New YouTube Widescreen Settings + Embed Code – How To

You Tube have finally gone wide screen that’s 16:9 format or 1280px by 720px. I personally think its a great improvement since it now cuts down the time it takes for me to prepare video for You Tube. My video cameras shoot in wide screen and I would always have to re-render my 16:9 footage into a 4:3 box which produced letterbox black bars at top and bottom of those clips and also reducing the resolution of the video.

The Test

Today I tried encoding for the new wide screen format and uploaded a few test short clips to figure out what would be the best settings and came up with the following as the one that worked for me.

Using Premiere Pro CS3 I exported my final footage as follows:

Export to Adobe Media Encoder
23.976 fps
HDTV 1280px X 720px
H.264 format

I used these bitrate settings as follows:

VBR, 2 Pass
Target Bitrate [Mbps]: 6
Maximum Bitrate [Mbps]: 10

[youtube width=”500″ height=”307″][/youtube]

Viewing the video above as an embed you will not see the full effect so heres the link to the clip

You Tube Wide Screen Embed Code Example

<object width=”500″ height=”307″><param name=”movie” value=”″></param><param name=”allowFullScreen” value=”true”></param><param name=”allowscriptaccess” value=”always”></param><embed src=”″ type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowscriptaccess=”always” allowfullscreen=”true” width=”500″ height=”307″></embed></object>

The Drawbacks

There are a couple of drawbacks so far, for one the file size in terms of MB are pretty big. My successful wide screen clip weighed in at 24.4MB for a 33.06sec video clip also the widescreen format is only viewable on the YouTube website itself.


I have also discovered that uploading clips to You Tube in the H.264 format (.mp4) will grant you the watch in high quality option. In theory clicking that link will load your video clip at higher quality (&fmt=18) and you will notice better video and audio than standard view, there is now a trick to get even higher quality again by appending &fmt=22 to the end of a You Tube video url this has the effect of loading your video in HD (high definition) and you will really see and hear the benefit of this in full screen mode.

Try these links to test same video but different quality: (Standard View) (High Quality View) (HD Super Quality View)


You need to upload a video file in 1280px X 720px format in order to view in HD using the &fmt=22 trick above.

MidLake – Head Home – (Final Version)

Just because I like it….

Embedded Video

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CERN Large Hadron Collider – Explained in 3 minutes

First beam of the Large Hadron Collider


(via CERN)

Geneva, 10 September 2008. The first beam in the Large Hadron Collider at CERN was successfully steered around the full 27 kilometres of the world’s most powerful particle accelerator at 10h28 this morning. This historic event marks a key moment in the transition from over two decades of preparation to a new era of scientific discovery.

Large Hadron Collider – Simpler Explanation Live Web Broadcast A Success!

I’ve been a little quiet here on my blog lately, much of the reason is my time is being eating up with the new venture I spoke about this in a previous post well I just want to update on the happenings with that website.

We broadcasted the St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2008 live on the homepage of the site and it was a huge success. We had viewers watching live from the U.S.A, Australia, New Zealand, U.K, Germany, France, Spain, Poland, India, Canada & Ireland. although the live stream was 43mins long I edited the stream down to 9:50secs for the main parts which you can view below.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Youghal Webcast

Below are some photos taken by my brother Gerard McCarthy of the event on the day. By the way thats myself on the DV camera. Live Web Broadcast Live Web Broadcast Live Web Broadcast

We have posted 39 news articles including photos in less than 5 weeks and continue to post daily. The Online Video section of the site is proving very popular. Traffic to the site has increased by an average of 30% each week, which we are more than pleased. We are also getting local business interest in sponsored advertising so I will have to work on that strategy next!

That’s all for now…. short note: I have a nice “Band/Musicians” template module in the making which I will post up here for free download soon. – A new community news website

Just want to announce a new website for Youghal town called is the website for online community news, with fresh content, local news articles, and photos/video on a daily basis. Developed from an idea by Michael Hussey an excellent local photographer and journalist and myself coming from a web development background. The idea was to keep the content fresh and incorporate photos and video with the news articles, call it a news/photo/video blog. There are several other Youghal related websites but we felt neither updated their sites regularly and their content was stale.

Allowing people to comment and interact with news articles will be a welcome to some people as a way to air their views and also to get users opinions on local issues.

