YouTube: Opens 4M CC BY Videos to Reuse, New Creator Space, New Method to Value of a Buffered Video, Experimental Carousel Homepage - Google Apps Developer Challenge Ready for Submissions!

YouTube in the next few weeks will be opening the doors to its new creator space, housed in the offices of Google London's Soho office. With that YouTube partners from all over Europe, Middle East and Africa "will be able to book time in the space to create and collaborate with other creators, learn new […]

YouTube in the next few weeks will be opening the doors to its new creator space, housed in the offices of Google London's Soho office. With that YouTube partners from all over Europe, Middle East and Africa "will be able to book time in the space to create and collaborate with other creators, learn new techniques, as well as gaining access to state-of-the-art audio visual equipment, to help them generate great new content for their channels," stated YouTube.

The creator space is complete with the latest equipment such as DSLRs and cinema cameras, two studios including a green screen and editing suites.

The space will be overseen by the YouTube Next Lab, a team focused on accelerating the growth and development of channels and creators on YouTube and that has launched programs like YouTube NextUp (now in 11 countries), Creator Academy and the YouTube Creator Playbook.

More information on how to book will be posted, check out Creator Hub.

A year ago, YouTube launched the Creative Commons video library, and since than YouTubers around the world has uploaded 40 years' worth of video to the mix.

Four million creative commons videos on YouTube are just waiting to be reused, remixed, and reimagined--more videos than anywhere else in the world.

Anyone, anywhere can edit, build on and republish the library's videos for free thanks to the Creative Commons Attribution license, otherwise known as CC BY.

Now you can join the fun, and pass on the creative spirit when you publish your video, by choosing the option to license it under CC BY, (select "Creative Commons Attribution license" from the "License and rights ownership" menu), so that others can reuse and remix your footage with the YouTube Video Editor.

Starting today, you also have the option to license your future videos under CC BY as a default.

For more information, visit YouTube's Creative Commons page.

Also, the YouTube team is experimenting yet another homepage interface called "carousel." The new simplified homepage only shows a long list of popular video from various channels and categories like "news" and "music".

If you are not part of the test, when, you try to load the new homepage, YouTube redirects users to youtube.com/lohp, but this page returns an error. Here is how to try the latest YouTube experiment.

On your Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari or Internet Explorer 8+ browser, just open youtube.com in a new tab, and load the following:

  • Chrome's JavaScript console (Ctrl+Shift+J for Windows/Linux/ChromeOS or Command-Option-J for Mac)
  • Firefox's Web Console (Ctrl+Shift+K for Windows/Linux or Command-Option-K for Mac)
  • Opera's Dragonfly (Ctrl+Shift+I for Windows/Linux or Command-Option-I for Mac)
  • Safari's Web Inspector (how to do that?)
  • Internet Explorer's Developer Tools (press F12 and select the "console" tab)

….and now, paste the following code in the URL address bar of your browser, which changes a YouTube cookie:

document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=eKxEWQ3xcc8; path=/; domain=.youtube.com";window.location.reload();

Then press Enter and close the console. Go to youtube.com/lohp to see the experimental interface.

YouTube Homepage Carousel UI Test

Also, If you've ever developed a custom playback experience based on Player API, now instead of taking two-step legacy approach (getVideoBytesLoaded() and getVideoBytesTotal() "now officially deprecated") to calculate how much of a video has buffered, YouTube now aloows to use the new getVideoLoadedFraction() method.

"It will return a numerical value between 0.0 and 1.0 that represents the same fraction obtained by dividing getVideoBytesLoaded() by getVideoBytesTotal()," YouTube API team said.

"getVideoLoadedFraction() allows us to expose more accurate information to your code about the state of the video that's currently playing across a wider range of playback scenarios. When HTML5 <video> playback was used in the <iframe> Player, for instance, we previously had to return "fake" values for getVideoBytesLoaded() and getVideoBytesTotal(), as the true byte counts weren't directly exposed via the <video> element. The value returned by getVideoLoadedFraction() should be correct for that and other playback scenarios that we roll out in the future," the team explained.

Google Apps Developer Challenge Open for Submission

Google Apps Developer Challenge is now open for submissions! The submission deadline is 24 August 2012 at 23:59:59 PT.

If you would like to submit your application, you can use one of the three following categories:

  • "Enterprise / Small Business Solutions e.g., Accounting, Sales, Workflow, Collaboration
  • Social / Personal Productivity / Games / Fun
  • Education / Not for Profit / Water / Food & Hunger / Health," informs Google,

Here are some resources to get you going: read up on Apps Script, the Drive and Apps APIs on Google Developers.