Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged on iTunes and Blip.tv, Part 2: Downloads

December 24, 2009 at 9:18 am | Posted in Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | 2 Comments
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Anzu and Yuugi checking out CDs in a music store in episode 53

In part 1, I wrote about Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series’ use of Blip.tv for hosting its iTunes feed and as another official source for streaming the videos. Let’s now look at what’s available for direct download from Blip.tv.

The YGO: TAS videos uploaded to Blip.tv can be downloaded in four formats:

  • the original video source, which is a WMV/AVI file for almost all of the videos,
  • Apple-friendly M4V, which is the exact same file that you get when you subscribe to the iTunes feed,
  • Flash Video FLV, which is what gets streamed on Blip.tv’s video player,
  • and MP3 (audio only).

I’m already liking Blip.tv a lot more than Revver, which only provided MOVs for download.

I’ve decided to add links for downloading the WMV/AVI and M4V videos to my YGO: TAS downloads index, breathing new life into that dying page. I’ve left out links for the Flash Videos, since there really isn’t any reason to save those if they can simply be streamed right from their player, as well as links for the MP3s, since YGO: TAS is best enjoyed with both the visual and auditory systems simultaneously stimulated. :)

You may recall that the WMV/AVI files were originally made available only via BitTorrent. I had previously collected all of those videos and uploaded them onto MegaUpload for anyone who didn’t want to use the torrents. Now that they are all on Blip.tv for direct download, my MegaUpload links are obsolete and have been replaced with the Blip.tv links. The only videos currently not available on Blip.tv that are still obtainable from the torrents are “Without Yugi” (Kroze has mentioned that there have been some problems encoding and converting that file) and “The Final Abridged Video Ever.” My MegaUpload links for both of those videos will remain for now.

In short, check out the updated YGO: TAS downloads index! I had to change the layout of the page using tables, just like I did to my streaming YGO: TAS index, so if anything looks funny or broken, please let me know!

And Merry Slavemas, everybody! Remember, a slave is for life — not just for Slavemas!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged on iTunes and Blip.tv, Part 1: Feeds and Streams

December 19, 2009 at 8:24 pm | Posted in Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | 2 Comments
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YGOTAS iTunes podcast cover

At the end of his thank-you video, Little Kuriboh briefly mentioned that the Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series episodes are now back on iTunes. As later brought up on Facebook, a surge of downloads just a few hours after those videos were introduced put YGO: TAS at top of the iTunes podcast rankings. Wow! So, what’s new with the YGO: TAS podcast?

The old, defunct iTunes feed got its content from the YGO: TAS Revver account. Videos uploaded to Revver were converted into iTunes-friendly MOV files, whose links I collected on my YGO: TAS downloads page. As you’ve probably noticed, the Revver account hasn’t been updated for quite some time now.

The new iTunes feed pulls its videos from YGO: TAS’ recently-created Blip.tv account at: http://yu-gi-ohabridged.blip.tv/

It’s worth noting that you do not need iTunes to access the YGO: TAS podcast feed, a useful fact if iTunes isn’t available in your country, or if you want to use some other podcasting software (“podcatcher”). You can bypass iTunes and subscribe to the feed directly from Blip.tv using: http://yu-gi-ohabridged.blip.tv/rss/itunes/

So what’s Blip.tv? Like Revver, Blip.tv is a video hosting, streaming, and distribution service. Unlike Revver, along with YouTube and other such websites, Blip.tv only allows web shows to be uploaded, making it the perfect home for YGO: TAS and its podcast feed.

Blip.tv now gives us another website where YGO: TAS videos are officially streamed. As such, I’ve added links to all 62 of the currently available videos to my YGO: TAS streaming videos index, and will continue to update that page as new videos get uploaded.

With CardGamesFTW and the new iTunes feed doing so well, I think it’s a safe bet that YouTube and Blip.tv will continue to house Little Kuriboh’s newest videos, while the Revver and Dailymotion accounts will keep on collecting dust.

Astute viewers who watch the videos on Blip.tv will notice that there are links to directly download those videos right on their individual pages. Gasp! Can it be?! Does this mean my YGO: TAS downloads index will finally be getting an update? Of course it does. Stay tuned for part 2.

Update (December 24, 2009): Part 2 is now available.

[YGO: TAS] Thankyou – Web Awards

December 17, 2009 at 7:25 am | Posted in Other Stuff | 5 Comments
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Yuugi smiling while at school in episode 2

Little Kuriboh is a really humble guy. It is, I think, one of his best and most respectable qualities. Modesty is something that’s seen all too infrequently from successful individuals in today’s busy world, even less so from those who’ve built their success on the anonymous and impersonal Internet realm. LK isn’t even someone who was seeking fame and recognition when he created Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series. It happened anyway though. And yet, despite single-handedly producing a piece of work that’s become a worldwide success — a phenomenon, even — LK has always put his friends and fans first and has never arrogantly flaunted his achievements. That’s just the kind of stand-up guy he is. It’s no surprise, then, that LK has made a big thank-you video that gives big, big props to all of his supporters, including the guys from the official YGO: TAS fansite, TGWTG, Rooster Teeth (whoa, I didn’t know LK worked with them!), TeamFourStar, the other competitors and winners in Mashable’s Open Web Awards, and many more folks.

Since the start of the Open Web Award finals, the number of subscribers to LK’s channel has climbed from around 79,000 to over 87,000. The 107 videos on CardGamesFTW today have over 17.8 million total views. The YGO: TAS Twitter and Facebook pages have thousands of followers. Now that CardGamesFTW has been voted Funniest YouTube Channel, these numbers will only increase. What does the future hold for LK, his channel, and his beloved series?

In other news, YGO: TAS is back on iTunes! Hooray! And here I was thinking that everyone had given up on it already! I’ll update my YGO: TAS indexes sometime in the near future with links to the many new episodes made available for download.

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