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YouTube Plans to Ditch Direct Webcam Video Uploading

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(Photo : Getty Images) YouTube said that once the update takes effect, users will have to record and save their videos to a computer and then upload it to the website.

YouTube users, who use their computer's webcam to directly upload videos onto the website, will not be happy with the latest update from the video sharing website. YouTube announced on Tuesday that it is ditching the feature on Jan. 16, 2016.

Prior to the announcement, YouTube users who have a webcam on a laptop or a desktop computer, can record a video on YouTube and then directly upload it into the website easily. YouTube even added an extra step, probably to hunt down spammers who exploited the feature.

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Come Jan. 16, YouTube will be completely removing the feature. The video sharing website claims that not a lot of people use the feature, hence the decision to remove it. The feature has been around for years, but it seems that YouTube users are not taking advantage of the feature that much.

YouTube released a statement explaining the decision, "This feature will be turned off because it is rarely used and it built on technology that is no longer support."

The technology that YouTube referred to is believed to be Flash. Years ago, Flash provided the best platform for online mass video distribution services, like YouTube. However, Flash has slowly grown out of favor of web developers, who are switching to a more advanced platform, the HTML5.

YouTube stopped using Flash in January in favor of HTML5. The latter supports the open VP9 codec. During the transition, YouTube said that the VP9 codec offers "higher quality video resolution with an average bandwidth reduction of 35 percent."

On its official support page, YouTube said that once the update takes effect, users will have to record and save their videos to a computer and then upload it to the website. Users have a handful of software to help them do this. The list of software includes Photo Booth for the Mac OS X platform and Camera for Windows 8.

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