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Collaborative subtitling hub Viki has opened a new channel on YouTube called tezukaanime bringing classic titles like Astro Boy to a global audience. The original animation series are in Japanese, but thanks to Viki’s crowdsourcing, polyglot community, the YouTube videos have captions available in as many languages as the community contributes.



The channel currently hosts 16 full-episodes of the iconic Astro Boy series from the 1980s, with subtitles uploaded so far in English, Arabic, Romanian, Turkish, Spanish, French, and transcribed Japanese. As more translators finish captions in new languages, Viki will add them to the videos on YouTube. The channel’s videos are available everywhere other than Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Italy and Spain.

Other titles on the channel include Jungle Emperor Leo, Black Jack, Dear Brother, The New Adventures of Kimba the White Lion, Don Dracula, and Marvelous Melmo, with more exciting titles to come soon. Subscribe to the channel to find out anytime new episodes are added.

Jean Huang Lundgren, Head of Video Partnerships, YouTube, Greater China and South East Asia, recently watched “The New Adventures of Kimba the White Lion - Full Episode 1.”

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Congratulations to Jessica of GonetotheSnowDogs! Her channel, featuring her huskies Shiloh, Shelby, and Oakley, is our September featured “On The Rise” partner. Check out the “Spotlight” section of the YouTube homepage today to meet these quirky, entertaining pups.

Jessica has been filming her dogs and sharing their antics with the world via YouTube, of course for the last three years. While all centered around the three star huskies, the videos run the gamut from fun and entertaining to educational and instructional. Head on over to Jessica’s channel to see Shiloh and Shelby ‘singing’ a duet (it earned them a feature on Animal Planet!) and all three dogs reacting to a new present meant to help them cool down in the summer. If you have a dog of your own, you might be interested in Jessica’s tutorial videos, which cover topics like how to make your own chicken jerky dog treats.


Here are a few words from Jessica:
Almost three years ago, I put up a silly video of my dogs onto YouTube, and look what it has now grown to! I never thought that our dogs would be so loved by people all over the world! It started off as just showing the dogs and the silly things they do day by day, and it has turned into a combination of fun, and educational videos uploaded 3 times a week. You ask, and we will do our best to answer when it comes to questions about Siberian Huskies, or dogs in general! We are always willing to help when we can! We hope you enjoy what you see on our channel! How can someone not love dogs! And with the three we have, you get a variety of personalities you will come to love! Shiloh is the quite one, Shelby is the crazy one, and Oakley is the oddball still finding her place here (we just adopted her this past February.) We want to say thank you to YouTube for giving us this amazing opportunity, Thank you to our fans, friends, and family, for all of your love and support! Thank you to the stars of the channel, Shiloh, Shelby, and Oakley, for allowing me to point a camera at you all the time! Subscribe to our channel, and experience the joy that a dog can bring into your life! 
If you’ve enjoyed this monthly On The Rise blog series and want to see more rising YouTube partners, check out our On The Rise channel. Keep an eye out for next month’s blog post, as your channel may be the next one On The Rise!

Christine Wang and Devon Storbeck, YouTube Partner Support, recently watched “The Hunger Games - A Bad Lip Reading.”

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Today is the first annual National Voter Registration Day in the U.S. and with just six weeks to go before Election Day, there’s never been a better time to register to vote.

A bunch of top creators agree. In honor of Voter Registration Day, they’ve put together their own videos about why it’s important to cast your vote on November 6 -- and why it’s important to register today.

For example, Nerdfighter extraordinaire Hank Green created this appeal which already has more than 150,000 views:
 


And SoundlyAwake is making his voice -- err, make that voices -- heard on the issue:



You can view these videos and more on the YouTube homepage and our YouTube Politics channel today.

You can also use your own channel and videos to encourage voter registration by using our new Voter Registration annotation. It functions just like a normal annotation but allows you to link out to www.google.com/elections/vote, a dedicated page where you and your subscribers can register to vote.

