Cool Tips and Tricks for Using myChan

myChan.tv was made to do two things: 1) Group subscription channels into grouped bundles, and 2) to let you autoplay the latest videos from those bundles. However, combine some wonderful YouTube APIs with some wonderful developers, and myChan.tv has evolved into something that does a lot more than just that.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Because myChan.tv uses the standard YouTube player, the standard YouTube shortcut keys all work when the player is shown at fullscreen:

Keyboard shortcut Function
Spacebar Play/Pause when the seek bar is selected. Activate a button if a button has focus.
Play/Pause Media Key on keyboards Play / Pause.
K Pause/Play in player.
Stop Media Key on keyboards Stop.
Next Track Media Key on keyboards Moves to the next track in a playlist.
Left/Right arrow on the seek bar Seek backward/forward 5 seconds.
J Seek backward 10 seconds in player.
L Seek forward 10 seconds in player.
Home/End on the seek bar Seek to the beginning/last seconds of the video.
Up/Down arrow on the seek bar Increase/Decrease volume 5%.
Numbers 1 to 9 on the seek bar (not on the numeric pad) Seek to the 10% to 90% of the video.
Number 0 on the seek bar  (not on the numeric pad) Seek to the beginning of the video.
Number 1 or Shift+1 Move between H1 headers.
/ Go to search box.
F Activate full screen. If full screen mode is enabled, activate F again or press escape to exit full screen mode.
C Activate closed captions and subtitles if available. To hide captions and subtitles, activate C again.
Shift+N Move to the next video (If you are using a playlist, will go to the next video of the playlist. If not using a playlist, it will move to the next YouTube suggested video).
Shift+P Move to the previous video. Note that this shortcut only works when you are using a playlist.

The one here that I really like is the “End” key effectively lets you skip to the next video in your myChan.tv playlist, and works like a skip button. Try it out!

Clean Up Old Channels

If you are having trouble managing too many channels, it can help to clean up your subscriptions by sorting out which channels are no longer active and unsubscribing to them. In the subscriptions management dashboard, click “Sort” and select “By Upload Date” to organize channels by when they were most recently updated with a new upload. You can see channels that no longer have any uploads, or have not uploaded in years all lined up together. If you want to unsubscribe to these inactive channels, you can always click on the channel name to go to the YouTube channel directly, but we also let you unsubscribe directly from the dashboard by clicking on the “eye” icon beside the channel checkbox. This will unsubscribe the channel for you in YouTube. It let’s you quickly sort out which channels are new

Make Single Channel Bundles

Although grouping subscriptions was one of the two original purposes for myChan.tv, I have found that half the bundles I make now just contain a single channel. It lets me watch and catch up on a single channel (you can play forwards or backwards). This is also a great feature for YouTubers. Instead of needing to constantly update your playlists manually or set up configuration rules, myChan.tv automatically creates a playlist of your latest videos you can share with your subscribers to make it easy for them to keep up.

Party Playlist

This weekend is the annual summer YouTube gathering in Tokyo, and in previous years I have helped organize this event making curated playlists on YouTube showing videos of the people attending. The process took HOURS, needing to go to each channel and manually select and add a video for each attendee. This year, all I need to do is subscribe to each attendee and add them to my Party bundle. myChan.tv is doing the rest of the work for me automatically, meaning that I will not only have a playlist of everyone’s videos for the party, but I’ll also be able to share the bundle with anyone and allow them to keep up with the latest videos of other people who attended, and subscribe themselves. It not only saves me time, but also works great for the creators and people attending the party.

There are so many cool hacks you can do with myChan.tv like this just based on the range of features we offer standard for free. I’m also thinking of what the next steps should be for the app. A mobile app? An Apple/Fire TV app? A settings panel to give more control over playlists (video duration, sequence, number of videos grabbed, etc..)? We’re only getting started and this is made for YOU, creators and viewers that love YouTube. Let me know what hacks you’ve been able to find and what features you’d like us to consider adding next.

 

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