British minting money with homemade YouTube videos

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 15, 2011 12:00 hrs

Hundreds of Brits are teaming up with YouTube to cash in on their film clips, with income from the accompanying ads ranging from 8,000 to well over 100,000 pounds.

Howard Davies-Carr is one of those people who have made around 120,000 pounds through his YouTube videos.

All he did was upload a clip of his one-year-old son biting his three-year-old brother's finger. Today, 'Charlie bit my finger - again!' has had more than 387million hits

"Charlie bit my finger - again! was pretty much the first video I'd posted online. It was just a captured moment I wanted to share with their godfather in Colorado," the Sun quoted him as saying.

Income for filmmakers like him, who sign up to become YouTube partners, varies. Some earn 60p per 1,000 views while others get paid every time an advert is clicked.

"Lots of people know that YouTube is a place to upload and watch cool, educational and inspiring videos," said Sara Mormino, Head of YouTube Online Content Partnerships for Europe.

"But a lot of people don't realise that they can earn cash from their videos through the YouTube Partner programme," she said.

However, its not just about family videos, YouTube has also become a place for trying out new camera techniques and getting feedback.

Gavin Free and Dan Gruchy are fast rising YouTube stars with their site The Slow Mo Guys which has already received around 34 million views.

They experiment with high-speed cameras, documenting birds of prey swooping, droplets colliding or the effects of taking a ball to the face.

"I became a YouTube partner in October last year and it has helped us to get more subscribers," said Gavin.

"I do it for that reason rather than the money - although Lenovo did ask to make a video for their laptops to put specifically on our site," he added. (ANI)

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