YouTube increases maximum video length to 15 minutes

The YouTube team has today confirmed that videos uploaded to the popular video sharing service can now be as long as 15 minutes, allowing those uploading videos 5 more minutes of length than before.

Previously users were only allowed to upload videos of a length up to 10 minutes, with Google citing content piracy as the key reason behind the decision to limit the length of uploaded videos. Of course Google has made exceptions to the limit, and does allow authorized content partners to upload longer videos if need be.

So why is YouTube now allowing videos of up to 15 minutes? According to the company, content detection controls such as their Content ID technology have improved on the site, allowing companies including movie studios, music labels, and over 1,000 other global partners to request and manage the removal of videos infringing on copyright, allowing the YouTube team more room to move.

“We’ve spent significant resources on creating and improving our state-of-the-art Content ID system and many other powerful tools for copyright owners," Joshua Siegel, YouTube Product Manager for Upload and Video Management wrote today.

"Because of the success of these ongoing technological efforts, we are able to increase the upload limit today.”

To celebrate the news, the YouTube team have announced a new promotion called 15 minutes of fame, encouraging users to "imagine that this video is all the world will ever know about you: what would you want to communicate, what will be the enduring stamp you’ve left on us all?"

To enter the promotion, simply tag uploaded videos with "yt15minutes" by next Wednesday, with winners to be shown in the spotlight section on the YouTube homepage.

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thealexweb said,
15 mins still does seem a very low limit for 1GB, also DailyMotion has allowed uploads of 20 minutes for ages now.

Careful what you say, you might get bashed by "vice le von" like I did for saying something he already knows.

thealexweb said,
15 mins still does seem a very low limit for 1GB, also DailyMotion has allowed uploads of 20 minutes for ages now.

YouTube has actually allowed up to 2GB for over a year now. I prefer YouTube over DailyMotion and a lot of people seem to do so too.

thealexweb said,
15 mins still does seem a very low limit for 1GB, also DailyMotion has allowed uploads of 20 minutes for ages now.

That may be but they Daily motion will also deny your videos to play saying that they are not creative property. That is BS. I was posting videos of my pastor at church that i filmed. they said it was not Creative property and would not let it play. So they suck. You tube should allow longer play times and larger files to be uploaded for business and legit churches to post Sermons and literature.

eh just become a google partner like their co-founder's univeristy, IUP (iup.edu) they have videos up to 2 hours in length on their youtube page

neufuse said,
eh just become a google partner like their co-founder's univeristy, IUP (iup.edu) they have videos up to 2 hours in length on their youtube page

But it is not so easy for the average Joe. I looked in to it for my church. I have to just get someone to donate server space for me to link the HD videos to. and i can post them on our site. much easier. The videos are a little over 2 to 2.5 GB and can run an hour or so.

That's a nice size. I think 10 or what ever it was before was too small I constantly would finish recording and be at 12 mins.

"Google citing content piracy as the key reason behind the decision to limit the length of uploaded videos."

Or just a way to cut costs as YouTube isn't very profitable.

Good move !

Now if only they could :
1. According to your settings, determine if the video embed is Flash or HTML5
2. Get rid of the billions of different player.
3. Allow HTML5 player on an account's page

About #2, what the hell, really, YouTube ? Every time I see a video, it's a different player ! It can have one more button, one less, one placed differently, one Flash, the other HTML5, one with the old design, one with the new, one with a slightly less new player, etc. It's plain annoying and there's absolutely no reason for that if they have a database... I'm starting to suspect their videos to actually be on different pages...

I still say 30 minutes of video is the best possible amount of time for a free site (minus the contributer status,) but this is still better than 10 minutes.

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