Category Archives: video

Video Hack Day

If you’ve always wanted to hack a cool video app together but were afraid to try, now is your chance. YouTube, Mashery, OpenTok, Rotten Tomatoes, Netflix, Rovi Cloud Services, Zencoder & are sponsoring a video hackathon in San Francisco on October 1st. All you need to do is register here: and show up. We’ll have cool prizes (including Logitech Revue GoogleTV), free food an beer, and plenty of inspiration. I plan to be there early on Sat so if you’d like to chat prior to hacking let me know!
If you’re coming, here’s a deck that will get you started.

Moving videos from FlipShare to YouTube

Cisco announced that Flip product line will be discontinued, and so will FlipShare, the video hosting and sharing service. I’ve been a Flip camera user for many years, and really loved both the simplicity as well as the good quality of the device. You will be missed Flip!
Folks like me who shared a few videos with family using the FlipShare app and FlipShare service in the past can fortunately easily upload the videos to YouTube using the very same app. The attached screenshots illustrate the process.

FlipShare did not implement unlisted video sharing option, thus only two options are shown in the user interface (private and public). If you would rather not share the videos with the entire world, but do not want to deal with the complexity of managing video access, upload the files as private and then mark it unlisted as explained here.

Once your videos are on YouTube, you can always get the video files back as covered in this help article which details the video download process.

GDC 2011 : Call of Duty Black Ops Preso

One of the coolest projects I got to work on last year was YouTube API integration with Call of Duty : Black Ops. The game was a smash hit, grossing over $1B in revenues shortly after launch. Black Ops allows one to upload gameplay video clips directly from the game to YouTube. Below is an example of a clip from Black Ops, as well as the preso from GDC 2011 that I was fortunate to give together with my Activision colleague as a part of the Google track. You can download the slides here.
If you missed GDC but are planning to come to Google I/O 2011, we’ll be presenting there as well, so join our session! Agenda details coming soon!

South by Southwest (SXSW), Austin, TX

SXSW extravaganza starts later this week, and if you would like to catch several API presentations, including YouTube, hang out in the Leanback Lounge, register at then join us in Austin, TX on Sunday, March 13th 2011 at the Speakeasy.


1:00 – 1:30 PM – 1st Floor: Registration, greetings
1:30 – 5:00 PM – 1st Floor: API Briefings get you reacquainted you with Google’s developer products
1:30 – YouTube Leanback Lounge opens
1:45 – 5:00 PM – 3rd Floor: Office hours with Google’s engineers, developer relations, and biz dev teams
5:00 – 6:00 PM – Drink with friends! Stay and mingle with your developer community.
7:00 – close SHDH@SXSW

After the Google event, we’ll be hosting Super Happy Dev House, if you would like to join the fun, register here as well : .

User Generated Content

YouTube Direct
, the open-source user generated content submission and moderation platform, has been gaining popularity lately and we continue to find interesting deployments around the Web.
Here are a few examples : (a Brazilian musical group soliciting songs from their fans) (Good Morning America soliciting videos of people dancing to Britney Spears music) (Pequeños Gigantes) (Alberta’s next top accountant!!!) (Missouri State University’s Public Affairs video contest) (submit your security camera videos to a contest!) (Japanese game show ?)

I gotta say that Alberta’s next top accountant is my personal favorite!