About half still need their metadata re-added, but he's working on it.
If you're building a channel, keep local copies (WITH METADATA!) or mirror them up to internet archive yourself. That way you can always rebuild.
This'll grab the highest-quality copy off youtube and then write out all the associated metadata to a matching JSON file.
fun fact: you can give it a channel URL or playlist URL, and it'll get them all!
You probably want to pass -i too, or it'll stop on errors (like unavailable videos)
But if you have to pick between putting it on youtube and putting it on the internet archive: pick the archive.
youtube is a business: they're trying to sell ads. they want to make money off your content, and if keeping it online conflicts with that goal, they'll stop hosting it.
I know a bunch of creators who were all into Blip, because it (at the time) let them have longer videos, had less intense copyright strike issues, and was all-around better for reviews and such.
Then Disney happened.
Most ended up on youtube, but many videos had to be heavily edited to avoid hitting copyright strikes.
“Back before the internet we had a name for people who bought a single copy of our books and lent them to all their friends without charging: we called them "librarians".”
Sometimes that means preserving it forever, most of the time it doesn't.
You shouldn't trust them to preserve history, not their own history and not your content, either. That's not their goal.
Look into the state of old Doctor Who episodes, for example.
Unless we're exceptionally lucky and copies show up in private collectors hands, they do not exist anymore.
Z-Cars, a police drama from 1962-1978, is missing entire seasons. Gone.
Some of the first work of Brian Blessed! All thrown out.
So it ended up in the trash. It's useless, it takes up space, throw out it, right?
Not only are they keeping old shows for the obvious reason of selling DVDs, but they recognize that they have to preserve their history, so that's now a goal they work on. they have a division and everything.
My point: Check out Rhys' stuff, and give them some dollars on patreon.
And don't trust companies to keep your stuff. Keep it locally or make sure the internet archive has a copy.