You can add this annotation to a video in a few easy steps:
  1. Go to Edit Video on any of your uploads
  2. At the top of the page, you'll see a tab marked Annotation (fourth tab)
  3. Click "Add Annotation" and select "Cause" at the bottom of the list
  4. Under "Select a Cause" choose "Register to Vote"
  5. Choose the times you want it to appear and click "Save"
Join other members of the YouTube community to make sure everyone’s voice is heard on Election Day this year.

Ramya Raghavan, News and Politics Manager, recently watched “#WeWill Rock the Vote”.

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We celebrated Rosh Hashanah and Mexican Independence Day over the weekend, and we even offered a sneak preview of Pink’s new album, courtesy of the lady herself. What’s in store on youtube.com/music this week? Check it out.

Carly Rae Jepsen Speaks!
In “Call Me Maybe,” the diminutive Canadian singer created what will likely be the one of the viral sensations of 2012. No other song has inspired so many lip-syncs, covers and creative re-imaginings -- which is why we’re so pleased that Carly Rae took the time to share some of her favorite YouTube videos with us just as her album Kiss releases today. Wondering which “Call Me Maybe” cover she most prefers? Wonder no longer.



Brother Ali: Mourning in America and Dreaming In Color
This midwestern emcee has an interesting backstory which often overshadows his talent. So let’s just get it out of the way: yes, he’s an albino. Yes, he’s legally blind. Yes, he’s been a practicing Muslim for nearly two decades. Now, let it go. Because in his new album, released today and available on YouTube with a full video, Ali has made the album of a lifetime, a release that’s as thoughtful as it is political and as sympathetic as it is pointed. He takes on big issues, but he does it with such lyrical finesse you don’t feel assaulted (and that soul-laced production doesn’t hurt either). As an added bonus, check out Ali’s song-by-song commentary on the album -- all linked to in the video itself.



Live Music Extravaganza
The next week sees a veritable bonanza of live music happening on YouTube. Mark your calendars...it’s going to be a musical ride!

Friday, September 21: Bon Iver
Saturday, September 22: Farm Aid
Sunday, September 23: Metric
Monday, September 24: Grizzly Bear
Wednesday, September 26: Avicii

Sarah Bardeen, music community manager, recently watched “Instituto Mexicano del Sonido - Es-Toy.”

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Q: How did the Caine's Arcade video catch fire? Did you have a distribution strategy in place or was it all organic? 

A: It was a mix. While making the film, I put together a flashmob invitation to surprise Caine with customers. The flashmob invitation went mini-viral, hitting reddit’s front page and HiddenLA’s facebook page. This brought Caine a global community of supporters that were waiting for the film to be finished. Once the film was finished, I submitted a follow up link to reddit and also sent the link to BoingBoing. BoingBoing re-posted the film right away, and it hit the front page of reddit shortly after. Then it just took off.

Q: What was the reaction of Caine & his family once the video became so popular and viewers donated hundreds-of-thousands of dollars to a college fund? 

A: None of us were expecting that level of response. I had been hoping to raise $25,000 for Caine’s Scholarship Fund over the course of maybe a year... the first day we raised over $100k. Caine’s dad was in tears, overwhelmed by phone calls from parents and media around the world; he had never experienced that level of kindness from strangers, who put together a college fund for his son overnight. George was the proudest dad in the world. Meanwhile, Caine couldn’t really process how much money had been donated- he just knew it was a lot. But he was super excited to have so many customers visiting his arcade. The first weekend after the film went viral, over a thousand people showed up to play. There was a 4 hour line stretching around the block. 5 months later, people still come every day from around the world. It’s amazing.

Q: Tell us about the Imagination Foundation. Was it always something you had hoped to launch or did it originate solely from the video? 

