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Web 2.0 madness grips China

A rising middle class, cheap start-up costs, increasing penetration of PCs and Internet-enabled cell phones, and an ability to tap the local market better than multinationals like Google or Amazon.com, among other factors, is fueling a rush into Web sites, online games and companies with novel advertising pitches.

Margins are tight and competition is intense, but there’s a huge payout for the winners.

One of those winners is Kevin Li, founder of video-sharing site KU6.com. Li is probably the most enthusiastic person I’ve ever met.

He bounds past workers installing ceiling tiles and fixing the elevator to greet me. “You’re the first visitor in our new office. Ha ha!” he exclaims, adding that the old office was a rented house.

Li has a lot of reasons to be excited. Last September, when it launched, KU6.com was one of more than 200 newly minted video-sharing sites in China. Now, it’s one of the fastest-growing survivors. The site attracted 2 million unique users a day in the last week of May, Li claims, and unique users have been growing by 200,000 a day on average per week. KU6.com, which broke even in three months, is the 46th most popular site in China, according to Web site ranker Alexa.

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June 18, 2007 Posted by | clone, video, web2, youtube clone | Leave a comment

YouTube to test video ID with Time Warner, Disney

Top online video service YouTube will soon test a new video identification technology with two of the world’s largest media companies, Time Warner Inc. and Walt Disney Co..

The technology, developed by engineers at YouTube-owner Google Inc., will help content owners such as movie and TV studios identify videos uploaded to the site without the copyright owner’s permission, legal, marketing and strategy executives at YouTube told Reuters in an interview on Monday.

The so-called video fingerprinting tools, which identify unique attributes in the video clips, will be available for testing in about a month, a YouTube executive said.

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June 18, 2007 Posted by | video, web2, youtube | Leave a comment

Download Video From Popular Video Sharing Site

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VideoDL is an Ajax application that allows you to download online videos on your computer. VideoDL supports YouTube, Google Video and Break.com. In order to download the videos you like, you simply need to copy the link of the page with video and paste it into the textbox. Then, click “Get It!” and follow the instruction. After you have saved the files into your hard drive, make sure the extension of the file is .flv. VideoDL is free to use.

Link: http://www.videodl.org/

Vixy

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Vixy is a website that lets you download videos from popular sites and allows you to convert the m into various video formats (including iPod and PSP). You simply need to enter the URL of the video and Vixy will do the rest. This service is open source and developers interested in making changes to it can freely download the source code. Vixy is completely free to use.

Link: http://vixy.net/

KeepVid

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KeepVid is a site that allows you to download videos from many video sharing sites, including YouTube, Google Video, MySpace Video, DailyMotion, Blip.tv, Revver and other popular sites. Remember that once the video is downloaded on your computer, you will have to add the .flv extension manually. KeepVid is free to use.

Link: http://keepvid.com/

VideoDownloader

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VideoDownloader is a site that supports a great list of video sharing sites and more importantly, it’s also available as a Firefox extension, allowing you to seamlessly integrate it within your browser. Like similar web services, all downloaded videos are in .flv format; therefore, you will need to use a video converter in order to watch the video (unless your video player doesn’t support .flv). VideoDownloader is completely free to use.

Link: http://javimoya.com/blog/youtube_en.php

YouTubeX

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YouTubeX is a site that lets you download videos from YouTube. It doesn’t have a lot of options in terms of video sites among which you could choose, but in its simplicity it works fine. It also enables you to share the YouTube video with your friends via e-mail. All the downloaded files are called “get_video”, and you will have to add the .flv extension manually. YouTubeX is completely free to use.

Link: http://www.youtubex.com/

DownThisVideo

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DownThisVideo is a website that lets you download videos from YouTube, GoogleVideo, MetaCafe, Vimeo and other services. You simply have to paste the link in the search box and the service will do all the work for you. Please note that AVI and MP4 formats are allowed for Google Video only. DownThisVideo is free to use.

