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July 29, 2010

YouTube Increases Video Length Limit to 15 Minutes

YouTube decided to increase the video length limit from 10 minutes to 15 minutes. It may seem like a small change, but YouTube is testing the waters before dropping this limitation.

"Without question, the number one requested feature by our creators is to upload videos longer than 10 minutes. We've heard you, and today we're pleased to announce that we've increased the upload limit to 15 minutes," informs YouTube's blog.

The main reason why YouTube added a 10 minutes limitation back in 2006 was that a lot of users uploaded full-length movies and TV shows. Now that YouTube uses a content identification software and Viacom lost the case against YouTube, Google's video site can safely remove this arbitrary limitation. YouTube is cautious, so it will release incremental improvements.

"We've spent significant resources on creating and improving our state-of-the-art Content ID system and many other powerful tools for copyright owners. Now, all of the major U.S. movie studios, music labels and over 1,000 other global partners use Content ID to manage their content on YouTube. Because of the success of these ongoing technological efforts, we are able to increase the upload limit today," explains YouTube.


  1. thats good to hear :):) I can understand the limitation here and thats why would only say...a good and calculative move...

  2. I would question the extent to which the initial decision in the Viacom case dictated this action; Viacom has announced that they intend to appeal the decision - - and so the case undoubtedly has years left to run.

  3. -_- I had tried uploading a video last night that was 12 min's long, forgetting about the limit hoping to try out the youtube editor to crop to the part of the video i wanted because i didnt have any video editing tools, just to get the too long error appear after uploading.

    day after they do this.
    DAM YOU YOUTUBE/GOOGLE do this stuff before i get hit by limits

  4. Actually in my experiences, Youtube let you get away with up to 11 minutes before it told you your file was too lengthy.

  5. I miss Google Video, which lacked these limits.

  6. Surely the 10minute restriction was also to do with the server limitations of actually hosting that amount of content?

  7. This is good, some video's need to be longer.

    The problen is the amout of time it takes to upload 15min Hi-defs.... The Java method can help but this doen not increase upload speed.

    (Some are too long, argh!!)