Wednesday, 17 April 2013


By Ishant Gupta
You may think that to make a video slideshow, you will need to convert your pictures into a video format and then upload on the YouTube. But it’s not that complicated. You just need to drag and drop your images or photos on YouTube and they will be automatically converted to a slide show with amazing Pan and Zoom effects.
Earlier to do this you would have to use a tool like the Picasa or the Windows movie maker to join the image files together to make a video and then upload it on the YouTube. But now with advancement in technology, this extra step is not required. You can now directly convert your images into a video slideshow inside the YouTube.

How to Create a Photo Slideshow in YouTube

Once you access the YouTube website, click the Upload button and choose the option “Create” under “Photo Slideshow” option. Then click on the Upload Photos section and drag-drop all the pictures that you would like to be included in your slideshow. They could be your birthday, anniversary, farewell or picnic pics. They could also be the scenic images taken while on a long drive.
Once the photos are in timeline editor, you can arrange their position in the video by dragging them. The next screen gives you a default option to decide the duration of each image slide in the video. You also have the option to include transition effects of your choice in between the slides.  You can make your video musical by adding appropriate background music to the slideshow. But YouTube does not give you the option to upload audio files from your personal collection for the slideshow.
In case you wish to keep your slide show private, you can change the privacy settings to unlisted. This way no one can access your video on YouTube search. YouTube can include ads in your video if you have attached a background track to your slideshow. In that case you will have to share the revenue that is generated by your slide show with the music creator.

Friday, 5 April 2013


By Ishant Gupta
You saw the Bing homepage. You fell in love with the video background that was used in it. Yearning to make that video as your homepage background? You can easily embed the same video on your page background with small line of code.
Right now you must be using a dull boring static image as a background for your website. Want to make your website interesting and appealing? All you need to do is replace the static image with a new dynamic image with animations that will bring a fresh look to your website.
The Bing homepage uses interesting videos of animals which you too can use.
This can be done in many ways.
  • Bing uses the standard HTML5 <video> tags to serve videos on the homepage. The embedded video has a fixed size and it doesn’t resize itself with the browser.
  • There are ready-to-use jQuery plugins, Tubular and BigVideo.js for example, that let you easily use any video, or a series of videos, as page backgrounds.
  • The other more simple approach, as you can see in this demo, uses HTML and CSS tags (no JavaScript) to help you place any YouTube video in the page background.
YouTube Video Backgrounds
To start with, paste the code below near the opening <body> tag of your web template. You need to replace the ID with the video ID of the YouTube video that you would like to use in the background.

Internally, we are using YouTube’s IFRAME tags to embed that video such that it occupies the entire page (both width and height are set to 100%). Also, the z-index is set to negative so the YouTube video layer will appear several levels below the main content of your page.
The negative side to this is your background video won’t work on mobile devices and it is not possible to mute the sound of a video without using JavaScript.

Bonus Tip: Embed Background Music with YouTube
Do you recall the earlier Geocities era when the background music would be played automatically once any website is accessed. This would often embarrass you in front of your colleagues. These websites used raw audio files, like MP3, WAV or even the MIDI format, to embed music but you can now use any of your favorite YouTube tracks for embedding background audio to your choice of video background.
To do this you need to employ a trick. You need to embed a regular YouTube video (with autoplay=1) and set the height & width of the video player to zero so it stays invisible. This can be achieved with a single line of code which you can add anywhere on your web page.

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