Monday, April 28, 2014

Editing YouTube Videos for Your Classes

YouTube Video Editing Sites

We all like to find good videos that help with introducing a lesson, expanding on a concept, or just to share with our classes a whole-length video. However, if you're like me you have probably run into the frustration of added advertising, or sometimes even inappropriate movie promotion advertising, or comments that you'd prefer your students not see.

Here's a fellow teacher's blog site, "Teaching Forward," that includes information on a couple of helpful sites that we can use to convert the videos into a safe-for-classroom-viewing format.
Let me know if  you check them out!

View Pure - "Videos Without Clutter"
1. Copy the share link for the YouTube video that you want to use
2. Go to View Pure and paste the link into the share link
3. Click "Create" to see you video free of any distractions!
4. Copy and share the unique URL to direct students to the View Pure version of the video clip.


Tube Chop - Trim video to desired length and get unique URL with desired start and end points, free of distractions. 

  1. Copy the share link for the YouTube video you want to use.
  2. Go to and paste the link into the share link.
  3. Click “Search” to locate the video as it exists on YouTube & click “Chop It” to edit the video start and end time.
  4. Adjust the start and end time to the desired length using by sliding the grey bars that appear below the video
  5. Copy and share the unique URL to direct students to the “purified” version of the video clip.

HammerTime - Tube Chop   (because sometimes you just need to shorten the message!)

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Here's a couple of other options that can help you with customizing, hiding, extra side-videos, etc. 

3. SPOI Options (formally YouTube Options)
This extension is marvellous! It breaks down so much for the user and allows you to customize a great deal. With SPOI you can, hide YouTube video ads, annotations and mentioned videos on the side. All of which are major distractions


4. Hide YouTube Comments
The title says it best. What more could you ask for? When you add SPOI in combination with Hide YouTube comments (both available in the Chrome Web Store) you get this

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