HOLY WHAT! The amazing 1:1 replica of the Back to the Future hoverboard signed by the SourceFed crew and Philip DeFranco sold for over 4000 dollars. That’s INCREDIBLE. You have less than 8 hours left to nab the equally amazing George Watsky Super Pack and only 2 hours left before the indiegogo perks disappear FOREVER. Hurry hurry!
We’re still 15 hours away from the official start of the Project for Awesome and we’ve already raised over $35,000! Plus, remember that every dollar up to $50,000 is being matched, so we’ve actually raised double that. Keep on being awesome, and head on over to the IndieGoGo campaign to donate!
18 of the sexiest (not really) men of YouTube come together in this amazing 12 month calendar designed by Karen Kavett with all your favorite nerdy holidays included. Available now at the Project for Awesome IndieGoGo Campaign.
How’s everyone doing on their thumbnails? To give you a bit of inspiration, we made a few examples of custom thumbnails using the templates on projectforawesome.com. Feel free to change the colors, include your charity’s logo, and be as creative as you want!
Some thumbnail FAQ:
How do you set a custom thumbnail on YouTube?
Not every channel has this feature enabled. Go to the Edit Info page of one of your videos in Video Manager, and the custom thumbnails button lives under the three automatically generated thumbnail options. If that button isn’t there, you won’t be able to upload a custom thumbnail. Please remember though, whether or not you have the thumbnail does not effect our featuring decisions.
Are there any workarounds?
One thing you could try is putting the thumbnail as a still image for half of your video with (non-copyrighted) music in the background. Upload this as a private video and check if the thumbnail is one of the three automatically generated options. However, please note that YouTube’s algorithms now take into account watch time, so if everyone is clicking away from your video halfway through, it may negatively effect your search rankings. It’s up to you which you feel is more important.
I can’t get the PSD to work. What should I do?
If right clicking and clicking Save Link As doesn’t download the file, we also included full size JPGs that can be manipulated easily if you’re skilled in your preferred image editing program. The font we’re using for all official branding is Gotham, but since most people don’t have that font, we’re putting the charity names in Arial Black.
To get the custom thumbnail templates, please head over to the Thumbnails page on projectforawesome.com!
Today we’re going to head back a few years and feature Hank Green’s original Project for Awesome video from 2007, back when the exact middle shot of a video was always the thumbnail and the most commented lists were still around on YouTube. Notice that this video wasn’t made with a fancy DSLR and crazy editing effects, but it’s still super fun and entertaining. Even if you don’t have expensive equipment, you can still make great videos with whatever you have. Let your personality shine through and your video will be awesome!
Watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQQOeT6ld3A
Today’s P4A inspiration video is Kristina Horner’s video from 2010 in which she traveled to Guatemala with Save the Children. While it may be a bit late to start planning international trips for this year’s P4A, this is a great example of showing a charity in action. Rather than just telling us about a cause you support, can you get out of your house and show the charity’s members doing good in the world? Often that will make for a much more compelling video. And if you didn’t have a chance to film a charity IRL this year, it’s never too early to start planning for next year!
Watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpVnGwD9MdM
Today we’re not featuring an individual video but rather giving you a few tips for making your Project for Awesome video, well, awesome.
1. Try not to make your video too long. People are going to be watching a ton of videos on the 17th, and they don’t want to sit through a rambly, unedited vlog for ten minutes. Keep your video short and to the point so that people will watch the whole thing and learn all about your cause. A good length to aim for is 2 - 4 minutes, unless you have such compelling content that it just needs to be longer.
2. Try not to spend too much time explaining what the Project for Awesome is. Most people watching your video will already know, so just put an explanation in the description as well as a link to www.projectforawesome.com, and people who stumble across your video can read that to learn all about it.
3. Similarly, don’t spend too much time promoting your own channel in your video. One or two sentences is fine to explain the type of videos you make if they’re different from what you’re doing for your P4A video, but much more than that and it just looks like you’re using the Project to help promote yourself, which isn’t what this is all about.
4. Long gone are the days when putting an image in the exact middle of your video would always be the thumbnail. If you can’t upload your own custom thumbnail, consider putting the logo for the P4A in the corner of your whole video so that no matter what thumbnail YouTube’s algorithms choose, the logo is always there.
5. We can’t feature your video if we can’t find it! Put Project for Awesome 2012 or P4A 2012 in the title of your video as well as phrases like “Project for Awesome 2012” and “P4A2012” in the tags. Be sure to also submit your video to the Project for Awesome website on December 17th so we can browse through them all in one place.
We hope these tips were helpful for you. Now get off Tumblr and go make your Project for Awesome video!
**If you missed the thumbnails yesterday, you can download them now from this Tumblr post**
The thumbnails are here! We didn’t want to make everyone wait until the full website was live to get started on their custom P4A thumbnails, so you can now download the PSDs and JPGs below. Please remember though that whether or not you use the thumbnail has no effect on our featuring decisions, so don’t stress if you don’t have access to that feature yet. But, if you can upload custom thumbnails, have fun editing the colors and text and being as creative as you want when making yours!
(We’re sorry if you saw a previous version of this post, but there was a slight problem with the files. Please use the links in this post instead!)
Today’s inspiration video is The London Cinderella Project by emilieofnewgloom from P4A 2011. As she says in the video, prom dresses won’t change the whole world, but they can help make girls’ lives better, at least for a day, and that is a noble cause to support. The charity you feature doesn’t have to end world hunger or save the entire rainforest - just find a cause that really speaks to you and your video will be way more sincere.
Also, notice how beautifully this video is shot. If you’re not comfortable being on camera, consider doing a montage with a voiceover. Unique videos that aren’t just the typical vlog can really grab people’s attention during the event and bring more notice to your cause!
Watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsmX4z8DtxA
This is the first of a series of posts in which we feature some of the best Project for Awesome videos from past years to give you a bit of inspiration as you’re planning your own videos in the next two weeks!
The first video we’re featuring is "Mosquitos Suck" Song by Rhett and Link for P4A 2010. Writing an original song about the cause you’re supporting is a great way to share information in a fun and catchy way. So all you musicians out there, break out the guitar, sit down at the piano, and we can’t wait to see all the amazing music that comes out of this year’s Project for Awesome!
Watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqpYWa5ELag