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How to Save or Download Videos From Facebook: 7 Methods

Have you seen a great video clip on Facebook that you want to save for all eternity? Don’t worry. It’s easy to save or download Facebook videos, whether they are regular uploads or Facebook Live recordings. You just need the right tools for the job.

Some of the tools are web apps, and some are desktop apps. There’s even one tool that lets you download private Facebook videos. Regardless of the tool you use, you will be able to watch your downloaded Facebook video on any device you want, even if you are offline.

1. Downvids

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Downvids is a web-based Facebook video downloader. It’s easy to use and will let you download Facebook videos on an iPhone or Android handset, should you wish.

Just paste the video’s URL in the box, choose your quality using the drop-down menu below Select video format, and hit Download. A new box will pop up underneath. Hit Download for a second time, and the process will begin.

(NB: Make sure you watch out for all of the fake download buttons, as it’s very easy to get caught out by these.)

2. FBDown

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Like Downvids, FBDown is an easy-to-use Facebook video downloader. You just need to paste a link to get started. However, the app also offers an underused second method for downloading content. Let’s take a look at both approaches.

First, the link method. To begin, copy the link of the video you want, paste it into the box on the web app, and hit the Download button. The app will spend a few seconds processing your request. On the next screen, click Download Video in Normal Quality to save it to your computer. Again, watch out for the fake buttons.

Second, you can also try the FBDown Chrome extension. It will detect any video on the web page you’re currently looking at, then offer a way to download it via the icon in the upper right-hand corner of the browser. Best of all, it also works with videos on sites other than Facebook.

3. FBDown Private Facebook Videos

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FBDown also offers what is comfortably the most reliable way to download private Facebook videos.

Unfortunately, downloading private videos is nowhere near as straightforward as grabbing public videos. Let’s take a look at the step-by-step process using FBDown:

  1. Head to the private Facebook video you want to download.
  2. Right-click on the video and select Copy video URL.
  3. Head to FBDown’s private video downloader web app.
  4. Paste the copied URL and click Next.
  5. The tool will generate a link. Hit the Copy button and open the link in a new tab.
  6. Select and copy all the text.
  7. Paste it into the Page Source box on the web app.
  8. Click Download.

For more detailed instructions on how to save videos, check out our guide detailing how to download private Facebook videos.

Remember, be ethical when using this tool. People have made their videos private for a reason. Please don’t use this tool to publish, steal, or exploit other users’ content.

4. SaveFrom

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SaveFrom offers a web app and a Chrome extension, both of which let you copy a video from Facebook. The app also works with several other sites including YouTube, Vimeo, and Dailymotion, so it’s a good all-in-one solution if you’re a serial video downloader.

If you’ve been following along, you will be familiar with the first step: Grab the video’s URL, paste it into the on-screen box, and hit Download.

We’ve also touched on the second approach—SaveFrom’s Chrome extension. Sadly, the extension is not in the Chrome Web Store; you will need to sideload it. The process is quite convoluted and involves using MeddleMonkey, a tool that adds user script support to Chrome. Check out SaveFrom’s installation guide for more information.

If you use the web app, SaveFrom will also let you save a video from Facebook to your phone. Both Android and iOS are supported.

5. KeepVid

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KeepVid is one of the easiest ways to download any video off the internet. According to the tool’s literature, you can download content from more than 10,000 apps and web pages.

It’s also arguably the most full-featured of all the apps on this list. There’s an online downloader, a desktop app for Windows and macOS, and browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera.

The desktop programs are not free to use, though they do add extra functionality. However, if you just want to grab a couple of videos off Facebook, they’re not necessary; the online tool will satisfy your needs. To use it, grab the URL of the Facebook video you want, paste it into the box, and click Download.

6. mbasic Facebook

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Using mbasic Facebook refers to a trick whereby you access the mobile version of Facebook on a desktop machine. The upside is that this method does not rely on a third-party app; you are interacting directly with the Facebook site. On the downside, however, the mBasic version of Facebook is very, well, basic. Which means it isn’t the easiest site to navigate.

Type mbasic.facebook.com into your browser to get started. Then, using the mobile version of the site, navigate to the Facebook video you want to download. When you click the video to begin playback, it will open in its own tab in your browser.

Right-click on the video and select Save Video As to download the video off Facebook and save it on your computer or Android/iPhone.

7. Getfvid

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Getfvid doesn’t only let you save Facebook videos—you can also use the app to download MP3 files of audio clips. Furthermore, it works on desktop but also doubles as a way to save a video from Facebook to your phone. Just visit the Getfvid site from your mobile browser if you want to download to Android or iPhone.

Regardless of the operating system that you’re using, the download process is the same. Copy the URL of the video you want to download, paste it into the on-screen box, and hit the Download button.

If you don’t want to have to deal with the site, Getfvid also has a Chrome extension. It will let you download HD videos from Facebook in a single click. The extension does not work with private Facebook videos.

Other Ways to Download Facebook Videos

If you want to save or download a Facebook video, all of the tools we have discussed in this article will fulfill your needs. But of course, we’ve barely scratched the surface. There are lots of websites, mobile apps, and desktop programs that can achieve a similar outcome.

If these tools don’t work for you, don’t hesitate to try these other ways to download videos off websites. And if you’re an iOS user, check out how to download social media videos to your iPhone.

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7 Free Ways to Download or Save Instagram Videos

Instagram videos aren’t known for their quality or replayability. However, on the rare occasion that you do find a clip that you’d like to keep a copy of, you’re going to need to know how to save Instagram videos onto your smartphone or computer.

Thankfully, downloading videos from Instagram is as easy as pie. Just choose one of the free methods below to get started.

1. Video Downloader for Instagram

Available on: Android

Android users can find an abundance of specialist apps for downloading Instagram videos in the Google Play Store.

One of the most popular is Video Downloader for Instagram. It lets you download or repost videos from Instagram with a single tap. The app can even download the tags that accompany the videos.

The downloaded content is automatically added to your phone’s gallery app.

Download: Video Downloader for Instagram (Free)

2. IFTTT

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Available on: Android, iOS, Web

Do you want to download all of your Instagram videos? Or maybe save Instagram videos you like? You can set up an IFTTT applet. To get the applet working, you will need an IFTTT account, an Instagram account, and a Dropbox account.

The result is an automatic process in which any Instagram video you add or like is automatically downloaded and added to your chosen Dropbox folder. What could be simpler than that?

3. w3toys

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Available on: Web

Another tool that’s ideal for saving Instagram videos is w3toys. It lets you download any Instagram video in HD format, then save it into any of your device’s libraries.

To grab your video, find the URL of the video post on Instagram and paste it into the web app. When you’re ready, click on the Download button to start the saving process. Make sure you remove any junk tags from the end of the URL before you attempt the download, or else the process will fail.

The w3toys tool also works if you want to save Instagram videos, stories, highlights, and IGTV content. You can even download entire feeds that have a combination of all of the above.

