Snap Originals Are Short Snapchat TV Shows

Watching TV shows on your smartphone may not sound like a good idea, but more people are doing exactly that. Whether it’s YouTube videos or Netflix Originals, people seem happy to watch video content on their slightly-too-small smartphone screen. This has led Snapchat to commission original programming for its platform. And shows such as ESPN’s SportsCenter and NBC’s Stay Tuned are racking up millions of views. Buoyed by this success, Snapchat is getting a dozen new Snap Originals… How to Watch Snap Originals These Snap Originals are essentially short TV shows made exclusively for Snapchat. Which means they’re all around…

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Watching TV shows on your smartphone may not sound like a good idea, but more people are doing exactly that. Whether it’s YouTube videos or Netflix Originals, people seem happy to watch video content on their slightly-too-small smartphone screen.

This has led Snapchat to commission original programming for its platform. And shows such as ESPN’s SportsCenter and NBC’s Stay Tuned are racking up millions of views. Buoyed by this success, Snapchat is getting a dozen new Snap Originals

How to Watch Snap Originals

These Snap Originals are essentially short TV shows made exclusively for Snapchat. Which means they’re all around five minutes long, all filmed vertically, and all designed to make the most of the platform they’re being shown on.

This means there will be new episodes released every day, and Lenses and Filters released for each show. There will also be Show Portals, which let you step inside scenes from the shows. There will, unfortunately, also be unskippable ads to sit through.

The first Snap Originals to be released are Co-Ed, a new comedy about life at college, Class of Lies, a thriller about true crime podcasters who find themselves investigating a crime, and Endless Summer, a documentary series about Laguna Beach.

Those first three Snap Originals are available to watch right now, with another nine due to debut in the coming months. To find the shows, either search Snapchat for them by name, or open the Discover tab, which will soon have a dedicated section for shows.

Will Snap Originals Succeed or Fail?

With more people seemingly happy to watch video on their smartphone, Snapchat is right to try and take advantage of this trend. However, the success or failure of Snap Originals will ultimately come down to the content, so let’s hope these shows are actually good.

Snapchat isn’t perfect, so we’ve previously written about everything wrong with Snapchat, according to millenials. Some people are even suggesting Snapchat is the new Facebook. Still, teenagers seem to love Snapchat, regardless.

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25 Snapchat Accounts You Need to Follow Right Now

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It’s not easy to find good Snapchat accounts to follow. To get the most out of the app, you need to make sure you’re interacting with the right people. If you don’t, you’re setting yourself up for an underwhelming experience. If you’re looking for some of the best Snapchat accounts, keep reading. It doesn’t matter whether you want to find cool people to follow on Snapchat, funny people to follow on Snapchat, or just genuinely interesting people, we’ve got you covered. In this article we list the hottest Snapchat accounts you should consider following right now. 1. Gil Ozeri (gilozerisnap) Gil…

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It’s not easy to find good Snapchat accounts to follow. To get the most out of the app, you need to make sure you’re interacting with the right people. If you don’t, you’re setting yourself up for an underwhelming experience.

If you’re looking for some of the best Snapchat accounts, keep reading. It doesn’t matter whether you want to find cool people to follow on Snapchat, funny people to follow on Snapchat, or just genuinely interesting people, we’ve got you covered.

In this article we list the hottest Snapchat accounts you should consider following right now.

1. Gil Ozeri (gilozerisnap)

Gil Ozeri is one of the funniest people to follow on Snapchat. The writer and actor is best known for his involvement in Happy Endings and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

2. Jacob Soboroff (jacobsoboroff)

Jacob Soboroff is a correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. He specializes in reporting from the U.S./Mexico border. He was one of the first journalists in the world to report on America’s controversial family separation policy.

3. Sallia Goldstein (salliasnap)

Sallia Goldstein is an engineer by day, but her Snapchat is entirely devoted to science. She even hosts a show every Monday where she conducts weird and wacky experiments.

4. Dr. Sandra Lee (drpimplepopper)

Sandra Lee’s Snapchat username is Dr. Pimple Popper. Which should tell you everything you need to know. The professional dermatologist’s account offers a mix of educational content and somewhat disgusting “squeezing” videos. We’ll say no more.

5. Kim Kardashian (kimkardashian)

Sorry, but we had to mention her. Kim Kardashian wasn’t one of Snapchat’s early adopters; her fans were begging her to sign up by the time she eventually joined the service. If you want a glimpse into the life of the queen of reality TV, give Kim a follow.

6. Doug (itsdougthepug)

Doug is a dog. A pug to be precise. His Snapchat account follows his daily life as he munches through ice cream, goes for walks in fancy dress, and gets up to general canine hijinks. It’s better than it sounds, honestly.

7. Sophia Amoruso (sophiaamoruso)

Sophia Amoruso founded the successful fashion brand, Nasty Gal. As you’d expect for a fashionista, her Snapchat is full of clothes, selfies, beauty tips, and other style-themed content.

8. Cassey Ho (blogilates)

Cassey Ho is responsible for the YouTube channel, Blogilates. 4.5 million people have subscribed to see her unique mix of Pilates, yoga, and body sculpting. Her Snapchat offers plenty of quick fitness tips.

9. Taco Bell (tacobell)

Taco Bell is one of the few brands that seems to know how to “do” social media. Its Snapchat videos are irreverent, funny, and likely to make you hungry.

10. Lolo Jones (lolojones)

Our first sports star on the list might not be a household name, but she’s one of a very small group of athletes who has competed in both the summer (2008) and winter (2014) Olympics (in hurdles and bobsleigh, respectively). That’s got to be worth a follow, right?

11. Kevin Hart (kevinhart4real)

Kevin Hart is very much a household name. The comedian has featured in funny movies, released comedy albums, and performed an endless number of stand-up routines for TV.

Note: If you enjoy comedies, check out our list of the funniest movies on Netflix.

