Why do YouTubers clap at the start of videos?

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    Tom ScottTom Scott

    It's about synchronisation, right? Well, not exactly...

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Tom Scott
Tom Scott

Don't worry, I didn't travel to New Jersey just for this; I was in the area and it seemed like an apt location. I did try to remove the truck-reversing sound near the end, but it just sounded worse: and given what I was talking about at the time, that also felt apt!

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Anthony Harris
Anthony Harris

Telling the audience that you're doing a thing to subtly manipulate them, and how and why it works, with no intent to stop because it DOES work, thus establishing trust by being forthright about a lie to establish trust is probably about the most Tom Scott thing ever.

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FWUTIG
FWUTIG

I really appreciate how he gets straight to the point for people who are just curious then goes into all the details and stuff through the rest of the video

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Brad Davis
Brad Davis

100ms (or ~6 frames) is actually roughly the upper limit where most people tend to notice audio and video are desynchronized, as long as you're dealing with something like talking. This comes up a lot when building VR environments where you're trying have a central server match up audio and facial animations for a lot of clients. Source: former VR developer.

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Mara Jade
Mara Jade

What I love is that he not only answers the question, but he does it in such a way I don't want to skip to the end.

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Lionkingview
Lionkingview

Lindsey Ellis did a huge (video)essay on the manufactured authenticity of youtube videos. It dives a bit more deeper into ideas like "calls to action" which thankfully Tom did not have in this video. Also the mid video outtake and off script remarks are being analyzed in the essay too

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T2and3
T2and3

It's amazing how Tom manages to look like he's both in his 20's and in his 60's at the same time

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MysterySteve
MysterySteve

I respect the hell out of Tom every time he pulls a baller move like giving exactly the solution you're looking for within 10 seconds of the video starting, trusting you to be patient enough to wait through the rest just because you seek the pleasure of learning something

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Toyss
Toyss

It’s crazy but I actually did notice the three frames off (I didn’t have a count but I knew something was a bit off) before you said. Also I learned about the clapping in video production class in high school, so I think it’s very cool to also hear it from a YouTuber as not everyone has the opportunity for a video production class.

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Dorian
Dorian

I have an auditory processing disorder. I noticed the lack of sync immediately, because of being so used to reading lips and searching for visual cues. Also, knowing Tom Scott, I was kinda expecting it to be unsynchronized on purpose. Very cool video.

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Jason Osmond
Jason Osmond

In case some people don't catch the irony of showing the monument in the end of the video, in 1938 Orson Welles did a radio theater adaptation of H.G. Wells' "The War of the Worlds"... except he didn't tell the audience at the beginning that it was just a theater show, so people across the country started panicking because they thought a real life alien invasion was underway. People at the time got much of their news from radio, and Welles created a show that used theatrical authenticity to exploit the audience's trust in radio as a news medium, while here, Tom is demonstrating how he uses theatrics to create authentic trust between himself and the viewer.

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Bill Doorley
Bill Doorley

We used to call this "double-system sound" in the 16mm film days. Much as Tom is doing here, we had a sound recorder separate from the camera, usually a Nagra or some other high-quality (ie, "expensive") type. Sync was either with a cable connecting the camera and recorder or motors on both devices controlled by crystals that kept the speed constant. In post, we transferred the sound from 1/4-inch, reel-to-reel tapes to 16mm film that was coated with magnetic recording material. That way there was a frame-for-frame match between picture and sound. Of course, it took a lot of machinery to make this happen, and that's why movies with sound were beyond the range of most people. Thanks, Tom.

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koshkamatew
koshkamatew

6 seconds into the video and we already have our answer, other youtubers should look up to this guy

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James Brixey
James Brixey

The wave to the crewmembers who may or may not have been there is an absolute masterpiece of subversion, creating just a tiny bit of doubt.

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alphabet is gay
alphabet is gay

Honestly Tom you have been a standard of what youtube videos can be and how they should cater to their audience, thank you for all that you do.

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Maguc •
Maguc •

This makes so much sense. It gives off the idea that this YouTuber could be one of your friends making a video in their bedroom, sells on the idea that it's not a corporate personality talking to you, but a genuine person who isn't a professional in video making.

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David Frank
David Frank

I noticed the audio lag and it was infuriating. Weirdly, when I looked away it felt like I was listening to an audio track that was separate from the video. Weird how our brains do that.

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veggiet2009
veggiet2009

The little wave after "sometimes I leave that in even when I do have a crew" really sells the trust angle 🤣

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Lucas Reis
Lucas Reis

As a long time fan, I gotta say this is one of you best videos yet. Simple, quick and to the point, while also being very enlightening.

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Shawn Christopher
Shawn Christopher

"I don't want to be relatable, I want to be trustworthy" - I think this is why we all love Tom.

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