We are developing an online video section which will feature Youghal related videos from around the web coming from sites such as YouTube, Revver, MySpace, Bebo and many others. This video section will also feature live web cam events as they happen.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Youghal, 2008 – Live Web Broadcast

To launch the live video section of the site we are broadcasting this years St. Patricks Day parade live, this live cam event has been kindly sponsored by Youghal Bay Seafoods

The live video will also be available to view after the parade at as we will have it archived for future viewing.

YouTube have blocked my download tool!

It’s less than 48 hours since I posted my last article “Free YouTube Video Downloader & Path To FLV Finder Tool” and today I noticed that the download tool has stopped working! At first I thought  it was a code glitch, but no I checked everything out and it was clean? then I tried uploading the same scripts to a second server and yes it worked, I even tried the same scripts on a third server and it worked…. and one last shot was to try the scripts on a different domain but same server “Bump!” no joy…. 🙁

Could it be that YouTube/Google tracked the script page because of the Adsense banner? (maybe)…  and the fact that a heap of trackback links from crap blog scrapers featured the article….. What to do now… Should I remove the scripts and links to it…. I’m not sure?

My Homemade Video Camera Crane Jib – DIY

I was busy last weekend shooting a music video for hip-hop artist Sandyman B for a soon to be released track called “I’m In Love”. It is early days for the video and many editing hours to come but I shot some really nice footage which I will blog about over the next few weeks with a few example shots from behind the scenes.

I used my homemade camera crane to take some unusual video angle shots. This crane was built by my friend Frank McQuillan based on on some plans that Frank, Mark Waters and I had come up with in April 2007. It was built as a prototype with wood, roller blade cogs, an old tripod speaker stand and various other bits and pieces. The cost was about €50 for materials.

Example Video

Below is an example video shot with the homemade jib crane and already it’s been viewed 8,355 + times on YouTube.



Some Photographs of the Camera Crane

Also below are some photographs my brother Gerard took when we tested it out back in April 2007. We even mounted a portable DVD player as a monitor on the pole using an old computer tower case cut and bent into shape, at the moment it only takes my small Canon MV890 camera but the shots are very pleasing.

Homemade camera crane jib

Homemade camera crane jib

Homemade camera crane jib

Below is the video we shot that day while experimenting with the crane, it’s of my other brother Martin who is a very enthusiastic DX Radio operator.



Bobby Lee & Band – Live video @ McDaids, Midleton, Co. Cork – Album Launch

Last Sunday I went to McDaids, Midleton, Co. Cork to video an album launch for my friend Bobby Lee, a well respected and talented musician from Ireland. His album “The Future History” has 9 tracks and is available for preview, mp3 download or cd at Cd Baby

Here’s one review describing the album:

Mark Mc Clelland – Backstage Traffic

“The Future History ” Bobby’s current album is a collection of beautifully crafted songs that will take your soul, look after it for a few hours and then hand it back with a smile that says, “Yes everything’s going to be alright.” And you know what? You believe it.

Bobby Lee - Live @ McDaids, Midelton

Live @ McDaids, Midleton, Co. Cork, Ireland – 16/12/07 – Photo by: Kieran McCarthy

Of his many achievements this is a very memorable one:

Irish Guitarist of the Future – Fender
In 1996 Bobby Lee was hailed as “Irish Guitarist of the Future” judged by Donal Gallagher brother of the great Rory Gallagher. The prize was a guitar and amp, and a trip to London to Fender’s 50th anniversary celebrations at the Wembley Conference Centre. There he received the award in front of a glittering audience which included, Hank Marvin of The Shadows, Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac & Albert Lee amongst others.

The Video

watch videoWatch here >> Bobby Lee & Band- Live video @ McDaids (pop up overlay)

I will be editing the rest of the footage in the new year as a promo dvd for Bobby. What was interesting about the video shoot was it was filmed and captured direct to external hard drive as apposed to dv tape. This was my first time trying this technique and it worked out a treat, it was ready for editing straight away.

Please head over to one of the links below and support Bobby Lee, an artist of well deserved recognition…

Bobby Lee Links
Bobby Lee – MySpace
Bobby Lee – Electronic Press Kit (EPK)
Bobby Lee – Apple iTunes

Live Video Webcast 7th Dec, The Savoy, Cork – Seeing Red Records

Tonight I am in Cork City at The Savoy for the Seeing Red Records Christmas Launch Party.

I will be responsible for the live video web broadcast which will start at 10pm till 2am. I will be using my Canon XL2 and Windows Media Encoder running on my laptop to encode and broadcast this event live. There will also be live chat enabled so that viewers can chat with each other while watching the live broadcast.

