David from YouTube announced a new feature for the YouTube video upload tool at the YouTube Help forums.
David said they have implemented a new feature to let users continue their video upload even after it fails. Yes, it has happened to me several times where I have begun uploading a video and either my internet connection dropped or computer restarted or I accidentally closed my browser and I had to start all over again. In the old days, It took me several hours to upload my videos and it was incredibly frustrating when this happened.
Now, if you use Chrome of Firefox 4 or higher, the YouTube uploader will let you resume your upload.
David explained yesterday that "today we are beginning 100% resumability support for the XHR uploader." He added that they are removing the old Java uploader which was one of the methods to do this, which rarely worked for me anyway:
This means if you have a supported browser (Chrome or FF4+), you can upload, pull the plug, resume, and expect it to pick up from where it left off. In our testing the resumability is consistently more reliable than the java uploader.
As I have mentioned before, we plan to get rid of the Java uploader entirely once we are truly confident in the effectiveness of this. Anyway, I will provide some updates once this is actually live later today.
Larry from YouTube added:
The XHR uploader (which is the mechanism used if you access the upload interface with Chrome or Firefox 4+) supports unlimited file sizes. Notice that if you access the uploader with one of these supported browsers 2gb will not be listed as a restriction.
The uploader will run a checksum against previously attempted uploads. So, if you upload to 50% and experience a crash, when you attempt to upload the same video again the progress bar will jump back to 50%, and your upload will continue. Keep an eye out for this around 5 PST and let me know if you have positive or negative experiences with it.
I for one am very happy about this enhancement!
Forum discussion at YouTube Help.