YouTube is one of the most innovative and amazing websites in the history of the internet & the number 3 ranked global site (according to Alexa Rankings). Create your own channels, share/upload and tag your videos. Thanks to the help of other tools, you can add additional features such to download, convert, optimize and add videos to your iPod, phone, PSP, etc. Below you’ll find an extensive list of tools and tips to help enhance your YouTube experience.

Hacks & Tricks
1. High Quality YouTube Video Hack (kottke.org) – Tips to set the video view default, link to, embed and save YouTube videos in high quality.
2. How to Optimize Your Video for YouTube (crunchgear.com) – Great tips to prepare a video in high quality, prior to uploading to YouTube.
3. Top 10 YouTube Hacks (lifehacker.com) – Lifehacker shows us how to watch YouTube videos on our TVs, download them easier and many other excellent hacks.

All-In-One Downloader & Converters
4. Zamzar – Free online file converter and video downloader
5. VideoDownloadX – Download and convert YouTube, Myspace, Spike, Metacafe, DailyMotion and Liveleak videos.
6. YouTube Downloader (downloadandsaveyoutubevideos.com) – Download and convert YouTube Videos.
7. Vixy – Free tool to Download & convert YouTube videos to AVI, iPod/PSP, MOV and 3GP for mobile.
8. Download YouTube Videos (mashable.com) – Mashable provides a listing of 23 tools to assist in downloading YouTube videos.
9. VDownloader – Search videos from YouTube, DailyMotion, Yahoo, Megaupload or Google at the same time. Watch, download or save videos with just one click in AVI, MPG, MP4, iPhone/iPod, PSP, 3GP, DVD & VCD format.
10. YouTube Clip Extractor – Free add-on to Internet Explorer to download & convert YouTube videos.
11. CinemaForge – Free download/upload utility, video converter, & video player. Convert to flv, H264, MP4, SWF, FLV, MPEG, AVI, WMV, RM, MOV, MP3, ASF & JPEG.

Converters
12. Any Video Converter – Converts your videos into formats such as DivX, XviD, MOV, RM, RMVB, MPEG, VOB, DVD, WMV, AVI, MPEG-4, etc. Select Standard, High & Mobile quality of YouTube videos.
13. Pazera Free FLV to AVI Converter – FLV to AVI Converter that can convert flash videos (SWF, FLV) into MPG or AVI.
14. YouTube to MP3 Converter – Free tool to extract music from YouTube videos into MP3s.

Uploaders
15. Free YouTube Uploader -Desktop application for uploading video to YouTube without using YouTube. Gives 100% guarantee that your video will not be rejected by YouTube due to incompatibility reasons.
16. YouTube 1 – Custom search agent for YouTube and Google that lets you upload, view & share your videos.

Blog Tools
17. Badge Maker (flashandburn.net) – Punch in your username and click “Get code” for your badge. Individual videos displaying in your badge are clickable and go directly to the video clicked on YouTube.
18. Viper – Video QuickTag WordPress Plug-In (viper007bond.com) – Plugin for WordPress that simplifies embedding videos.

Create YouTube Slideshows & More
19. Miro (getmiro.com) – Free open-source program to transform your computer into internet TV. You can watch from over 1000 internet channels (including HD channels) and save youtube videos & watch video torrent files inside of Miro.
20. Aquasoft Slideshow 6 for YouTube (dvd-slideshow.com) – Free tool that enables you to easily create & upload slideshows, images, videos, music & text to YouTube.
21. Slideroll – Flash based slideshow for your photos. Slideroll enables you to save your slideshows on Youtube, Myspace of via e-mail. You can also use the Slideroll Video Creator to add music and turn your photos into a video.
22. Animoto – Animoto lets your turn your photos into music videos. Sign up for a free account. Then upload photos, pick from over 200 songs or upload your own and Animoto will analyze & produce a unique videos each time. You can then add them to Myspace, Facebook, Your Blog, Youtube, etc. Create as many short videos (30 seconds) as you’d like or full length videos for $3 each or get an all-access pass for $30 a year.

Firefox Plug-ins
23. YouTubeApp – iTunes-like application that makes watching & sharing YouTube videos easier. Opens YouTube video links in youtubeapp.com so that you can add to your playlists.

24. Better YouTube – Enhances YouTube with Greasemonkey user scripts, that offer options like the FlowPlayer, theater view, and links to download the video automatically.
25. YouTube Tooltip – Lets you view YouTube video information in a tooltip when you hover over YouTube links.
26. YouTube Comment Snob – We’ve all seen the terrible YouTube comments that noone really cares to see. This tool filters those undesirable comments out.
27. YouTube Cinema – This tool lets you view Youtube videos or playlists in the cinema mode by default & modify settings like Play Upon Clicking, High Definition or Auto-Starting.
28. GoogleTube – This adds YouTube icons next to videos within your Google searches. Then you can simply click on the logo to watch the video instantly.
29. Now Playing X – Use MSN Messenger, AOL IM, Google Talk, Skype or Yahoo Messenger with YouTube.
30. Share Video – Grab & bookmark videos from YouTube, Dailymotion, & other sites with embed option. Add them at Vodpod.com & share on your blog, Facebook, or Myspace using our widgets. You can also post videos with a single click directly to WordPress, Blogger, Typepad, Twitter, and Tumblr.
31. KwiClick – See comments linked to the embedded video, view Google search results from the video page. Also wokrs with Google, FriendFeed, Google Maps, Flickr, Wikipedia, Amazon, Technorati, Veoh, Howcast, Live Video, Viddler, Yahoo, del.icio.us & more.
32. KidZui – Make YouTube kid-safe with this tool. You can set additional permissions to prevent downloading, viewing adult content, etc.
33. Cooliris – Cooliris turns your browser into a visually appealing & quick way to search & enjoy online videos, photos & more. Search videos using the cool 3-D wall. Reminds me a bit of the iPod Touch functionality.
34. Media Converter – Download & convert online videos directly from your browser.
35. Foof - Eliminate ads & replace up to 2 per page with content that is related to the page you’re viewing. Also works with news, Blog posts, Wikipedia articles, Flickr images, etc.
36. Video DownloadHelper – Simple way to download & convert videos into the format of your choice.

Statistics
37. YouTube Insight: View Your YouTube Video Statistics (searchengineland.com) – Article that covers how YouTube Insight works and how to use it. YouTube Insight is a built-in YouTube analytical tool to track stats for your uploaded videos.

Help & News
38. YouTube Blog
39. YouTube Help Resources
40. YouTube Help Center

Other Related Sites & Articles
41. YouTube Wikipedia Page
42. YouTube Company Profile (crunchbase.com)
43. Mashable YouTube Category
44. YouTube Architecture (highscalability.com)
45. Top 10 YouTube Videos of All Time (readwriteweb.com)
46. 50 Greatest Arts Videos on YouTube (guardian.co.uk)
47. The Best of YouTube
48. YouTube Today’s Picks (coverpop.com)
49. How YouTube Works (howstuffworks.com)
50. NEW – YouTube on TiVo (tivo.com)
51. The Definitive YouTube Resource List (socialmediatrader.com)

I recently created a YouTube channel for my dad’s band and have uploaded 12 videos thus far. Now that I’m an active YouTube user, I have really enjoyed the power of tools such as Cooliris, YouTubeApp, Zamzar, Any Video Converter & a few others listed above. Have you used any of these tools? Have any YouTube videos or channels you’d like to share? As always, I’d love to hear from you.