Google Video: Download Your Videos Before its too Late

Google has decided to shut down it’s Video Service and people who have uploaded videos are notified through an email on 15 April 2011 to download them prior to May 13, else they will be removed.

Google video Service will not be accessible on April 29, says Google. However, they are keeping download function live for another two weeks to avoid any data loss to users. Just a reminder that video upload function was disabled back in May,2009.

Experts are surprised that it took a long time before Google finally realized to shut down the service and make profit from YouTube, which was bought by Google in 2006. Google’s Picasa service is also allowing uploads as of now.

Allowing Google Video users to move their videos to YouTube account would have been a good move but they are left with no straight forward solution. That must be frustrating for Google Videos users.

Email sent to Google Video users:

From: “Google Video”
Date: Apr 15, 2011 9:56 PM
Subject: Google Video Hosted Content To Be Removed After May 13

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.

The Google Video Team

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