Monday, 30 March 2015

The Youtube Audio Library Resource Page

Chris Martin (photo credit)
It was 1 Oct 2013 when YouTube launched the free music audio library with 161 tracks.

Today, 18 months later, there are 1,203 tracks - that's a whole lotta choice, so how do we make the best of them?

This resource page will help you get started while offering a few insights into making the most of the process of searching, listening, downloading and using a suitable track.

Of those 1,203 tracks, they are made by 50 artists. Silent Partner has 403 tracks where many artists have just one track. There average being 24.

I've made a pdf and a published to the web doc too. From here, we try not to feel overwhelmed, for
choosing just one track, we leave behind 99.99% of the rest.

So how to we get to that one magical track that's just right for your latest project and video?

I would start by thinking smart and not looking in the 196 featured tracks (showing the popularity bar). I would be careful too on looking in the Genre, Mood, Instrument and Duration - I've found that almost a complete waste of time.

Look by Artist, that the top tip I can give here. Makes sense doesn't it? After all, we never found Coldplay or Chris Martin, by searching for one man band.

But if we know Coldplay, then a visit to google play, similar artist may return Snow Patrol.

My point here, find one track you like in the youtube audio library, find the artist, go listen to all the artists listings - it will pay you  back big time. At this time, I am getting a little tired of the same old tired track being used over and over again - bit like a broken record.

With 1,203 track available - just be creative and look further than the end of your own nose.

Is this easy and fast - no not really, but it's fun. Some of the most important decisions ever made, have been by not knowing what to do at all - they have been made by weeding or what is not the right choice, and eventually, there is only one or two courses of action left.

We can start by getting an overview. For example, The Green Orbs produce children's music (30 tracks). Don't want that, then you've just carved off the list to 1,173, but of you do want kids stuff then, you are down to 30 (from 1,203).

I'm a bog fan of David Holmes, he scored Out of Sight and the Ocean's 11, 12 and 13 movies. His style is uber cool, If I listen to his album Come Get it, I got it - I'm in a really different world, and that's intended - music does that to us.

Here's the brilliant thing, there's so much David Holmes esque tracks in the library - there really is. I'd love to give you a list, but really, like really - go find it for yourself :)

If there was one artist I'd give a shout out to, it's Otis McDonald. He has over 30 tracks, a few under the name of Joe Bagale. I wish him all the success - wish I had the talent to be a musician.

After you've put in the hard work, saved fifty tracks and downloaded them, add them to your video editor and get creating. I use an old version of Sony Vegas, you can use the online for simplicity, but I prefer something with multiple audio and video timelines.

As an old school photographer, I'm fascinated by the still image. Using video we have about 24 frames per second, each one of those is a still image in itself, so even producing a 30 seconds video, will require a lot of work if you do it right.

You may have a slide change every 0.8-1.3 seconds and at 30 secs that's over 35 slides. It's pretty vital you get the right audio track for that video. And by the right audio, that could mean absolute silence. When I made a the GE 235 flight path video, it was a tragedy - no audio was necessary.

It doesn't stop there, when you have a suitable track, then chances are it either too long or too short. I'll leave that topic for another post.

As usual, will update this page when I need to.. 

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Huda Kattan Beauty YouTube Audience Retention the for last 50 uploads

This post is about Huda Kattan, her channel at YouTube and the last fifty videos uploaded.

I've studied them in my normal fashion to give some insights into the efficiency of a running YouTube Beauty Channel.

I've chosen Huda Huttan as my travels into beauty and makeup at Instagram has lead me to believe Huda is a shining example of someone who is loved and respected in the beauty community.

My never ending focus, how one idea, in this case beauty and makeup, is published across many platforms.

Monday, 23 February 2015

The Mike Downes Instagram link page

If you're reading this, chances are you arrived here from my Instagram account - the only allowed URL from my profile.

I've made this page to help make sense of the beauty and makeup artists I follow at Instagram.

In particular on how some Instagram users are found on other platforms like YouTube and Twitter.

Of course, beauty blogging is of huge interest no matter what the platform, but from what I can see there are some users who want to be at YouTube too, but just are not sure where to start.

It's a massive leap of faith to catapult yourself from the 15 sec instagram clip to a fully fledged YouTube Channel. And that means getting to grips with cameras, microphones, lighting, a suitable video editor - akin to running your own mini tv channel.

So to get started, if I name some instagrams users, or post a photo pointing to a blog post or youtube video, this is the place to find it. I will make updates as I need them (what's even better, I can embed videos in this post). I will number the posts, as will help me at Instagram.

If I had a number one question for all the beauty bloggers, makeup artists and those who follow and watch, it would be, Why? Is it to learn #howto, admire, for the products or for the personality/entertainment value? I'm fascinated to know (for those people new to me, I cover a wide range of topics, all to do with media change, thank you.. 

