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Google Video meets its end

Written on April 17, 2011 by R. Depp

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Back-up your uploads from Google video before May 13, or forever they’ll be gone.

has announced in an email sent last April 15, 2011, Friday that it has decided to end its video service. The email also reminded its uses to download their uploaded videos in the site by May 13 before they are removed.

According to Google, the uploaded clips on will no longer be viewable on April 29. The download function however, will only be available for a couple of week so that users could retrieve their videos. Users meanwhile, may opt to just re-upload their work to Google’s other, and now more popular video service, , which was acquired by Google back in 2006.

Here’s Google Video’s email to its users:

From: “Google Video”
Date: Apr 15, 2011 9:56 PM
Subject:

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.)

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 learn more go here.
Here’s how to download your videos:

1. Go to the Video Status page.
2. 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

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