ( 631205 )

          get it and watch it regardless of which browser they use

          this is among the issues that Flash is supposed to solve

          How does it solve it for text-based browsers? It cannot in principle. What about low-profile yet very capable browsers like NetSurf or Midori? I am not against embedding video, I just want a fail-safe option, and it's not like it's a hard one to implement. DDOS issue is avoided trivially by either running a torrent (popular video) or limiting the number of connections (unpopular video).

          • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

            by PhrstBrn ( 751463 )

            How does it solve it for text-based browsers? It cannot in principle.

            I too, am I waiting to stream YouTube videos with ELinks over SSH. If only people stopped using flash I'd be able to view the web properly.

            • by Nadaka ( 224565 )

              You might be surprised that this kind of thing is at least theoretically possible. What you need is some kind of video to text translation proxy.


            • by AK Marc ( 707885 )
              I know you are being purposefully obtuse, but I agree with the original point completely. What if I know I'm going to have an offline period, like a plane flight, and want to scrape a website and browse it in the air? Oh, I get anything that doesn't include video? Why? What's the reason to exclude those that want to view something offline?
  • by shadowmage13 ( 911186 ) <> on Wednesday June 16, 2010 @11:14AM (#32590826)
    New features are wonderful, but i wish they'd just make the site really solid before they released fancy crap... []

    See, if they had the option to specify copyright, users could be shown a vast library of other videos and songs they could use to edit.
    • Re: (Score:1, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      What an insightful blog. So YouTube needs to do is get rid of advertising and send more money to the channel partners. I suppose they should hand out coupons for blow jobs as well.

  • Peter (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    That's a seriously primitive editor if you compare to JayCut (which also has an API to integrate it).

    Check it out:

    • Re: (Score:1, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Wow, that's a really fantastic video editor. It doesn't even work for me in Safari, Chrome, Opera and Firefox.

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