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YouTube Now Ready for Your 15 Minutes of Fame

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 29 comments

Get ready for even longer videos of cats.

Previously, YouTube had a 10-minute video cap for its uploads. Now, that limit has been bumped by 50 percent, meaning that you can get your 15 minutes of fame now in one single clip.

Joshua Siegel, Product Manager, Upload and Video Management, wrote in the YouTube blog:

We encourage you to take full advantage of this new time limit by making a video of your “15 minutes of fame.” 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? Tag your video with “yt15minutes,” upload it by Wednesday, August 4, and we’ll select a handful of people to truly gain their 15 minutes of fame by featuring them on the YouTube homepage in a future spotlight.

Why, might you ask, is YouTube only now allowing the extra 5 more minutes? Turns out that it has to do with the content providers.

Well, 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. Now, all of the major U.S. movie studios, music labels and over 1,000 other global partners use Content ID to manage their content on YouTube. Because of the success of these ongoing technological efforts, we are able to increase the upload limit today.

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    jrharbort , July 30, 2010 1:40 AM
    They first need to fix their server load issues. Over the past few weeks, my buffer speeds have been getting worse, at random times during the day. Often as slow as 200Kbps. Then it decides to buffer at roughly 20Mbps whenever it feels like it.

    Before people claim I have some sort of malware, guess again. I'm sure others have noticed the slowdowns as of late.
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    Supertrek32 , July 30, 2010 1:54 AM
    jrharbortThey first need to fix their server load issues. Over the past few weeks, my buffer speeds have been getting worse, at random times during the day. Often as slow as 200Kbps. Then it decides to buffer at roughly 20Mbps whenever it feels like it.Before people claim I have some sort of malware, guess again. I'm sure others have noticed the slowdowns as of late.

    I've noticed it as well. One trick I've found is that the various resolutions of a video are often on different servers. There's been many times I've loaded 720p video faster than 360p. Just try changing the resolution (even if you're moving up).
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    polly the parrot , July 30, 2010 1:26 AM
    No 15 minute Justin Bieber videos...stang.
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    ColMirage , July 30, 2010 1:38 AM
    Yay!
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    jrharbort , July 30, 2010 1:40 AM
    They first need to fix their server load issues. Over the past few weeks, my buffer speeds have been getting worse, at random times during the day. Often as slow as 200Kbps. Then it decides to buffer at roughly 20Mbps whenever it feels like it.

    Before people claim I have some sort of malware, guess again. I'm sure others have noticed the slowdowns as of late.
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    Abrahm , July 30, 2010 1:42 AM
    jrharbortThey first need to fix their server load issues. Over the past few weeks, my buffer speeds have been getting worse, at random times during the day. Often as slow as 200Kbps. Then it decides to buffer at roughly 20Mbps whenever it feels like it.Before people claim I have some sort of malware, guess again. I'm sure others have noticed the slowdowns as of late.

    Yeah, I've had issues with videos just not loading, and often.
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    Supertrek32 , July 30, 2010 1:54 AM
    jrharbortThey first need to fix their server load issues. Over the past few weeks, my buffer speeds have been getting worse, at random times during the day. Often as slow as 200Kbps. Then it decides to buffer at roughly 20Mbps whenever it feels like it.Before people claim I have some sort of malware, guess again. I'm sure others have noticed the slowdowns as of late.

    I've noticed it as well. One trick I've found is that the various resolutions of a video are often on different servers. There's been many times I've loaded 720p video faster than 360p. Just try changing the resolution (even if you're moving up).
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    halodude23 , July 30, 2010 2:05 AM
    about time, should make a 1 hour limit, that would be sick!
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    bison88 , July 30, 2010 2:25 AM
    halodude23about time, should make a 1 hour limit, that would be sick!



    It would be nice. I know YouTube is already sucking an insanely massive amount of bandwidth and space on Googles servers, but they disabled the old trick to make 2 hour videos where you just had to change your settings from a regular to "Director". Now you actually have to be a YouTube Partner and fill out an application which gets reviewed to even be considered.

    At least they are upping it, lets hope it's like their "ever growing email storage" program they have with Gmail.
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    Aionism , July 30, 2010 2:47 AM
    That's nice, now give me an option for 480p to be the default quality setting again.
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    dEAne , July 30, 2010 3:45 AM
    Yes but YouTube should somehow fix their server problems.
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    eddieroolz , July 30, 2010 4:00 AM
    Haven't been on YouTube at all recently, so this is new for me.
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    dco , July 30, 2010 5:28 AM
    If 10 minutes is the cap how is it that there are 1 hour videos on there?
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    fonzy , July 30, 2010 6:17 AM
    Does that mean will get more ads and commercials now.
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    drutort , July 30, 2010 7:14 AM
    fonzyDoes that mean will get more ads and commercials now.


    i was thinking oh cool... then some how this thought crossed my mind too

    its all a ploy... too bad cause it will get annoying like a lot of other video places that are far worse with ads
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    xerroz , July 30, 2010 8:15 AM
    adblocker + no script seem to block all ads in youtube videos
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    Chris_TC , July 30, 2010 9:36 AM
    xerrozadblocker + no script seem to block all ads in youtube videos

    I only use Adblocker, and I wasn't even aware that there are ads on Youtube? I've never seen a single one.
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    drwho1 , July 30, 2010 11:11 AM
    Videos can be...
    •High Definition•Up to 2 GB in size.
    •Up to 15 minutes in length.
    •A wide variety of formats

    great just a few days ago I uploaded a video and after the upload I got a message "your video has not been approved becuase is too long"
    my video was just over 11 minutes :( 
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    hardcore_gamer , July 30, 2010 11:45 AM
    brb friends..I've some uploading to do
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    tolham , July 30, 2010 1:37 PM
    uh, what? i just watched a 48 minute video of conan obrien at google HQ on youtube the other day.
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    warmon6 , July 30, 2010 2:00 PM
    tolhamuh, what? i just watched a 48 minute video of conan obrien at google HQ on youtube the other day.

    dcoIf 10 minutes is the cap how is it that there are 1 hour videos on there?


    If you guys would of read this comment before you posted yours, You wouldn't have ask suck a silly question :p 

    bison88It would be nice. I know YouTube is already sucking an insanely massive amount of bandwidth and space on Googles servers, but they disabled the old trick to make 2 hour videos where you just had to change your settings from a regular to "Director". Now you actually have to be a YouTube Partner and fill out an application which gets reviewed to even be considered.At least they are upping it, lets hope it's like their "ever growing email storage" program they have with Gmail.


    Read all the comments next time. Someone might be already answered your question without you having to ask. ;) 
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    warmon6 , July 30, 2010 2:03 PM
    Quote:
    They first need to fix their server load issues. Over the past few weeks, my buffer speeds have been getting worse, at random times during the day. Often as slow as 200Kbps. Then it decides to buffer at roughly 20Mbps whenever it feels like it.

    Before people claim I have some sort of malware, guess again. I'm sure others have noticed the slowdowns as of late.


    I just notice that yesterday as well. :heink: 
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