Google Takeout Lets You Download Original Copies of All Your YouTube Videos

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hades_2100

"This officially makes YouTube one of the most affordable ways to archive large video clips, with absolutely no danger of lock in."

What if they remove this feature? Isn't that a danger?

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cmasupra

It's not exactly the same video. It's just an MP4 version of the video. I just checked some of my old videos that I uploaded as WMV and they say "Download MP4" instead of "Download WMV". That means it's not the exact video I uploaded.

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aarcane

Maybe they lost some data along the way. If you upload a WMV today, and download it tomorrow, what does it say?

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cmasupra

I just now uploaded a WMV and clicked the "Download MP4" link. It gave me an MP4 download. So it definitely isn't the exact same video.

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Novus

Hasn't this feature been available for a while? I've used it before.

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Justin.Kerr

 

You couldn't download the original version, only transcoded copies that were highly compressed.

 

 

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