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Google helps Google Video subscribers transfer uploads to YouTube

Written on April 24, 2011 by R. Depp

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Finally, Google thought of helping its Google Video subscribers by offering them an easier way to move their uploaded clips to YouTube.

notified Google Video users that the service will soon be shut down, and the videos can no longer be accessed and viewed after April 29. The users were given only until May 13 to download them before they would be deleted.

However, Google backed out from the deadline after a number of complaints from users, asking why can Google just rid them of the hassle and offer the an easier way to transfer videos from to another of its video services, YouTube. Now Google listened, and has made a move to address the user protests.

In addition to the cancelled April 29 deadline, Google says it’s “working to automatically migrate your Google Videos to .” Now, Google’s added an “Upload Videos to ” feature, making it easy to transfer clips from a Google Video account to a account.

Likewise posted on Mashable, here are the details from Google, posted on Google’s Webmaster Central blog on Friday and sent out to all Google video users early on April 23:

Dear Google Video User,

Last week we sent an email letting you know we would be ending playbacks of Google Videos on April 29 and providing instructions on how to download videos currently hosted on the platform. Since then we’ve received feedback from you about making the migration off of Google Video easier. We work every day to make sure you have a great user experience and should have done better. Based on your feedback, here’s what we’re doing to fix things.

Google Video users can rest assured that they won’t be losing any of their content and we are eliminating the April 29 deadline. We will be working to automatically migrate your Google Videos to YouTube. In the meantime, your videos hosted on Google Video will remain accessible on the web and existing links to Google Videos will remain accessible. If you want to migrate to YouTube now, here’s how you do it:

We’ve created an “Upload Videos to YouTube” option on the Google Video status page. To do this, you’ll need to have a YouTube account associated with your Google Video account (you can create one here). Before doing this you should read YouTube’s Terms of Use and Copyright Policies. If you choose this option, we’ll do our best to ensure your existing Google Video links continue to function.

If you’d prefer to download your videos from Google Video, that option is still available.

As we said nearly two years ago, the team is now focused on tackling the tough challenge of video search. We want to thank the millions of people around the world who have taken the time to create and share videos on Google Video. We hope today’s improvements will help ease your transition to another video hosting service.

Thank you for being a Google Video user.


Mark Dochtermann Google Video Team

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