4. Dredown

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Available on: Web

Dredown—which is still sometimes referred to by its previous name, Instadown—is one of the original Instagram video download tools, and it’s still going strong.

All Dredown needs to work is a URL. Paste the URL into the box and click Dredown. Within a few seconds, your browser will start downloading the Instagram video as an MP4 file.

Dredown works with more services than just Instagram. You can also use it to download content from YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Twitch, Vimeo, Metacafe, Vevo, Kohtakte, and Tumblr.

For all the services Dredown supports, you just need to know the URL of the post, video, or photo you want to save.

5. Regrammer

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Available on: Web

Regrammer used to be one of the best ways to download Instagram videos on iOS, but the app (since renamed) no longer supports the feature.

However, although the iOS app is gone, Regrammer lives on in web browsers. You can use it on any operating system to download an Instagram video to a PC or Mac. Once again, you’ll need the URL of the Instagram video you want to download to make the app work. When you have it, head to the Regrammer website, paste in the URL, and click Preview.

On the final page, you can choose to either download the video onto your device or repost it under your own name.

(NB: If you have an iOS device, you can also check out how to download videos from any social media site, not just Instagram.)

6. Documents + InstaDownloader

Available on: iOS

If you want to save Instagram videos onto your iOS device, the process is a little more complex. These days, you will struggle to find a regular Instagram video downloader in the Apple App Store, presumably because the practice breaches Instagram’s terms and conditions.

One solution is to pair the Documents app with a web-based downloader. For those who don’t know, Documents is probably the best iOS app for managing your system folders and keeping your files organized.

If you have the Documents app on your device and visit InstaDownloader, you can save the video directly onto your device and access/share/view it at your leisure.

Download: Documents (Free)

7. Blastup

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Available on: Web

We will leave you with one more web app. It’s always sensible to keep a few web apps for downloading Instagram videos in your arsenal, as they will often go down for a couple of days at a time.

By now, you’ll be familiar with the process of using these services. Grab the URL of the video or picture you want, then paste it into the Blastup web app, and click Download Gram.

Depending on the size of the file, you should have a new MP4 on your computer within a matter of seconds. You can use the re-upload the video to a different social network, or just keep it on your hard drive so you can refer back to it later.

Can You Download Instagram Videos Legally?

As easy as it is to download videos off Instagram, don’t forget that you have no rights over videos you did not create.

Yes, you can download them. Yes, you can enjoy them. But don’t go uploading them as your own, or distributing them in any other way, especially without giving due credit. You wouldn’t want the same thing done to you.

Other Ways to Save Instagram Videos

If these apps don’t give the results you want when trying to download videos from Instagram, there are some additional methods you can use.

For example, you can one of the generic apps that let you download streaming video from websites. VideoGrabby, Video DownloadHelper, and Freemake Video Downloader are all solid options in this department.

Make sure you also check out our guides detailing how to download YouTube video playlists and how to download Periscope videos.

Not being able to download videos without using a third-party tool is just one of Instagram’s many annoyances. Thankfully, we’ve covered how to break Instagram restrictions in a separate article.

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What Is Byte and How Do I Use It?

Are you looking to try a short looping video app? Byte, from the original creators of Vine, continues to make a steady case for your attention. While still finding its feet, Byte is seeking to become a major and creative platform reflective of its community.

Whether you’re a Vine veteran or just curious about Byte, in this article, we’ll explain what Byte is and how to get started with it.

What Is Byte?

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Byte is an app that lets you watch and create short looping videos. Despite the simple premise, Byte is an experimental platform. With every new feature, it tries to appeal to more users as well as improve its content.

Since Byte launched for fans of Vine and TikTok, added features include longer bytes, byte beats, floaties, channels, badges, and text. However, due to the app’s development state, some features require specific devices (such as floaties, which are currently only available on iOS for iPhone X and above).

Why Use Byte?

For those using Snapchat or TikTok already, you might be wondering why you need to start using Byte. While Byte offers similar features, it opts for a more streamlined style.

If other platforms leave you unsure, Byte offers a welcome alternative. With growing concerns online like whether TikTok is a natural security threat, it’s worth considering an alternative such as Byte.

So here are a number of reasons to start using Byte…

1. Enjoy Nearly Infinite Short Videos

Since Byte focuses on short looping videos, there’s a constant flow of videos to enjoy. Whether you’re looking for a quick distraction or a clever skit, Byte’s avid creators provide a steady stream of videos.

On top of the wealth of content, Byte continues to refine its algorithm to provide useful search options and a video mix tailored just for you.

2. Create Short Videos Easily

Byte doesn’t have any overly complicated controls. For even the most unfamiliar of users, it’s an incredibly intuitive platform to post your first video. If you want to keep it short and sweet, it can be as simple as holding down the record button.

If you want to do more editing and set-up, you can easily import a video to create your byte. As such, you won’t feel encroached upon if you have any favorite video editing software already. Byte leaves it entirely up to the user on how much work they want to put in.

3. Have a Voice in Byte’s Future Direction

As an emerging program, Byte offers a lot of opportunities for involvement. Whether you’re a content creator or user, your feedback matters in the evolution of Byte. If you agree with our article listing everything that’s wrong with Snapchat, here’s a chance to make an impact on a new content platform.

Byte uses Google Forms for any of its content items, whether it’s the creator program or new channel proposals. If you want to share your thoughts or have problems, you can explore Byte’s community or get support via email.

How to Use Byte

When you first launch Byte, you’ll always start on the Your Mix tab. This feed will showcase a mix of spotlighted bytes with an occasional channel-specific byte. The more you use the app, the more the algorithm will update its suggestions for you.

However, to get the most of Byte, you’ll want to customize your Byte experience and interact. Let’s break down the best ways to get started using the app.

1. Learn to Use Channels

While you can just watch trending content on Byte, most users will want to customize their feed over time. To help make this easier, Byte has worked to create channels that follow strict content guidelines. Before choosing to follow any channels, Byte makes it easy to preview the content as a whole.

After tapping on a channel, Byte provides a brief description along with spotlighted and popular videos for the channel. If you want to know more about what videos you can post, each channel sets rules. You can also change how the videos display and sort to preview them faster.

Overall, it doesn’t take long to personalize Your Mix with channels if you follow these simple steps:

  1. Click the Magnifying Glass icon.
  2. Scroll through the various channels and tap on a channel.
  3. After selecting a channel, click the Follow button at the top.

2. Interact with Videos

Once you’ve arrived at a video you want to interact with, Byte makes it easy to interact. You can leave a like, comment, or share. When sharing a video, Byte offers four options: Share, Copy Link, Export, and Rebyte.

Share, as expected, lets you send the byte to any of your phone’s social and messaging apps. Export functions the same as share but encodes the file before sending it to anyone. Copy Link creates a Byte URL to share, and Rebyte lets you repost a byte to share with any followers you have.