12. The New Yorker (thenewyorkermag)

The New Yorker is one of the best magazines in the world if you want commentaries on popular culture combined with rigorous fact-checking.

13. Laverne Cox (lavernecox1)

Laverne Cox is an actress and LGBTQ activist. She’s broken down a countless number of barriers, even becoming the first transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy. Her Snapchat is funny, revealing, and above all, inspiring.

14. Kiersten Rich (theblondeabroad)

If travel is your thing, you probably already know about Kiersten Rich. She runs the popular Blonde Abroad blog. Follow her on Snapchat for a never-ending feed of jealousy-inducing adventures.

15. Justin Kan (justinkan)

Justin is a partner at start-up incubator and accelerator, Y Combinator. He’s a must-follow for any budding entrepreneurs, not least for his weekly Q&A session that anyone can get involved with.

16. Jabin Botsford (jabinbotsford)

Jabin Botsford is a photojournalist for The Washington Post. If you want genuinely jaw-dropping images from behind the scenes of the biggest news stories of the day, Jabin is your man.

17. John Stanmeyer (stanmeyer)

A second photographer worth checking out is John Stanmeyer. He works for National Geographic, so you can expect lots of content featuring wild animals, stunning scenery, and human interest stories.

18. NASA (nasa)

You know what you’re going to get with NASA. The space agency’s Snapchat is a mix of impressive video footage, educational content, and breaking news.

19. Paris Hilton (realparishilton)

Again, we’re sorry. The heiress to the Hilton empire might not offer the most intellectually stimulating content, but if you’re into the whole celebrity lifestyle thing, Ms. Hilton is one of the best people to follow on Snapchat.

20. Serena Williams (serenaunmatched)

The most successful female tennis player of all time offers a fascinating insight into what life is like on tour. There are also plenty of fitness tips and workouts.

21. The White House (whitehouse)

Want a sneak look at what’s really going on in the current administration? The White House’s official Snapchat account aims to deliver. It’s engaging, though probably not as entertaining as Donald Trump’s personal Twitter feed.

22. Amazon (amazon)

Forget Black Friday, Prime Day, and Cyber Monday—if you want to find the best Amazon deals, you should follow the company’s official Snapchat. You’ll find the deals listed in Amazon’s daily Snapchat stories, with the discount codes doled out on a first come, first served basis.

23. Gary Vaynerchuk (garyvee)

Do you aspire to make it big in the business world? Gary Vaynerchuk’s Snapchat provides an insight into the commitment and dedication it requires. Fair warning, he puts in a tremendous number of hours. Not everyone will be able to keep up.

24. The New York Times (thenytimes)

The New York Times doesn’t take itself too seriously on Snapchat, and that gives rise to engaging and varied content. You’ll find everything from breaking news to confused staff members trying to figure out the platform.

25. DJ Khaled (djkhaled305)

We end with a nod to the king of Snapchat. DJ Khaled is a great follow even if you have no interest in his music. His witty one-liners, clever use of emojis, and ability to turn the mundane into the hilarious have seen him rack up millions of fans.

Even More Snapchat Accounts

Instagram might be openly pilfering Snapchat’s best features (the differences between Snapchat stories and Instagram stories are becoming less noticeable by the day), but Snapchat remains hugely popular among its existing userbase. The most recent data suggest the service has almost 200 million active users, so you should be able to find some great people to follow.

If you’re scratching your head and haven’t got a clue where to begin, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. Check out our articles exploring Snapchat streak tips and the surprising things all Snapchat users should know to learn more.

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Netflix Is the Biggest Data Hog in the World

In terms of snaffling internet data, Netflix has everyone else beaten hands down. Netflix is also contributing to video being the biggest drain on bandwidth overall, which, given how many cat videos we all watch, should come as a surprise to absolutely no one. We know all of this thanks to The Global Internet Phenomena Report from Sandvine [PDF]. Which has drawn data from 150 fixed and mobile operators worldwide. Sandvine claims that this represents “a statistically significant segment of the internet population.” Stop Watching Videos of Cats Video as a whole accounts for 58 percent of downstream traffic on…

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In terms of snaffling internet data, Netflix has everyone else beaten hands down. Netflix is also contributing to video being the biggest drain on bandwidth overall, which, given how many cat videos we all watch, should come as a surprise to absolutely no one.

We know all of this thanks to The Global Internet Phenomena Report from Sandvine [PDF]. Which has drawn data from 150 fixed and mobile operators worldwide. Sandvine claims that this represents “a statistically significant segment of the internet population.”

Stop Watching Videos of Cats

Video as a whole accounts for 58 percent of downstream traffic on the internet. A rise of 22 percent. Video beats web browsing into second place (on 17 percent), with gaming in third (on 8 percent), and social in fourth (on 5 percent).

Netflix by itself accounts for 15 percent of downstream traffic. HTTP media streams, which are embedded videos and other nonspecific video applications, take second place with 13 percent. And YouTube settles into third place with 11 percent.

What’s scary about these numbers is how they could continue to soar. While Netflix already has a healthy userbase the streaming service could add hundreds of millions of new subscribers as it continues to spend money producing original content.

Then there’s YouTube, which is evolving into a TV-like platform for well-produced shows and famous vloggers. And 4K video, which more people are likely to adopt as it becomes the new standard definition. Let’s just hope video compression improves over time.

The Unstoppable Rise of Gaming

While video is likely to remain the number one drain on data, gaming is slowly but surely catching up. This is thanks to a combination of game downloads, Twitch streaming, and professional gaming. And ISPs are going to have to deal with this phenomenon.

If you already pay for Netflix and are looking to get more out of the streaming service be sure to read our ultimate guide to Netflix. And if you’ve never used it but are wondering what the fuss is about here are some reasons to subscribe to Netflix.

