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I need to make a small correction in a video I uploaded to YouTube. Googling shows that this is not possible. However, I remember seeing it done before. I posted a comment on a video saying that a certain part of the video was missing. I got a reply back that it was fixed, and when I went to see the video again, it was changed. How was this done?

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You can always remove an existing video and upload an edited version, but it sounds like you want to change a video's content in place. This may be an advanced privilege only given to YouTube Partners. – NReilingh Jan 11 '11 at 4:59
Yes, I want to change it without losing the view count and original address. – z-buffer Jan 11 '11 at 7:15
You can do this on Vimeo, but not YouTube. ie. You can completely replace a video with a different video in the original's place and retain all comments and viewcounts. – user14836 Nov 14 '11 at 22:20
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What you are wanting to do is not possible.

Quote from YouTube Help (Replace old video with a new one):

There is currently no way to replace an old video with a new one and retain the original view count, comments or ratings. You'll have to start over with your newer video.

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It should't be possible and I hope it's not. The reason is simple: Let's say you are uploading one really interesting video that goes viral with few millions views and then you are changing it to something completely boring. Wouldn't it be a little bit confusing for the new viewers on why exactly this video got so many views?

I think you can make few tweaks to the video from what YouTube offers you and maybe the editor could help, but I'm not a YouTuber to know anything more.

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A fair point, but let's also say you uploaded a video ages ago before Youtube could handle HD video. I have a video with several thousand hits that I can't upgrade to HD because of this. – Matt Dell May 30 '12 at 22:30
@MattDell true... that's the only valid reason. Who knows, maybe they will implement a technology that will automate somehow the verification. – Lipis Jun 1 '12 at 13:40
I would think they could use the same technology they use to verify content isn't copyrighted to make sure the differences in your video are minimal/just being upgraded to HD. I hope at least that much can happen one day, though I sometimes need to make other small changes to my videos. – Jemmeh Jul 31 '15 at 15:28
Why couldn't they introduce the concept of version history? Then watchers could decide they want to view originals, or view most recent updates. – D Adams Jun 10 at 1:23

In my opinion, probably the issue is not that YouTube would or would not allow video replacement but it’s the original content that can't be altered. By allowing such ability, it would contaminate the authenticity of original content.

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