In recent years it has been interesting to follow dynamic developments with YouTube. For example, on January 3, Fudzilla News reports that YouTube is working on support for 360-degree live streaming. Fudzilla provides a sample 360-degree video of earth and sky shot from Blue Angels.
YouTube started when PayPal employees created a video-sharing Web site on which users could upload, share, and view videos. On February 15, 2005, the Internet domain name “youtube.com” was activated. During the summer of 2006, YouTube was one of the fastest growing sites on the WWW. YouTube was purchased by Google in 2006.
YouTube has quickly developed, expanded, and added new features since 2005. One of the popular features is the YouTube channel, which is the home page for an account. A YouTube Channel shows the following: the account name, the account type, the public videos uploaded, and any user information entered. The user can customize the background and color scheme of a channel along, as well as control some of the information that appears on it. YouTube channels can also display the following: favorite video, activity streams, comments, subscribers, and more.
YouTube provides support for YouTube Channel creators. YouTube explains how its creators can earn income. However, Tech Crunch explains that, ‘…any ‘partner’ creator who earns a cut of ad revenue but doesn’t agree to sign its revenue share deal for its new YouTube Red $9.99 ad-free subscription will have their videos hidden from public view on both the ad-supported and ad-free tiers. That includes videos by popular comedians, musicians, game commentators, and DIY instructors, though not the average person that uploads clips.”
YouTube is also expanding into the movie business. The Guardian has reported YouTube is getting into the movie business with its films having premieres online. Google’s online video service, YouTube, has announced partnership with multi-channel network (MCN) and DreamWorks Animation subsidiary AwesomenessTV to make a series of films featuring YouTube personalities. They believe that traditional TV viewing for teens and tweens is dead.
YouTube is especially popular with young and middle-aged people. The Drum has stated that YouTube mobile alone reaches more 18-49 year olds than any cable network in the country. YouTube has strong international appeal with 80% of its views from outside the U.S. YouTube has community guidelines for content. Users can report inappropriate content.
A simple online search for YouTube can lead to wonderful choral music, inspirational movies, cinematographic films of Christian ministries and much more. There are many outstanding educational and artistic films and movies on YouTube for all the world to see. Dr. Francis Schaeffer’s film series on YouTube, “How Shall We Then Live?” about the rise and decline of Western thought continues as a top pick. With its historical overview of the development and interrelationships of philosophy, science, and religion, it enables viewers to see the whole flow of history and to understand specific events or developments within the context of the historic whole. Dr Schaeffer makes insightful references to art and architecture which reflect the changing patterns of thought over time. This is one of the most brilliant and valuable presentations of Western history, thought, and culture. These videos are especially significant for our time. Other timely and insightful films concern the complex and multi-layered history of Jerusalem and the Holy land, such as “7 Days in the Holy land, with Franklin Graham,” “From Christ to Constantine,” and others.
A top pick film, which is in process of development as a feature movie is “The Butterfly Circus.” This short film is the story of a circus troupe traveling through the devastated American landscape during the Great Depression. The troupe includes performers that others have discounted but who have become beautiful in the troupe. During the troupe’s travels they encounter a man without limbs in a carnival sideshow, but with the troupe he rises to inspiring heights that few thought possible. Ballet Magnificat, a professional touring Christian ballet company, has many wonderful videos on YouTube. There are many other fine inspirational films and redemptive movie classics on YouTube.
YouTube is giving to the world access to outstanding artistic and educational films through its free and paid services. Those wanting to serve the world with valuable, helpful, and redemptive content can easily post good cinematographic films on YouTube or set up YouTube channels.