A behind-the-scenes look at how YouTube handles and distributes videos

By on November 18, 2013, 12:30 PM

We use YouTube all of the time to check out the hottest music videos, instructional videos or the latest viral videos but have you ever stopped and thought about what all it takes to keep the site operating as smoothly as possible? Or what happens to your video behind-the-scenes once it has been uploaded?

The YouTube clip above answers these questions and more. Heck, you may even have a newfound appreciation for the oftentimes slow site once you realize just how complex it is. For example, YouTube typically stores a couple dozen copies of each video in different formats at various data centers across the world.

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