There are several reasons to start and continue to compile a collection of videos. The reasons can be personal like family, business, and simply personal interests like music, DIY, or just about anything.
You want to keep a video record of your children so you can enjoy them when they are older and harass them with videos when they were children. One of the great joys of being a grandparent is sharing videos of your grandchildren’s father or mother with your grandchildren when they were the same age as your grandchildren.
All businesses need a video library. You pay for video for your ad campaigns on your web site and social media pages. These videos are valuable commodities that do not necessarily have a predetermined shelf life.
You want to keep the videos so you can use them again at the appropriate time and save your company some money. Video ownership definitely needs to be a part of your contract with the company that makes your videos.
A number of companies have made a business out of collecting videos and selling the use of the videos to news organizations, bloggers, and businesses. Hammond Video is one example. Getty Images is an example of how video collectors and collections can be a timeless source of income to a company or individual.
Some topics in news, science, and most of life are basically timeless. Parenting, war, politics, nature, and space travel are just a few examples that are timeless. A journalist or blogger can search your database for appropriate videos from the past and you get paid just for having the videos resident in a secure and “eternal” storage system.
Personal interests are the major reason that you want to develop your own video collection. Just saving the videos to your web browser is not the best thing for your personal interests. Videos come and go on YouTube and all the other video sites so you need to have secure storage that is external to the internet and not subject to the decisions made by Google or any other company.
One example may help you understand. Suppose you have a vintage car that you work on and maintain to show or just for the ego trip an old car is. You are not the only person in the world that owns that same car. Many experts and amateurs post videos that teach you how to make repairs and improvements that you do not know how to do.
Storing your library of auto repair videos only on your browser is a certain way to lose something that you need and value. Companies go out of business and their videos disappear. If an amateur dies they may have a will that expunges all their videos from the net.
Storing your auto repair videos on a stick, DVD, or CD prevents you from losing what you need to enjoy your old car.
The same ideas apply to music videos, any type of performance videos, television clips, news videos that document a world changing event, and family films that you may store on the net.
Storing videos on a physical device prevents you from losing what you need or love. Even storage in the “cloud” is not safe from a decision by a major ISP to change video programs. You can still have the video but then you just cannot watch it. Physical storage prevents this problem.