STATES CHRONICLE – YouTube’s Webcam Capture was part of the early days of Youtube. Having only bought Youtube in 2006, and having to deal with limited content, Google decided to employ a way for users to more easily upload their videos. And it was a success. After nearly a decade, Youtube decided to retire direct webcam uploads.
The company decided that after January 16th, the direct from webcam upload feature will stop being available. And they did so for a good reason.
Basically, nobody was using it anymore.
Yes, the feature was very useful when it first appeared, allowing for greatly improved accessibility and thus motivating more and more uploaders.
However, even back then, most users would much rather edit their videos instead of uploading them directly.
Today though, as most of the population has devices in their pockets allowing for almost instant video uploads with just a few taps of the screen, the company decided to end its long-running, yet almost obsolete feature.
The Webcam Capture system worked via Flash, and it allowed the users to record their video footage directly on Youtube, skipping the lengthy, bothersome upload.
Even though it still is available for a while, a spokesman from Google said that the feature is rarely used anymore and that it will be discontinued starting with January 16th.
Currently, the feature can still be used, but a notification announces anyone still using it that it will soon stop being available.
Another reason for the decision (not that they needed another one, since it wasn’t really being used anymore) would be that the feature was built on an old platform, and that extra resources were being dedicated in order to keep it in proper working order with the new site’s platform.
Now, the company can focus on implementing new features on the video upload website, since they can use fewer resources in having the old feature adapted to the new system on which the main website is currently running.
Indeed, nowadays there is a whole variety of other methods to upload a video clip to Youtube, from apps to direct upload. Not only that, but the upload itself now takes up only a fraction of the time it once did, when the feature was first implemented.
Image source: Sketchport