Have you always wanted to create a YouTube video but were unable or unwilling to do so? Now is your best chance of doing so, thanks to a trio of third-party apps YouTube has teamed up with to help you do so in the simplest way.
YouTube currently gets more than 35 hours of video uploaded to the site every minute of every day. Which is more than I can possibly conceive of. You’d think that would be enough to sate Google’s desire to remain as the number one online video destination, but apparently not.
Keen to help out those people who haven’t got access to any kind of camera – whether it be a Webcam, video camera, or smartphone – and those who don’t feel comfortable showing their faces on the Web, YouTube has teamed with three third-party apps.
These apps – collectively known as YouTube Create – all allow you to create a video for free with nothing other than the tools provided.
Camera Not Required
The three apps now integrated into YouTube are GoAnimate, which offers all the elements required to make simple animations, Xtranormal, which turns your script into a CG animation, and Stupeflix Video Maker, which turns your digital content into a unique video.
I took a look at all three options and eventually plumped to create a video using GoAnimate. The simple yet effective result of which can be seen embedded below:-
I know it’s not very good, but the fact it only took me around 10 minutes to create (having played around with the tools for around an hour beforehand) is surely impressive, even if I say so myself. And I chose just one setting and the most basic of set-ups. Suffice to say there is a lot more that can be done.
Even the talking didn’t require any external hardware or software on my part, as a clever text-to-voice tool doing all the work. You can also upload audio clips and/or speak into a microphone to give your characters voices.
The other two apps are demonstrated in this YouTube Blog post from December 2010.
The great thing is how these apps bring everyone the opportunity to create a video for YouTube, as long as they have access to the Web and a YouTube account. And I’ve got a feeling this is just the tip of the iceberg, with a lot more promised for the future.