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12 Fun Hacks for Getting More Out of YouTube Via Mashable All Your Youtube-Hack Needs in 1 Easy Location! 1. TubeReplay. 2. Dragontape. 3. YouTube Doubler. 4. SynchTube. 5. infiniTube. 6. Splicd. 7. TubeChop. 8. YouCube. 9. MixTube. 10. YouFlow. 11. QuieTube. 12. YouTube TestTube. Some tubes have been listed previously.
posted by Fizz (24 comments total) 74 users marked this as a favorite

 
Computer hackers sure have gotten soft since 2600's heyday.
posted by item at 5:16 AM on November 14, 2010 [6 favorites]


As a brand new MeFite and youtube obsessor, this is going in my TOP FAVES. I mean that as it's going into my personal bookmarks.

My favourite youtube hack is the youtube vid to mp3. Sometimes I just NEED that opening intro song to Laverne and Shirley, Bill Nye and Today's Special on my ipod playlist to help me get going in the morning.

video2mp3
posted by GEB's fun world at 5:29 AM on November 14, 2010 [2 favorites]


this is why we can't have nice things
posted by nervousfritz at 5:30 AM on November 14, 2010


Two Youtube videos and a motherfucking crossfader.
posted by Human Flesh at 5:37 AM on November 14, 2010 [2 favorites]


I was just saying the other day that YouTube really needs pitch control. I'd seriously do nothing all day but DJ YouTube videos if it had it
posted by empath at 5:50 AM on November 14, 2010


Posted previously on MeFi, but still brilliant: Yooouutuuube!
posted by ZsigE at 6:12 AM on November 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


This does indeed look like a series of tubes.
posted by unigolyn at 7:11 AM on November 14, 2010 [3 favorites]


im kind of big on youtubeloop.com fwiw -- one day ill even figure out how to make it loop over a playlist and i am sure that day my ISP will start charging extra for youtube bandwidth..
posted by 3mendo at 8:02 AM on November 14, 2010


Ok infinitube is revolution. I really like it.
posted by fuq at 8:25 AM on November 14, 2010


The other day I was clicking around peoples' old ska 45s wishing for something like infinitube. Now if only it could announce the name of the video before it starts playing.
posted by cmoj at 9:40 AM on November 14, 2010


Ugh fucking...HACK>..nota! NOTAHACK. FUCK.

Excuse me, I need coffee.
posted by m0nm0n at 10:06 AM on November 14, 2010


m0nm0n: "Ugh fucking...HACK>..nota! NOTAHACK. FUCK.

Excuse me, I need coffee
"

The word hack has been used to refer to a clever stunt or use of something for ages. See the story of the "Pixar Hack" in 1992's Penn & Teller's How To Play With Your Food.
posted by ShawnStruck at 10:45 AM on November 14, 2010


In order to tame the noise of Youtube permanently (in part to make it less of a passive-agressive viewing experience for my kids) I used this handy Greasemonkey script to make Quietube the permanent YT (and Vimeo) interface on the family computer. (We use Firefox, but the same function appears to be available for Safari 5 via Greasekit.)
While we're on these subjects: Silentube looks like it offers very similar functionality to Quietube.
posted by progosk at 10:49 AM on November 14, 2010


The other day I was clicking around peoples' old ska 45s wishing for something like infinitube. Now if only it could announce the name of the video before it starts playing.

Hang on -- instead of looking up Gary Numan videos all day, I can make Youtube do it, and it'll play them for me?

...hm, I guess that answers that. Good thing, too, because I hate to ask...
posted by vorfeed at 11:55 AM on November 14, 2010


Seconding dying for something that does this with pitch control. I've been looking for ages but not found anything yet. There's so much fantastic techno / dance / house music on youtube, all you need is a website that has a crossfader and pitch control and boom, any party, anywhere (with broadband) has unlimited quality DJ set potential...
posted by Hartham's Hugging Robots at 11:57 AM on November 14, 2010


Damn it. Infinitube doesn't really do exactly what I want. I need something that will just play a random "related video" forever. Get on it, Internet.
posted by cmoj at 12:22 PM on November 14, 2010


If you've got Greasemonkey, you need to try out YouTube Enhancer, which is just behind Adblock Plus and Google Reader Preview as my all-time favorite and most useful add-on. It adds advanced controls to the YouTube player that let you loop videos, play back selections, watch frame-by-frame, set the default quality, customize the page layout, download videos as MP4 files, and "turn off the lights," Hulu-style. It can be broken by the layout changes that are occasionally made on YouTube's end, but the script's author is very responsive when it comes to maintenance.
posted by Rhaomi at 2:02 PM on November 14, 2010


This post is cool, but it would have been about seventy kabillion times cooler if there was a concise explanation about each YouTube hack following its link, that's a lot of clicking there when I'm not sure if it's something that would be useful to me or not!
posted by smoke at 3:58 PM on November 14, 2010


Ugh, serves me right for clicking backwards, the first link is exactly what I was looking for!
posted by smoke at 4:03 PM on November 14, 2010


I love youtubedown. There's no simpler way to download the highest quality available version of a YouTube video for Linux/Unix/Mac users.
posted by Mwongozi at 4:53 PM on November 14, 2010


Embedr makes your own playlists.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 5:44 PM on November 14, 2010


Dragontape is fucking awesome. Thanks!
posted by codacorolla at 9:36 PM on November 14, 2010


Ok, I've been using infiniTube ALL DAY (almost), and I've decided it's only ok, because a long self generated playlist like this one needs Boolean operators to be as useful as I'd like it to be. So put in Boolean operators so I'll be able to watch documentaries about hoaxes NOT Glenn Beck.
posted by fuq at 10:25 PM on November 14, 2010


Ugh fucking...HACK>..nota! NOTAHACK. FUCK.

It's no jaw-dropping feat of breadcraft, that's for sure.
posted by ostranenie at 6:56 PM on November 16, 2010


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