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Plex Adds Free On-Demand Web Shows

Plex is adding web shows to its lineup of content. This means that anyone with a Plex account can watch web shows on the Plex app. All for free, and all on demand. Plex Web Shows is currently in beta, but already has a good selection to choose from. While Plex may be best known as a media player for people’s personal collections, it’s slowly but surely pivoting to become a means of streaming content from the web too. In May 2018, Plex added support for podcasts, and now it’s adding web shows too. Plex Web Shows Are Free for…

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Plex is adding web shows to its lineup of content. This means that anyone with a Plex account can watch web shows on the Plex app. All for free, and all on demand. Plex Web Shows is currently in beta, but already has a good selection to choose from.

While Plex may be best known as a media player for people’s personal collections, it’s slowly but surely pivoting to become a means of streaming content from the web too. In May 2018, Plex added support for podcasts, and now it’s adding web shows too.

Plex Web Shows Are Free for Everyone

On the Plex Blog, Plex states it has “partnered with a number of media producers to bring you high-quality episodic video content inside Plex!” While most of these shows can already be found elsewhere, Plex hopes you’ll choose to watch them on Plex.

These Web Shows are available for free to anyone with a Plex account. You don’t need either a Plex Media Server or a paid Plex Pass subscription. Instead, you can just log in to your account, open your Plex app, and watch these shows to your heart’s content.

At launch Web Shows offers thousands of episodes across dozens of shows. Publishers include Condé Nast, Bonnier Corp., Fandor, Future, TWiT, Jukin, and Studio 71. Shows include Epic Meal Time, ASAPscience, People are Awesome, and The Pet Collective.

Plex Has Big Plans for the Future

While Web Shows is still a work in progress, when combined with Plex News and Plex Podcasts it suggests Plex has big plans for the future. Plex is moving beyond its humble beginnings, and blossoming into a massive media ecosystem.

We have written extensively about Plex. So why not read our guide to Plex, or discover everything you need to know about Plex Live TV. Alternatively, you can see what you get with a Plex Pass subscription, or find out what Plex settings you need to change.

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The 15 Best Free Movies to Watch on Vudu Right Now

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If you’ve never heard of Vudu, it’s an on-demand media streaming service owned by Walmart. It usually offers new movies earlier than Netflix, but the full selection of older movies and TV shows still lags far behind. However, what many people don’t realize is that Vudu also has a growing Movies On Us section that lets you watch full movies for free, so long as you’re willing to endure the occasional ad. The following is a list of the best free movies you can watch on Vudu right now. You can stream any of these via digital streaming boxes that support…

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If you’ve never heard of Vudu, it’s an on-demand media streaming service owned by Walmart. It usually offers new movies earlier than Netflix, but the full selection of older movies and TV shows still lags far behind.

However, what many people don’t realize is that Vudu also has a growing Movies On Us section that lets you watch full movies for free, so long as you’re willing to endure the occasional ad.

The following is a list of the best free movies you can watch on Vudu right now. You can stream any of these via digital streaming boxes that support Vudu, cast them to Chromecast, or watch them using the Vudu mobile apps.

1. The Matrix

This cult science fiction classic (check out these gifts for science fiction fans) features Keanu Reeves as Thomas Anderson, a computer hacker who goes by the name Neo. Once Neo is contacted by a famous hacker named Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), a wanted government terrorist, his entire world turns upside down.

Morpheus brings Neo into the “real world”, a place where humans have been turned into nothing more than a source of energy for intelligent machines. This movie is the first part of a trilogy that chronicles a human rebellion against the machines.

2. A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

This remake of the terrifying 1984 original film by the same name is perfect for Halloween. Jackie Earle Haley stars in the film as Freddy Krueger, a grossly disfigured demon who terrorizes the dreams of teenagers Kris Fowles (Katie Cassidy) and Dean Russell (Kellan Lutz).

The remake transformed the already horrifying character of Krueger into a true monster, using CGI effects to make his face appear even more gruesome than in the original film. Once Krueger is finished with his rampage of revenge against these teens, you’re probably going to have a hard time sleeping.

3. The Mothman Prophecies

In his supernatural thriller, investigative reporter John Klein (Richard Gere) and his wife Mary Klein (Debra Messing) get into a car accident when swerving to avoid what appears to be a winged human in the road. After his wife dies in the hospital, John discovers his wife’s sketches of the Mothman.

The movie chronicles John’s investigation into other sightings of the Mothman after he finds himself in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, without any recollection of how he got there. The closer John gets the solving the mystery of the Mothman, the more he realizes that his own life may be in danger.

4. City Slickers

This much-loved classic from 1991 features Billy Crystal as Mitch Robbins, Daniel Stern as philandering Phil Berquist, and Bruno Kirby as womanizing Ed Furillo. As Mitch find himself struggling to accept the fact that he’s turning 39, his friends Phil and Ed convince him to go on a two-week holiday together to drive cattle from New Mexico to Colorado.

All three men leave their troubles behind and head west on what should have been a vacation of a lifetime. But their holiday turns into a series of unfortunate events that brings the three friends even closer, and gives them new perspective on their lives back home.

5. City Slickers 2

Part II of the City Slickers series starts one year after the first. On his 40th birthday, Mitch Robbins discovers an old treasure map of Curly’s. With the help of his friend Phil and his brother Glen (Jon Lovitz), they head back to the desert of Arizona to see if they can locate Curly’s lost gold.

Their adventures during this adventure are just as unlucky as the first trip. On their path to find the gold, they meet up with Curly’s brother Duke Washburn (Jack Palance). Duke agrees to split the treasure when they find it. Unfortunately, a group of bandits are hot on the trail of gold as well.

6. Panic Room

Meg Altman (Jodie Foster) is recently divorced and with her daughter Sarah (Kristen Stewart), is moving into a newly purchased home in New York.

The house has a panic room made so secure that it’s impossible for anyone to get in. Meg believes they’ll never need the room, but when three burglars break in, she realizes that the room may be the only thing that keeps them alive.

