YouTube has one-third of the internet in its claws. More than 1.9 billion people enjoy YouTube every month. You can bet that translates to a lot of watched videos. But how does the world share YouTube videos? Maybe you do it from your mobile or use Facebook. It does matter because there are several ways to share YouTube videos. Some are more efficient than others.
Let’s look at five quick techniques to share YouTube videos and enjoy them with our friends.
Riv.yt: Share Distraction Free Videos Instantly
YouTube can get in its own way. One interesting video leads to another. This can be a problem if you want everyone to give your video undivided attention. Or you want a kid-friendly way to share videos without the nonsense of comments and advertisements. Riv.yt has the answer.
Riv.yt is a minimalist way of sharing YouTube videos without the distractions. Use the simple search to find a video of your choice and then choose a design for the landing page. Share the generated link which carries your video enveloped in a beautiful landing page.
The only thing missing right now is a dark mode or a dark theme.
YouTube Time: Share From a Specific Time in a YouTube Video
YouTube itself gives you an easy way to start a video from a specific time. Skip to the part you want and right click on the video. Select Copy video URL at current time and then share it. But YouTube Time doesn’t make it more difficult. YouTube Time makes it precise to the second.
Paste your YouTube URL, then enter the exact start time in the box for minute and seconds. You can preview the cut video or generate the link to share it via any other medium. You can also use this URL as an embed in your blog or in a forum. The video will skip to the part you set it up for.
YouTube Time is a clean, minimal site. And this is just one of the important YouTube URL tricks you should keep in mind to create or share “ad free” videos by skipping around them.
Kapwing: Resize and Share Videos Socially
You have your video but it’s the wrong size for Instagram or the Facebook Newsfeed. Video resizing tools can get complicated. Enter Kapwing which just needs a URL and the choice of the platform you want to optimize for. The minimal UI does the rest.
Crop to the perfect ratio or even add padding and fit the whole video in the frame so that it doesn’t look awkward or get cut off. Kapwing is useful when you want to post a portrait video on Instagram.
GIFit (Chrome): Share YouTube Clips as GIFs
Clip a bit of footage from a YouTube video and share it as a GIF. Now, where have we heard that before? Everywhere… because GIFs are all the rage for the last few years and they have almost taken the place of our emotions. GIPHY and even Google Search give you animated GIFs to choose from. But YouTube is a monster source of memes that will continue to give you the ones no one has shared before.
GIFit is a handy Chrome extension that helps you clip a part from a YouTube video and share it as an animated GIF. Install the Chrome extension and head to YouTube. Select a video and you can spot the GIFIt button next to the Closed Caption button on the toolbar. Set a start time, end time, and the quality you want. Hit the GIfIt button to create your GIF.
Save and share it anywhere. It works well on the fly. But if you want to add a slogan or create a professional social media post, then look at a few serious video editors to create memes, montages, or timelapses. Or try Hashcut which we have featured before.
Download: GIFit for Chrome (Free)
vdNote: Share Videos and Timestamped Notes
We have covered VdNote before, but it deserves a recall because of its sheer utility. The minimal interface is a plus. vdNote is one of the tools you should have in your arsenal if you use YouTube for learning. With vdNote, you can enter comments refer to the exact moment in the video you were watching. When you share the videos, others can use the comments to understand the context.
Go to vdNote and paste in a link to a YouTube video you want to annotate & start watching. At the right point, type a note in the text field. Notice that the video pauses to give you time to finish your thoughts.
You can share your video and the connected notes with their timestamps via email or Twitter.
Share YouTube Videos with Context
The secret sauce of viral videos isn’t exponential sharing. It is the meaning we enjoy while watching the video. But sharing is easy. Creating your own original videos and then sharing it can be more meaningful.
How about switching from watching videos to making them yourself? YouTube allows you to make all kinds of videos and you will be surprised at the variety in the successful ones.