Introducing YouTube Create Videos Platform for Third-party Applications

YouTube Create Videos is a new platform introduced today, for "third-party applications that enable users to create videos." The idea is simple. "The third-party application runs in an HTML iframe on YouTube. The user creates a video with the application, and then the application uploads the video to YouTube for the user to watch and […]

YouTube Create Videos is a new platform introduced today, for "third-party applications that enable users to create videos." The idea is simple. "The third-party application runs in an HTML iframe on YouTube. The user creates a video with the application, and then the application uploads the video to YouTube for the user to watch and share," informs YouTube API team.

"Create Videos already has many different applications listed, for example: One True Media is a simple video editor. GoAnimate lets you create custom animations. Stupeflix lets you mix pictures, videos, maps, text, and music into a story. Xtranormal lets you turn anything you type into a fully-animated CG movie."

"If you're interested to list your app, you need the following:
  • Name of your app (max 60 characters)
  • Description of your app (max 50 words)
  • 120x120 icon with rounded corners
  • Tutorial video (hosted on YouTube).
The app itself must meet following:
  • It must support Google federated login using OpenID.
  • It must post resulting video to YouTube. The app should upload the video on behalf of the user using OAuth2 or AuthSub.
  • It must provide branding within the user interface if the user is required to upload assets (to make it clear that the upload is going to the third-party app, not to YouTube).
  • It must not show ads within the iframe. However, the freemium model is acceptable, providing the base level of functionality is useful.

The app must run within the context of a 960px-wide iframe that'll display on YouTube. The iframe doesn't limit the vertical space that your app occupies. For best appearance, your app should've a white background," the YouTube APi team explains.

Here's one example of a company that decided to integrate with YouTube.com/create and experienced a signficant growth in traffic:

When you're ready to submit your app for inclusion on YouTube.com/create, submit it to the YouTube Project Gallery using the hashtag #create, and YouTube will contact you via email.

For more information about integrating with YouTube's API, check developer documentation.

[Source: YouTube API blog]