7. When Harry Met Sally

This classic romantic comedy from 1989 starts out with two college graduates Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) sharing a ride home from school to New York. During the 18 hour ride, they argue whether or not a man and a woman can ever be friends without sex getting in the way.

Years later, they meet again and attempt to become friends, putting their debate from years earlier to the ultimate test.

8. Last Man Standing

Last Man Standing takes place during the Prohibition era. John Smith (Bruce Willis) is a drifting mobster who arrives in the town of Jericho, Texas. He soon discovers that the town’s been taken over by two rival gangs.

He uses the opportunity for financial benefit by offering his services as an assassin. His plans work out well until all hell breaks loose, with him standing square in the middle of it.

9. You’re Next

This slasher film from 2011 starts out well enough, as the wealthy Davison family gathers together at their weekend getaway. Just as we get a glimpse of a few family quarrels, things turn disastrous when a gang of crossbow- and ax-wielding murderers descend upon the family.

One by one, each family member is massacred, with the murderers leaving nothing behind but the message “You’re Next” written at the scene, in blood.

If you want to experience more horrors check out some of the best scary movies on Netflix

10. Windtalkers

If you are a fan of World War II movies, this 2002 film is a must see. It chronicles a time during WWII when the U.S. developed a new unbreakable code for communicating through the help of the Navajo tribe of Native Americans.

Featuring Nicolas Cage as Sgt. Joe Enders, and Adam Beach as Pvt. Ben Yahzee, the film brings to the forefront the struggle the American soldiers faced in honoring their orders to shoot the Navajo soldier they were assigned to protect, rather than let the Japanese capture and interrogate him.

11. Citizenfour

You’ve seen NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in the news, but never before have you seen him as you will in this documentary directed by Laura Poitras. The film features Poitras narrating as both she and journalist Glenn Greenwald travel to Hong Kong for a series of meetings with Snowden.

These series of never-before-seen interviews not only describe the evidence Edward Snowden released to the media about the NSA’s spying on American citizens, but also describe Snowden himself and his reasons for coming forward as a whistleblower.

Before watching Citizenfour it might be worth reading our article asking, “Is Edward Snowden a hero or a villain?”

12. Hart’s War

During WWII, there were many tales of American soldiers detained inside brutal German POW camps. This story, based on a novel by John Katzenbach, tells the tale of Col. William McNamara (Bruce Willis) and his imprisonment inside just such a camp.

The movie slowly reveals McNamara’s resolve to overcome insurmountable odds, as he plots a risky escape for himself and the other soldiers imprisoned there. Ultimately, McNamara must choose between his own life or the freedom of his men.

13. Gods and Monsters

Gods and Monsters is a film that tells the story of aging director James Whale (Ian McKellen) and his attraction to his new gardener, Clayton (Brendan Fraser). Whale was a successful director of early films throughout the 1930s like Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein. not to mention The Invisible Man, and The Man in the Iron Mask.

The film takes place in the 1950s, during a time when most homosexual men like Whale were not very public about their orientation. While Clayton isn’t interested in a relationship, the two become friends, and through their friendship we learn more about Clayton’s past and the true nature of his character.

14. Stand and Deliver

Released in 1988, this film features Edward James Olmos in one of his earliest roles as Jamie Escalante. Escalante is a high school math teacher who uses unconventional methods to encourage his students. In a school on the brink of being decertified by the school district for underperformance, this is no small feat.

Escalante drives his students to rise above their circumstances and work to pass the Advanced Placement calculus exam. When the Educational Testing Service accuses the students of cheating, it puts everything Escalante has taught them to the test.

15. Hotel Rwanda

Based on a true story, this feature film tells the tale of Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle), a manager of a resort hotel in Rwanda. As the country falls into open civil war, Paul works to negotiate for the safety of his family and to maintain the security of the hotel itself.

With genocide taking place just outside the gates of the hotel, Paul makes a final attempt to evacuate refugees at the hotel. But he’ll face one final challenge when they are ambushed by rebel forces.

Getting Started With Vudu

This list is but a small sample of the large collection of free movies you’ll find on Vudu.

Whether you like horror, romance, war movies, or documentaries, browsing through the Movies On Us collection makes a nice change from Netflix and Amazon Prime.

And if you’ve never used the service before, we have a useful guide for getting started with Vudu, which includes how to find shows, bundled movies, and all of your viewing options.

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The 7 Best Video Editors for Creating Social Media Posts

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There’s no shortage of great video editors for Windows and free video editors for Mac. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you’ll find something that meets your requirements. But what about making videos specifically for social media? The features you will need from your video editor are considerably different from those you might want if you’re making a YouTube video. So, which are the video editors that specialize in making fun videos for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the rest? 1. Kapwing If you’re making personal social media videos (rather than trying to create a viral marketing…

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There’s no shortage of great video editors for Windows and free video editors for Mac. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you’ll find something that meets your requirements.

But what about making videos specifically for social media? The features you will need from your video editor are considerably different from those you might want if you’re making a YouTube video.

So, which are the video editors that specialize in making fun videos for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the rest?

1. Kapwing

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If you’re making personal social media videos (rather than trying to create a viral marketing campaign for a brand), the types of content that your family and friends will love are well tested.

Collages, memes, silly stickers, GIFs, and slideshows all work well, depending on what exactly you’re trying to convey.

Kapwing caters to people who want to make those types of videos with its splendid range of free tools. You’ll find a meme maker, montage maker, slideshow maker, and more. You can even add text captions to your videos, reverse your video, and convert your video into a more social media-friendly file type.

The app also provides other useful tools that’ll let you add a dash of professionalism to your creations. They include ways to crop and trim your video, add enhancements, and adjust the speed.

2. Wave

Kapwing offers tools to make the type of videos that are popular on social media, but Wave’s editor includes features that are social media-specific.

The app lets you customize videos for viewing on desktop and mobile and has a tool that allows you to pick the correct ratio for the network you’re planning to upload it on. There are 30 ratios to choose from.

