Brace Yourselves, Webcams Are Officially Going Extinct On YouTube

14 December 2015, 12:15 | Updated: 17 July 2017, 12:12

We the Unicorns

By Liam Dryden

YouTube are retiring their Webcam Capture feature in January - will you be affected? ...Will anyone?

Did you know that right now, at the end of the year 2015, it's actually still possible to record a video directly on YouTube with your webcam? I know! In an age of DSLRs, massive brand deals and "YouTube Rewind" it almost seems ludicrous that a feature as basic as this is still supported.

But if you are still one of these old-school straight-shot webcam vloggin' types, enjoy it while you can for the next month; as YouTube have announced that they will be retiring their Webcam Capture in January 2016.


In a simple notification on the YouTube Help page, they explain that Webcam Capture will be disabled because "it is rarely used and is built on technology that is no longer supported." Which, fair play - YouTube is an entirely different beast than it was when the feature was introduced in 2006. Despite the way they represent "the vlogger" in popular media, webcams have been quite outmoded in the vlogging world for several years.

And even if you are still using a webcam to vlog, this isn't the end of the world - if anything, it will probably encourage new or low-budget video creators to experiment more with editing. But, as always, there are a very small but vocal number of creators feeling pretty resistant to the change:

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"They're gonna replace it with some different alternative, and basically brainwash all of us into thinking that's the standard," rants one user, who is apparently blissfully unaware that Webcam Capture hasn't been the standard for about seven years.

What do you think - will you miss Webcam Capture, or did you not even have any idea it was still around?Let us know in the comments!