YouTube ups video time limit
Generosity knows no bounds
YouTube has bumped its upload limit to 15 minutes for users of the Google-owned video sharing website.
Previously only videos with the running time of 10 minutes or less could be added to the site, which was frustrating for any naughty individuals wanting to upload full-length feature films to YouTube.
Still, jacking up the upload limit by just five minutes isn’t all that generous, given that many videos are longer than that, forcing users to split their film into segments before adding them to YouTube.
Anyways, that hasn’t stopped Google splattering some PR goo all over its announcement.
“We encourage you to take full advantage of this new time limit by making a video of your ‘15 minutes of fame’. Imagine that this video is all the world will ever know about you: what would you want to communicate?
“What will be the enduring stamp you’ve left on us all? Tag your video with ‘yt15minutes,’ upload it by Wednesday, August 4, and we’ll select a handful of people to truly gain their 15 minutes of fame by featuring them on the YouTube homepage in a future spotlight.”
It’s like Andy Warhol never died.
YouTube said it had increased the upload limit, after improving its Content ID system and other tools used by copyright owners.
In other words, it’s got better at pinpointing video clip ownership, if not at making some money out of the service for the Google mothership. ®
Surfer attention spans....
...are getting shorter, not longer. If you can't show your uncle hilariously falling through the double glazed patio doors while carrying a homemade birthday cake which is destroyed as he ruptures his femoral artery within 5 seconds no-ones going to watch any way.
longer videos = good
"autoplay" = bad bad bad
I'm so tired of watching a video then just as it ends and I go to comment my browser navigates to an entirely different and unrelated video which starts playing automatically whether I want it to or not. And of course turning autoplay off never sticks so it might as well not have an off button.
I don't want to be shoved around the site at the whim of their "recommended for you" list or whatever it's called. If I want to see the videos I'm quite capable of clicking links myself thank you very much.
Obviously time spent in quiet reflection after watching a video is time they can't shove advertising in your face, so it has to be rush rush rush watch this then don't stop because you can watch this this and this this this as well. No thank you.
Want learners, not surfers
Who cares about bored surfers. If people can pay to sit at a conference listening to a 1 hour talk, they will take the time to view a video of it. The only point in splitting it up is to separate the different topics, so it is easier to find your way back to the part you want to view again.