Other features include a library of 300,000 royalty-free music tracks and 200 million stock videos, customizable fonts, support for watermarks, and several templates.

3. Horizon

Most of us record videos on our phone in the portrait orientation. However, in the world of video editing, that’s a serious faux pas. Portrait videos miss a lot of the action, waste a lot of space, and are awkward on the eye.

Horizon solves the problem by recording videos in landscape, even when you’re holding your phone upright.

And for people who want to post a lot of live action content to their networks, there’s even better news. By using your phone’s gyroscope, Horizon will automatically adjust your video so it’s always parallel to the ground.

When it comes to editing, Horizon offers 60 and 120 FPS slow motion support, eight filters, three video-leveling options, and a way to reduce your resolution to make the file smaller for uploading.

Download: Horizon for Android | iOS

4. Foodie

Another type of video that’s hugely popular on social media is footage of your food. Don’t ask us why, it just is.

If you’re the type of person who likes to record a video of your latest kitchen creation (or kitchen nightmare), then you should install Foodie on your smartphone.

Foodie has features that’ll appeal to both photographers and videographers. There are 30 filters, each of which is designed for a specific type of food. It also offers seasonal theming and a suite of tools that specifically created with top-down videos in mind.

Download: Foodie for Android | iOS

5. Cidade Video Editor

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The four apps we’ve looked at so far all focus on creating high-quality output. Yes, they are all social media-specific in some way, but they’re still aimed at serious users.

So, what about the other end of the scale? Where should you turn if you just want to quickly create something that’s silly and fun? Well, if you’re a Windows user, we recommend Cidade’s Video Editor.

The app offers a vast repository of stickers, bubbles, and other animations that you can add to your video. You’ll even find some animated emoticons. You can also add text, easily adjust how long visuals are on-screen for, and make use of the app’s various effects.

But don’t worry. Despite the app’s light-hearted nature, you’ll still find a storyboard-based video editor and the usual suite of editing tools.

Download: Cidade Video Editor for Windows

6. Lapse It

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Spend a few minutes browsing the various social networks, and it won’t be long until you stumble across a timelapse video.

Timelapse videos are quite easy to make on a desktop computer. You can even convert a standard video into a timelapse video without too much trouble. However, on mobile, your options are limited.

Lapse It is probably the best solution. If you like recording sunsets, nightscapes, blooming flowers, and other long-term events, you should give it a try.

The app’s rendering engine can create 1080p videos, you can edit current videos to turn them into the slow motion or timelapse format, and the timelapse editing tool lets you set the precise speed of the video (up to 240x).

Lapse It’s post-capture options include a huge number of filters and support for trimming videos, adding timestamps, converting into a square ratio (for Instagram), and reverse playback.

You can export your creations into the H264, MP4, MOV, and FLV formats.

Download: Lapse It for Android | iOS

7. Kizoa

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Kizoa is a social media video editor that’s only available on the web and iOS.

The app boasts several features that make it ideal for creating fun videos for social media, including a library of freely available video intros and video outros, the ability to overlay music and audio, a collage maker, and a slideshow maker.

The mobile version of Kizoa is straightforward to use. You can perfect your videos using simple swipe gestures, while tasks such as adding text and enhancing colors are as simple as using a dropdown menu.

The app is ad-free, and you do not need to sign up to use it.

Download: Kizoa for iOS

Other Ways to Stand Out on Social Media

Of course, making interesting, funny, or quirky videos isn’t the only way to stand out on social media.

If you’d like to distinguish yourself from the crowd and grow your followers, check out our articles explaining how to gain followers on Instagram and why you might be losing Twitter followers.

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The 7 Best Video Editors for Creating Social Media Posts

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There’s no shortage of great video editors for Windows and free video editors for Mac. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you’ll find something that meets your requirements. But what about making videos specifically for social media? The features you will need from your video editor are considerably different from those you might want if you’re making a YouTube video. So, which are the video editors that specialize in making fun videos for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the rest? 1. Kapwing If you’re making personal social media videos (rather than trying to create a viral marketing…

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There’s no shortage of great video editors for Windows and free video editors for Mac. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you’ll find something that meets your requirements.

But what about making videos specifically for social media? The features you will need from your video editor are considerably different from those you might want if you’re making a YouTube video.

So, which are the video editors that specialize in making fun videos for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the rest?

1. Kapwing

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If you’re making personal social media videos (rather than trying to create a viral marketing campaign for a brand), the types of content that your family and friends will love are well tested.

Collages, memes, silly stickers, GIFs, and slideshows all work well, depending on what exactly you’re trying to convey.

Kapwing caters to people who want to make those types of videos with its splendid range of free tools. You’ll find a meme maker, montage maker, slideshow maker, and more. You can even add text captions to your videos, reverse your video, and convert your video into a more social media-friendly file type.

The app also provides other useful tools that’ll let you add a dash of professionalism to your creations. They include ways to crop and trim your video, add enhancements, and adjust the speed.

2. Wave

Kapwing offers tools to make the type of videos that are popular on social media, but Wave’s editor includes features that are social media-specific.

The app lets you customize videos for viewing on desktop and mobile and has a tool that allows you to pick the correct ratio for the network you’re planning to upload it on. There are 30 ratios to choose from.

Other features include a library of 300,000 royalty-free music tracks and 200 million stock videos, customizable fonts, support for watermarks, and several templates.

3. Horizon

Most of us record videos on our phone in the portrait orientation. However, in the world of video editing, that’s a serious faux pas. Portrait videos miss a lot of the action, waste a lot of space, and are awkward on the eye.

Horizon solves the problem by recording videos in landscape, even when you’re holding your phone upright.

And for people who want to post a lot of live action content to their networks, there’s even better news. By using your phone’s gyroscope, Horizon will automatically adjust your video so it’s always parallel to the ground.