You can also click on anyone’s username to bring up their profile page and give them a follow. Upon tapping a video, you can write a comment, report any offensive content, and see how many video loops have occurred.

3. Upload Videos

Uploading videos to Byte doesn’t take very long. If you’re following a channel, you’ll see a button to post a video. You can also click the camera button from your home page on Byte to bring up the recording interface.

Byte’s video preview keeps it simple with a minimal interface to work with. In the center, there’s a large recording button you hold down to film video. You can hold and release to make separate cuts as you’re filming.

There’s a menu button below the recording button that lets you set a self-timer or insert a clip. You can also switch camera views, undo your last recorded segment, use ghost mode to recreate your last frame, or insert video via the bottom row buttons. Whenever you insert a clip, Byte allows you to edit the duration via a movable bar.

Once you have the video’s length to your liking, you can insert a beat via a music note icon or insert text via the T icon. Byte also allows you to move inserted text around freely with your finger to reposition it.

Before posting, you’ll add a description and choose which channel to upload your byte to. You can also save the final video to your phone’s gallery.

Download: Byte on Android | iOS

Use Byte and Re-Imagine Short Video

Whether you want to watch videos or create videos, Byte continues to refine its experience. With a growing community, Byte offers early adopters plenty of room to explore and develop.

If Byte leaves you missing Vine or wanting to know more, there are still ways to experience it. If you’re curious, here’s how to find and watch old vines.

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How to Record Your Screen and Stream With OBS Studio

If you’re looking to record your screen or stream online, OBS Studio (formerly Open Broadcaster Software) is a great option. This tool makes it simple to capture screencasts, record your gameplay, stream to Twitch, and much more besides.

However, if you’ve never used it before, OBS Studio might seem a little daunting at first. In this guide, we’ll show you how to set up OBS Studio, what you need to start recording and streaming, and tips for getting the best results.

Download OBS Studio

To get started, you’ll want to download OBS Studio for Windows, macOS, or Linux. We’ll use the Windows version for this tutorial, but it’s similar across all platforms.

OBS Studio is truly free, so you don’t have to pay for any features. It’s also open source software, meaning anyone can look at the code and improve it. This is the case with a popular spin-off: Streamlabs OBS.

Download OBS Studio

Step through the standard installer. Once it completes, OBS Studio will offer to walk you through an auto-configuration wizard. You can do this if you like; we’ll review relevant settings below, though.

How to Use OBS Studio: The User Interface

The main OBS Studio interface allows you to set up everything you need to start streaming or recording. At the bottom of the screen, you’ll see several control elements.

OBS Main Window

Scenes

A Scene in OBS Studio allows you to collect and arrange certain Source elements in a specific way. You can have multiple scenes and switch between them at will.

This will make a bit more sense as we move on. For now, you can click the Plus button to create a new scene. Call it Default or something similar (you can change it later).

After you’ve added some elements, you can click on them in the preview to adjust as you wish. Click the Eye icon to hide an element, or the Lock to prevent accidental movement.

OBS Scenes

Sources

Sources are the video and audio inputs that you feed into OBS Studio. Click the Plus button to add a new one, and you’ll see several categories. The most important ones include:

  • Audio Input Capture: Record sound from a microphone or similar. (See the best microphones for podcasting if you need one.)
  • Audio Output Capture: Capture the sound coming out of your computer, so that your recording/stream includes game or desktop audio.
  • Display Capture: Allows you to capture an entire monitor, no matter what’s showing on it.
  • Game Capture: Choose a specific game to record.
  • Image: Display a static image.
  • Video Capture Device: Records footage from a webcam or similar. (We’ve listed the best budget webcams if you don’t have one already.)
  • Window Capture: Record a specific program window. This is like Game Capture, but works for any program.

Once you select an option, you can choose Create new or Add Existing. Since you just started, you’ll need to add a new item that you can reuse later. After you click OK, OBS Studio displays options depending on the source you chose.

As an example, click Audio Input Capture. Let’s say you’re going to use a headset microphone to record audio. Enter a descriptive name for the source (like Headset Mic) and click OK. On the resulting screen, pick your headset mic from the Device dropdown and click OK.

OBS Add Audio Source

Now, you have that input registered with OBS Studio and can easily add it again in the future. You’ll need to repeat this step to add your webcam, screen capture, and similar.

Audio Mixer

Once you’ve added all of your sources, the Audio Mixer tab lets you adjust the volume balance between them. The bars move in real-time to reflect levels. Drag the slider to adjust the mix, or click the speaker icon to mute one. You’ll find more options by clicking the Gear icon by a source.

OBS Audio Mixer Options

You should definitely test these ahead of time, as different sources can have vastly different volume levels. You wouldn’t want to complete a recording only to find out that the game volume overpowers your mic audio.

Scene Transitions

This simple section allows you to choose what happens when you swap between scenes. Choose between Fade and Cut in the dropdown box, or hit Plus to pick another option. You can choose how long the transition lasts using the Duration box.

Controls

OBS Transitions and Controls

Here, the Start Streaming and Start Recording buttons will let you start capturing footage with OBS Studio. You can see the current FPS and CPU usage below.

It also lets you enable Studio Mode for making changes to scenes on the fly, plus access to the many Settings of OBS Studio.

The Best OBS Settings to Use

Before your first recording or stream, you should tweak a few options. Click Settings in the Controls section of the interface to access them.

OBS Studio offers other options than what we explore here, but you shouldn’t need to worry about those until you’re more experienced with recording and streaming.

Video Settings

First, head to the Video tab. Here, check the Base (Canvas) Resolution and Output (Scaled) Resolution) options.

The first should match your screen resolution, while the second lets you choose the resolution of the final video. Leave Output the same as Base for a full-quality recording, or lower it to something like 1280×720 for a lower file size. Leave the Downscale Filter as Lanczos if you’re downscaling.

OBS Video Settings

Lastly, you’ll need to choose the FPS (frames per second) of the recording. For a smooth picture, choose 60. But if you desire a smaller file size or are recording something simple, 30 is suitable.

It’s also a good idea to open the Advanced tab and set Process Priority to High. This will give OBS Studio the most resources so it can create the best recording.

The Best OBS Settings for Recording

Switch to the Output tab to access options related to screen recording—make sure you’re looking in the Recording section, not Streaming.

At the top, you can set the Output Mode to Simple or Advanced. If you want a quick and solid preset, pick Simple and set the following under Recording:

  • Recording Quality to Indistinguishable Quality
  • Recording format to FLV, or MKV if you prefer
  • Encoder to Hardware (AMD) or Hardware (NVENC) if you have a powerful graphics card. Use Software (x264) if not (see below for more details).
  • Recording Path to a place of your choosing; this is where your completed OBS video will go.

OBS Output Options

Under Recording Format, you can choose the video file type to save in (see different video file types, explained for help). The default is FLV, which is fine in most cases. While MP4 is a popular video format, using it is risky because you’ll lose the whole file if OBS Studio can’t finalize it. Thus, a blue screen or power outage would destroy an MP4 recording, but merely cut it off if you’re using FLV.

