By: Donald Lee (Programmer) and Nikole Hu (Designer)
Date: August - September 2021
Ever wanted to take notes while watching a YouTube video without the use of split-screen? Do you want to send instructions alongside a video to a friend, team member, or colleague? Do you feel uncomfortable logging into platforms such as Google docs using public Wifi or on somebody else’s device? Or do you want to Rick-roll a group chat and leave a message asking your friends to play along or act oblivious?VidNotes is a free web-based service that allows you to send a link containing a YouTube video alongside notes or instructions or take notes while watching a YouTube video on the side! If you are taking notes on someone else’s device, you can have your notes emailed straight to your inbox to refer back to when you get home!
During this project, a challenge I faced was trying to embed the YouTube video onto the website because YouTube has multiple domains and even different formats for their video URLs. For example, if you copy the link of a video from a playlist, it would not be embedded when the user pastes in the link. However, I solved this issue by manipulating the string. The main challenge I faced in this project was trying to deploy it on Heroku because this was my first time hosting a Flask server on the internet, and I did not know what additional files I needed in my repository to allow Heroku to know what requirements my app needs.
In the future, I may implement a login system to allow users to store all their notes without the need of emailing or remembering the link of their notes.