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All posts tagged "YouTube"

  • YouTube Rewind celebrates the fun moments of 2016

    YouTube has had a good year. The video hosting site now has "almost one-third of all people on the Internet" using it. It's also now available in 88 countries, in 76 different languages. So to say that the site influences internet culture is a bit of an understatement. Looking back on the year that was 2016, YouTube's Spotlight account uploaded another edition of its YouTube Rewind video series, encapsulating the highs and lows of the previous 12 months. Featuring all the most viewed tracks in 2016 -- like Fifth Harmony's Work From Home, The Chainsmokers's Closer and Justin Bieber's Sorry --...

  • This drone video imagines South Africa as a beautiful, miniature toy set

    Drone videos are on the rise on the likes of YouTube and Facebook, with sales of these little winged wonders ever increasing too. But it takes some pretty deft skills to pull off a uniquely quirky drone reel. That's what drone pilot Luke Bell and video partner Hloni Coleman accomplished with this short flick. You may remember Bell thanks to this particular video of Cape Town, but his latest clip focuses on South Africa, and the country's cultural and natural beauty. Well, if South Africa was the coolest toy set imaginable, that is. "Our home and a wondrous playground for all...

  • 3 international music videos filmed in South Africa in 2016

    South Africa is just awesome, isn't it? For international visitors, they can enjoy the exhange rate while breathing in the abundant sights, sounds and rich heritage. And no one seems to understand this better than musicians. Cape Town and Johannesburg have been the scene of many a music video in their days, but while quite a few famous videos have been snapped here, including tracks from Faithless, Blue and Pharrell Williams, you may not have known that three particularly big tracks from international artists have been made right here this year. See? 2016 wasn't so bad. Tinie Tempah & Zara Larsson - Girls...

  • Pornhub’s ‘Horny Little Christmas’ ad is more SFW than expected

    We've written quite a bit about Pornhub in the past, but not because of the actual site's content. Its Insights blog sheds some gloriously detailed analytics and statistics for the wider internet to gawk at. But when the site isn't curating numbers or building graphs, it's making hilarious advertisements for YouTube. This particular gem is a bit of a misleading one. It tells the story of a group of ordinary people scattered throughout a town all seemingly set to spend Christmas night alone, when suddenly Santa appears. What happens next is, well... surprisingly safe for work. The ad is ultimately punting the...

  • This YouTube doccie might put you off that Camps Bay swim this summer

    Without question, Cape Town has some of the world's prettiest beaches. From Big Bay in the north, to Boulders in the south, the Peninsula is blessed with natural beauty bar none. But it seems that humans just can't help but stink up the place. This is at least according to a new short documentary published on YouTube. Titled Bay of Sewage and created by Mark Jackson, the flick takes a look at the City of Cape Town's waste disposal methods, namely pumping raw effluent into the sea around Green Point, Camps Bay and Hout Bay. Camps Bay is suffering from sewage outflow, according...

  • Got a monster connection? YouTube now has 4K live streams

    4K video streaming is still a significant obstacle for many internet users, requiring fast speeds and loads of data to take advantage of it. But 4K live streaming is an even bigger obstacle though, owing to the real-time nature of it all. Still, that hasn't stopped YouTube from supporting the standard, the company announced earlier this week. "Today, we're proud to say that we're taking 4K video one step further with the launch of 4K live streaming for both 360-degree videos and standard videos," YouTube explained. The first high-profile use for the standard came last night at The Game Awards, which saw...

  • 20 of South Africa’s biggest YouTube personalities by the numbers [Digital All-Stars]

    Digital All Stars is a series of articles which aims to celebrate the best of South African digital. The articles, which will appear on Memeburn and Ventureburn, recognise and celebrate South Africa’s best digital entrepreneurs, business people, advertisers, and media professionals among others. Sure, data might be expensive and smartphones haven't reached everyone just yet, but that hasn't stopped South Africans from taking to video in a massive way over the past several years. We aren't just a nation of YouTube viewers though, because we also play host to a fascinating variety of South African YouTubers. So who are the biggest players in South...