When it comes to editing, Horizon offers 60 and 120 FPS slow motion support, eight filters, three video-leveling options, and a way to reduce your resolution to make the file smaller for uploading.

Download: Horizon for Android | iOS

4. Foodie

Another type of video that’s hugely popular on social media is footage of your food. Don’t ask us why, it just is.

If you’re the type of person who likes to record a video of your latest kitchen creation (or kitchen nightmare), then you should install Foodie on your smartphone.

Foodie has features that’ll appeal to both photographers and videographers. There are 30 filters, each of which is designed for a specific type of food. It also offers seasonal theming and a suite of tools that specifically created with top-down videos in mind.

Download: Foodie for Android | iOS

5. Cidade Video Editor

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The four apps we’ve looked at so far all focus on creating high-quality output. Yes, they are all social media-specific in some way, but they’re still aimed at serious users.

So, what about the other end of the scale? Where should you turn if you just want to quickly create something that’s silly and fun? Well, if you’re a Windows user, we recommend Cidade’s Video Editor.

The app offers a vast repository of stickers, bubbles, and other animations that you can add to your video. You’ll even find some animated emoticons. You can also add text, easily adjust how long visuals are on-screen for, and make use of the app’s various effects.

But don’t worry. Despite the app’s light-hearted nature, you’ll still find a storyboard-based video editor and the usual suite of editing tools.

Download: Cidade Video Editor for Windows

6. Lapse It

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Spend a few minutes browsing the various social networks, and it won’t be long until you stumble across a timelapse video.

Timelapse videos are quite easy to make on a desktop computer. You can even convert a standard video into a timelapse video without too much trouble. However, on mobile, your options are limited.

Lapse It is probably the best solution. If you like recording sunsets, nightscapes, blooming flowers, and other long-term events, you should give it a try.

The app’s rendering engine can create 1080p videos, you can edit current videos to turn them into the slow motion or timelapse format, and the timelapse editing tool lets you set the precise speed of the video (up to 240x).

Lapse It’s post-capture options include a huge number of filters and support for trimming videos, adding timestamps, converting into a square ratio (for Instagram), and reverse playback.

You can export your creations into the H264, MP4, MOV, and FLV formats.

Download: Lapse It for Android | iOS

7. Kizoa

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Kizoa is a social media video editor that’s only available on the web and iOS.

The app boasts several features that make it ideal for creating fun videos for social media, including a library of freely available video intros and video outros, the ability to overlay music and audio, a collage maker, and a slideshow maker.

The mobile version of Kizoa is straightforward to use. You can perfect your videos using simple swipe gestures, while tasks such as adding text and enhancing colors are as simple as using a dropdown menu.

The app is ad-free, and you do not need to sign up to use it.

Download: Kizoa for iOS

Other Ways to Stand Out on Social Media

Of course, making interesting, funny, or quirky videos isn’t the only way to stand out on social media.

If you’d like to distinguish yourself from the crowd and grow your followers, check out our articles explaining how to gain followers on Instagram and why you might be losing Twitter followers.

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The Best Kids Shows to Watch on YouTube

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You don’t need to splash out on expensive streaming subscriptions and Blu-rays to keep your kids entertained on long journeys. Instead, check out YouTube. Many of the most popular kids shows of the last three decades have official YouTube channels. The channels offer both on-demand episodes and exclusive content. So, if you’re looking for a way to keep your little darlings out of trouble, keep reading… 1. Sesame Street Sesame Street has been on our TV screens since the late 1960s. It was the first children’s show to use a curriculum to structure its content. There are almost 5,000 episodes…

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You don’t need to splash out on expensive streaming subscriptions and Blu-rays to keep your kids entertained on long journeys.

Instead, check out YouTube. Many of the most popular kids shows of the last three decades have official YouTube channels. The channels offer both on-demand episodes and exclusive content.

So, if you’re looking for a way to keep your little darlings out of trouble, keep reading…

1. Sesame Street

Sesame Street has been on our TV screens since the late 1960s. It was the first children’s show to use a curriculum to structure its content. There are almost 5,000 episodes in the show’s back catalog.

The YouTube channel offers new shorts, songs, games, classic clips, and some full episodes.

2. Masha and the Bear

Masha and the Bear is a Russian animated show that follows the lives of Masha (a young girl) and an old bear who tries to keep her out of harm’s way. The show has been translated into several other languages, including English.

Perhaps surprisingly, a Russian-language Masha and the Bear episode is one of the most-watched videos on YouTube of all time. It’s the only non-music video in the top 20.

3. Peppa Pig

The official Peppa Pig channel offers hours of old episodes, as well as a 24/7 live TV channel that plays continuous Peppa Pig episodes back-to-back.

The channel is easy to navigate. Content is divided into sections such as nursery rhymes, Halloween, reading month, and “When I Grow Up”.

4. Arthur

Arthur started in the mid-1990s. It was an instant hit with kids and adults alike. Although the show is aimed at children aged between four and eight, the storylines have some sitcom elements which give the grown-ups something to chuckle at.

The show is now in its 21st season. The YouTube channel offers a mix of old episodes and exclusive shorts.

5. Powerpuff Girls

Powerpuff Girls is a Cartoon Network classic. It features three kindergarten girls each of whom has a superpower. The show ran for six seasons between 1998 and 2005.

The show won lots of praise for its hidden pop culture references. As an adult, the references make the show fun to re-watch.

6. Thomas the Tank Engine

Thomas the Tank Engine needs little introduction. Based on a 1946 book, the British show is a worldwide cultural phenomenon.

The early episodes deployed Beatles drummer Ringo Starr as the narrator, further adding to the show’s appeal.

7. Teletubbies

Another British show that became globally popular is Teletubbies. Aimed at pre-school children, the show features four alien-like creatures playing games and participating in directed learning tasks.

The show proved to be controversial after its release. Some parents said the creatures’ “goo-goo” way of talking could negatively affect young children’s ability to learn languages.

