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We made a STAR WARS commercial!!!! Tons of crazy stuff in 60 seconds. Why aren’t you watching it already???
Yesterday was my last day at SoulPancake. The video above is my “heart wrenching/tongue in cheek” exit from the channel (it starts around the 50 second mark). I’ve been with the company since the launch of their youtube channel and am so proud of the community that’s grown around it. I’ve worked with an extremely talented roster of show creators and colleagues. But, more importantly – I’ve worked with some really great human beings.
And while I did get a little sappy packing up my Kid President can phone yesterday, I’m also excited to transition to my new job at BuzzFeed. Where I’ll be returning to my roots as a full time videomaker. Ze Frank is heading up the video department there and I’ll get to work with Dee Robertson again - my pal and fellow sock puppet enthusiast.
The other reason for today’s post? Which may benefit you if you’re in Los Angeles? SoulPancake is looking to hire someone.
HELLO EVERYONE THAT HAS EVER MADE A CUSTOM YOUTUBE THUMBNAIL!
You are probably aware that it can be pretty frustrating to try and make your thumbnail fit with all the ways that YouTube will slice, dice, crop, and overlay your image.
But as of Apirl 29th 2013, I think I’ve found all of the possible things that can happen to your thumbnail, and the above guide will help you design for ALL of those cases. Note, YouTube is always adding new ways to dice up your images, so never think you’ve got the perfect thumbnail.
You can scale this image up to 1920 pixels wide if you want to go full HD with it.
Also above is an annotated version showing examples of the different crops and overlays for thumbnails, so it’s clear what I’m talking about.
The only thing that might need explaining is the 1280x960 “full bleed.” There is only one case where YouTube uses that full bleed at the moment (in sidebar displays of playlists.) That display might be going away soon, but they do frequently change how they use these images, so I’m going to keep designing for the full bleed just in case.
Finally, while writing this, I have tried really hard not to gripe but WTF IS UP WITH THE YOUTUBE APP! A CENTERED, FLOATING 475 x 1175??!!! WHAT ARE WE SUPPOSED TO DO WITH THAT!?
GUH, we talk sometimes about moving our text more center so in the smaller crops it doesn’t get cut off, but then in other crops THAT starts to look really cluttered and HEY WAIT A MINUTE THATS MY FACE!
I feel like a missing dimension (missing only for very specific cases, like Idea Channel) is the perfect size for Facebook Banner Images, which is another place our thumbs always end up.
Either way, this is incredible. Thanks for making this, Hank.
This is theoretically very useful. The fact that it is required is telling. I can only control my youtube thumbnail if I let them put ads over my beautiful video
I remember making one of these wayyyy back in the day when they first just started allowing custom thumbnails! Ahhh, how times have changed. Still a total clustercuss to get a thumbnail that works across everything.
You know, it really makes all the work worth it, when you can make a gif of yourself.
Laughter is contagious.
DREAMS DO COME TRUE! I’m sure other people have requested the Kid Pres laughing supercut too, but I am going to take full credit for this.
Will Sasso Lemon Compilation (via YouTube)
In case yr not following Will Sasso on Vine someone stitched these beauties together and thank goodness.
He’s like the Lemon Sam Raimi of Vine …
If a Thumbs Up Replaced Guns in Famous Movies [Click for more-
Critics say, “Two thumbs down!”
Oh this is impressive
Another rockin’ SLAWBLOG with guest slawgger Josh Heller!
Brite Spot Family Restaurant (Website)
1918 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
Brite Spot is a diner that looks like it hasn’t been updated since it opened doors in the ’70s (peep that wood paneling). We met up with our friend Heller for a late lunch one Sunday afternoon, and you know I couldn’t resist seeing if the slaw was as on point as the kitschy vibe of the diner.
The first thing I noticed is that the dressing on the slaw was a little off-white and ever-so-slightly orangey. I have absolutely no idea what they added to the dressing to make it this way, but I am certain that it’s the secret sauce that made the whole bowl of slaw nothing short of addicting. I shared a couple bites with Josh and Justin, but kept most of it for myself. Sadly, it didn’t last too long.
See? You don’t need to gussy up your slaw with fancy ingredients to make it good. Sometimes the classics can speak for themselves.
4.5 out of 5 cabbage heads.
Today’s OVC video! Check it out, filmmakers!
New and Notable Video Contests - Week of March 11th
Biggest cash prize: $11,000 in the ‘You Never Have to Outgrow Chips Ahoy!’ Project, brought to you by Tongal. The goal of this project is to create a 60-second video and a 30-second cutdown based on the concept that you never have to outgrow Chips Ahoy! Whether you’re 8 or 80, the crunchy chocolate chip cookies represent happiness and deliciousness. Open worldwide, 13 and older, and final videos are due April 3rd.
Best trip: A trip to Cannes, France + $8000 in the Cannes 2013: Telefonica TuMe Video Contest, brought to you by MOFILM. TU is an amazing new application from Telefonica that allows you to make calls, text, check into locations and so much more, all from one place. Now the app is going global, and they want your help in shaping the message. Production grants up to $2000 are up for grabs for those who pitch by March 22nd. Videos will be due May 27th. Open worldwide, 16 and older.
OVC’s Pick of the Week: Out of all the contests, our favorite this week is theCooper Tire ‘My Every Day Road Trip’ Video Contest. Cooper Tires wants to know: What makes your every day road trip not-so-everyday? What are the sights and experiences that await you on the roads you travel? Five finalists will each receive a new set of four Cooper Tires for their car, and one Grand Prize Winner from the bunch will also earn free gas for a year (up to $5000 dollars!). Open to US residents, 19 and older. Due March 29th.
None of these video contests striking your fancy? There are TONS more contests waiting for you at OnlineVideoContests.com! Which contests will you be working on?
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