A: The formation of the foundation was inspired by the global response to the video. After the film went viral, I didn’t sleep the first 2 days. The response was overwhelming, and I was trying to take it all in and absorb as much of the feedback as I could. I got emails from thousands of people, including videos from kids around the world sharing their creativity. I began to think about ways that this project could transition from helping Caine to helping other kids as well. On the third day, I wrote the mission statement for the Imagination Foundation on a napkin: to find, foster, and fund creativity and entrepreneurship in more kids like Caine. While the Imagination Foundation wasn’t something I’d planned before the film, I have worked in the non-profit space for the past 12 years, and have always been interested in the intersection of media and social change. So when this happened, I knew there was an lightning-in-a-bottle opportunity to try and make something that could have an impact for more kids. Two days after I wrote the mission statement, I connected with the Goldhirsh Foundation, who recognized the opportunity to make an impact and put up a $250,000 Matching Challenge Grant (matching public donations to Caine's Scholarship Fund dollar-for-dollar) to help us start the Imagination Foundation. To date, we have raised $215k of the goal.

Q: How do you intend to use video going forward to tell the story of the Global Cardboard Challenge? 

A: I met Caine by chance when I went to buy a door handle. But there are so many more kids like Caine out there. We started the Imagination Foundation to build a discovery platform to help find amazing stories of creative kids like Caine, and to then share those stories with the world. With the Global Cardboard Challenge, we are inviting filmmakers and storytellers around the world to document local Cardboard Challenge events on video, and to then share those videos with us so we can celebrate the creativity of kids everywhere. Send us your videos by October 13th and we will have some cool prizes and opportunities to share the videos with our community. As we build our community further, we plan to continue using video to share inspiring stories of creative kids around the world while inspiring creative actions in line with our mission.

Q: Do you have any advice for fellow filmmakers who are looking to drive awareness for causes they care about? 

A: I think it is really important to be authentic and personal, and to find the details that communicate the heart of your story. It’s also important to have a clear call to action, and to keep it simple and engaging. The success of videos like Kony 2012 (30min) and Caine’s Arcade (11 minutes) show that videos don’t need to be super short to keep people’s attention. If your story is strong, your audience will stay with you, and you can take the time you need to tell your story. That said, don’t make it a second longer than it needs to be.

Arthur Woods, YouTube partner operations associate, recently watched "John Hockenberry: We are all designers"

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Today at 4 pm PT, YouTube brings you the next installment of the American Express UNSTAGED concert series, in partnership with VEVO. This may be the most experimental UNSTAGED pairing yet: The Killers’ show will be helmed by German avant garde director Werner Herzog. You can watch the whole thing live on youtube.com/thekillersVEVO at 4pm PT, followed by an immediate rebroadcast.



In 2003, The Killers were an anomaly: a rock band from Las Vegas who played rock’n’roll like Brits. They didn’t fit into Vegas’ nu-metal-obsessed scene, and they couldn’t seem to grab the attention of any labels stateside. Then the band got picked up by England’s Lizard King Records...and suddenly the U.S. started to perk up its ears. After their debut single “Mr. Brightside” began to hit the airwaves, they signed with Island Def Jam, and the rest is history. A slew of hit singles followed, and pretty soon bands like Coldplay and U2 counted themselves as fans. Their albums began selling like proverbial hotcakes.



They also established their strong video aesthetic right out of the gate, dropping the lush, Moulin Rouge-esque video for “Mr. Brightside.” The piece resonated, billowing with a big storyline and sumptuous burlesque visuals. It deserved -- and won -- a VMA in 2005, and the band went on to make a bevy of videos that inhabit an American West which is both a comedic and an uneasy place: “For Reasons Unknown,” “All These Things,” and “Human.” But these guys aren’t just serious: for every mini-film like “When You Were Young” or “Boots,” they’ve got a poker-faced, antics-laced offering like “Read My Mind.”



To pair such visually gifted musicians with Werner Herzog is nothing short of inspired. Herzog is an iconoclast of the first order, a German director whose work compels, fascinates, and alienates in equal measure. Herzog is drawn to the margins, outliers and extremes whether in his fiction or documentary offerings. His output is so varied we can’t list it all here, but you can get a taste of his style with films like Grizzly Man, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, and Into The Abyss -- or with this recent interview.