8. Power Rangers

Since its release in the mid-1990s, Power Rangers has been staple viewing for youngsters. Each of the 24 seasons features a new team of rangers who need to overcome their various antagonists.

The channel offers a mix of full episodes, exclusive content, and shorts. There’s even some Spanish-language footage.

9. Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Sabrina the Teenage Witch was a 1990s TV show featuring Melissa Joan Hart that was based on the comics of the same name.

The YouTube channel shows the animated show rather than the live show. Purists will enjoy it; the animated series is much closer to the original comic’s canon.

10. Pingu

Pingu is a Swiss stop-motion clay animated show. Thanks to the show’s lack of a real language (Pingu and his family speak “Pinguish”), the show became a worldwide hit.

The channel offers a mix of short episodes and old clips.

11. Garfield

Garfield holds the world record for being the world’s most syndicated comic strip. The TV show follows the same story premise as the comics, as the world’s laziest cat gets up to endless hijinks with Odie the dog.

12. Fireman Sam

Fireman Sam originally ran from 1987-1994 and featured 32 10-minute episodes. It was rebooted in 2003 and again in 2008. The visuals were modernized each time.

Most stories revolve around Sam trying to save local lad Norman from various perilous situations.

The YouTube channel receives a new episode every Thursday.

13. Postman Pat

Postman Pat targets a slightly younger crowd than Fireman Sam. It is written for preschoolers. A typical storyline sees Pat start his daily deliveries, only to be distracted by the issues of one of the villagers. More often than not, he ends up saving the day.

There’s even a spinoff movie. It hit American and British theatres in 2014.

14. Bob the Builder

Sticking with the theme of jobs, next up is Bob the Builder. The preschoolers’ show started life in the U.K. in the late-1990s. Since then, it has been exported to more than 30 countries. In the U.S., the show was dubbed with American actors’ voices.

Bob the Builder is also the only show on this list to have a hit song. The single—called Can We Fix It? after the series’ catchphrase—was the U.K. Christmas number one in 2000 and became the country’s biggest-selling single of the year.

15. Danger Mouse

Danger Mouse is a parody of popular spy fiction like James Bond. The show, which features a secret agent mouse, ran from 1981 to 1992.

The YouTube channel offers content from the rebooted 2015 series. It has modern visuals and tweaked storylines.

16. Count Duckula

Fans of Danger Mouse will instantly recognize Count Duckula. He regularly appears as a villain in the Danger Mouse series, but his character was so popular that a spinoff series was launched.

As vampires go, Duckula is a pretty poor example. He has no fangs and is a vegetarian. His nemesis in the series is Dr. Von Goosewing; the name is a parody of Dracula’s Abraham Van Helsing.

17. Care Bears

The Care Bears started life as artwork for American Greetings to use on its greeting cards. Such was the popularity of the figures, however, that they quickly morphed into the stars of a kids’ TV series.

The bears live in the clouds and travel around the world to perform “missions in caring.” The series has run in various guises since 1985.

18. The Muppets

The Muppets play a key role in Sesame Street, but they also have their own TV series and YouTube channel.

The channel predominantly features short videos with a single Muppet doing the talking.

19. Curious George

Curious George has its roots in Cecily G. and the Nine Monkeys, a book published in France in 1939. As such, it’s the oldest franchise on this list.

The first animated TV series went live in 1980. It ran until the mid-90s. In 2006, PBS rebooted the show; it lasted until 2015.

20. Noddy

Noddy ran for two seasons and 66 episodes between 1998 and 2000. The show focuses on Noah the NODDY Shop (Notions, Oddities, Doodads, and Delights of Yesterday). Each story carries a moral message and a healthy dose of comedy.

The was made in Canada but was a hit in the U.S., U.K., Australia, and much of Latin America.

A YouTube Video for Every Occasion

It’s not just kids who can benefit from the massive amount of content on YouTube. If you’d like a taste of what else is available, check out our articles on the best legal live TV channels on YouTube and the best YouTube Originals.

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YouTube Now Tracks Your Time Spent Watching Videos

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Like other tech companies, Google understands the need to help people use technology responsibly. So, in May 2018, as part of its ongoing Digital Wellness initiative, Google rolled out a feature which reminds viewers to take a break from YouTube. Now, it has added another tool to its arsenal, and this one tracks the time you’ve spent watching YouTube videos today, yesterday, and over the last seven days. Which, given the rise of vloggers and streamers, might be longer than you think. More Than the Occasional Cat Video For many people, YouTube is more than just the occasional cat video…

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Like other tech companies, Google understands the need to help people use technology responsibly. So, in May 2018, as part of its ongoing Digital Wellness initiative, Google rolled out a feature which reminds viewers to take a break from YouTube.

Now, it has added another tool to its arsenal, and this one tracks the time you’ve spent watching YouTube videos today, yesterday, and over the last seven days. Which, given the rise of vloggers and streamers, might be longer than you think.

More Than the Occasional Cat Video

For many people, YouTube is more than just the occasional cat video shared on social media. Instead, it’s a treasure trove of interesting content that can consume hours of their lives. Perhaps too many hours, on occasion.

To help you find out whether you’re spending too long watching YouTube videos, and if so, do something to quell your addiction, YouTube has added a Time Watched profile to your account menu. This builds statistics based on your watch history.

This profile shows you how long you’ve been watching videos for today, yesterday, and over the past seven days. It also shows you your daily average to help you determine whether this is a true addiction or just an occasional lapse into being a couch potato.

While it’s useful to know this information, it’s only worthwhile finding out you’re spending too long watching YouTube videos if you then do something about it. Like closing the app and reading a book, for example. As unlikely as that is in this day and age.

Help Maintaining Your Digital Wellness

The Time Watched profile is just the latest in a line of tools YouTube has rolled out. The others are the aforementioned reminder to take a break, plus ways of managing notifications so that you don’t feel the need to check your phone every five minutes.

