Today, many Google Video users got a sad email stating that Google Video will officially end on the 29th of this month. This news doesnt come as a big shock since their purchase of YouTube in 2006. While I do think maintaining both YouTube and Google Video may seem redundant, I will miss it. I actually prefer watching 30+ minute videos on Google Video over YouTube. It was a nice niche for documentary style video while YouTube was more of a quick fix. Here is a copy of the official email:
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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 were removing the remaining hosted content. Weve 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. Weve added a Download button to the video status page, so you can download any video content you want to save. If you dont want to download your content, you dont 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 havent 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.
Heres how to download your videos:
Go to the Video Status page.В To download a video to your computer, click the Download Video link located on the right side ofВ 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
Google was kind enough to remind its users and provide a download option for those who dont already have video download plugins on their browsers. We have about a month to grab whatever we can before itВ disappearsВ forever. Well, maybe not forever. Most of these videos will likely be mirrored on YouTube or archived somewhere else. Either way, download whatever you can while these videos are still up.
Here is the official Google notes.