We’re thrilled to present to you such a potent, creative combination. Be sure to tune in today for what may be the show of a lifetime.

Sarah Bardeen, music community manager, recently watched “Battle Born Studio Tour.”

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Across the Northern Hemisphere, students and their teachers are heading back into the classroom for another year of reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic. While what we learn has broadly stayed the same for years, how we learn is changing rapidly as technology advances. The rise of online educational videos is giving learners access to the world’s greatest thinkers and teachers, leveling the playing field for all.

We believe that inspiring online educators can come from all walks of life, and we want to find the next generation of educational YouTube stars - people with a talent for explaining tough concepts in compelling ways, and the passion and drive to assemble a global classroom of students. YouTube educational channels like Khan Academy, CrashCourse, Veritasium, Numberphile, MinutePhysics and Ted-Ed have grown to millions of views and subscribers - could you be next?

Today we’re teaming up with Khan Academy to start a search for the Next EDU Gurus--10 super talented and engaging content creators who we’ll support with training, promotion, and a $1000 B&H gift card for production equipment, so they can take the next step in their YouTube - and education - careers.

Do you set historical events to music? Doodle your geometry? Sing your Shakespeare? We’re looking for content creators who create all kinds of curriculum-related videos, from grammar to geography, history to histograms. You can submit any style of video as long as it’s educational and family-friendly--just bear in mind that we’re looking for content creators who can take people on a journey through a topic, so if you could imagine making ten, twenty, or fifty more videos on the topic in the future, all the better!

The 10 YouTube Next EDU Gurus will be selected by a panel from the YouTube Education team and the Khan Academy. One of these 10 will also be awarded the Khan Academy EDU Guru Prize. The program is open to creators in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand; it opens today and closes on October 1.

Our new EDU Gurus will help meet the growing demand for great educational content on YouTube. In the last year, you all spent 50% more time learning from YouTube Education’s 700,000 videos, and the number of subscribers to YouTube’s educational channels more than doubled. Check out the YouTube.com homepage today for the latest videos from some of our most engaging educational creators. You can also see a playlist of their latest and greatest below.

 

If you’re an educator, visit youtube.com/teachers to view more than 300 playlists curated by teachers to align with common education topics. And if you’re looking for inspiration about incorporating YouTube in your school curriculum, see how one school from Kent, WA uses YouTube to experience the world beyond the walls of their classroom.

 

Angela Lin, YouTube Education team, recently watched “Capitalism and Socialism: Crash Course World History #33.

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Reaching 100,000 subscribers is a big milestone for our dedicated YouTube partners. In our monthly On The Rise program, we identify four partners whose channels are seeing significant growth but haven’t yet reached the 100,000 subscriber mark, and we give them a chance to jumpstart their audience development and channel growth. This September, our candidates for the On The Rise feature are still in the early stages relative to that milestone, but their content is engaging and they’re passionate about building their YouTube presence.

We’re sharing their channels with you so you can help them grow their presence on YouTube: one of these candidates will have the opportunity to be featured on the YouTube homepage later this month. Check out their videos below and vote for your favorite here. In addition to your votes, each channel will be evaluated on criteria such as viewer engagement and channel optimization techniques to decide which partner will be featured on the homepage, Google+, Facebook and Twitter at the end of the month.

In past months, featured On The Rise partners like thevfxbro and mikeyssmail have gained many subscribers and seen their careers take off, in large part due to your support. This month’s poll will be open until September 19, 5pm PT, so don’t forget to vote for your favorite channel. Check back to see who secured the homepage feature on September 27.

stampwithtami
Tami White loves to stamp! She’s created hundreds of cards for all occasions using stamps, sponges, ink pads, and cardstock. Her channel hosts tutorials on how to make different themed cards and crafts using different stamping techniques and tools.



wcfoodies
Rebecca Lando of Working Class Foodies focuses on making inexpensive dishes using local and seasonal foods. Not a great cook? Not to worry, her channel has instructional recipe videos for all experience levels.
 


photoshopCAFE
Designers, photographers, and videographers - if you’re looking for editing assistance, look no further than photoshopCAFE! Colin Smith showcases some of his best tutorials on Adobe editing solutions, backed up by his website forums where you’re guaranteed to find advice and tips from like-minded artists.



