What is a Video Curator and what do they do?

Learn about video curation!

A video curator has a knack for finding the gems in mountains of online video. Video curators watch hundreds of videos, gather the best video in playlists on YouTube or another website, and distributes the channel to a network of fans.​

The best video curators have a keen interest in the subjects that their video channels cover. You'll find video curation channels focused on everything from skateboarding to kittens, fast cars to knitting.

Becoming a video curator is simple. All you have to do is sign up for a YouTube account, create a playlist of your favorite videos, and publish it to your video channel. Just like that, you're a video curator!

If you want more control over your video curation channel, create a video blog. This is a separate website you can use to display your curated videos, under your own design and branding. Use video SEO to build a fan base for your curated videos, and you could become the next tastemaker for your video subject.

Want to take video curation to the next level?

There are services now that will let you curate video content from YouTube and other video hosting sites to create your own video lists. The service doesn't stop there, however. Sites like Shortformallow you to create lists, distribute them and even monetize the lists.

If curating your own videos isn't on the docket, but watching curated videos is, check out some of the popular sites that offer curated videos for your viewing pleasure. Many of them feature specialties for certain interests as well.

Screenings - this video site curates videos that feature the best in design, from UI/UX design to animation, typography, and product design.

Findies - this site lets you track down videos that will match your viewing pleasure by mood, theme, or genre. The site asks you how you'd like the videos to make you feel, and it takes delivering seriously.

Devour - want to be up to the minute on videos people are buzzing about? Devour is the place to find the most exciting videos online. Search by category, watch the latest or most popular videos, or just bring up some random videos.

5by - this site makes finding the coolest videos a breeze. 5by's concierge service will help you dial in exactly the videos you feel like watching.

The Kid Should See This - looking for child-friendly content that kids can watch without happening upon something inappropriate? Head on over to The Kid Should See This and check out their massive library of curated, kid-safe videos.

BestOfYouTube - while somewhat limited in features, there is no easier place to go to see all of the latest viral sensations from YouTube.

Brain Pump - interested in using your brain? Check out Brain Pump, a site that specializes in videos about topics such as psychology, chemistry, finance and game design.

Reddit TV - Reddit capitalizes on its massive community with Reddit TV, a site with videos curated from the community that uses the parent site.

Here's hoping that this gives you a better idea of not only what video curation is, but how you can benefit from it, or simply enjoy what others have already put together. The next time you feel like watching dogs painting with their toes, or the best skateboarding tricks in history, dial up a site that lets you get right to the action. If you can't find exactly what you're looking for, create your own curated video list.

Like most things, video curation can take a bit of practice, but rounding up exactly the videos you feel like watching or sharing can be highly rewarding. Start with YouTube playlists, sharing the videos you really think excel, and then see where it takes you.

Examples: The video curator set up a YouTube channel featuring the funniest puppy videos she could find.

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