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Space La fitted out with professional stages and technology for creators who have outgrown their bedrooms and garages

It was the hangar which incubated Howard Hughes's aviation dreams, each aircraft model more fanciful than the last, and half a century later it is the launchpad for another striking ambition: a new generation of slicker, better YouTube videos.

The video-sharing website has converted the 41,000 sq-foot Los Angeles complex into a state-of-the-art digital production hub to catapult selected creators into another league of quality video making.

Where engineers once made helicopters and the Spruce Goose airplane for its reclusive tycoon owner, camera crews, lighting technicians and editors are now producing and polishing videos for YouTube creators who previously worked out of bedrooms and garages.

"I think it's a turning point for people to be able to make real shows on YouTube," said Felicia Day, producer and co-creator of the the Geek & Sundry YouTube channel, »

- Rory Carroll

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