How to stop related YouTube videos being shown when you embed

Its really easy to embed a YouTube video on your website and make sure that ‘related’ videos don’t show up after yours has finished playing. (note: if you have a wordpress site the instructions are slightly different, click here to read more)

Step 1 – Find the YouTube video you want to embed and click on the ‘Share’ button under it.

Step 2 – Click on the ‘Embed’ button

Step 3 – Make sure the ‘Show suggested videos…’ option is un-checked

Step 4 – Copy the code and paste it where you want it on your website.



Moving from Flash to ToonBoom Animate

Well I’m finally making the switch to ToonBoom Animate after a decade of animating with Flash. Thanks to a few issues with rendering Quicktime movies in Flash CS5 (worked perfectly in Flash 8!!) Adobe has inspired me to make the switch!

As I come across things I’m learning I thought I would post them here for my benefit and anyone elses. Remember, I am not an expert I’m simply learning out loud.

Quick tips

  • The cutter tool won’t work if you are using the brush with auto-flatten turned on
  • To import SWFs, in your Library palette and right-click on ‘Animate Library’ and check ‘Right to Modify’. Now you can import SWFs
  • If you want to edit SWFs that you’ve imported, you’ll need to go to EDIT > GROUP > UNGROUP
  • Adam Philips has some awesome tutorials on this topic on his YouTube channel.
  • You’ll need to think about every short scene as a whole new project in Animate, but using the library will help you re-use symbols and cycles you have created.
  • If you want to move it, you’ll need to peg it (cameras too)
  • To blur a layer, first create the blur layer and then parent what you want to that layer (by dragging it on to the blur layer)

As you can see this is a work in progress, I’ll update as I go… hopefully.

Quick answer to ‘Should I use YouTube or Vimeo video?’

Short answer, use both!

But if you are choosing one, I would still go with YouTube. Basically it will help your search ranking.
Update May 2012 – AND as I’ve just discovered, you can’t skip forward with Vimeo, but you can with YouTube. For example, if you only want to see the last few minutes of a long video you can jump straight there in YouTube, but with Vimeo you have to wait for the whole thing to load before you can skip to the end… quite a major issue!

A lot of people seem to be choosing Vimeo because it ‘seems nicer’ and it is true they do have a much ‘nicer’ site, but at the end of the day the video quality is determined by you and the kind of file you upload.

If you are worried about other videos showing up when your video has finished playing, there is a very easy fix that I’ve discussed in a previous post. Another short answer: add ‘?rel=0’ to the end of your YouTube video code.

Hope this helps!

Almost 4 million views and counting!

We’ve just done a quick tally of all the YouTube views we have been responsible for and it comes to: 3,659,987*

(Updated March 2012 – now over 5 million!)

Now that’s a lot of potential customers!

Could your business benefit from this many views? Call us!


New animated series: Shaaark!

Just completed working on our own animated series with Movie Extra. Written, directed and animated by Phil Watson and featuring the voices of Australian TV/radio/music stars Merrick Watts and Tex Perkins. Also with a cameo by Valerie Taylor. We had a lot of fun making it, would love to hear your feedback!

Of whales and sharks

Believe it or not most people find out about us by searching for ‘shark cartoons’. That is because our creative director Phil also happens to be one of the world’s best known shark cartoonists! At the moment we are actually working on his animated series, simply called ‘Shaaark!’

Here’s a brief history of Phil’s work with sharks, whales, and things of the ocean:

Phil was born a shell’s throw from the Great Barrier Reef in North Queensland, Australia. He now lives, works and surfs on the northern beaches of Sydney, Australia.
After school he completed a degree in Science, majoring in Coastal Geomorphology. But it was his other skills in cartooning and story-telling that would become his career. He worked for 15 years as a freelance cartoonist, illustrating kids educational material and telling original stories to thousands of school kids throughout the Sydney region. He worked for the Channel 9 TV show “Burgo’s Catch Phrase”, his animations watched all over Australia every weeknight.

In 2000 Phil combined his love of the ocean with cartooning and developed his own series of shark cartoons. This casual hobby has now become the world’s largest collection of single panel shark cartoons, which can be seen at his dedicated ‘Shaaark!’ website:
In 2005 Underwater Adventures Aquarium in Minneapolis, USA hired Phil to turn their mascot ‘Sharky’ into a cartoon character. Over the next few years Phil created some short animations of Sharky on his YouTube channel, gaining over 2 million views.

In 2011 Movie Extra (Australia) helped turn his Shaaark! cartoons into an animated series. (note: currently in production August 2011… watch this space!)

These days Phil is passionate about his family, the ocean and telling stories to a kids- of all ages. He is a gifted communicator and loves using pictures to tell stories. It could be with a pencil and a piece of paper, or it could be shooting a HD short film. And he still tries to get in the ocean with his wife and kids as much as he can.

And another short animation

We’ve just completed another animation for a client and here’s how it looks:

This time our talented Matt Baker took the lead on the illustration and we’re really liking the end result. Would love to hear what you think! Add your comment below.