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Cloning Web 2.0: A Look at Copycat Applications

I know I recently railed against copycat sites — I assure you that the irony of this post isn’t lost on me. But as they say, “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” As I said in my post 3 weeks ago, “if you do feel the need to borrow an idea, you should definitely make changes and try to innovate and push the concept in new directions.”

YouTube was one of the first big success stories of web 2.0, cashing in for over $1.65 billion last fall when it was acquired by Google. AlstraSoft’s Video Share Enterprise is a PHP/MySQL script that clones YouTube. Video Share duplicates most of YouTube’s features pretty well, and powers a number of small-to-medium sized sites, such as the paintball video sharing web site Xhaled. Also check out another YouTube clone script vShare. It seems unlikely that either of these scripts could scale out of the box to support anywhere near the traffic of YouTube, though.

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July 26, 2007 Posted by | clone, web2, youtube, youtube clone | Leave a comment

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

MeVid – Youtube Clone?

I was just surfing the videos section here on digg, and came across a video hosted here. Looks a lot like Youtube.

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June 8, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Microsoft YouTube Clone Coming

Microsoft’s new YouTube competitor will be all about user generated videos if its name, Soapbox, is any indication (Hunterstrat calls it “personal whine”).
There aren’t many details yet, but LiveSide is saying this will be a MSN, not Live.com product, and will eventually be launched at soapbox.msn.com.

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June 8, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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vShare Provides Video Sharing Capability

vShare.in is proud to announce that the vShare YouTube Clone Script that they have been developing is being released to customers. The innovative vShare YouTube Clone Script is described as allowing everyone to start his or her own video sharing site.

This revolutionary program builds on the prosperity of video sharing giants such as YouTube.com and Veoh.com by allowing users to run their own video sharing portal. Using the vShare YouTube Clone Script, Visitors will be able to upload, view, comment and share videos.

“With vShare YouTube Clone Script, you too can start profitable video sharing site with out spending ton’s of money” said the owner and lead developer of the script.

The script is still being actively developed by a team of highly talented programmers, who are constantly adding more features to the program at no extra cost. The script is incredibly easy to install, use smarty template system, that can be easily modifiable so that the look and feel fits the site it is being used on.

With the recent success of YouTube.com, Veoh.com, DailyMotion, and Google Videos, the vShare YouTube Clone Script employs the same basic principles that the online video businesses do. Costing only $10, the vShare YouTube Clone Script is an inexpensive investment with huge upside because of the number of media outlets investing in the field.

At only $10, the vShare YouTube Clone Script is sure to make a revolutionary change to the online video field because of its simplicity and usefulness. You can make your web site a hit by using vShare YouTube Clone Script offered at http://www.vShare.in

For additional information, visit http://www.vshare.in

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June 8, 2007 Posted by | youtube clone | 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

Microsoft promotes user-generated content with Popfly

User-generated content (the YouTube phenomenon) has sent the entire internet industry scrambling for a piece of its ad-revenue potential. Now, any bozo with a video camera can produce his/her own masterpiece and find an audience of millions (just like Hollywood bozos do).

What if, however, your creativity runs to internet gadgets, mashups, and web pages? Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) doesn’t believe your lack of html expertise should freeze you out of the market.

Following the lead of Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO), Microsoft has launched a new tool, Popfly Creator, to take the coding work out of creating user-built web content. It has also launched a community, Popfly Space, to host the creations.

With Popfly Creator, you’ll be able to piece together feeds to create your own custom web pages, or mash them up to create something new and wonderful (or dreadful). For example, suppose your life dream is to create a real-time display correlating the temperature in Mumbai, the S&P 500 average, and the color of the shirt you have on, in a 3-D graph? Popfly could make that dream come true, for better or worse.

Microsoft is not, as usual, first with concept. Yahoo launched Yahoo Pipes last year. Google has allowed mashups utilizing Google Earth and Google Maps.

MSFT is currently spooning out user privileges, perhaps hoping to clone the video site Joost‘s success in cultivated allure through the illusion of scarcity.

The new program is built using Microsoft’s new Silverlight platform, but the average user won’t need to know that. Microsoft is betting that, if they allow the world to unleash its creativity, some great content is bound to result — the million monkeys approach. Then, by hosting such content on Popfly Space, the company will gain the eyeballs they need to grow their advertising revenue.

May 26, 2007 Posted by | youtube clone | Leave a comment