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Liberate YouTube Videos and Subscriptions with Miro

August 15th, 2008 by admin

Rounding out a recent trilogy of YouTube-related posts, today I’m going to explain a little bit about finding and making RSS feeds for YouTube content. These tricks can free content that you’ve uploaded and subscribed to, from the confines of the YouTube Universe.

Importing All of Your YouTube User Subscriptions

There are some useful RSS feeds that YouTube doesn’t publicize as much, some of which have been compiled by the Google Operating System blog. Most interesting among them is one which actually required a Yahoo! Pipe to set up. By subscribing in Miro to (plugging in your user name for [YOUR USER NAME]):

http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.run?YouTubeUsername=[YOUR USER

you can get all your YouTube subscriptions in Miro! For those longtime YouTube users who have accumulated a ton of subscriptions in YouTube, this can consolidate everything into one automatically downloaded and open place.

Subscribing to a YouTube User

First, YouTube has explained some of their most basic feeds in a slightly hidden guide on their site. This has some useful tips, like how to subscribe to a given YouTube user’s output (plugging in the user name for [YOUR USER NAME]):

 feed://www.youtube.com/rss/user/[YOUR USER NAME]/videos.rss 

It also includes links to some meta-categories, like the Featured Videos, which can definitely be interesting.

If you have any favorite RSS tricks, in YouTube or any other video hosting service, let us know in the comments!

16 Responses to “Liberate YouTube Videos and Subscriptions with Miro”

  1. janet says:

    We have simplified the process subscribing to a YouTube user for our next major release of Miro. For 2.0 we will include a YouTube users search in our list of search engines. When that is available you can just enter the name of the user, search and save your search as a channel.

  2. Nanda says:

    Thanks for letting us know about these feeds, this is great.

    @janet: thats great news, I’ve been wanting that feature for a long time now =).

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  5. Charles says:

    None of these work anymore…

  6. DeanJansen says:

    Maybe try this… I'm not sure if this will be around for long though: http://referd.info/

  7. Ariah Fine says:

    Here's a question: If I had a rss feed to say a random blog. And the blog occasionally posted a youtube video in one of it's posts. Could Miro sort through the feed and download the embeded youtube videos when they are in a post?

    That would be AWESOME.

  8. Ariah Fine says:

    Big fan of Miro by the way

  9. DeanJansen says:

    Hi Ariah, that's something I've personally always wanted, but I don't think we really support it yet — we'd need to scrape the feed for videos… but it would be awesome to have a nice layout in http://miroguide.com for your videos!

  10. Kdawg says:

    has anyone come up with a solution to pulling Youtube videos for specific Youtube usernames yet? Charles said that Yahoo pipes doesn't work anymore? Why not?

  11. DeanJansen says:

    Pulling favorites/subscriptions from usernames, or just using Miro for all the videos that a particular user publishes? You should be able to do the latter directly with Miro (just grab the RSS feed that YouTube makes).

  12. Kdawg says:

    I might have figured out the problem. I was trying to use the general format for each youtube username: "http://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/base/users/USERNAME/uploads"

    However, things were turning up in my queue that were months old.

    Then I started using this format:

    And I got happyslip, askaninja, and a few others to work.

    I'm still having issues, however, with "bbcworldnews" (I think it's some bogus protection that they have on their end, even with their youtube channel – ridiculous), but looks like this other format is working just fine.

    Thus far, "bbcworldnews" is giving me a "error, file not found" and is not pulling up the most recent videos.

    For "happyslip," I'm getting videos popping up falsely labeled with recent dates in the Miro window that are actually from a month, a year, and two years ago.


    For "happyslip," Miro is pulling videos from a month agoBroken

    • DeanJansen says:

      Ah, interesting — looks like Miro doesn't grab videos that can't be embedded right now (like the bbcworldnews videos). I'll see what the devs say about getting around that.

  13. DeanJansen says:

    Oh, this is strange! I'm getting the same thing on the BBC feed — we'll dive a bit deeper. Thanks for the feedback.

  14. Your blog is very interresting for me, i will come back here..

  15. r4w says:

    OMG! After some minutes of waiting (while I was trying to find a solution to my problem), it started downloading! The speed is around 80 KB/s and fluctuating every second, but Im glad its working! Thank you for the great Miro program ;o)

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