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    Question youtube footage

    I have heard many times that the 'videos' on youtube aren't called videos but footages, is that true? After consulting many dictionaries, the word footage does not make me think of Youtube videos.

    Can we call these videos? clips? what else?

    thanks so much

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    Re: youtube footage

    "A YouTube video of a cat eating peanut butter also contains footage of a very sad boy who wanted a peanut butter and jam sandwich."

    To use the word "footage" instead of "video clip" is not correct, nor is saying "two footages" as footage is not a count noun. Footage is referred to as "some footage", "the footage" or "lots of footage" (I can't think of any others).

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    grammar.reverso.net/C_count_and_mass_nouns.shtml
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    Re: youtube footage

    Another case - like 'off the hook' etc - of a figurative usage reflecting an obselete technology. Most 'footage' is in fact digital, so 'feet of video-tape' aren't relevant.

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