16 September 2013

custom thumbnails for youtube videos

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Looks like custom thumbnails are back!

To upload a custom thumbnail for an existing video:
  1. Go to your channel Video Manager.
  2. Locate a video and click the Edit button.
  3. Click the Custom thumbnail button and upload a thumbnail.
  4. Once the thumbnail is uploaded, don't forget to click the "Save Changes" button.

Custom thumbnail best practices

Your custom thumbnail image should be as large as possible, as the image will also be used as the preview image in the embedded player. We recommend your custom thumbnails:

  • Have a resolution of 1280x720 (with minimum width of 640 pixels).
  • Be uploaded in image formats such as .JPG, .GIF, .BMP, or .PNG. 
  • Remain under the 2MB limit. 
  • Try to use a 16:9 aspect ratio as it's the most used in YouTube players and previews.

Read the full support article here »

30 August 2013

reconnect your facebook account to twitterfeed

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Twitterfeed is a great tool for autoposting your blog to Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

For reasons unknown to me, Facebook kills its feed every few months, so if you're using Twitterfeed to autopost to Facebook, you'll need to reconnect every now and then.

It's easy enough to reconnect, just follow these steps:
  1. Login to Twitterfeed
  2. Click on ‘Edit feed’ next to the social platform icons in the dashboard
  3. Click on ‘Continue to Step 2’
  4. Click on ‘Facebook’ under Active Services
  5. Click the "Connect with Facebook" link, and you will be redirected to Facebook. Facebook automatically does this with the currently logged in Facebook account (if not, it will prompt to login), so if you want to connect a different account, you’ll need to log out of Facebook first.
  6. Once you're back at Twitterfeed (which may be immediate, if you previously authenticated), there may be a list of Pages underneath the blue button - if you want to post to a Page instead of your personal account, select the Page to post to. If you want to post to your personal account ignore this step.
  7. Click the "Update Service" button, in order to save the new Facebook connection settings.
If everything goes well, the connection will display an expiry date, eg, [expires 2013-10-29 06:10:32] in about two months time.  Set yourself a calendar/task reminder a week prior to the date and don't forget to reconnect your account!

If you have any trouble, contact Twitterfeed directly by clicking here.

21 June 2013

tips for taking product shots

This is an excerpt from one of my favourite design guru's, John McWade, from Before & After | Design Talk

Clear and simple tips for artists (or anyone) who want to photograph their product for web and/or print design:

Hi Angela,For Web work and desktop output, a $200 point-and-shoot camera is just fine. Two or three megapixels are plenty. For book-quality photos, you should have an SLR camera. I can recommend the Nikon D40, which on Amazon is about $500 with its standard lens. It’s excellent.
Buy a small tripod. You can probably find one for $25 at Target.

Turn off the flash.

Shoot against a solid, not patterned, background. White or neutral is best. I suggest shooting an entire collection on the same background. This can vary. Your artistic eye will know best.

Whenever possible, shoot in soft, ambient outdoor light, the kind you’d get through a north-facing window. Avoid direct sun, which makes harsh shadows. Avoid artificial light if you can.

If you must shoot in artificial light, set your camera to “fluorescent” or “incandescent” or whatever you’re using. This will help keep the colors true.

Pose your piece against its background. Set your camera on its tripod. Make sure it’s focusing on your piece. Steady finger, then shoot. If you’re indoors at night, the no-flash exposure will be too long to hold your finger steady, so set the camera’s automatic timer, and let it take its own picture. An SLR camera will come with a remote shutter release.

Read the whole article here »