Every video creator needs to realize this truth: It’s critical to export a master video file whenever you complete a project.
Even though it’s important, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re currently doing it.
I’ve talked to folks who make a video, upload it directly to YouTube, then delete their project files from their computer to free up space — retaining basically nothing except the YouTube version.
And they don’t even have that video. YouTube does.
When I hear folks tell me they do this, it’s like fingernails on a chalkboard — very disturbing.
I’m fairly confident that YouTube has a long (and profitable) future ahead of them. But what if something goes wrong? What if YouTube goes out of business? What if someone accidentally pushes a wrong button somewhere and a certain YouTube account gets deleted and all the videos disappear forever?
Like I said, it probably wouldn’t happen, but why risk it?
Everyone needs a master video file for every completed video project. Making a master is a fundamental thing to do.
That said, I still sometimes get questions about it. My goal here is to make it clear how (and why) you can export a master.