Chris Atkinson


A Look at YouTube 'Tip Jar'-Style Services

Recently, Patreon and Subbable came into being in order for creators to offer a unique opportunity: subscribers, fans, followers, etc. could, if they were so inclined, pay for the content they could easily watch for free. We take a look at four of these services, all with their slight differences.
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Vine Compilation Shows All the Fun We're Having in 6 Seconds

You really like Vine...but sometimes you'd like to see a whole bunch of Vines strung together into one big mega-video. And they're all the "Greatest of 2013," or so says the title. Sometimes, actually most of the time, video is just about having fun.
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YouTube Founders Introduce Mixbit to Compete with Vine and Instagram

Another social video app has arrived to compete with Vine and Instagram video: Mixbit, created by YouTube co-founders Steve Chen and Chad Hurley. Announced way back on April 1, this could have been taken as an April Fools joke, but it is now a reality.
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Winning Video Entries from the ReelSEO Video Marketing Summit

During the ReelSEO Video Marketing Summit, we teamed with Spot Trender to create a contest for best videos in categories such as B2C, B2B, and PSA. Spot Trender used a reaction graph to select the winners. Would you like to see who won? Read on.
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How to Blur Faces in Adobe Premiere [ReelRebel #47]

There are many reasons to blur out people's faces: protect their identity or privacy, or if they didn't sign a talent release for your broadcast. You can use it any time you need to blur anything out. This is how to use it in Adobe Premiere.
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Does One Bad Video Mean the End of Your Channel?

So you release a video you think is great, or maybe you think it's a little "out there," and then the bad comments and dislikes start racking up. What went wrong? And does it mean the end of your channel as you know it?
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Dove and Samsung Rule YouTube's Top Ads for July 2013

This is the list of top-viewed YouTube ads for July. As should be no surprise, many of these ads have a ton of paid views. That doesn't mean these ads are bad, but some are not so extraordinary to get so many views. Anyway, here's what topped the charts on YouTube in July.
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ZeFrank's Channel, As Dissected by vidIQ

We got to meet vidIQ's Rob Sandie and much of his team at the ReelSEO Video Marketing Summit and at VidCon. Sandie gave us a look at vidIQ's service, which measures your social engagement, tells you the best way to write a description, and all sorts of stats to sift through to make your video launches better.
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YouTube's Geek Week: A Sneak Peek

YouTube's Geek Week has kicked off--let's see if the geeks can beat what the comedians did in May. Although after first glance, there doesn't appear to be too much difference between the two right off the bat.
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That Was VidCon! Thoughts from Disneyland

Even though the 4th annual VidCon, held at the Anaheim Convention Center, is mainly for fans and for fans to meet up with their favorite channel creators, there was some good information to be found at the event.