Below this, you’ll need to choose an Encoder. The default is Software (x264), which uses your CPU. If you have a powerful dedicated graphics card (not integrated graphics), you should change this to Hardware (AMD) or Hardware (NVENC), depending on your card. Doing so will likely provide better results when recording, as it won’t put as much strain on your CPU.

Of course, Advanced gives you more options if you’re comfortable with that. Choose Advanced and swap to the Recording tab below to see them.

What Bitrate Should I Use?

If you switch to Advanced in the Recording panel, many of the additional options relate to the bitrate. This is a vital part of your recording setup. Essentially, a higher bitrate results in better-quality videos with larger file sizes. Setting bitrate too low will result in pixelated video, while setting it too high will generate a massive file.

Thankfully, if you’re using a graphics card encoder, OBS provides a few options to try using the Preset box. Try Recording if you don’t need particularly high quality, and up it to High Quality Recording if that’s not good enough. Indistinguishable Recording and Near Lossless Recording are useful if you need extremely high quality recordings, but be aware that the files will be huge.

If you’re using x264 encoding, you’ll need to set these values manually. There’s no one perfect setting, as the best bitrate depends on your screen size and setup. For 1080p recording at 60FPS, you can start with something like 40,000kbps and adjust from there.

It’s a good idea to try these options to see which provides the best balance of quality and file size. Try recording a minute of typical footage, then use that to estimate how large of a file you’ll end up with.

OBS Output Advanced Options

The Best Streaming Settings in OBS

The Output tab is also home to the Streaming section of options. In Simple mode, you’ll simply need to specify a bitrate, choose between software or hardware encoding, and set the Audio Bitrate.

Twitch recommends certain streaming bitrates depending on quality. 1080p at 60FPS should use a bitrate of at least 6,000, while 720p at 30fps can use something around 3,000. For the audio bitrate, 160 is a good baseline. You can increase this to 192 for better quality, or 320 if you need top-notch audio.

If you want to dive into the Advanced mode, you’ll find options similar to the Streaming tab as discussed above. Users with a graphics card encoder can pick Twitch Streaming from the Preset box as a baseline.

In case you’re using the software encoder, you’ll need to enter the bitrate manually. Use CBR (constant bitrate) for streaming, as VBR (variable bitrate) is inconsistent.

OBS Streaming Options

You may wish to lower the bitrate (as well as downscaling the resolution and lowering the FPS if needed) slightly for streaming. A stable, lower-quality stream that everyone can enjoy is better than streaming in maximum quality and having your internet connection struggle to keep up.

Helpful tips for fixing low FPS in games apply here, too. Check out Twitch’s broadcast requirements page for more information.

How to Record Your Screen With OBS Studio

Once you’ve set everything up, to begin screen recording, all you have to do is click Start Recording on the main OBS Studio page. The software will immediately start recording based on the current Scene. You can swap Scenes at any time, so make sure you’ve set them up beforehand.

When you click Stop Recording, OBS Studio will save your file to the directory you specified in Settings. As mentioned earlier, we recommend performing a short test recording first to make sure everything looks and sounds acceptable.

How to Stream Using OBS Studio

To stream with OBS Studio, you’ll first need to connect OBS with your streaming account. Do this by opening Settings and switching to the Stream tab. Under Service, choose your preferred site. You’ll find Twitch, YouTube Gaming, Mixer, and more.

OBS Streaming Account Connect

Next, you’ll need to generate a streaming key for the service. Click the Get Stream Key option in OBS to jump right to the appropriate page for your service. To do this with Twitch, for example, head to the Stream Key page in Twitch’s Settings (Settings > Channel and Videos) while logged in. Click Copy and paste this into the Stream Key field in OBS Studio.

Warning: Never give this stream key to anyone or show it on a stream! Anyone with access to this can stream to your account. If you accidentally share it, click Reset to generate a new one.

You’re Now Ready to Record and Stream With OBS Studio

Now you have a basic understanding of how to use OBS Studio. You can customize it a lot more to suit your own personal needs, but this overview is designed to prepare you to record gameplay locally and/or run your first stream.

If you don’t want to bother with OBS, here’s how to record your Windows screen without any extra software.

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5 Interactive YouTube Games That Still Work

When you think of YouTube, interactive games probably aren’t the first thing that come to mind. However, clever creators once came up with many games you can play on YouTube. Similar to classic “choose your own adventure” books and interactive fiction games, interactive YouTube games let you make choices to move the story forward.

Unfortunately, YouTube made a change that renders almost all of these videos unplayable. Let’s examine why, then look at the interactive YouTube games you CAN still play today.

Interactive YouTube Games Died Without Annotations

Unfortunately, most interactive YouTube games no longer function correctly. This is due to YouTube retiring the annotations feature.

If you’re not familiar, annotations were text boxes that creators could add to their videos. They were often used to link to a related video, note a correction, or make a joke. However, annotations didn’t show on YouTube’s mobile apps.

This, combined with declining use, led the company to discontinue them in 2017. And then later, in January 2019, YouTube completely removed annotations from all videos.

While YouTube now offers features like cards and end screens to replace some of this functionality, the fact that annotations no longer appear means that many interactive videos simply don’t work. They relied on annotations to provide links that you clicked to progress the narrative.

A few creators have replaced annotations with the newer cards or end screens, but this isn’t the case for most of them. As many of the popular games were years old, the creators might not actively manage their channels any more. You can see an example of this below; the interactive card trick video simply doesn’t work as intended without annotations.

Chad, Matt & Rob’s Interactive Movies

As it turns out, there is one notable YouTube channel that still features working interactive games: chadmattandrob. While this channel isn’t active these days, it features some of the best-known interactive movies on the site. The first one was uploaded all the way back in 2008.

While these videos initially relied on annotations, the endings have been reworked to use modern ending screens. Thus, this channel is your best bet for interactive YouTube experiences.

Let’s quickly look at the premise for each of these experiences so you know what to expect. We’ve linked the starting videos for each one, so begin with those and your choices will take you through the narrative.

1. The Time Machine

Chad, Matt & Rob’s first adventure was also one of the first of its kind on YouTube. In this experience, your goal is to get the guys to a meeting safely. Along the way, they discover a time machine and travel to different time periods while trying to stay ahead of the authorities.

2. The Murder

During this adventure, Chad, Matt, and Rob are witness to a murder while filming. Compared to The Time Machine, this one features extra branching paths and more possible scenes to see.

3. The Birthday Party

Join our heroes for their third adventure, where they must get to their boss’s birthday party unscathed. During the journey, they encounter a lot of wild scenarios you might not expect.

4. The Teleporter

The channel marks The Teleporter as a “mini-adventure.” It’s notable for being a branded video; the story features AXE products. Aside from that, it centers on the guys running away from a UFO.

5. The Treasure Hunt

The final interactive adventure tasks the group with facing off against a veteran treasure hunter as they look for an ancient treasure. It was uploaded in 2011.

