In an awesome move by Good Guy Google, they just revealed on the Liberation Blog a new feature for YouTubers who want to liberate their uploaded videos from Google’s video service. Starting today, Google is allowing users to download the original video files they’ve uploaded to YouTube, in their original, uncompressed, pre-transcoded quality.
You may be thinking to yourself that this was a feature always there, but not quite. Previously, YouTube only allowed users to download videos in their post-uploaded, crappy quality, MP4 format. Not quite the same. Can’t help but wonder what will stop Google users from dumping all their home videos onto YouTube as a sort of video backup service, knowing full well they’ll be easily redownloadable in their original quality 50 years from now? Guess I’d better get started.
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