Google ends its Video service – Google Video goes byebye

The end of an era, and more fodder for promoting YouTube (which is owned by Google). I recently got an email which says:

“Dear Google Video User, Later this month, hosted video content on Google Video will no longer be available for playback. Google Video stopped taking uploads in May 2009 and now we’re removing the remaining hosted content. We’ve always maintained that the strength of Google Video is its ability to let people search videos from across the web, regardless of where those videos are hosted. And this move will enable us to focus on developing these technologies further to the benefit of searchers worldwide.

On April 29, 2011, videos that have been uploaded to Google Video will no longer be available for playback. We’ve added a Download button to the video status page, so you can download any video content you want to save. If you don’t want to download your content, you don’t need to do anything. (The Download feature will be disabled after May 13, 2011.)”

So, I downloaded all of my videos – 3 of which were blocked due to poorly identified copyright problems.

Oh, you must have heard of this one, it’s a fairly common occurance for Mac users who use iLife or iMovie for video creations. In a nutshell, it seems both Google and YouTube are too lame to recognize iLife’s royalty-free audio and media as such, and thus think it’s pirated copyrighted material that people don’t have permission to use. Of course, it is 100% OK to use as per Apple’s Software License Agreement! I do use Apple’s jingles, themes, and sound effects in many of my videos, yet quite often found YouTube misidentifying it and blocking the audio from my uploaded videos. Not only that, I have certain licensed content via ASCAP or BMI (or both) which gives me license to use music in my productions, yet they still often block it because the automated processes look for recognizable bits yet don’t have the intellegence to look at the video credits or license notices therein to see if indeed the music, media, or other content is properly licensed and credited. Hence, I am moving most of my creations to better services such as Vimeo, which is more intelligent and user-friendly than the advertising driven YouTube.

Anyway, Google Video’s notice comes with additional fodder on that note:

“We encourage you to move to your content to YouTube if you haven’t done so already. YouTube offers many video hosting options including the ability to share your videos privately or in an unlisted manner..”

To be frank, fuck that. There are oodles of free services out there that do the same thing as YouTube, most in fact do it better, however, like Facebook or Apple or Google and other brands I frequent, everyone and their grandmother knows and uses the spammy YouTube. I’m doing my best to use it less and less, since after the fiasco with Google Adsense and YouTube’s partner program (which you can read in an earlier rant).

I’ll give Google credit, they did go on to tell me how I can download all but the blocked videos:

“Here’s how to download your videos: Go to the Video Status page. To download a video to your computer, click the Download Video link located on the right side of each of your videos in the Actions column. Once a video has been downloaded, “Already Downloaded” will appear next to the Download Video link. If you have many videos on Google Video, you may need to use the paging controls located on the bottom right of the page to access them all. Please note: This download option will be available through May 13, 2011. Thank you for being a Google Video user. Sincerely, The Google Video Team

Well, that’s nice, they also said thank you! Google, if you are reading this, you’re welcome! 🙂 I did enjoy it while it lasted, and was glad Google Video didn’t have many of the limits which YouTube will now impose on it’s new members (those who haven’t jumped over from Google Video already). Personally, I like Vimeo much better, but then I like to think that my videos are of the sort which is embraced by Vimeo, not so much the random unprofessional silliness found on most of YouTube. That said, I do have lots of friends who use YouTube, and their stuff is great, I have nothing against that, it just doesn’t fit my own personal or professional needs 🙂

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