Google Video Adds YouTube Export Option
Good news Google Video users, Google has given the video sharing site a reprieve. Early this month Google announced it would shut down Google Video’s hosting services on April 29. Now Google has abandoned that deadline and is offering a new option to export your movies directly to the company’s far more popular YouTube video hosting.
In a moment of candor Google has admitted that the lack of YouTube export option in the original announcement was a bad idea. “We … should have done better,” writes Mark Dochtermann, Engineering Manager at Google, on the YouTube blog.
To help smooth the transition, Google has created an “Upload Videos to YouTube” option on the Google Video status page. To migrate your videos you’ll need to have a YouTube account associated with your Google Video account. If you don’t head over to YouTube and set up an account using the same email address tied to your Google Video account.
There’s still one problem for some users though, the time restriction. If you’ve got longer videos on Google Video it’s unclear what happens when you try to migrate them to YouTube (which has a 15 minute limit on videos). Some users also report losing their upload time stamps in the migration.
Still, for most users this should be welcome news. Not only is there no need to panic about April 29th, moving your old Google Video movies into YouTube just became a whole lot easier.