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Re-discovering YouTube

In the past few nights I have been playing with my newly installed Apple TV 2. After having shared with the whole family (my 3 daughters are all at home with us the first time in the past 2 years) photos and video we took in the past, I started to try playing YouTube on my HD TV, and I have discovered something that I may have not been paying much attention to.

YouTube has been known by many people for footages about light-hearted and funny things, but in fact we can also find very valuable materials on different subject matters there.

I am not saying that I didn’t realize about that but finding your treasure from this ocean of video clips of all sorts may not be easy. Furthermore, getting the videos you want is one thing, saving them and organizing them is another.

I used to find contents in YouTube in a rather “hit and miss” way. I seldom watched YouTube video right from the YouTube page, but rather from the YouTube links people sent me or links I found in some other places.  In the past, for videos that I considered useful (or may be useful some day), I would download them to my PC. However, except for a handful of them that I would use for training purpose, I seldom watch most of the other downloaded videos again.

The things I have re-discovered from YouTube are in fact the built-in functions there for saving and organizing the videos we’ve found interesting and valuable, for later viewing or if we want  to watch them again.  We don’t actually need to download the videos which can be very time consuming and occupy a lot of hard disk space. We can save the videos just like “bookmarking” a web page and it’s called “Favorites” in YouTube. However, we may still have difficulties in finding the exact video we want when we have lots of entries in our “Favorites” page. So we can further organize our favorite videos by putting them under “Playlists” with appropriate titles.

Another very useful feature is “Subscription”. We can subscribe to particular sources (individuals or organizations) for all their uploaded video, including any future uploads. You can also choose to receive email notifications for any new uploads.

Once we have saved and organized our “virtual video library”, we can access it and watch the videos from any computers and mobile Internet devices (Apple or Android devices or whatever) because this is saved in our YouTube account instead of the device. That means, I can also access to my virtual YouTube video library from my Apple TV conveniently and watch them comfortably in front of my HD TV.  I have just found the video recording for the entire conference on “Breakthrough learning in Digital Age” and I have saved them in one of my playlists for later viewing.

You Tube really is a gold mine for knowledge, but we need to find ways to sieve through the rocks and sands for the nuggets.

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  1. Candy says

    TS, I use “my favorite” & “subscription” a lot, but still recommend you to save the video if you really like it or find it useful, because sometimes the user i.e. the person who uploaded the video might delete the video Or Youtube might delete the video due to copyright infringement.

  2. TS says

    Yes Candy, you are way ahead of me in this. I may still want to download those I really don’t want to miss.



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