How many hours of video
do you suppose are uploaded to YouTube
Well, let’s see. The way the question is asked — using different units of time — suggests that it’s a surprisingly high number.
But it takes time to *make* a video: a lot of time. I remember being stunned (and incredulous) when a video-conversant neighbour told me years ago that it takes about 10 hours of editing time for every finished minute of video time. What the heck takes so long?
- Cropping, placing, and enhancing photos/videos
- Reworking scripts for narrated videos
- Reshooting video when you can see what works and what doesn’t
- Choosing and then synchronizing music where applicable
- Adding and standardizing titles/captions
- Considering and rejecting many special effects
I’m just as stunned but nowhere near as incredulous now. In short (haha) producing videos is slooow: So, maybe 10 hours are uploaded every minute?
Off by an order of magnitude.
Good heavens. You mean it’s 100?
Still low. Never mind, you’ll never guess.
It’s 500: 500 hours of video uploaded every minute.
Well, it was 500 in 2019 and is almost undoubtedly higher now. At some point, you’d think the internet, if not the whole planet, would crumble under the accumulated weight. It’s a good thing that electrons are mostly empty space.
Given that deluge, categorizing a video correctly can seem critical. How else will people find it? Yet the categories YouTube offers me seem oddly . . . off.
The video has music in it but is in no way a #Music video. Likewise there are animals, but it’s hardly what comes to mind with #Pets&Animals. #Comedy? Not sure its gentle and occasional humour quite qualify. #Entertainment? Well, I hope so, but again, hardly what comes to mind. And so it goes. #Science&Technology? No. Gaming? News&Politics? Howto&Style? No, no, and no. And so I pick #People&Blogs more or less at random, in the full confidence that no one is likely to be looking for it anyway.
Even more importantly, given that deluge I’m humbled and delighted when my videos are seen by anybody. As the pilots (used to) say, “Thanks for flying with us today. We know you have a choice when you travel.”
Here’s my Christmas offering for this year of almost no travel.