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Google Takeout lets you retrieve your original YouTube videos

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Google Takeout lets you retrieve your original YouTube videos
Up until now, when you uploaded a video from your computer or phone to YouTube, those files would be trans-coded and you would not be able to get them back in their original quality.

Thanks to Data Liberation Front, an engineering team at Google, you now have the ability to download videos you have uploaded to YouTube in their original quality. Mind you, this is only for your files, so copyright issues are not a factor here.


"Users should be able to control the data they store in any of Google’s products. Our team’s goal is to make it easier to move data in and out."
-Data Liberation Front Mission Statement


Google Takeout lets you retrieve your original YouTube videos
Beyond your YouTube videos, Google Takeout also empowers you to manage your contacts, Picasa photos, Google Voice features, documents off Google Drive and more. It all starts by going to the Google Takeout page, and selecting “Create Archive” of the services you select.

The process is not instantaneous, if you have uploaded a lot of videos or other files, it may take some time to get them ready for download. That is not really a problem because the service will send you an email when everything is ready.

This is a great added feature to Google Takeout. How many videos have you uploaded to YouTube from your phone? How many times have you lost, broken, had stolen, switched your phone and maybe did not back up those videos? Now, you can get them back and that is pretty cool.

sources: Data Liberation Blog via Android Authority and dataliberation.org

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posted on 30 Sep 2012, 02:38 3

1. Android1 (Posts: 59; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)


That's cool...

posted on 30 Sep 2012, 02:41 11

2. lyndon420 (Posts: 1769; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Nice. Another reason I love Google.

posted on 30 Sep 2012, 02:43 9

3. Rocksteady (unregistered)


Google always seeks what's best for their clients, this is the kinda company we welcome and love. Keep going Google.

posted on 30 Sep 2012, 02:44 3

4. SwiftyMicvey (Posts: 4; Member since: 30 Sep 2012)


Good Option

posted on 30 Sep 2012, 02:58 5

5. CellieCell (Posts: 85; Member since: 14 Apr 2010)


+1 for Google

posted on 30 Sep 2012, 03:03

6. kaliil10 (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)


i hate google, because they are dictators.

posted on 30 Sep 2012, 05:36 4

7. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)


HaHAhA!!!! Are u Mad???

posted on 30 Sep 2012, 12:12

8. Android1 (Posts: 59; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)


Actually... He is a dictator :/

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 00:39 1

9. quakan (Posts: 1199; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Comments 2, 3, and 5 are funny to me. All three are giving trying to give the impression that they are making comments of support for Google, but it's clear they are making an indirect diss to Apple and Apple fans without mentioning a word about them. All three commenters are waiting for an Apple fan to reply to them with some type of remark so that they can jump down their throat.

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