Link: http://downthisvideo.com/

KissYouTube

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KissYouTube is a service that provides two interesting ways to download videos from YouTube. The first is to go on the page where the video is located and add the word “kiss” in front of the youtube.com domain name; once you press Enter, the browser will bring you to the KissYouTube site, where you will be able to download the video. Alternatively, you can simply go on the KissYouTube website, enter the URL of the video and push “Get it”. The video will be downloaded in .flv format. Free to use.

Link: http://www.kissyoutube.com/

YouTubeDownloads

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YouTubeDownloads is an interesting service that lets you download videos from YouTube (other sites are not supported). Once you enter the link to the video you want to download, you will be able to save it as a .flv file. You will need to use a video player that supports this file format in order to be able to watch it. YouTubeDownloads is completely free to use.

Link: http://www.downloadandsaveyoutubevideos.info/

YouTubia

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YouTubia.com is a YouTube clone that lets you download and save YouTube videos within your IE or Firefox browser. YouTube videos are downloaded in the new .flv (flash video) format, and you will need a .flv Player to watch them. You might have to rename the file extension of the downloaded video file to be “.flv” before you can play it. Free to use.

Link: http://www.youtubia.com/

Kcoolonline

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Kcoolonline is a site that lets you download videos on your hard disk from more than 90 sites, including YouTube, Google Video, Metacafe, iFilm and MySpace, Yahoo and many more. Some time file comes with name “get_video”; in those occasions, you need to rename it and add the .flv extension. Kcoolonline is completely free to use.

Link: http://www.kcoolonline.com/

Hey!Watch

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Hey!Watch provides a simple way to download videos from video sharing sites and encode. You can download videos from Google Video, YouTube, Metacafé, Break, MySpace and many other video sites. Videos can be encoded in iPod format, PSP, 3GP and other popular formats. The API of Hey!Watch can be easily integrated in any web or desktop applications. The service is not free and 1 encode credit only costs you $0.10 or 0.07€.

Link: http://heywatch.com/page/home

MediaConverter

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MediaConverter is a platform that lets you download and convert videos straight from YouTube. Among the supported file formats there are .avi, .flv, .mov, 3GP and many others. MediaConverter also enables you to upload your own videos and convert them easily. MediaConverter is completely free to use.

Link: http://www.mediaconverter.org/

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May 28, 2007 Posted by | video, web2, youtube | 2 Comments

How to convert/encode files to FLV using FFMPEG & PHP

So, as I’ve written in an earlier article on how to install FFMPEG on your server, while there are those who probably use a “YouTube Clone” script, there might be those who want to create their own using FFMPEG & PHP. FLV is the most widely used type of codec that runs on most Flash players.

So, let’s get started, there are actually a few steps into converting a file to FLV which are shown below

1. Send the script to FFMPEG-PHP and get it’s info
So, before doing any of this, you should make sure that your file has been uploaded to somewhere and you have the full path to it. (You can’t use what you have in “memory”, so you’ll have to look on how to upload a file, once you got that and have the path of the file, we’ll start our script to invoke FFMPEG-PHP and get the file’s resolution. What we mainly need is the width, height & FPS (frame per second) so that we can tell FFMPEG about. I’ll be using the clock.avi located in every windows system.

We’ll start out our code with getting our variables:

// Set our source file
$srcFile = "/path/to/clock.avi";
$destFile = "/path/to/clock.flv";
$ffmpegPath = "/path/to/ffmpeg";
$flvtool2Path = "/path/to/flvtool2";

// Create our FFMPEG-PHP class
$ffmpegObj = new ffmpeg_movie($srcFile);

// Save our needed variables
$srcWidth = makeMultipleTwo($ffmpegObj->getFrameWidth());
$srcHeight = makeMultipleTwo($ffmpegObj->getFrameHeight());
$srcFPS = $ffmpegObj->getFrameRate();

