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hoosierhiver
10-08-2014, 06:22 AM
Hey gang,
Just noticed when I click my older Youtube videos the audio doesn't play. If it click "audio" below the screen, it gives me the choice of "original audio" or "repost the video" which I presume erases all your views. Anybody?

ukeofcarl
10-08-2014, 12:00 PM
I've never seen that's how old are these videos?

twentytabby
10-08-2014, 12:07 PM
I just checked some videos I uploaded 7 years ago and they still play normally. Can you post a link to your videos?

kypfer
10-08-2014, 12:58 PM
it gives me the choice of "original audio" or "repost the video" At a guess, your original videos used an audio codec that isn't compatible with the current version of YouTube, so they can't re-import your old videos in their new format.

Yes, they have changed formats. Time was one could delve into the depths of Internet Explorer's cache and retrieve a complete downloaded video file and retain it locally for future use. There may have been reasons why one shouldn't have done that (loss of advertising revenue, for one), but it was possible. Now the videos are downloaded in segments ... as yet I've not seen a method whereby one can re-assemble these segments into a complete video. This means, of course, that if you wish to view the video more than once, you have to re-connect to YouTube, suffer their interminable advertisments and use up what may be your allocation of "free" bandwidth, ie. it can cost you extra to view a video more than once if you're not on an "unlimited" contract.

twentytabby
10-08-2014, 01:13 PM
Ok, I just followed your link:http://www.youtube.com/user/hoosierhiver
and played the oldest ones I found there and they all played for me. I didn't play everything because that would have taken too much time.

Which videos are busted?

PeteyHoudini
10-08-2014, 02:25 PM
Just played your first vid "Spiderman" from 6 years ago. No problem with the sound.

Yes, just let us know which vids have no sound.

Petey

hoosierhiver
10-08-2014, 02:54 PM
Good to know, maybe Youtube just wants to convert me since it seems to just be on my end (when I'm signed in to my own channel). Anyways thanks everybody for the assistance, information and some views to boot, hope it wasn't too painful.;)

JonThysell
10-08-2014, 03:00 PM
At a guess, your original videos used an audio codec that isn't compatible with the current version of YouTube, so they can't re-import your old videos in their new format.

Yes, they have changed formats. Time was one could delve into the depths of Internet Explorer's cache and retrieve a complete downloaded video file and retain it locally for future use. There may have been reasons why one shouldn't have done that (loss of advertising revenue, for one), but it was possible. Now the videos are downloaded in segments ... as yet I've not seen a method whereby one can re-assemble these segments into a complete video. This means, of course, that if you wish to view the video more than once, you have to re-connect to YouTube, suffer their interminable advertisments and use up what may be your allocation of "free" bandwidth, ie. it can cost you extra to view a video more than once if you're not on an "unlimited" contract.

Every time you restream a video on YouTube it costs them too. YouTube bleeds bandwidth money. ;)

That said it only takes a quick search (on YouTube's corporate owner's site no less) to find any number of tools for downloading their videos for offline use.

moetrout
10-09-2014, 05:30 AM
Did you check the simple stuff first? On a Windows PC did you check to make sure your volume control in the systray (by the clock) is not muted? Is Windows Media player muted?