Interactive YouTube Games Are a Thing of the Past

As we’ve seen, games that you can play on YouTube almost completely died out when YouTube killed annotations. Thankfully, you can still enjoy the Chad, Matt & Rob videos, so at least they aren’t all gone.

There’s more good news too: interactive movies are alive and well outside of YouTube. As you can see with our list of interactive movies you can control online.

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How to Watch Classic Movies: The 10 Best Apps and Sites

Forget about modern Hollywood blockbusters. For real satisfaction, you need to dig into some classic movies—we’re thinking films from your childhood, early cinematic masterpieces, and notable older movies from other countries.

But what’s the best way to watch classic movies? In this article, we list the apps and sites you need to know about. They’re packed with old movies worth watching.

1. Turner Classic Movies

turner classic movies

Turner Classic Movies—better known as TCM—is a US TV channel with spinoff networks in the UK, Latin America, Germany, Asia, and Scandinavia.

The content is sourced from the Turner Entertainment film library. It holds the distribution rights to pre-1950 Warner Bros. films and pre-1986 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movies, as well as a North American license for movies from RKO Pictures.

If you live in the US and have a cable TV plan, you can sign in to Watch TCM for free and watch whatever is currently airing. There’s also an app available on Android and iOS.

The site also has a shop where you can buy classic movies and download them. Prices typically fall between $10 and $25.

2. Pluto TV

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Pluto TV is most commonly associated with providing free live TV for cord-cutters. Did you know, however, that the service doubles as an excellent app for watching classic movies? It boasts several channels packed full of old movies.

Some of the classic movie channels worth checking out on Pluto include Paramount Movie Channel, CMT Westerns, Classic Movies Channel, and 80s Rewind.

3. Shout Factory

shout factory

Shout Factory is the home of cult movies, classic films, B-side movies, and even some TV shows, animation, and live music concerts.

The app has licensing agreements in place with several large networks and studios, including NBCUniversal, MGM, Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, and Fox.

4. The Criterion Channel

criterion channel

The Criterion Channel is a US network that specializes in licensing “important classic and contemporary films.” Collectively, the movies for which they hold the rights to are called The Criterion Collection.

Today, the Collection consists of more than 1,000 classic movies. You can watch them all on the app and site, along with a continually rotating mix of Hollywood, international, art-house, and independent films from well-known studios and independent filmmakers. You will also find stacks of supplementary content, such as interviews and discussions.

The service is not free. You’ll need to pay $10.99/month or $99 for 12 months of access.

5. Library of Congress: National Streaming Room

congress library films

The Library of Congress’ National Screening Room is a collection of historically or culturally significant movies that are available to watch for free. The collection includes both copyrighted and public domain content.

Some of the videos in the collection include 1903’s The Forbidden City, Pekin, Ghosts from 1915, and The Lost Battalion from World War I.

In total, more than 360 classic movies are available on the site. Fair warning, some of the videos reflect beliefs and attitudes from a different era. Against a modern backdrop, some viewers might find parts of the content offensive. However, if anything, that only underscores the importance of the collection’s place in history.

6. Netflix

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Netflix’s catalog might have been slowly shrinking in the last few years, but the streaming service still boasts an impressively large collection of old movies and classic films.

The best way to see what classic movies are available on Netflix in your region is to use the secret genre codes. Just add them to the end of the Netflix URL, like so:

  • https://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/[CODE]

Here’s the complete list of classic movie genre codes that you can explore:

  • Classic Action and Adventure: 46576
  • Classic Comedies: 31694
  • Classic Dramas: 29809
  • Classic Musical Comedy: 32392
  • Classic Romantic Movies: 31273
  • Classic Sci-Fi and Fantasy: 47147
  • Classic Thrillers: 46588
  • Classic War Movies: 48744
  • Classic TV Shows: 46553
  • Classic Westerns: 47465
  • Film Noir: 7687
  • Epics: 52858
  • Silent Movies: 53310

7. Old Movies—Oldies but Goldies

Old Movies—Oldies but Goldies is a free classic movies app for Android.

It has hundreds of free films from the “classic Hollywood cinema era,” loosely described as 1910-1969. That means you can watch many of the old-time actors that your grandparents used to talk about, including the best works from legends such as Charlie Chaplin, Marlon Brando, John Wayne, and Alfred Hitchcock.

The app is ad-supported.

Download: Old Movies—Oldies but Goldies on Android (Free)

8. The Film Detective

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The Film Detective is another website where you can watch old movies. Almost all of the films available on the platform were made before the dawn of the color era.

You can watch movies such as the original The Fast and the Furious from 1954, The Pied Piper of Hamelin from 1957, 1976’s James Dean, and The Borrowers from 1973.

You can use the platform for free on the web and across all of the major streaming devices as long as you’re content to watch some ads. Alternatively, you can pay $3.99/month if you want to remove the ads.

9. Fandor

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Fandor is a classic film site for movie geeks. It offers handpicked movies to its members, each of which has the underlying aim of “the advancement and preservation of film art and culture.” As part of its strategy, the company gives 50 percent of all revenues to the films’ rights holders.

The service has a large selection of independent movies from years gone by, as well as a healthy dose of foreign content.

It total, more than 4,000 movies are available. You’ll need to pay $5.99/month or $49.99/year to watch them.

10. Kanopy

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Kanopy provides a way for anyone in the US to watch free classic movies, as long as they hold a library card from a participating establishment. Many colleges and universities also have agreements in place.

You will find a mix of critically-acclaimed classic content, newer releases from indie filmmakers, and foreign films. The Kanopy service is available on Apple TV, Roku, Android TV, Fire TV, and some smart TVs.

The Best Apps and Sites for Old Movies

No single service offers all of the classic films ever made, and nor is every service available on every platform. So, in order to gain access to a wide range of classic movies, we recommend trying a few of the apps and sites listed above.

And if you need even more films to watch, check out our articles explaining how to find out which movies are available to stream and our list of the best free movie streaming sites.

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6 Ways to Watch YouTube Without Going to YouTube

Do you sometimes get tired of YouTube? No, we don’t mean tired of YouTube’s ocean of content. We’re talking about YouTube’s interface, with its suggestions, comments, and clutter. The interface is just too messy. But did you know that it’s possible to watch YouTube videos on other websites without going to YouTube?

You can use alternative YouTube links, sites, and apps to see the content without ever heading to YouTube.com. Here’s how to watch YouTube videos without YouTube.

1. Toggles

toggles

Toogles is a fast and minimalist alternative interface for YouTube. The main page offers trending videos in various categories, but you can also search for specific videos, which load near-instantly. You can use the site to watch any YouTube video that’s not geo-blocked in your area.

The viewing interface is also speedy. There are no comments, no recommended videos, and no other clutter. It means nothing is going to pull valuable bandwidth away from the core task of playing your video as soon as possible.

