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November 25, 2013 / carlispina

Create and Share Video Collections with Huzzaz

HuzzazIf you have ever visited YouTube or Vimeo you probably know how easy it is to find a never-ending stream of fun, entertaining, useful and even educational videos to watch and share. If you have ever found yourself looking for a seamless way to collect, curate and share these videos, Huzzaz, which is currently in closed beta, is a great new option. It makes it easy to find and organize videos from both YouTube and Vimeo into a single collection.

Once you have created your Huzzaz account, you can create a collection on any topic you would like. Collections can have their own thumbnail image associated with them and can also have tags and a short description to make them more discoverable. You can then add videos to collections in one of three ways, either by pasting in the URL for the video from YouTube or Vimeo, by using Huzzaz’s included search feature to find videos on your selected topic while remaining in the service, or by installing the service’s bookmarklet in a browser to pull videos while browsing. You can also import entire YouTube playlists if you would like. Each video can be associated with its own tags and videos in a single collection can easily be reorganized by dragging and dropping them on the screen, or if you would prefer a random order, there is a shuffle button that will randomly order the videos. You can also choose the quality you would like videos displayed at and it lets you choose whether or not they will default to a fullscreen display. Once you are happy with a collection, you can share it on social media with the click of a button. Alternatively, if you want to share your collection on another website, Huzzaz offers embed codes designed specifically for Tumblr and Blogger as well as standard HTML for other websites. They also already have a plugin for WordPress so you can embed your collections on your WordPress site.

Watching videos in Huzzaz is also a user-friendly experience. When you click on a video, it will pop out in a lightbox that allows you to watch a larger version of the videos in the collection. While watching, you can share the video on social media, give it “applause”, which is similar to a “like” button, or add the video to another collection. You can also vote it up or down on the service that hosts the video, such as YouTube, without leaving Huzzaz. You can find videos from your friends who are on the service with a user search option that is in the upper left hand corner of the page. If you are a frequent YouTube or Vimeo user, Huzzaz is a great new service that you will definitely want to check out.

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