Also, the width/height has to be multiples of two so I have created a function that makes it a multiple of two:

function makeMultipleTwo ($value)
{
$sType = gettype($value/2);

if($sType == “integer”)
{
return $value;
} else {
return ($value-1);
}
}

2. Send the script to FFMPEG for encoding
Here is where the fun starts, executing it and telling FFMPEG where to place it later. Let’s see on how our command will consist and what it will be made of. We’ll see what quality settings we will have to set.

ffmpeg -i video.avi -ar 22050 -ab 32 -f flv -s 320x240 video.flv

That’s generally how to convert a video.avi to video.flv with the audio sampling at 22050 & audio bit rate at 32, with the size 320×240. While I suggest the values above for audio as they are the most compressed, but we’ll use the old audio settings for better quality.

$srcAB = intval($ffmpegObj->getAudioBitRate()/1000);
$srcAR = $ffmpegObj->getAudioSampleRate();

Now we have pretty much most of the values ready for our compression, however, we need to call flvtool2 to get our Meta information. Steps 4 and 5 in the diagram work simultaneously with this one.

What we do is make flvtool2 run at the same time as FFMPEG so we’ll pipe it into the command which means our general command is

ffmpeg -i video.avi -ar 22050 -ab 32 -f flv -s 320x240 video.flv | flvtool2 -U stdin video.flv

Now, we have a kind of complete command, let’s make our final code!

<?php
// Set our source file
$srcFile = "/path/to/clock.avi";
$destFile = "/path/to/clock.flv";
$ffmpegPath = "/path/to/ffmpeg";
$flvtool2Path = "/path/to/flvtool2";
// Create our FFMPEG-PHP class
$ffmpegObj = new ffmpeg_movie($srcFile);
// Save our needed variables
$srcWidth = makeMultipleTwo($ffmpegObj->getFrameWidth());
$srcHeight = makeMultipleTwo($ffmpegObj->getFrameHeight());
$srcFPS = $ffmpegObj->getFrameRate();
$srcAB = intval($ffmpegObj->getAudioBitRate()/1000);
$srcAR = $ffmpegObj->getAudioSampleRate();
// Call our convert using exec()
exec($ffmpegPath . " -i " . $srcFile . " -ar " . $srcAR . " -ab " . $srcAB . " -f flv -s " . $srcWidth . "x" . $srcHeight . " " . $destFile . " | " . $flvtool2Path . " -U stdin " . $destFile);
// Make multiples function
function makeMultipleTwo ($value)
{
$sType = gettype($value/2);
if($sType == "integer")
{
return $value;
} else {
return ($value-1);
}
}
?>

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May 26, 2007 Posted by | video, youtube clone | 13 Comments

CrowdRules Launches – YouTube Meets Crowd Wisdom

A brand new video sharing site where you can insert the url of a video you’d like to share,  and get feedback from other users.  Some ways in which this can be used include market research, unbiased opinions,  or as a fun game.

They’ve included a challenge feature to hold contests for ranking a particular video, choosing the best of a group of videos,  and submitting videos to be voted on.  Anyone can initiate a challenge,  and it would be great if they could incorporate the ability for users to offer some sort of prize for the winners.  Challenges can also be exported to your profiles on MySpace, Piczo, hi5 and the rest, so you can rally up even more submissions and votes.

Regarding YouTube already having voting, we know: that’s exactly our point. The voting on YouTube and other video sites can be gamed, so the results aren’t reliable, i.e., business decisions can’t be based on them.

By keeping the voting honest, CrowdRules allows people to get meaningful ratings and rankings on anything. That will include movie studios quickly finding the best of 5 possible movie trailers still in development (currently an expensive proposition without CrowdRules), to having the crowd decide who does the best job of reading your poetry.

We still remember the kid last summer who put a Chopin piece on YouTube and asked for help. He got over 400 video responses, which he then had to slog through. If he did the same thing on CrowdRules®, then the Crowd could help him sort through the responses and he could watch just the best ones, then get back to playing piano.

