If you’re like most people in this world, then you spend several thousand hours a year watching videos on YouTube. Okay, that may be an exaggeration, but between the newest Drake music videos and the hilarious pranks of VitalyzdTV, it’s easy to get lost for hours on YouTube.
But few people bother to learn the best YouTube tips and tricks. Today, I’m going to explain some of the best YouTube secrets that will enhance your viewing experience and open up new areas of the site that you never thought possible:
YouTube Disco helps you generate playlists based on artists
Throwing a party? Studying to music? Don’t want to click between YouTube videos every time you need to change the song? Then YouTube Disco is your best bet.
YouTube Disco, which is found at http://www.youtube.com/disco, has been around for years, but it remains a feature that few people know about or use. When you click on the link above, you’re greeted with a page of some of the most popular artists with videos on YouTube, including One Direction, Lady Gaga, Eminem, David Guetta, etc.
You can choose one of those popular artists or enter another artist into the top search bar. Then, press Disco! To play the top 100 songs by that artist and generate an auto-cycling playlist. That’s it! This works particularly well for popular artists.
Watch live TV on YouTube
YouTube has grown its streaming services by leaps and bounds in recent years. Today, YouTube offers a diverse range of live video feeds. The White House regularly broadcasts its public feeds on YouTube, for example, including Q&A sessions, and gaming championships like League of Legends matches are also found on the site.
The best way to find live streaming video on YouTube is to simply go to http://www.youtube.com/live. There, you’ll find a number of personal recommendations for live feeds to watch as well as live feeds in various categories.
If you’ve ever seen someone advertising their Google+ Hangout sesh, then you can find that session under the YouTube Live category. You can also find live sports, live government sessions from around the world, and a whole bunch of other interesting feeds.
Edit videos Instagram-style on YouTube
With a little bit of tweaking, anybody can look good in an Instagram photo. Thanks to a new YouTube feature, you can add similar effects to your videos. The YouTube video editor, which can be found at http://www.youtube.com/editor, is an excellent way to edit any type of uploaded video. You can add all of the following effects to your video with just the click of a button:
-Brightness and contrast
-Slow motion at a number of different slowness levels
-Pan and zoom effects
-Black and white
-Filters and post-processing effects
It’s amazing how much better a video looks with a simple filter. And the best part about the YouTube video editor is that you need absolutely no video editing skills in order to use it. If you’ve ever been overwhelmed by video editing software before and just want a simple program that works, then the YouTube video editor is an excellent option.
Fix YouTube video speed problems
Sometimes, YouTube can be unbearably slow. Other times, it can be perfectly fast even when streaming 1080p video. YouTube actually keeps careful track of its users’ speed, and you can view your personal speed information by visiting http://www.youtube.com/my_speed. At that page, visitors will find a graph showcasing the average speed of your ISP network over time, the average global streaming speed, and the average speed of your computer.
This is a great way to check if your computer is having unique streaming problems or if YouTube is just generally slow on your ISP’s network. You can easily troubleshoot internet problems and test your current streaming speed using a test video.
YouTube is one of the world’s most popular sites. Unfortunately, most users never see beyond the funny cat videos and music. If you want to get a deeper look at how YouTube works, use some of the services listed above. You’ll wonder how you ever did without them!