Latest link 24 feb 15:

Huda kattan beauty youtube audience retention ..

This post is about Huda Kattan, her channel at YouTube and the last fifty videos uploaded.

I've studied them in my normal fashion to give some insights into the efficiency of a running YouTube Beauty Channel.

I've chosen Huda Huttan as my travels into beauty and makeup at Instagram has lead me to believe Huda is a shining example of someone who is loved and respected in the beauty community.

1, 28 Jan 2015, Here's the brilliant Cristelle from @frenchtouchofmakeup in a rare interview (Sept 2013).

My own youtube channel has the beta gif maker, you can see this in action on the left.

This gif was made from my A Célébration of frenchtouchofmakeup (as below).

2, 19 Feb 2015 A Célébration of frenchtouchofmakeup A frenchtouchofmakeup is a brilliant example of a stylish themed approach using serpentine curves and effective simplicity. Cristelle's channel stood head and shoulders above all others.

On researching makeup and MUA on Instagram, I looked at 120 accounts. My focus was how creators will use YouTube, Instagram, Twitter etc to seamlessly blend their content.  The Instagram square images are so small in preview which is why I say Cristelle has done such a great job. Of course, the 15 sec videos have been used too, where at youtube video length can be enormously long.

In other words, ''On my studies into YouTube Audience Retention, I have studied many channels (including beauty, style and makeup). I wanted to contrast that with how a person uses all platforms, so I looked at instagram too - that's where I found frenchtouchofmakeup''. 

You can visit Cristelle's channel at..
AND I hope with all our help frenchtouchofmakeup may return to YouTube again :)

This video is from my #celebration #homage series.. 
read more, ''Paying homage One easy and fulfilling way for me, to give a shout out, kudos, props, to big up, pay respect, celebrate or give a pat on the back to others. I've tormented myself recently, on how I make my next move in this online world. When the idea of homage first came to me, I said out loud, I can live with that..

3, May/Dec 2014 ongoing - My Studies with YouTube Audience Retention relating to beauty channels.

There are many posts. The slide on the left is taken from: youtube reveal audience retention (25 Oct 2014).

Watching 8.37 of a video of length 13.28 gives an audience retention of 64%

4, 29 Jan 2015, May Mia as ..

On my travels through youtube, I'm so glad I've found +Maya Mia. Her story is inspiration, no more so than what she talks about at 5:44in this video. What starts out as a discussion into affiliate links, codes, views and sponsorship ends ups with donations to some local Orphanages in Tanzania
  Maya,  I would upload again (the part from 5:44 to the end) as it's so valuable for other creators and for those people who feel passionate (as you do) on helping others. I was delighted when you opened your account - just shows another side to you.
  For other's reading this, have a read of this post which details the wonderful Maya story .. 
  Finally, and I need to post on this separately, if people ask what's a guy (like me) doing watching and commenting on a beauty channel - well, that's in all the work I do on mass communication and media change - where Beauty and Makeup stands head and shoulders high above the rest on youtube. I will work hard to study and help with YouTube Audience Retention while making the most of the brilliant people I meet. In other words, every single channel owner is their own highly specialised and targeted media company.. Good luck and best wishes to you Maya..
  ps what are the links and names of the local Orphanages you mention? /mike  

5, 28 Jan 2014, Kaushal Beauty It actually feels very good to know there are talented creators like+Kaushal Beauty alive and well in the UK. All the info is there, the is just brilliant. In all my studies, finding a channel like this, makes it so much easier and even easier to track across all platforms, love it :)  

/this post ends and will be updated.. I will be posting on how I spent two weeks following beauty accounts at Instagram, why I did it, what I learned and what is the next step (for you and me).. /mike

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

The Google Earth Pro Resource Page for Movie Makers

On 30 jan 2015, Google Earth made the Pro version free to all.

This post will be a collection of resources for those people who wish to make the most of using the Movie Maker tool.

Of course Google themselves and the brilliant people who are on the team, have many resources already. I will include those links and sites.

Friday, 30 January 2015

figurative reality, youtube and my notes on starting 2015

This post started as a three lines at g+. It's now 3,327 words and will take a while to get through.

the g+ bit, i wrote so need this, the Social Blade dashboard, I use it to track highly specialised and targeted media companies ie channels at youtube. Social Blade is the only site that offers a balanced analysis of youtube channels. This is super important. If you're a modest creator, then it could be a small step to give up your day job and scale up.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Ginxlive, why I watch and the comparison to TFI Friday

This blog is about mass communication and media change. 

And that's why I rate my experience with Ginx TV high on my list of must watch shows.

In the last two weeks, I've thought about #Ginxlive every single day.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Blogging with Blogger and a Model Post for Blogger Talk

this blog's home page as a collage
In this post, I don't want it to be about me, but about the story I have told in the last four years.

And in this case, what I've used to tell it, Google's +Blogger.  This site or blog is written by me and no one else.

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