If you get a chance please visit tonight after 10pm to watch and support this event.

If your at the event please come up to me and say “Hi”, I’ll be the one with the video camera and geeky stuff.

How to download and save Bebo video files – the easy way.

How to download and save Bebo video files - the easy way.

I was asked by my friend Shane Supple if it was possible to download a video that was uploaded to

It is not as straight forward as you may think, having tinkering around with source code etc. I discovered that when you upload a video to Bebo you are actually storing your file on so I took the embed source code that Bebo provide which reveals the first part of this tip.

Go to a  page that displays a bebo video, you will know it is a bebo video because their logo is embedded as a watermark over the video then scroll down till you see the “Embed” part of the page.


download or save Bebo video files - the easy way


Copy the embed code and paste it into Notepad, it will show something like this:

<embed width=”425″ height=”350″ src=”” FlashVars=”bgColor=FFFFFF
&forcePlay=false&logo=&allowFullscreen=true” quality=”high” allowScriptAccess=”always” bgcolor=”#FFFFFF” scale=”noscale”wmode=”window” name=”VE_Player” align=”middle” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” pluginspage=”” /><br><a href=””>Watch More Videos</a> Uploaded by <a href=”″></a>

All you are interested here is the part:

To download and save that file you need to put _high.flv to the end of the URL string in order to download that file in .flv format.

So the new URL would be:

Type or copy/paste this URL into a browser window and you will be prompted to download the .flv file

Try it here:

How to play an .flv file

You need to download a FLV Player to play back the .flv file. There are many free flv players available on the internet I use Wimpy FLV Player. No installation needed as its a stand alone player and it also supports drag and drop. It is available for both Mac and Windows.

Download it here:

There is probably lots of software and tricks to download video from Bebo but I think this is the quickest way around it. Hope this helps you…

Shooting the video “Darling” for Steve Whelan

Canon MV300 Steve Whelan who hails from Youghal in Co. Cork, Ireland released his album “The Last Walk” this year. He is a well know singer/songwriter in the area and as a test project I asked him if he would be interested in making a video. So here is a quick run down of what I done…

1st Shoot Info:

We settled on the song “Darling” so with no script or plan we headed to Youghal Beach to try out a few shots. Steve had his guitar I had my Cannon MV300 a very basic dv camera (pictured above) and with Shane Supple in car. We just played around and had a bit a fun canning about 20 minutes of footage. Most of the shots were filmed from an opened window at passenger seat in Shane’s car while circling around Steve on the beach, by the way we had the song blasting on the car stereo so Steve could lip sync – we got some strange looks from strollers but didn’t care.

2nd Shoot Info:

I gave Steve a shout one night and headed to Claycastle Recording Studio. I filmed him in a room with just a red bulb next to him. This red bulb caused a lot of video “noise” in the shot but it looked alright and the idea was to keep things simple so we did.

3rd Shoot Info:

The girl in the car at the start of the video and is my niece Terri McCarthy. I had my Canon handycam in the car one night and filmed about 1 minute of her driving the car.

4th Shoot Info:

Put Steve in front of a green screen and filmed him syncing to the song. We filmed it twice and took the best bits.

Other footage:

The carousel shot was old footage I had from a shoot for Perk Family Entertianment Centre. It just seemed to work so I left it in.

The footage of the beach I created in After Effects. I took the hi-res beach shot and virtually zoomed in on the photo then I set up the timeline so it recorded from zoomed in to zoomed out then I just reversed the timeline, this gives the effect of a plane flying over a beach… (nice trick!)

So armed with all the footage I edited the video using Adobe Premiere Pro and made the decision to go with black & white because

  • 1. It suited the mood of the song.
  • 2. The footage had mixed levels of exposure from the different shoots so going black & white pulled them together.


The end result was a success, nothing ground breaking but I learned from the experience that you dont need lots of €€€ to shoot a music video.

    • 1 Canon MV300
    • 1 Guy with Guitar
    • 1 Guy with car
    • 1 Girl in car
    • 1 Green Screen
    • 1 room with red bulb
    • Software
    • Patience
    • Zero Budget

= 1 music video


The video has so far recieved over 5,511 views on YouTube and good feedback for Steve. Click here to watch it on YouTube

Thanks to Steve Whelan and I hope you enjoy the video…
Darling – Steve Whelan