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Goodbye, YouTube annotations The day we all knew was eventually coming has finally arrived. YouTube is officially pulling the plug on annotations. Now before you start freaking out, let’s take a look at what this all means. It was only a matter of time YouTube has been not-so-subtly hinting at this change for quite some time now, and for good reason. With more than 60% of watchtime happening on mobile devices, annotations were becoming more useless by the day. More often than not, when you point to yourself and ask your viewers to “click on my face to subscribe”, clicking does absolutely nothing. […]

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ANNOTATIONS: IT’S NOT YOU, IT’S US (ACTUALLY IT’S YOU) YouTube annotations have been by our side since before we can remember, but on May 2nd we have to say goodbye. We’ve accepted them for who they were – slightly annoying and desktop-only – and have been there for their ups and downs, helping creators and brands control the user experience on YouTube. Annotations touched all of us at some point (unless we only watch YouTube on our phones), whether encouraging us to subscribe, leading us to another video, or compelling us to go into our settings and turn them off. While annotations were beneficial to creators, themselves, many viewers […]

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Office Hours Recap – 3.1.17 In this week’s Office Hours live stream, we were joined by Fullscreen Talent Manager, Thomas – who’s been with Fullscreen for over 4 years! Thomas is one of our in-house experts when it comes to production tips. And there was no shortage of amazing advice coming from him in this stream. Watch the whole stream above, and read the brief recap below! Lighting tips We ran through four of the main lighting setups that are both effective and affordable. Whether you’re using the most abundant light source (the sun), or investing in some soft boxes like a real life studio production, […]

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Office Hours Recap – 2.15.17 Last week we tried to host the very first #OfficeHours of 2017 and to be honest, it didn’t go well! Our stream kept disconnecting and eventually we chatted for 30 minutes without anyone actually ever seeing it. It was a mess! However, with that crippling defeat still looming over us, we walked into yesterday’s stream with the courage of lions and we went live. We streamed our little hearts out. A lot of wonderful people tuned in to the first successful Fullscreen Office Hours of the year and we had some great topics to go over – so let’s recap: […]

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Hello Super Chat, goodbye Fan Funding YouTube announced today that it is officially discontinuing Fan Funding, and introducing a brand new tool called Super Chat. We’ve been feeling the effects of a deprioritized Fan Funding tool for quite some time, and it’s nice to get the official word that it is no longer going to be available to creators. So what is Super Chat? Let’s jump in and give you the basics! Creator, fan connection Essentially Super Chat will let any fan watching your live stream on YouTube (including YouTube Gaming) pay to pin a comment to the top of your chat. The comment will be […]

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Demonetization on YouTube – #YouTubeIsOverParty The #YouTubeIsOverParty is in full swing – it’s trending on Twitter, videos are flooding in, and the conversation is hot and heavy – but let’s step away from the noise so we can chat about what all this means. Over the last few days, creators have begun receiving notifications from YouTube that some of their videos are no longer eligible for monetization due to the content being “controversial”. Understandably, you have many questions and concerns, so we’ve been hard at work gathering the facts, and here’s the lowdown. This policy is not new. Though it may seem like a new policy, the ‘advertiser-friendly […]

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Why you should be on all the video platforms Just a few years ago, the question “where do you upload your videos?” wasn’t really a thing. “YouTube” was the clear, and only answer. I think it’s fair to say that times are changing. Facebook, Twitter, Vine, Instagram – just to name a few of the larger platforms you can now upload native video to – and they all continue to improve at rapid speeds. So let me ask again, “where do you upload your videos?”. Hopefully your answer is now “everywhere!”. Facebook Video Let’s start with the elephant in the room – Facebook. While some of us old-timers know Facebook as the […]

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6 gaming updates to keep you current Top 10 Things we want to see at E3 2016 It’s E3 week! And we’re super excited to see what’s in store. From the new Xbox One S, to the new Zelda game, and so much more. Here are the top 10 things we’re hoping to catch this week: 10. Injustice 2 – The original title was a blast to play and spawned a really deep ongoing comic book franchise, we can’t wait to see where the sequel takes us. 9. Kingdom Hearts 3 – It’s probably still a little early to expect much more than a new trailer, but even […]

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Hashtags on YouTube?! #OhYeah Need I say more? I’m tempted to end the blog post here. But I won’t. Hashtag support has come to YouTube! In a pretty quiet update, YouTube has enabled support for hashtags within search – surfacing new and trending videos. Typically when you search on YouTube, you’re presented with results that are determined by top-secret algorithms (which usually focus on solid ratings and engagement). Searching hashtags, however, will show you a few trending videos, but will also show you newly created videos in that topic. #HUGE #WantIn? Of course you do! Whether you’re uploading a new video, or editing old ones, now’s your chance to […]

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