Last week Google announced that Google Video is history, and that starting Friday, April 29, 2011, the site would no longer be hosting videos. Google Video users are being advised to transfer all of their Google Video files to YouTube. Fortunately, transferring videos from Google Video to YouTube isn’t as difficult as it may sound, thanks to a new ‘Upload Videos to YouTube’ feature added by the Google team.
According to a post on the Google Webmaster Blog and YouTube Blog, “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.”
Some Google Video users, however, may not want to wait for Google to migrate their videos to YouTube. For these users, they’ve created an ‘Upload Videos to YouTube’ option on the Google Video status page. All users have to do is associate their YouTube account to their Google Video account, select the videos that they’d like to migrate and then click the ‘Upload Videos to YouTube’ button. If you don’t already have a YouTube account you can create one here.
Google Video users also have the option to download their videos from Google Video. By doing this, you then have the file available to upload to the video site of your choice.
On the blog, Google Engineering Manager Mark Dochtermann writes, “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.”
Of course, it was only a matter of time after Google acquired YouTube that they would shut down their own video hosting service. Now that it’s happening, users are lucky that Google is offering the tools to help them make an easy transition. Google Video users—are you planning to migrate all your videos to YouTube or will you download them and upload them to a video hosting site not related to Google?
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.