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Up and Running with Online Social Video
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Watching videos


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Up and Running with Online Social Video

with Jason Osder

Video: Watching videos

Online video platforms such as YouTube are all about watching videos. This ought to be pretty straight forward or else these sites would not be very successful. But let's look at the details so your comfortable with different aspects of playing videos. As you can see, I'm on the YouTube homepage, but I'm logged in. Your homepage may look a little bit different if you are not logged in but everything I'm going to show you in this movie will be the same. If you need instructions for creating an account please check out YouTube essential training that goes over that in detail.

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Up and Running with Online Social Video
49m 28s Appropriate for all Jul 10, 2013

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Millions of people use it every month to watch and share videos online, but YouTube isn't the only game in town. What are the strengths of YouTube compared to Vimeo and other platforms, and how do you get started with online video in the first place? Jason Osder answers these questions and more, as he explores the fundamental concepts of online video services and options that will impact your decision when choosing the service that is right for you.

Continue learning with Jason's other courses on online video, YouTube Essential Training and Vimeo Essential Training.

Topics include:
  • Understanding what an online video service does
  • Understanding "social video"
  • Sharing and embedding videos
  • Comparing technology
  • Choosing an online video platform to meet your needs
  • Finding additional resources
Subjects:
Video Video Delivery
Software:
YouTube Vimeo
Author:
Jason Osder

Watching videos

Online video platforms such as YouTube are all about watching videos. This ought to be pretty straight forward or else these sites would not be very successful. But let's look at the details so your comfortable with different aspects of playing videos. As you can see, I'm on the YouTube homepage, but I'm logged in. Your homepage may look a little bit different if you are not logged in but everything I'm going to show you in this movie will be the same. If you need instructions for creating an account please check out YouTube essential training that goes over that in detail.

Now I just want to talk about playing videos and the first thing to realize is that every time you see one of these thumbnails on YouTube. You can click it and go directly to that video and it will play automatically. So if I click this one, as you can see I'm already there playing my video. You may have noticed that I clicked right down here to stop the video. If I click again, it will play and you'll see these two icons, the Play triangle and the two Pause bars alternating (MUSIC) play, pause, on the same button.

Next, I have volume, that's just a slider, and this tells me how far into my video I'm in minutes followed by seconds. So I've only played 12 seconds of this four minute 25 second video. This bar here called a scrubber bar also shows me my progress through the video. This is the play head, how far I've actually played and the gray bar is what's already loaded. If you've never noticed before if your play head hits the end of this gray bar, your video will stop. That's usually a function of having too slow a connection or having a connection problem.

As I go across the bottom bar, I have a choice for closed captions. That's turning on, the actual words that they're speaking, in case someone is hard of hearing. You see how that works? Here I have a Quality setting, an I don't want to worry about this too much now. I just want to say that the higher quality both looks better but takes more bandwidth to download. That means that if you're set up here, and you're having trouble playing back, your video is stopping a lot.

You might want to take it down to a lower level. However, by default this is set to Auto. Which usually works pretty well, because it picks the level that's best for your connection speed. This is the Watch Later button, and we cover that in detail in YouTube essential training. All three of these buttons just change the size of the video. This is the small screen that were watching now. The large screen will take up most the browser. And finally full screen takes the video to fill up your entire monitor.

To leave full screen, you can always press Esc. And to get back to our smaller video, you can push the Small Player button. So, that's it for watching videos on YouTube. I want to to click over to Vimeo where things will be pretty similar. In this case, Vimeo displays my video right on the homepage. Again, I'm logged in, so yours may look slightly different. But everything I show you will work here, including that Vimeo generally puts the full video on the page. But if you click the name of the video, you'll go to the dedicated video page. I'm going to do that so you can get a better look at what I'm doing. Here I'm on a dedicated video page, Vimeo unlike YouTube doesn't automatically restart the video.

But the convention is exactly the same with the Play-Pause button at the bottom left. Very similar I can play and pause I have the scrubber bar that also shows the video loading. You can see those little flashing, zebra stripes are showing me the part that's not loaded and that it's trying to load. I can pull my play head through the scrubber bar to jump ahead to different parts of the video. On Vimeo, my volume is here. And expanding to full screen is here.

This is the same Quality setting although the only choice I have on Vimeo is high Def, ON or OFF. So as you can see if I click this I'll move to Standard Def. High def is off now. I have had to stop to load process again but look it's going much faster to download the standard def video. Very similar to YouTube, so are my buttons to Share, Watch Later and Like are up in the top corner whereas on YouTube there down below. As you can see watching videos in Vimeo and YouTube is straight forward and has a lot of commonalities.

If you're new to watching videos online, I'd encourage you to realize that a lot of these things are conventions. The icons around Play/pause, the Scrubber bar, these are things you'll see consistently on other online video, even if it's not YouTube or Vimeo. Most of this is designed to be pretty straight forward once you understand how it thinks.

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