GoneToTheSnowDogs
Your dog may be able to sit and stay, but has she been featured on a lottery ticket, vacuum ad, or Animal Planet show? Even if your answer is yes, we’re pretty sure you’ll admire these fun and often educational videos featuring huskies Shiloh, Shelby, and Oakley.



If you’re interested in checking out more rising YouTube Partners, visit our On The Rise channel, which features nominees, trending partners and monthly blog winners.

Devon Storbeck and Christine Wang, YouTube Partner Support, recently watched “Edward and Bella - A Bad Lip Reading of Twilight.”

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For all you diehard YouTube fans out there who can’t get enough YouTube on your mobile, we’ve got some great news: starting today, you can download the official YouTube app for iPhone and iPod touch from the App Store, bringing you more of the videos you love and more ways to share them with the people you care about.

The new app is built by YouTube engineers, to give our iPhone and iPod touch users the best mobile experience. Here’s what you’ll find:

Tens of thousands more videos: Watch official music videos like Taylor’s latest hit.
New YouTube channel guide: Swipe your finger from the left edge of the screen to reveal a guide with your subscribed channels on YouTube, giving you instant access to everything from Alli Sports to YOMYOMF.
Find awesome videos faster: Get to videos like “Gangnam Style” faster with new search tools that give suggestions while you type, and let you sort through videos or channels. Flip through related videos, comments and more info, all while watching a video.
More ways to share with the people you love: Share that incredible video you found on YouTube on Google+, Facebook or text message in the app, as well as from Twitter and email.
There’s even more to explore with the new YouTube app for iPhone and iPod touch, available for download from the App Store today. We’re working on an optimized version of the YouTube app for iPad in the coming months, and stay tuned for more details.
You’ve already shown us you love YouTube on mobile—to the tune of 1 billion mobile views a day—so we can’t wait to see what you think about this new experience.

Andrey Doronichev, head of YouTube mobile, recently watched “One-Shot // Goodbye, beloved sister.”

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Today marks the kick-off of Fashion Week in New York - and once again we’re giving you a front row seat. For the fourth season, YouTube and Maybelline New York are bringing Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week right to your screen with Live from the Runway. Get insider access to 30 live streaming fashion shows and on-demand videos all in one place with show schedules, backstage beauty looks, interviews, trends and how-to videos.



Tune in each day through September 13 to see live runway shows from your favorite designers streamed right to your computer, mobile phone or tablet. To make sure you catch your favorites, add the show to your calendar right from the channel. Then join in on the scene online and dish on the latest collections with #LiveRunway. Let the catwalks begin!

Jamie Reichstein, lifestyle program manager, recently watched “Rebecca Minkoff Fashion Week Boot Camp

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Following a red carpet screening of the ten finalist films at the world’s oldest film festival in Venice, juror and award winning actor, Michael Fassbender took to the stage to announce that “The Guilt” by David Victori has been selected as the first grand prize winner of Your Film Festival on YouTube.


See the finalists arrive at Venice Film Festival and Michael Fassbender announce the winner

From over 15,000 entries, the YouTube community voted to choose 10 finalists who flew to Venice Film Festival. The Your Film Festival jury of luminaries, which included Sir Ridley Scott as well as Michael, chose the winning film. David has won $500,000 to create a new project on YouTube with the support of the jurors and Scott Free Productions. Subscribe to David’s channel and watch as he begins his new project with Ridley and Michael.


Watch the Your Film Festival winning film, David Victori’s “The Guilt”

Dom Elliott, marketing manager, recently watched “Live Stream from Space on September 13th!