Until recently viral YouTube videos amateur hour productions. Now high rolling YouTube stars are making big money (well into the mid six figures) - and YouTube production facilities are operational in Los Angeles, Tokyo and London.
Q: What is YouTube Space LA?
A: YouTube Space LA is a 41,000 square foot digital video production and post-production facility and community event space in Los Angeles. Part modern production facility, part collaboration and gathering place, YouTube Space LA was established to meet the needs of digital storytellers; a place where YouTube creators will be given the time, resources, space and inspiration to evolve and innovate how they tell stories on YouTube, at no charge by YouTube.
Located in storied Building 17, a hangar originally built in 1950 as part of the secretive Hughes Aircraft facility in Playa Vista, CA, YouTube Space LA has revived this building of innovation for YouTube creators from around the world to tell their stories, collaborate with others, attend workshops, events and screenings, and have access to cutting edge production and post-production resources.
YouTube Space LA is one of a series of global YouTube spaces designed exclusively for the use of YouTube creators (i.e., members of the YouTube Partner Program). YouTube launched YouTube Space London in July 2012, YouTube Space Tokyo in February 2013 and YouTube Space New York City will open in the near future. YouTube Space is the brainchild of YouTube’s Next Lab, whose mission is to accelerate the growth and development of YouTube’s channels and creators.
Q: Who can use YouTube Space LA?
A: Members of the YouTube Partner Program, who we like to call “creators”. The goal of YouTube Space LA is to help both established and emerging YouTube creators grow their channels, meet other creators and try new production methods for their original videos. YouTube Space LA’s production and event spaces, post-production resources, and community areas are available at no charge by YouTube for channels through an application process that requires specific minimum requirements. YouTube Space LA events, screenings, concerts and workshops are available to YouTube creators without need of an application.
Q: What kind of production facilities does YouTube Space LA provide?
A. YouTube Space LA has over 41,000 square feet of production space comprised of the following spaces:
- 6,000 sq ft Stage 1
- 2,500 sq ft Stage 2
- 1,500 sq ft Stage 3
- 1,000 sq ft Green Screen Studios (x3)
- 1,500 sq ft Motion Capture Studio
- 1,000 sq ft Rehearsal Room/Dance Studio
- 47 person 4k Screening Room
- 200 person Outdoor Screening Room and Amphitheater
In addition to these production spaces, all public areas of YouTube Space LA are available for production use including the lobby/reception area, hallways, post-production area, parking lot and exterior of the building. For more specific information on each production space, please visit the About page.
Q: What kind of post-production facilities does YouTube Space LA provide?
A. YouTube Space LA offers 10 private editing suites, 10 public editing desks, 4 voice-over recording booths, a foley room for sound recording and effects, an audio control room, production control room, and audio sweetening room. Software offered in these spaces includes Adobe Production Suite, Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Avid ProTools, Maya, Mudbox and more.
Q: What kind of production gear and camera equipment does YouTube Space LA provide?
A. At YouTube Space LA's backlot, YouTube creators can check out production gear and/or camera equipment for their production once it's approved. Many of the production spaces are built with pre-rigged lighting configurations and specific camera packages, but additional lighting and grip equipment is available for check out as well.
Q: Can I visit YouTube Space LA to get help with my channel?
A. Whether you are a YouTube expert or just started a channel, YouTube Space LA will host regular workshops and events that will be open to the YouTube community at large. Every creator with a YouTube channel may sign up, but space may be limited. Previous events have included a YouTube Best Practices Workshop, the YouTube Sundance Shorts Lab, YouTube Comedy Laugh Lab, and Google+ panels, among others. Check out the Events page for more information about upcoming events.
Q: Who owns the content that YouTube creators make at YouTube Space LA?
A: YouTube creators will be fully responsible for the production of all content they create in YouTube Space LA. In addition, creators will own all of the content they produce and will license it for display on YouTube according to the standard content license agreements.