(PG-13: Language) If you can believe it, YouTube has only been around since 2005. Lots of things have changed with the service since then, and Casually Explained is here to casually explain the history of Google’s video juggernaut, and what its changes have meant for creators.
Abacaba used a combination of line graphs and sounds to represent the history of YouTube’s most popular viral videos from Charlie Bit my Finger to Gangnam Style to Despacito. Frankly, we’re not sure the sounds added much value, but the moving chart was fascinating.
Captain Disillusion takes on yet another internet myth – this time its the guy who claims to be able to aim his tape measure with the precision of a crossbow. With the help of a fan, he yet again illustrates how VFX, camera angles, and editing can make anything believable.
What was one of the most popular videos in the early days of YouTube gets revisited, with the cast of finger puppet Harry Potter reuniting to celebrate 10 years since the original, and taking advantage of today’s much improved video streaming quality.
Super Bowl ads cost up to $5 million for 30 seconds of air time. The Film Theory turns into to the Digital Marketing Theory to argue that those ads don’t work. So companies are better off spending their money on a spot where their ad can be on primetime all the time: YouTube.
Conan O’Brien recently stopped by New York City’s YouTube Space to check out their virtual reality lab, where he doodled a 3D self portrait, destroyed some guy’s cubicle, ate some virtual food, and learned how the tech might change our lives (or at least porn) for the better.