Google isn’t the only tech company taking your digital wellbeing seriously. Facebook recently rolled out new tools for Facebook and Instagram which not only show you how much you’re using the apps but also tries to help you curb your social media addiction.

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Learn Better on YouTube: 8 Must-Have Chrome Extensions

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YouTube has been the default secondary and in a few cases, the main source of knowledge for millions of people. Whether it’s simply to acquire a new skill with video tutorials or refine the existing ones, YouTube has a lot to offer. However, if you’re one of these users, you must have felt the absence of proper learning tools and native features. Thankfully, there are third-party solutions available that can turn YouTube into a more powerful educational platform. Here are several Chrome extensions for improving your learning experience on YouTube. 1. Rocket Note: A Notepad for YouTube Videos Say you’re…

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YouTube has been the default secondary and in a few cases, the main source of knowledge for millions of people. Whether it’s simply to acquire a new skill with video tutorials or refine the existing ones, YouTube has a lot to offer.

However, if you’re one of these users, you must have felt the absence of proper learning tools and native features. Thankfully, there are third-party solutions available that can turn YouTube into a more powerful educational platform.

Here are several Chrome extensions for improving your learning experience on YouTube.

1. Rocket Note: A Notepad for YouTube Videos

Rocket Note Chrome Extension

Say you’re watching a tutorial on YouTube and you learned a lesson worth taking note of. You could either launch another app and jot it down with their corresponding timestamps manually or you could install a Chrome extension like Rocket Note.

Rocket Note adds a little notepad beside every YouTube video. When you come across a section worth taking note of, you can simply begin typing in the textbox and Rocket Note will automatically link it with the exact timestamp.

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In addition, Rocket Note also has a web app where you can find and search all the notes you’ve saved in the past. There’s even an option to categorize them with the help of hashtags. Studying with a friend? Rocket Note can handle that as well. It lets you easily share the notes by creating a universal URL. Sync options are available too. You can also select comments and pin them as a note.

Rocket Note, however, is not entirely free of cost. The free version has a limit of thirty notes, after which you will have to pay a monthly fee of $5.

Download: Rocket Note (Free, premium version available)

2. Invideo: Search Through the Captions

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Invideo is another handy Chrome extension ideal for YouTube learners. As the name suggests, Invideo essentially allows you to search through a video’s captions making it perfect for when you’re looking for a specific topic. The extension enables a button at the bottom of every video, click that and a search box pops up. Type your keyword here and jump to the part where it’s found.

Download: Invideo (Free)

3. DF Tube: Get Rid of Those Distractions!

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DF Tube is short for Distraction Free YouTube and it does exactly what it sounds like. The extension lets you hide several elements of the website which can hinder your learning sessions. This includes components like the comments section, the recommendations, autoplay, your subscriptions, and more.

Apart from DF Tube, there are a bunch of other extensions for getting rid of YouTube distractions.

Download: DF Tube (Free)

4. Turbo Note: For Collaborative Learning

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You can think of Turbo Note as a much more powerful alternative to Rocket Note. While it too comes with all the standard features like notes, timestamps, cloud sync, there are a handful of supplementary tools it benefits from.

For starters, Turbo Note has a feature called “Watch Together” which lets a bunch of users watch the video together and share notes simultaneously. Instead of a regular dull text box, Turbo Note offers sticky notes which are much more pleasant to type on as well as read and get replenished every time you hit enter.

Turbo Note is not just limited to YouTube. It’s compatible with a host other video streaming and education platforms like Khan Academy, Udacity, and even Netflix. Notes taken on Turbo Note can also be exported to an Evernote account.

Download: Turbo Note (Free, premium version available)

5. Transpose: Listen How You Like it

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Transpose is a straightforward utility for altering various audio settings of a YouTube video. You can precisely change the transpose, pitch, and even the speed at which the instructor is speaking. Moreover, there’s an option to loop a clip from and to a particular timestamp. Although that’s not a free feature. The pro version, which costs about $4, also lets you track the BPM, assign custom keyboard shortcuts, and more.

Download: Transpose (Free, premium version available)

6. BriefTube: Table of Content for YouTube Videos

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The majority of lectures and tutorials found on YouTube can be lengthy. And you don’t necessarily always have the time to scrub through them individually to locate the discussion you’re looking for. A Google Chrome extension called BriefTube thinks it can help.

BriefTube is a smart extension which can form a table of contents by scrutinizing a lecture or tutorial. BriefTube does so by going through a clip and associating the keywords to popular topics. Once processed, you can browse or search this generated index and jump to that portion of the video. Plus, BriefTube adds Wikipedia links to each chapter if you’d like to read up on it before diving in.

BriefTube also produces a tag cloud letting you quickly locate a particular concept inside the video, similar to InVideo. The free version of BriefTube allows you to scan only the first half of a video. For the rest, you will have to shed a monthly sum of $2.99.

Download: BriefTube (Free, premium version available)

7. Looper: For Lengthy Revision Sessions

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Looper is a free extension that comes with the ability to loop a portion of a YouTube video. All you need to do is define the start and end time periods and Looper will take care of the rest. You can even configure the number of times a video should be replayed and whether Looper should save the settings for when you revisit the same clip.

Download: Looper (Free)

8. Turn Off the Lights: Achieve Peak Concentration

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Turn Off the Lights is yet another tool which lets you have a more focused and distraction-free YouTube experience. The extension fades everything except for the video window so that your attention doesn’t divert to other sections like recommendations or the comments. You can also choose a custom background or gradient and even fine tune the opacity of the background.

Download: Turn Off the Lights (Free)

Turn YouTube Into a Full-Fledged Education Platform

While these extensions certainly bring YouTube closer to being a full-fledged education platform, there’s an abundance of other ways you can set up YouTube for a better learning experience. Beyond YouTube as well, Google Chrome’s web store offers several tools for students or for lifelong learners. Once you’re done with the studying, don’t forget to use YouTube for an entertaining break.

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