35 Hours of Video per Minute Being Uploaded to YouTube

YouTube director of product management Hunter Walk posted on the YouTube Blog that users of the Google-owned video site are uploading 35 hours of video per minute, up from 24 in March. Walk posted:

Remember in March when we shared with you that more than 24 hours of video was being uploaded to YouTube every minute? Well, you continue to amaze us: You’ve increased the amount of video uploaded to YouTube to 35 hours per minute. That breaks out to 2,100 hours uploaded every 60 minutes, or 50,400 hours uploaded to YouTube every day. If we were to measure that in movie terms (assuming the average Hollywood film is around 120 minutes long), 35 hours per minute is the equivalent of more than 176,000 full-length Hollywood releases every week. Another way to think about it is: If three of the major U.S. networks were broadcasting 24 hours per day, seven days per week, 365 days per year for the last 60 years, they still wouldn’t have broadcast as much content as is uploaded to YouTube every 30 days.

As you can see from the above chart, the number of uploads to YouTube has more than doubled in the last two years. How come? Here are some of the factors contributing to the growth:

The time limit for videos uploaded by users increased by 50 percent, from 10 to 15 minutes.

The upload file size increased over the last few years by more than 10 times to 2 gigabytes via our standard uploader.

Mobile phones have improved dramatically in how quickly and easily they upload videos to YouTube.

More companies are integrating our APIs to support upload from outside of YouTube.com (Activision’s Call of Duty Black Ops is one very cool example where you can record and share video footage from within the game).

Clearly, you are able to tackle some of our most daunting challenges. So it is with that in mind that we throw down another heavy gauntlet: Upload 48 hours of video every minute. That’s right: two full days and 100 percent growth of what we achieved back in March of 2010.

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