TubeChop is a really cool tool. Basically, TubeChop lets you edit YouTube videos and then embed them into websites. So videos you want to use in class or for professional learning are always ready to go and there is no need to view irrelevant sections.
TubeChop is easy to use. Just enter the URL of the YouTube video you want to edit. Clip “chop it”. A slider appears to mark section/s of video you want to edit, hit enter and you are given the new URL and embed code.
Thanks to Jessica Brogely for sharing details of TubeChop.
Neat! I imagine my 5th graders would also have a fun time using Tube Chop to mashup their own creations.
Great share. I will be forwarding this along. Keep up the great work!
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It’s a great idea but what about copyright?
As per the reply to Kerrie, would love thoughts on the issue.
Judith – are there copyright caveats?
Kerrie, there is nothing on the site, so I’d be interested to hear anyone’s thoughts on the matter.
I have contacted TubeChop to clarify any Copyright issues. Will add a comment when they reply. TubeChop has been in operation since 2008, so I would assume that YouTube would have initiated some sort of legal action if there were issues.
This information comes from the Australian Copyright Council:
tubechop does not automatically infringe copyright law. For example, you
could use it to edit your own youtube videos or to create mashup works using
videos covered by a creative commons licence or of “insubstantial portions”
(the words of the act).
You could get permission from the copyright holder to make use of their
work, which in the case of a youtube video does not have to take any fancy
form, just an email to the person who uploaded it asking; 1 do they own the
copyright and 2 can you make use of it.
Plus, you could use the program to grab extracts to use under your
educational licence. For example, allowing you to embed an extract of a
longer work in your lesson on the online whiteboard (properly attributed of
I think there is a lot of complexity in current copyright law and that does
lead to a lot of people (like the ‘someone’ at your school) having a knee
jerk reaction of assuming you can’t do anything, or just avoiding anything
which they don’t understand. The fact is though that there are a lot of
exemptions available to schools and libraries and it is worth having a look
at the fact sheets available from the Australian Copyright Council
http://www.copyright.org.au/publications/infosheets.htm or even attending a
workshop or four.
And there is always section
there waiting for us to make use of it, especially if the video you
are using is not available commercially (as is the case with lots of youtube
John. ADHD Librarian
Another thought on tubechop,
As well as ensuring you comply with copyright, when creating a mashup or
sampling a work, you need to ensure you do not infringe moral rights. i.e.
you must attribute, but you must also do nothing to damage the reputation or
honour of the original artist.
(I love that we still use the word honour in our law. If I ever infringe the
honour of an artist I want him to slap me with a glove)
However, parody and satire do give you another exemption. You can use
copyright material for the purposes of parody and satire without permission,
provided your use is fair. This would include things like the Hitler
videoswhich were all the
rage on youtube recently, where the use of the original
work was necessary for the parody to succeed.
It is worth noting that the act does not define parody or satire, but that
probably doesn’t mean you can invent your own definition.
You can also make use of an original work without permission if you are
doing it or the purposes of criticism or review. So a student could make a
video where they analyse youtube works as examples of film making or style
and could use tubechop to extract examples of the work they were discussing.
can i save my chopped video as flv? having a hard time figuring this one out!
Pretty sure you’ll have to purchase a third party product for saving as flv. Either that or try keepvid.com which is free.