9 Cool Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do On YouTube
Well, YouTube needs no introduction! There is no denying that it has become a part of our daily lives, just like our dear old friend, television. But other than watching and sharing videos, are you aware of the features that Google keeps adding to its services to enhance its performance and functionality? Let’s find out how to get the best out of YouTube!
GIFs from YouTube videos
Did you know that you could make animated GIFS from YouTube videos? All you need to do is, open a video of your choice and type the words GIF in the address bar of the browser so that it reads gifyoutube.com. It will then take you to a page where you will find an option to convert a video into a 15 seconds GIF. You can also add effects and stickers.
Playback from a specific time
Sharing a video with a playback starting at a set time is possible from YouTube. While sharing, search for the ‘Start at’ box. Now check it and put a time. For instance a 2 mins and 10 secs playback starting, you have to add ‘?t=2m10s’ to the end of the URL and you are sorted.
Yes, YouTube can be your Karaoke machine! Simply connect your laptop or mobile to your TV and by using a mixer to attach external speakers and a microphone will do the needful. If you aren’t satisfied with the lyrics or if it’s not available, there is a free browser extension called YouTube Lyrics and it will show you lyrics right next to the video.
You can avail a full screen TV mode on YouTube if you want to watch videos 8 or 10 feet away from the screen. Simply type http://www.youtube.com/tv in the browser to start the TV mode. You can use your keyboard to control the TV mode and its dark theme is easy on the eyes in a dim room.
If you are wondering about the music track in a video and wanted more details about the singer or band, simply go to http:www.mooma.sh, copy and paste the URL link of the YouTube video and get access to the database of millions of songs in a minute.
Magic Actions for YouTube
Magic Actions is one of the most popular browser extensions for YouTube which enables a lot of handy features like a volume controller, force HD or 4K video playback, bypass country restrictions or a speed booster for fast video loading.
With keyboard shortcuts, watching videos are fun on YouTube. You can use left or right arrow keys to jump back and forward 5 seconds. Type K to pause or Play, J and L to rewind and forward by 10 secs, M to mute and F to full screen. You can also use number keys 1 to 9 to scrub through the videos.
Save for offline (app only)
Saving videos for offline play back is a great feature on YouTube app for iOS and Android. Simply ‘Add to Offline’ your favourite videos and watch them later without any internet connection.
If you want to upload a 360° video on YouTube, you need to install the 360 Video Metadata app from http:www.github.comgooglespatial-mediareleases. From the app, open the 360 degree on your desktop and tick the box that reads ‘Spherical.’ Now save the video and upload it to YouTube.
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by techtalks @TechTalks March 8, 2017 5:57 AM UTC