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Do you save a copy of your video on your local drive?

ASMRher

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I use final cut pro to share my video to youtube, thus there's no exported file to save on my local or external hard drive.
Do do you guys think I should export a separate video master file just to keep a copy of the edited version of my videos?

Would youtube one day have some kind of malfunction that lose all my vids?
 

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I personally do not keep a copy of my video.
Over the last 10 years of uploading to YouTube I have uploaded maybe a 1000 videos and not once ever needed to use/refer back to the original file saved on my computer?
 
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We always export a copy of our videos before we post them to YouTube, for personal records and if something goes wrong. For example one of the videos we uploaded did not come out with the quality we originally exported it with, so luckily we had the exported copy of the video and we just re-uploaded it to YouTube and everything was good. Always good to have a copy of your work.
 

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i think its better to save to your hard drive first. I also use fcpx but never use the upload straight to youtube functions. I keep all original unedited raw footage and a copy of the completed upload. Useful if some scumbag copies your video as you can prove you are the creator/originator of all IP.
 

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i think its better to save to your hard drive first. I also use fcpx but never use the upload straight to youtube functions. I keep all original unedited raw footage and a copy of the completed upload. Useful if some scumbag copies your video as you can prove you are the creator/originator of all IP.
This is a good point. Keep raw footage and the final product.
 

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also.. you should be watching your video several times before you upload to youtube.. otherwise your gonna miss a mistake or something you want to edit out before you upload your final edit. Its too late to fix it if your uploading straight to youtube.
 
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I save a copy to hard drive and to the cloud (Google drive). I also back up to an external hard drive.
 
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Yes I back them up. If YouTube is down I still have my videos.
 

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Thanks for all the replies! Noted!