Good news everyone!
While I was uploading a video through Youtube's website, (iMovie wasn't working for some reason) I got a message at the top that said
"Congratulations! Your account is now enabled for uploads longer than 15
minutes. Click the Upload button below to select a video."
I was completely caught off guard because I believed that you had to be a Youtube partner in order to upload videos longer then 15 minutes.
I looked it up and here's what Youtube posted on their blog (Posted in Dec. of 2010):
"Your creativity isn’t bound by a time limit, so why should your video uploads be? Back in July we raised the upload limit to 15 minutes for all users. Starting today, we’ll begin allowing selected users with a history of complying with the YouTube Community Guidelines and our copyright rules to upload videos that are longer than 15 minutes.
So go find that movie you wrote and filmed last year and share it with
the world! Or upload your son’s championship high school basketball
game or the insightful lecture you just gave on the emerging economics
of green tech. As long as it’s your original content, it’s fair game
regardless of length.
This launch has been made possible in part by the continued advances in our state-of-the-art Content ID
system, as well as our other powerful tools for copyright owners. Over
1000 global partners use Content ID to manage their content on YouTube,
including every major U.S. movie studio and music label. We remain as
dedicated as ever to building and improving the most sophisticated
technology in the world to help copyright owners protect their rights"
(Full post here: http://bit.ly/qz13rI)
The only question now is: How long can they be? I think I can do a 1 hour, 20 min. video because a 40 minute video that I recorded was 10 GB, and the file size limit (When uploading it with the Java software thing that Youtube's got) is 20 GB. I probably won't be doing that. But, it's nice to know I can (:
Thanks Youtube for opening a lot more opportunities for me,
(Edit: It seems as though you can't have "<" or ">" in your descriptions... That would've been nice to know...)