  • Mannequin Challenge: standing still has never been trendier

    Internet fads tend to remain fresh for but a few weeks (we're not talking about those evergreen Joe Biden memes though). The Ice Bucket challenge is a good example, the Harlem Shake perhaps an even better one. But a new trend that's sweeping the internet's video platforms is the Mannequin Challenge. No, this isn't like Lars and the Real Girl. Instead, it involves people seemingly turning into inanimate mannequins themselves. This could mean an entire classroom sitting still while the video recorder circles around them, or an entire football team seemingly stuck to the turf. If you need a previous popular culture...

  • YouTube now supports HDR videos by anyone

    YouTube has traditionally been pretty quick about supporting new video standards (for the most part), and now HDR joins 60FPS, 4K, 360 video and other options on the video-streaming service. The company published a blog post, detailing the new development and outlining the benefits. "Today we are adding support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) videos on YouTube. HDR videos have higher contrast, revealing precise, detailed shadows and stunning highlights with more clarity than ever. Support for wide colour gamut means colours are more vibrant. Simply put, HDR unlocks the most spectacular image quality we've ever streamed." YouTube now allows anyone to upload...

  • YouTube gets pinned comments, cute ‘creator hearts’

    If you were to give the internet an enema, you'd probably stick the hose in YouTube's comments section. Between the racism, sexism and trolls, it can be a rather toxic place. But Google is continuing its push to gussy up the service, introducing pinned comments and several other features in the process. YouTube uploaders can now pin comments on videos, allowing you to "highlight great engagement from your fans or share information with your audience", the company wrote on its Creator blog. That's not the only way you can show love to your favourite comments, as the team has implemented the ability...

  • Fail Army’s October roundup shows exactly why we’ll miss Vine

    We know, we know. It's Monday so soon again, but it needn't be a slog. Well, at least your haven't tripped and fell into a kiddies swimming pool, or launched your friend head-first into an adjacent wall. Have you? Well, that's what these unfortunate examples of humankind had to deal with this month. In October 2016's Fail Army roundup, the channel documents some of the craziest, funniest and down-right stupid fails of the past 30 days. From guys putting scissors into plug sockets, to others belly-flopping from steep cliffs, and the occasional kitten landing on its courageous little face -- this video...

  • Epic Rap Battles pits Trump against Clinton in cuss-filled clip

    The current US race for the White House has never been this entertaining or this frightening. Right in the golden age of social media, the elections have been covered in almost every guise -- from video to parody.  ith the elections just a few days away now, Epic Rap Battles is bringing the two together. Placing Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton, the two duke it out in a much more cuss-infused rap battle, fit with scandal references on both sides, catch phrases and of course, that wall. Speaking of a wall, EPB does seem to side with Clinton in this...

  • Drones can change lightbulbs now, making humans even less useful

    Sven, the pilot of drones, had a dream, and that dream was to change a faulty lightbulb using nothing but a drone. Ambitious? You bet. Over complicated? Uh, obviously. But still, it's the proof of concept that's enduring. Also, it sounds simple enough, right? Well, that's what Sven probably thought. After destroying nine lightbulbs and a poor, courageous drone, Sven somehow pulled off the unthinkable. He removed the faulty lightbulb and replaced it with a working lightbulb using nothing but a thumbstick-controlled quadcopter. That blonde joke has no credence now that drones can change lightbulbs The video, which is published on Sven's YouTube...

  • Weekend News: Sundowns are champions, Cameroon mourns

    News moves at the speed of social media in today’s world, and that’s especially the case on the weekend. Take a look at the world news you might’ve missed this weekend through the 140-character lens of Twitter (with a splash of Instagram, Facebook and YouTube for good measure). Welcome to the Weekend News in Tweets (14 October – 15 October 2016). World News: DDoS leaves internet ailing Friday was a day of total chaos for many who rely on the internet, after one of the net's biggest DNS providers, Dyn, was attacked. The DDoS attack plunged its servers into disarray, and as...

  • It’s fascinating to watch a YouTuber grow up online

    We've all seen those "dude takes a picture every day for five years" type of YouTube videos, but it's incredibly fascinating to watch the process happen to an actual YouTuber over the years. In fact, do yourself a favour and check out Remy Mumby's Food Oddities channel from beginning to end. The YouTuber started his channel in 2008 at the age of eight, filming himself eating quirky and sometimes disgusting snacks. This includes everything from armadillos and wasp cookies to Balut and guinea pig. Fast-forward eight years and, well, you have an unintentional growth chart in YouTube form. It really drives home the effect of the internet era on...