When YouTube lifted the time limit on video uploads last December, allowing users to upload videos of any length, I’m sure they never expected a user to upload a video that would take 23 days and 19 hours to watch, but that’s exactly what Jonathan Harchick of Moldy Toaster Media has done. Harchick has created and uploaded the longest YouTube video of all time, clocking in at 571 hours, 1 minute and 41 seconds. He says, “I challenge anyone to try and make a longer video.”
The video, which consists of a slide show of photographs of Harchick’s trip to Chile two years ago, may not be great to look at, but let’s face it—nobody is going to watch an entire 571-hour video anyway. Harchick told the Huffington Post that his goal wasn’t to put together an artistic masterpiece. “To me, the challenge was about the compression. Putting that long of a video on YouTube requires a lot of compression because the site only allows 20 gigabytes. There’s a lot of work that went into this, but I think only the tech nerds will recognize the effort.” And tech nerds—you may want to sit down for this next tidbit. The video is only 549 megabytes! That explains why the pictures look so blurry, I guess. Wow.
In the video description, Harchick writes that, “Some of you are saying this isn’t a ‘real video’.” If you are among the haters, you can check out the longest ‘real video’ on YouTube below. It’s also created by Harchick and features him counting to 100,000…for 74 and a half hours. He told the Huffington Post, “I did it in one-hour sessions.”
Harchick has challenged other YouTubers to break his record with an even longer video. He says, “The core of any tech-based culture is knowing the rules and figuring out where they bend and break. I predict that within a week, you’ll see a challenger.” Note that he isn’t challenging people to actually watch his video. “I do believe that if you watch the entire clip, it will change your life—and not in a good way.”
Will you accept Harchick’s challenge?
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.