We have great respect for YouTube. But YouTube is just for fun. YouTube provides no tools for user-generated contests. More important, they suffer from information cascades – things that bias the voting. It’s in our DNA to block them and keep the voting honest.

Videos on CrowdRules can come from anywhere on the web. Yet we’ve never seen ourselves as a video sharing site. Instead, we focused on what was necessary to successfully do media research. Media research and contests have a lot in common: they both seek to find the best stuff. But that can get complicated. So, to make it easy to use, we designed CrowdRules as a contest-oriented question and answer site with videos.

One point I didn’t see you cover was the fact that CrowdRules lets anyone leverage the collective intelligence of the crowd. That’s why we called it CrowdRules and not, say, YouTubeVideoShare.

Oh, and we will be adding prize and sponsor features soon. You’re quite right that they’re needed, and we look forward to offering it.

Again, thanks for taking the time to review us! It’s an honor!

David Moss
www.crowdrules.com

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March 24, 2007 Posted by | video, youtube, youtube clone | Leave a comment

NBC, News Corp. Plan YouTube Clone

Ah, poor Google. First Viacom files suit against YouTube, alleging a billion dollars worth of copyright infringement. Now two more massive media conglomerates are joining up to open a second battle front, this time in the market instead of the courts. NBC and News Corp. issued a joint press release this morning, saying they were planning on creating a new online video-distribution network, which they say will debut this summer with “thousands of hours of full-length programming, movies and clips.”The new entity — a company yet to be formed — will distribute its content on AOL, MSN, MySpace and Yahoo, the new partners say. They were quick to claim that those sites’ users represent 96% of monthly U.S. Internet visitors (take that, YouTube!). Each partner will be able to display video in a customized embedded player.

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March 23, 2007 Posted by | video, youtube | Leave a comment

Yahoo! Japan Launches Digg Clone

Yahoo! Japan Corporation has recently unleashed a new service called Minna Topics.  The website has a Digg-like rating system and utilizes popularity clouds.  The stories that users post can be categorized and commented on.  Users can also subscribe to the website using RSS.There is only so much I learned browsing the site using Google translator, but from looking at the number of votes on the particular stories, it seems to be a hit.  Yahoo! seems to have a strong market-share in Japan.   This is evidenced by the fact that Yahoo! Japan is ranked #10 in the Alexa Global Rankings and #1 in Japan.  It is also evidenced by this commercial of Yahoo! Japan’s phone software featuring Cameron Diaz:

March 22, 2007 Posted by | clone, video, youtube, youtube clone | Leave a comment

300 – Movie Trailer

This action adventure is faithfully adapted from the graphic novel 300 by Frank Miller in which Spartan King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and his 300 Spartans fought to the last man against Persian King Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and his massive army. Facing insurmountable odds, the Spartans’ heroism and sacrifice inspires all of Greece to unite against the Persian invaders. The story is loosely based on the Battle of Thermopylae which took place in the summer of 480 BC.

March 19, 2007 Posted by | video, youtube | Leave a comment

Turkish YouTube Ban Lifted

Few days back Turkish ISP’s banned YouTube.com that made news. Turkish YouTube users complained they can’t even access YouTube with proxy sites.

YouTube Web site was blocked because of videos insulting Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey.

After two days of ban, Turkish Telecom officials reported that Turkey has lifted its ban on YouTube. Ahter Kutadgu, head of corporate communications for Turkish Telecom, said his company had been notified of a second court decision to lift the ban, and that the company had immediately opened access to YouTube.

The paper said that the ban had been condemned by the media freedom group Reporters without Borders, and drew attention to Turkey’s shaky record on permitting free expression.

March 13, 2007 Posted by | video, youtube | Leave a comment

YouTube Porn Clones

There are many YouTube clone sites dedicated for porn.

http://pornotube.com

http://xtube.com

http://yuvutu.com

There is a digg like web site

http://www.socialporn.com

March 9, 2007 Posted by | video, youtube | 3 Comments