Tuesday, 18 August 2015

What is YouTube?

You Tube is a website mainly made for sharing videos, headquartered in San Bruno, California, United States. It was originated by the former PayPal employees named Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim in 2005.

This is the site which allows users to upload videos and share them publicly. There are varieties of contents available including TV serials, award shows, reality shows, funny or horror clips, educational videos, movies, short stories, and other category.

The videos are generally uploaded by the registered users of 18 years of age, while the unregistered fellows are only limited to watch videos. The first you tube video was titled at “Me at the Zoo” uploaded long back but is still visible at the site.

It was primarily thought to be developed into an online dating site but was later converted into a video sharing platform.

Uploading- The main part of You Tube is to upload videos and entertain its viewers. In every 15 minutes users can upload their videos and those having a proper rapport with the Community Guideline site can upload videos at a length of 12 hours.

At beginning the duration to every videos remained to 10 minutes which later got extended to 15 minutes by 2010. Videos more than 20GB can be uploaded in a newer

version of browser.
Playback- Adobe flash player plug in was to be installed in the browser before viewing any of the videos but in 2010 introduced its new version which support the HTML5 standard in every browsers.

At the beginning of 2015, You tube announced that HTML5 will be the default playback on supported browsers including Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Safari.

3D videos- Peter Bradshaw, the software engineer announced that 3D videos can be uploaded in the You Tube. It can be watched by wearing anaglyph.

Quality and formats- The quality and the formats vary from Standard Quality to High Quality to High Definition. You Tube offers video at the resolution of 320*240 pixels, it even added the 3GP format on mobile phones to watch the videos.

There after the 720p and 1080p HD support was added in 2008 and 2009, giving more clear and prominent visibility. In recent news, Youtube supported 8k resolution picture of 7680×4320 pixels giving a top most quality.

Localization system- The Localization service allows the users to choose their local version based on their IP address.

The interface of the site is available at 76 language version including Bengali, Urdu, Uzbek, Armenian, Burmese, Mongolian, Azerbaijan, Khmer, and many more.

You Tube is the second largest search engine after Google. It has a set of community guidelines which focuses on any abusive site feature.

It was blocked by different countries for some time including Turkey, Brazil, Syria, Bangladesh, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan. Most of the You Tube traffic around 70% comes from out of US, having 1 billion users each month.

It was awarded a “Peabody Award” in 2008 for it helped in promoting democracy by acting as a speaker’s corner.


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