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Does YouTube's Upload By WebCam Feature Actually Save a Copy on the Hard Disk?

Posted on 2011-02-12
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I am so mad at Youtube. Three times I have tried to record and upload a video that lasts 3:30.  Three times the upload has failed either due to my internet connection dropping or youtube just timing out.  Does youtube actually save a copy of the recorded video?

I found something like
 Directory of C:\Users\DavieOverman\AppData\Roaming\Macromedia\Flash Player\#Sha
redObjects\32E2VRUV\s.ytimg.com\yt\swf

02/11/2011  09:10 PM    <DIR>          .
02/11/2011  09:10 PM    <DIR>          ..
02/11/2011  09:10 PM    <DIR>          vidcap4-vfluKjsM8.swf
               0 File(s)              0 bytes

from looking at the source file but the timestamp is off by a day even though the filename matches?  Plus, its a  directory that contains only one file that apparently has to do with camera settings.

Please help if you can.
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Question by:davysouthernboy
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Chinmay Patel earned 63 total points
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Hi davysouthernboy,

As long as I understand Youtube does not save a copy on your local hard disk. A video stream recorded from your webcam is directly sent to youtube.

Regards,
Chinmay
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by:deepanjandas
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In flash you cannot save a recorded video in client's machine.

So I think You tube is not saving it locally, instead it may save the videos in their server.

The dir path that you have provided is the path of Shared Objects that the you tube application might be using to save some other data.

Try recording it locally and then upload the same.
Most web cam software have a software for capturing and save it in common formats like avi, etc. Then you may upload it to youtube.
You may also use flash to record your stuff locally as mentioned here, save it as flv and then upload it.

Warm Regards
Deepanjan Das
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