The video’s description and metadata are shown in the left-hand panel. If you want to see the related videos, you can click on the tab in the upper-left corner when you’re ready to have a look. Toogles even has a Chrome extension for a faster way to search.

If you’re on a slow internet connection and often find yourself running out of patience while waiting for YouTube to load, Toogles is a must-try.

2. ViewPure

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ViewPure is another way to watch YouTube videos without YouTube itself. Like Toggles, it strips away all of the junk that can make the YouTube viewing experience so frustrating—there are no comments, suggestions, or other distractions. The site also removes ads from videos, making it ideal for use in classrooms or at home with kids.

Some of the other cool features on ViewPure include custom URLs (which are better for sharing and memorizing than random YouTube URLs) and a bookmarklet. The bookmarklet can be used to open any video in ViewPure while you’re looking at it on the main YouTube site. There’s also a toggle to flick between a white and black background while watching content.

3. VLC

One of the most oft-overlooked ways to watch YouTube is to skip the browser entirely. Instead, you can use a specialist video player app that’ll stream videos directly from a URL. VLC is probably the most well-known such player, but there are many other video players for Android, iOS, and desktop that provide the same functionality.

Using VLC to watch YouTube is easy. Just make sure you are using the full version of the video player rather than the stripped-out Microsoft Store version.

To play the video, go to Media > Open Network Stream and paste in the full YouTube URL for the specific video you want to watch. When you are ready, hit the Play button and give the stream a few seconds to load and buffer.

4. DF Tube

df tube

DF Tube—short for Distraction-Free Tube—is a Chrome browser extension that lets you improve the original YouTube site rather than offering an alternative YouTube URL.

The tool allows you to hide the YouTube feed, hide the “Related Videos” that pop up at the end of the video you’re currently watching, hide the sidebar, hide playlists, hide the comments, hide the subscription bar, hide live chat, hide the trending tab, and disable autoplay. You can even use it to disable playlists.

We think the last feature is especially noteworthy. One of the most annoying aspects of using YouTube is when you find a video you want to watch only to find it buried deep in the middle of a 100-video-long playlist of rubbish.

5. Kodi

Kodi is another way you can watch YouTube videos without YouTube and outside of your browser. For those who don’t know, Kodi is a free media player that has addons for free movies, addons for IPTV, addons for live news, and yes, you guessed it, addons for YouTube.

The best Kodi addon for YouTube is called Plugin for YouTube. It is not an official YouTube/Google app. You will, however, be able to find and download it from Kodi’s official repo, which means that Kodi’s developers have taken a look at it and deemed the addon to be stable enough and reliable enough for widespread use.

The addon offers many of the same features that you’ll find on the main YouTube URL, including a way to add videos to your Watch Later list, adding videos to personal playlists, support for Likes and Dislikes, and a Subscribe button.

6. NSFWYouTube

nsfwyoutube

Despite the connotations of the name, NSFWYouTube is actually a tool that lets you watch any YouTube video—regardless of age restrictions—without logging into your account (or even owning an account).

This has a few benefits. For example, if you’re on a public computer, you might not feel comfortable logging into your account just to watch an age-restricted video. It might also provide a workaround in the event that YouTube has been blocked on your local network by either your school or employer.

To use NSFWYouTube, you don’t even need to visit the site.

Just find a YouTube video that you cannot watch without logging in and type nsfw before youtube in the address (i.e., https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vhsng72lC4s would become https://www.nsfwyoutube.com/watch?v=Vhsng72lC4s).

Alternatively, grab the bookmarklet and click on it whenever you encounter a blocked video on the main site.

On the downside, because of the way the site works, if the video’s uploader has blocked their video from being embedded on sites outside YouTube, the tool will not let you watch.

Learn More About Using YouTube

Using alternative YouTube URLs is just one small part of maximizing your YouTube experience. You can find alternative YouTube apps for Android and iOS, as well as cracked apps that remove ads and other annoyances.

If you would like to learn more about using YouTube, make sure you check out our other articles on how to watch YouTube together with friends and how to break YouTube videos into chapters.

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How to Play Unplayable Videos on Your PC: 6 Methods to Try

Found a video file you can’t play? It could be due to a poor media player, missing codecs, or be a problem with the file. Perhaps it’s an issue with Digital Rights Management (DRM) preventing a video from playing.

You might also run into problems playing videos online from a PC, such as on Amazon or other sites.

In many cases, you can overcome problems and get the videos running. Here’s what you need to know about dealing with error codes, codecs, streaming, and video playback errors.

Common Reasons for Video Playback Errors

It’s often frustrating to find a video file on your PC that won’t play, especially if it worked previously.

Various factors impact the playback of a video file:

  1. Your media player cannot play it
  2. Codecs are missing from your computer
  3. The file extension is unrecognized
  4. A DRM decryption key is missing
  5. The video file is corrupt
  6. The online video service has a problem

Some of these errors can be resolved; others cannot. Let’s take a look at how to play online and local videos on your PC and fix any errors.

1. Confirm the Video File Extension

Most video files feature recognizable extensions. For example, you’re probably familiar with WMV, AVI, MP4, or MKV. Many other file extensions are in use for video, however. (Some of these denote the format of the video files; others are merely container formats.)

In some cases, the file extension might have been changed. It’s important to find the correct file extension, although this might be a process of trial and error.

If your video file won’t play and you’re convinced it should, try changing the file extension:

  1. Open Windows Explorer
  2. Go to File > Options > View
  3. Find Hide extensions for known file types
  4. Clear the checkmark, then click Apply
  5. Click OK to confirm

Hide file extensions to fix video errors

You can then see the file extensions of your video file. This will appear as described above. To change the video file extension, first make a note of what it is to start with.

Then use the right-click menu to find Rename and change the extension to another recognized suffix. When asked Are you sure you want to change it, click Yes.

Rename video file extensions

Changing the file extension doesn’t work often, but it’s worth taking the time to ensure the correct extension is set.

2. Upgrade to VLC Media Player

Windows 10 features two media players pre-installed. First is the legacy Windows Media Player 12, which while regularly updated, was released with Windows 7 back in 2009. Second is Film & TV, a video playing app supporting a wide selection of video formats.

At first glance, the Film & TV app might be the smart option. After all, a modern video player should be able to play all file formats that came before.

However, this is not necessarily the case. To save money on licensing, Microsoft has omitted support for some video codecs from Windows 10. As such, a video that might have worked under Windows 7 or 8 might not play in Windows 10 using the preinstalled media players.

The solution to this is simple, however: use VLC media player instead. There’s a very good chance the video file will play.

Download: VLC media player (Free)

VLC isn’t the only solution, however. Other Windows 10 media players are available too.

3. Install the Latest Video Codecs

To play any video file that exists in the wildest corners of the web you need two things:

  1. A media player (or the software)
  2. A codec

You know what a media player is—but what is a codec?

In simple terms, it is software that knows how to convert the video into a viewable state.

