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On today’s Tech Help for Churches, Downloading your YouTube videos and why YouTube isn’t a podcast host

Take it from someone who started podcasting in 2005. YouTube isn’t a podcast host. Now, I put my podcasts there, but they’re not delivered as podcasts. They’re delivered as streaming videos.

People who subscribe to podcasts get them delivered automatically to their phones or computers. They can watch or listen whether they have an internet connection or not because the shows live on their devices once they’re downloaded.

It’s true that you can download your own YouTube videos. Just go to the video manager and click the down arrow next to the edit button. Once there select “Download MP4” and you’ll be able to download your video (assuming that it doesn’t have a copyright claim against it).

The thing is, no one else can download your videos this way. Sure, there are third-party solutions to can download YouTube videos, but they don’t do it automatically.

Podcasts download because of something called an RSS feed, which is basically a grocery list that the device references before it downloads new content. YouTube doesn’t really have this, not in the same way.

So, a video on YouTube may have originated as a podcast (or any other media type), but it’s not one when it’s on YouTube. It’s a streaming video.

It’s like a movie isn’t technically a “film” when it’s not on film. It’s a video. A television show isn’t a television show when you watch it on your phone; it’s a video. All a podcast is is a delivery mechanism, a mechanism that YouTube doesn’t use. YouTube streams. No biggie; they’re just different.

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Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div.

Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div. has been a tech volunteer with Quest Community Church in Lexington, KY since 2000 and is the founder of TrinityDigitalMedia.com, llc. He became part of the technology in ministry team when his church’s attendance was around 200 in one Sunday service and has witnessed it’s growth to 5,200 average weekly attendance in one Saturday service, four Sunday services in one online and two physical campuses. He literally wrote the book on podcasting in churches, twitter in churches, & servant-hearted volunteering, as well as writing various articles for publications like “Church Production” and “Technologies for Worship” magazines.