YouTube Quick Capture: Record Videos Directly into YouTube

If you think uploading videos on YouTube is too much of a hassle, better check out the latest from the most popular video sharing site around: Quick Capture. This new feature lets you record videos directly off your webcam or any camera connected to your computer (this includes Apple iSights and just about any other camera that your computer can directly use to record).

Me, right after arriving home from a long drive (and right before a much needed shower and rest)

It’s pretty straightforward enough. The system uses Flash to interface with your webcam, and the file is actually saved in .FLV format. As with usual YouTube uploads, it would take a while, though, for your video to be viewable online. One other gripe I have is that recorded videos are automatically saved for “public viewing”–there is no option to keep videos private in the recording interface; you have to manually edit your video properties afterward, and specify the appropriate privacy level.

I’d say this is a very useful addition to YouTube’s set of features. Some good uses would include: recording a quick video message for sending to online contacts (you should set access to “private” though), capturing videos straight off your PVR or TV tuner (potential copyright issues, of course), and the like.

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