If you regularly upload videos on YouTube, you probably have experience with this: The upload bar goes to 100%, the “processing” bar hangs. And hangs. Or it goes to 100% as well, you are told “your video will be live in a minute at…”, but after two hours of patient waiting you are still waiting. This can be very tiresome when you upload a longer HD video with about 800 MB, which can take 3-4 hours.
Having gone through that nervewrecking experience a couple of times, I learned that your best bet to upload successfully is to clear the browser’s cache and recent history, close the browser, start it up again and then directly go to YT and begin the upload process. Maybe throw in sacrificing a chicken, just to make really sure.
So I did with last week’s breakfast video as well, but this time things got irritating beyond comprehension. I uploaded the video and both bars went to 100%. Yet nothing happened. Thankfully this was a shorter video, so the uploading only took about an hour. I reloaded the page and it then greeted me with “an unknown error occured”. I went to my video list, deleted the failed upload, logged out, deleted the cache etc. and tried again. And it failed two more times.
Hello, it’s me!
And these things don’t get particularly better when the face of Shane Dawson greets you everytime you log out of YouTube. Now I’m pretty sure Mr. Dawson is a fine chap, but there is something about his face when encountered in particular circumstances, that really makes you want to hit him.
I was dumbfounded. Searching for instances where people had the same problem only brought me the revelation that this error apparently comes up when people use the wrong video codec. But this video’s codec was the one I always use.
At this point of time I had already spent the entire evening trying to get this video uploaded. The sacrificial chicken suddenly appeared not so bad an idea, after all.
But for the fourth upload, and in addition to the other measures, I had the bright idea to use the uploader YT says is for “older browsers” – never mind that I use the latest Firefox – and hooray, it went live. Then I noticed I hadn’t saved the description and keywords I had already typed up during the first failed upload.
Make it work!
I notice that YouTube is almost constantly playing around with the look and feel of their site and introduce new features or change older ones. How about just making the most crucial of all functions work flawlessly? I doubt that it is Firefox that causes this problem, as I heard about similar woes from people that run Explorer and Opera.
Picture courtesy of Silvio Tanaka.