YouTube Retiring Webcam Capture Next Year

December 21st, 2015 | by

The Feature Will Disappear After Mid-January

Google will be removing YouTube’s Webcam Capture feature, which allows users to record videos using their webcams without the need to upload. After January 16, 2016, the feature will disappear from the video streaming site.


Those that still wish to use the feature aren’t immediately out of luck, Webcam Capture will continue to work into next year with a warning of its impending doom, but Google also says that users can still record webcam videos off-site and upload them like any other video.

Not The Most Popular Feature On YouTube

Webcam Capture first launched back in 2006, after Google acquired YouTube. Using Adobe Flash, the feature allows users to quickly post videos without the need to upload, but recently the feature hasn’t been too popular.

“Previously, if you had a webcam built in or connected to your computer, you could record a webcam video on YouTube and upload it directly to the site,” the support page states. “This feature will be turned off because it is rarely used and is built on technology that is no longer supported.”

As previously stated, users will have until January 2016 to use the Webcam Capture feature. Until then, we can all post videos of us crying about the soon-to-be-missing feature in remembrance.
Source: VentureBeat