Many codecs can be used to encode video. In some sense, the codec is like the key and your video is like a locked file. You need the same key or the codec to view the file that was used to encode the file.

This causes problems if you don’t have the right codec installed.

VLC media player is the solution to many video playback issues. It can play almost any video format, from XviD to Real Video, and even optical discs. Codecs are built into VLC media player, although other techniques are used to playback videos.

Furthermore, VLC media player can play partial files, which can prove useful in establishing the viability of a file.

If you’re already using a different media player and don’t want to switch, don’t worry. You can install all the codecs you need using the K-Lite Codec Pack. This is a bundle of free codecs that should allow you to play any video and audio file.

With the right codecs, video files should play smoothly. Choppy video playback can be fixed in several ways, including by updating to the most recent codecs.

Download: K-Lite Codec Pack (Free)

4. DRM Issues Are Preventing Playback

In other cases, some video files are locked to a specific media player.

This is most commonly the case with the M4V video format, a DRM-encoded version of the MP4 format. Unlike MP4, M4V can only be played on Apple’s media player software.

M4V files are purchased from the Apple TV app, and previously iTunes. So if you have used this service to buy video files and they won’t open in your regular software, use Apple’s media player software.

If the file has also corrupted, you may need a new copy of it. Check your purchases in iTunes to re-download the file.

5. Repair or Partially View Corrupt Video Files

Fix the 0xc00d36e5 video playback error

In Windows 10 you might come across error messages that affect MOV and MP4 files. But with the right tool you can fix the 0xc00d36e5 or the 0xc00d36c4 error. It’s typically accompanied with the message “Item is unplayable, please reacquire the content.”

The tool you need to bypass this error? It’s the VLC media player again.

When Windows 10 is unable to play a video using the native tools, VLC is the alternative. Error codes can be overcome, and even corrupt and partially downloaded video files can be played back.

Of course, corrupted video files are ultimately useless. Where possible, you’ll need to replace a damaged file with a backup or download it again from a reliable source.

Be aware that the 0xc00d36e5 error can also occur due to other factors. As well as a corrupt file, the storage media might be corrupt. Power supply issues can cause the 0xc00d36e5 error as well.

There might also be an issue with the Windows Registry causing playback problems. Resetting the Windows Registry can help resolve this.

6. Resolve Issues With Your Online Streaming Service

It isn’t only video files hosted on your PC that can result in error messages. Unplayable videos from the web can also run into trouble.

Here’s an example: Amazon Prime Video error code 9074. Usually limited to Roku errors, it is one of several error codes that Prime Video displays, but they’re often interchangeable.

Prime Video playback error codes can be caused by:

  • Server issues
  • VPN and proxies
  • An error on the playback device
  • General service outage

In some cases, waiting will fix the problem. But it’s also worth rebooting your PC to be certain the problem isn’t at your end.

Unlike media player playback, streaming video from the web doesn’t require specific additional codecs. However, other issues preventing playback can be reset with a reboot—and who knows, by the time Windows 10 reboots, the Prime Video server could be back up and running.

You could also avoid problems with streaming video from Amazon. Simply download Amazon videos to your PC first, then watch at your leisure.

Now You Can Fix and Play Unplayable Videos on Your PC

If you’re running into any problems playing locally stored videos, on removable media, or on Windows 10, VLC media player should be your first solution.

For other problems, consider the file extension, DRM issues, and streaming issues.

At times, Windows 10 error messages can be caused by other underlying issues. Be sure to take the time to fix them. Failure to deal with these can lead to worse problems, such as the Windows 10 Black Screen of Death.

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The Best 4K YouTube Videos to Watch on Your New TV or Monitor

You’ve just purchased a brand new TV. Which 4K videos should you play to demonstrate the impressive quality and show off to your friends?!

In this article, we list the best 4K videos on YouTube, including 4K music videos, and 4K test videos. All of which are perfect for your new TV.

1. 93 Minutes of Open Ocean

Remember those 1080p looping fireplace videos that were all the rage when high definition first landed? It appears that this is the natural progression—over an hour and a half of the South China Sea, with no breaks, no repetition, and unfortunately nothing in the way of sound. Zen? Pointless? Who cares, just look at all that blue water…

2. Biosphere

In the same vein as documentaries like Samsara and Baraka (each of which peak at 1080p), Biosphere is a narrative-free documentary that takes an observant view of life on Planet Earth. Beautifully shot in glorious 4K, see Canada, Bhutan, Papa New Guinea, and Chile in stupendously high definition. The video even boasts a fittingly ambient soundtrack.

3. Bon Jovi – Livin’ on a Prayer

Today, you can find lots of 4K music videos on YouTube. Many artists record directly in 4K, while many more music videos have been digitally remastered up to 4K quality.

One such remaster is the official 4K version of Bon Jovi’s iconic rock song, Livin’ on a Prayer. Named by VH1 as the best song of the 1980s, the video offers an impressive insight into just how much the resolution of old videos can be improved when modern technology is applied to them.

Oh, and it’s also an absolute tune. After all, what is the point of 4K if we can’t play air guitar to it?!

4. Peru and Machu Picchu

Devin Super Tramp’s YouTube channel is a bounty of ultra HD video, and it’s well worth a trawl (and a follow) if you’re looking for short, sharp bursts of 4K content. Of all the videos on his channel, one that really stands out is the result of a trip to Peru and its most famous landmark, Machu Picchu.

Some of his other best 4K videos include footage from Saudi Arabia, The Bahamas, California, and Hawaii.

5. New York in 4K

Around The World 4K is a new international YouTube project focused on capturing every corner of the world in ultra high definition, “for the pleasure and entertainment of our dear viewers” over the coming two years. They’ve stopped off in Chicago, the Grand Canyon, London, Niagara Falls, and their most popular video to date, New York.

The five-minute-long video takes you on a whistlestop tour of some of New York’s most famous landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and the Brooklyn Bridge.

6. A Timelapse of the Surface of the Sun

Advances in space photography have enabled humanity to capture some incredibly impressive sights of distant galaxies, star clusters, and cosmic phenomena on the fringes of the known universe.

Point the lens closer to home, however, and the results are just as impressive. Take this 4K timelapse video of the Sun from October 14th to October the 30th 2014, complete with the largest observed sunspot in 22 years and backed by the Sun’s “heartbeat.”

The video lasts for almost eight minutes.

7. Gigapixels of Andromeda

Your 4K TV doesn’t just do wonders for video, but also for images. What better image to explore than the largest one ever taken by NASA? This 4.3 GB, 1.5 billion pixel-rich shot of the Andromeda galaxy features over 100 million stars, thousands of star clusters, and a total visible area of 40,000 light-years.

And if you want to feel really small and insignificant, this is just one galaxy… hundreds of billions of other galaxies also exist.

8. 4K Corsica

The French island of Corsica in the Mediterranean Sea is low-key one of the most beautiful places in Europe. With looming rocky mountains, turquoise seas, and abundant wildlife, the island could have been specifically designed to create the best 4K videos in the world.

