YouTube plans to open a new creative studio space in New York next year, giving serious video creators another location where they can produce high-quality content.
The Google-owned video-sharing site announced the expansion Thursday during VidCon, a conference for online video content creators being held this week in Anaheim, Calif. The studio, which is expected to open in October 2014, will provide production and post-production digital-video equipment spread across a space of 20,000 to 25,000 square feet.
When completed, it will be YouTube's fourth space for producing professional videos, joining facilities in London, Los Angeles, and Tokyo. Like YouTube Space LA, which opened last year in a 41,000-square-foot space that formerly served as Howard Hughes' airport, YouTube Space NYC will provide talented videographers with production resources such as cameras, lights, and microphones, as well as post-production editing suites and voce-over booths -- all at no charge.
"We want to invest in partners who built channels on the platform," Kathleen Grace, manager of production and programming for the YouTube Space LA, told Online Media Daily. "It's part-hippy commune, incubator and studio."
The studio, which will be located in the Chealsea Marketplace district, will also host weekly workshops and events for budding and experienced videographers.
For a taste of what may be in store for YouTube Space NYC, take a, which CNET's Sumi Das recently toured.