Okay, so online videos weren’t exactly new this year, but what they’re doing to VC deals is. As the volume of video content rises, so does the demand for improved video sharing sources and tools—and investors have taken note. According to the PitchBook Platform, VC funding for companies offering services for online video streaming, sharing, production and analytics has steadily soared since the beginning of 2009. Just this week, Maker Studios, which offers a platform for digital content production and distribution, closed an impressive $36 million deal—one of the many transactions to make 2012 the hottest year ever for online video company invesments. 2009 and 2010 were neck and neck in terms of total capital invested, raking in $107.2 million and $112.4 million, respectively. 2011 saw a dramatic rise in the industry, doubling the previous year’s total capital invested with a whopping $224.9 million. As if that weren’t impressive enough, investors really got serious this year, pouring in a total of $393.6 million to date. SV Angel has been particularly active in this sector, with six investments since the beginning of 2009. Not far behind are Atlas Venture, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, New Enterprise Associates and Redpoint Ventures, each with four.