To see what we’re talking about, check out this hour-long tour of the island from above. Then read our article detailing the best ways to find cheap flights and book your next vacation!

9. A Category Five Hurricane

In nature, very little can compete with the awe-inspiring power of a hurricane. Having gone through the eye of the category four Hurricane Odile in Mexico in 2014, it’s something I can personally attest to.

October 2018’s Hurricane Michael was even more powerful than what I experienced. With 160mph winds, it became the first category five storm to make landfall in the US since 1992’s Hurricane Andrew. It caused more than $25.1 billion of damage across the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico.

This 4K video shows what it was like for those who were unlucky enough to be caught in the storm. The footage of the aftermath of the storm is truly harrowing.

10. Promotional LG Video

This LG promotional footage is a great video to use if you need a 4K test video to set up the color balances on your new 4K TV. Given that it’s a promotional video for a TV manufacturer, you can be sure the images are super crisp, colorful, and vibrant. Under the hood, it might be an ad, but it’s still mesmerizing.

For an alternative 4K test video, check out Sony’s similarly impressive promotional ad. It features wild animals, impressive natural scenery, and perfect slow-motion captures. The Dolby Atmos promo video is another solid 4K option.

Learn More About 4K Videos

Of course, you won’t only find 4K content on YouTube. Netflix offers 4K video, as does Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and many of the other big streaming services. But they often charge more to access the content. However, you can watch 4K videos on YouTube entirely for free.

If you would like to learn more about 4K videos, make sure you read our article detailing the difference between 4K and UHD and our list of the best 4K streaming devices available to buy right now.

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The 10 Best YouTube Channels for Book Lovers

A whole section of YouTube is dedicated to reading and discussing books. Say hello to BookTube!

BookTube is an unofficial corner of YouTube where book lovers read an astounding number of books and then make videos about them. But what are the best YouTube channels for book lovers? What about channels for book summaries? And book reviews?

In this article, we list the best YouTube channels about books and for people who enjoy reading…

1. Rincey Reads

Watch for: Closed Captions [CC]. A wide variety of genres and authors.

Do you want to read a bunch of different genres? Do you want to read stories from a wide variety of authors? Then Rincey’s got your back.

Her videos are simple, straightforward, and to the point. The most unique thing about her channel is the fact that every video has Closed Captions. So if you’re deaf or hard-of-hearing, if English is your second language, or if you just prefer reading over listening, this is a channel we thoroughly recommend.

2. PolandBananasBooks

Watch for: Energetic, fun, goofy videos. Varied content with a focus on young adult and fantasy genres.

As one of the biggest BookTube celebrities out there, with over 400,000 subscribers at the time of writing, Christine Riccio’s channel is a must.

She’s full of energy and does a wide variety of book-based videos including book talks, book reviews, sketches, comedy videos, book-related discussions, and more. She even covers a lot of TV and movie content for books that have been adapted to the big and small screen (like The Hunger Games or Divergent).

A lot of her tastes fall under the umbrella of young adult (YA) literature and fantasy, but you can find a decent amount of variety here.

3. ChapterStackss

Watch for: Psychological and horror genres. Honest, clear reviews.

Here’s a YouTube book channel made for expanding your horizons a little. Katie’s channel is mostly about reading for fun, but it’s also about reading to learn, so you’ll find some non-fiction, some psychological stories, and some horror. Basically, a bit of everything.

She has interesting discussions about books, tag videos, and of course, classic book reviews. Her reviews are brutally honest and can really help you decide what to read.

4. StoryTime at Awnie’s House

Watch for: Children’s stories being read aloud. Images of the pictures in physical copies of books.

StoryTime at Awnie’s House is a BookTube channel dedicated to stories for kids. The narrator—Awnie herself—has hundreds of videos in her library. In each video, she reads well-known children’s stories while displaying the pictures and text from the book on the screen.

We all know young kids love videos, but by pairing that love with books, you can make sure the screentime they’re getting isn’t wasted on trash content.

5. MercysBookishMusing

Watch for: Short story collections. Graphic novels. Reading lists.

On Mercedes’ channel, you’ll find a wide range of books from literary fiction to magical realism, from short story collections to graphic novels. As usual, you’ll get reading lists, book hauls, reviews, and wrap-ups.

MercysBookishMusing is strictly a reading-based channel, so you’re bound to find some really wonderful books if you watch her videos. You won’t find book club-esque interviews and chats with other people.

6. ClimbTheStacks

Watch for: Non-fiction. Classics. A bit of everything.

ClimbTheStacks covers more classic kinds of literature. If you enjoy powerful non-fiction stories as well as older stories with beautiful prose, you need to check out Ashley’s channel.

This is one of those channels that will probably make you learn something along the way. She also dips into things like graphic novels and the Harry Potter series, so you get a solid mix of content if you subscribe.

7. Little Book Owl

Watch for: Contemporary fiction, manga, and a wide variety of genres.

Little Book Own offers an impressive number of book reviews. The channel discusses non-fiction, science fiction, and contemporary books, among so much more—including some manga.

Again, this might be another opportunity for you to find some books you never would have heard of or tried otherwise. The presenter, Caz, speaks with a lot of enthusiasm and knowledge about the books. And that will make you want to keep coming back for more.

8. Better Than Food

Watch for: Books that are better than food (supposedly), across a large number of genres.

We’re not that sure any book will ever be as good as a piece of chocolate cake, but if anything is going to convince you otherwise, it’s this YouTube channel.

Over the years, the channel has explored fiction and non-fiction, works from everywhere from Latin America to Japan, poetry, classic authors, and even books about music. You can find all of the channel’s old content neatly organized in the public playlists, ready for you to dig into.

9. Katytastic

Watch for: Honest, clever book reviews. Fun book-related videos. Generally YA and fantasy genres.

Kat O’Keefe is another of the big BookTubers, with over 250k subscribers right now. You’ll get a lot of classic BookTube content here like book hauls, reviews, reading lists, monthly wrap-ups, book talks, and the occasional book-related tag video.

If you watch Kat’s videos regularly, you’ll find a relatively wide range of genres, but—as with most of the biggest BookTubers—she tends to lean towards YA and fantasy. If that’s your thing, subscribe to her and you’ll get a lot of insightful commentaries.

10. BookishThoughts

Watch for: Videos about books that aren’t reviews or recommendations.

The BookishThoughts channel is one of the best YouTube channels for literature lovers who enjoy a spot of lighter book-themed entertainment alongside their reviews and summaries.

The woman behind the channel, Jean, publishes lots of fun videos that make it easy to waste away a few hours. Videos such as “How Much Can I Read in 24 Hours?!” and live quizzes are sure to keep you engaged.

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BookTube is packed with hundreds of book-mad YouTubers. And there are many more YouTube channels for book lovers that we couldn’t cover in this article. Just remember that most of the biggest BookTubers focus on YA literature, so you might need to dig a little for other genres.

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