Next Creator 'YouTube Next Comic' Focused on LOLs Launches; Rolls Out Creator Dashboard; Default Upload to Channel Settings Page; End Parameter to Automatically Stop a Video at a Specific Time - IFAF World Championship Live on YouTube

YouTube's Next Creator program is focused on comedy channels to bring more ha-ha's, tee-hee's, ROFL-ing to viewers with the channel entitled as "YouTube Next Comic."Applications are now open for 16 up-and-coming comedy channels -whether your forté is "sketch comedy, stand-up, parodies, pranking, awkward moments and epic fails, pet-inspired shenanigans, humorous vlogging and commentary, or any […]

YouTube's Next Creator program is focused on comedy channels to bring more ha-ha's, tee-hee's, ROFL-ing to viewers with the channel entitled as "YouTube Next Comic."

Applications are now open for 16 up-and-coming comedy channels -whether your forté is "sketch comedy, stand-up, parodies, pranking, awkward moments and epic fails, pet-inspired shenanigans, humorous vlogging and commentary, or any other indefinable laugh-generating genre," YouTube calling YOU!

YouTube creators from Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States are eligible.

The 16 Next Comics will attend educational workshops aimed at helping them grow larger, more engaged audiences. "Each comic will be part of a series of educational workshops held on Google+ Hangouts, receive $5,000 worth of video equipment, and $10,000 worth of promotion on YouTube."

Deadlines for applications are Friday, July 13th. No pun intended.

Google revealed that since launching Next Up and Next Creator, "over 147 creators from 13 countries have participated in the programs, resulting in over 9,000 new videos and 327 million new views."

Google says, they're experimenting with tools that will help all partners more effectively promote their channels. To that end, YouTube wants you to send trailers highlighting your channels to help you reach new viewers. Visit youtube.com/submityourtrailer to learn more and submit a trailer for potential promotion across the Google Display Network.

If you're a frequent uploader, you're probably used to typing the same tags and choosing the same category for videos again and again and again. As told you earlier, YouTube now added a Defaults page to Channel Settings that allows to set default information for future uploads.

Simply choose your Channel defaults, press Save, and they will show up on future uploads. Of course you can always override these defaults on individual videos.

To give it a try, visit youtube.com/account_defaults.

YouTube Default Upload Settings on Channel Page

Also, to help frequent uploader, access the right tools and information needed to understand channel's performance and easily make channel optimizations, YouTube just launched the YouTube Creator Dashboard.

Starting today, you can go to youtube.com/dashboard to check it out and get a quick snapshot of your channel's recent performance.

"With the Creator Dashboard, you'll see recent uploads, recent comments on your videos, account notifications, high level stats, and announcements about new features, YouTube explains."

The YouTube team says, in the future, they will include additional information to help better manage channel -- you can send in ideas to Yutube.

For more details on the Creator Dashboard, check out this Help Center.

youtube creator dashboard

Until today, YouTube provided the ability to easily start video playback at a specific time using the start parameter, Now, you can also stop it early using the "end parameter."

"The end parameter is a positive integer, and it represents the number of seconds from the beginning of the video. If your friends are not into merengue dancing canines, you can now tease them with short clips of videos," explains YouTube.

Here's an example:

<iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Nc9xq-TVyHI?start=110&end=119" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Finally, beginning June 30, USA Football's Under 19 International Federation of American Football (IFAF) World Championship series will air live on iBN Sports' YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/ibnsportsnetwork.

The series pits eight countries against each other.

The winners of the first round play on July 4 (Games 1 and 2); the losers' bracket will be on July 3 (Games 1 and 2). The Gold Medal and Bronze Medal games will both be played on July 7.