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UPDATE: Last year we announced an update to how videos are downloaded from Google Takeout. Starting on October 10th, the minimum time period to keep the original upload will shorten to 30 days. This means that within 30 days of upload, you will get the original version of your video when you download through Google Takeout; after 30 days, you may receive a high quality compressed version (MP4 file with H264 video and AAC audio).
Note: the original video replacement will not impact video streaming quality, everyone will have the same great streaming experience!
Update to how videos are downloaded from Google Takeout (coming in October) - Posted on 5/10/2018
Sharing an update for anyone currently using Google Takeout to download their original YouTube videos:
What is changing:
Starting in October, the original video format available for download in Google Takeout may be replaced with a high quality compressed version of the video, six months after upload. This means if you download your video within the first 6 months after it’s uploaded, you’ll continue to receive the original format. If you’d like to download the video anytime after 6 months, you may receive a high quality compressed version (MP4 file with H264 video and AAC audio) at the time of download. Prior to October, all videos will still be available for download in their original format.
What is not changing:
This update only applies to Google Takeout downloads and will not affect videos downloaded from Creator Studio, which are already compressed downloads. This change will have no impact on the quality of your video when viewed on YouTube. People viewing your YouTube videos will continue to have the same great streaming experience.
Why is this happening:
Last year, we made several improvements to bandwidth consumption, making it both easier and faster to store and deliver videos to users all over the world. As we continue to improve our technology, we are making these updates to video storage and retrieval that will take effect later this year. Our data also shows that from the millions of uploads to YouTube each day, only a very small fraction of those are downloaded from Google Takeout in their original format. And as a reminder, this change will have no impact on the streaming experience of your videos being viewed on YouTube.
You can learn more about Google Takeout and downloading data here.
- Sarah (TeamYouTube)
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