The Migration to BitChute

As most of you know, Vlad’s entire YouTube channel was recently sent to YouTube jail with a two-week sentence. And he’s not the only “extreme right” channel owner to be hit with Google’s latest repressive measures. As a result, a number of people are making the move to BitChute, which (so far) does not pull videos for political reasons, or copyright violations, or any other reason that I know of

Below is Vlad’s account of how BitChute works, and how users can help it work more smoothly and efficiently. I’m one of the low-bandwidth users that Vlad talks about — I have to use a tin can and a piece of string to connect to the Internet — so I can’t take part in the torrenting project that he describes. But it’s an interesting and useful way to get around the increasing level of Internet censorship by the Big Guys.

BitChute Videos

From Vlad Tepes

As some of you have noticed, YouTube have disallowed us from uploading to our channel on that company’s servers for a couple of weeks, and under questionable grounds, as the same video that caused the objection was copied by many MSM sources and uploaded to theirs without consequence.

So we have turned to where the last 8 months worth of our videos are archived already,

BitChute is much more than a different server; it is a different technology altogether.

It uses the old, but excellent, concept of ‘bit torrenting’. Many of you here understand this better than I do, so please feel free to offer links or your own explanations in the comments. I would like to know more myself actually. Also please correct any errors I may make in my own form of explanation by analogy.

The idea is, 10 people want to have a copy of the NYC phone book. Each person gets a cover, and one person has the book. That person copies page 1, and sends it to one person, who copies it and sends it to a few others, and the whole thing is done so that each person does the least possible amount of copying and sending as is mathematically possible given the number of people who want it and the number of people who have it.

People who want it and do not send out parts themselves, I believe are called, “leachers” and those who are sharing it and have a substantial portion of it are called “peers”.

This can end up being VERY fast and often is better than streaming to people with poor connections. But this depends on the number of people sending.

How can individuals help?

BitChute appears to work like YouTube, but it doesn’t, really. It depends on us to share the videos ourselves. The consequence is, people who live in rural areas and have poor internet find that they can sometimes have a difficult experience with BitChute videos.

Someone I work closely with on a lot of projects all the time is in this situation. He has found that recently it works better than it used to because more people are watching the videos at once.

This is of course the opposite of YouTube, where the more people who watch a video the more demand on their resources. With BitChute, the more who are watching it, the more sources there are.

So all of us can help in a few ways. Some browsers are more friendly with BitChute than others. At the moment I am liking Brave. And the reason is that you can click the little magnet at the bottom right of any video, if you are watching it at the BitChute page, and it will open a tab asking if you want to torrent it. This makes you part of the solution, and makes it easier for others to see it. The cost to you if you have a broadband connection with high or unlimited internet, is zero.

Many people have written me to ask how to send a link out for the video to others directly.

This turns out to be easier than I thought. If you click on the top left of the video where it says “BitChute” it will actually take you through to the video page where that video is and will continue streaming from that point exactly like clicking on the words, “YouTube” on an embedded video and it brings you to that video on YT. You can then grab the video URL from the browser address bar as you would any other link.

Please let me know if there are other issues or questions and I will try and address them. I will also edit or change this document for accuracy as information becomes available to me. At some point I may add it to the sidebar so its always available to people to understand how this works.

The interesting thing to me is, we can all actually help this cause now without any cost to ourselves at all, and not even a noticeable effect on our bandwidth, by clicking the magnet on a video we may feel others need to see, and either letting it start your Torrent client, or if you are using Brave Browser, just letting it open a tab to let you download and seed the video.

How can I download the video normally?

The brilliant program Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate seems to allow you to download from BitChute.

How can I embed a BitChute video on my own WordPress site?

Copy the code below and keep it in a simple word editor. Not one that will change anything, but as simple as possible, like Text Edit on a Mac.

<div class="videoWrapper"><iframe src="" width="950" height="545" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div>

After the word “embed” you see a / and a series of numbers and letters and another /. Replace those numbers and letters with the identifier in the URL of any BitChute video you want to embed. For example the address for the Jordan Peterson video is:

Grab the number string at the end: E2OLDfEn8SCL, and replace the string in the embed code above with it. You must of course put the embed code into your WP site using the HTML setting, not the visual setting the way you would with a YouTube link.

15 thoughts on “The Migration to BitChute

  1. Searching for things like “video downloader” turns up a lot of results, but unfortunately, while most may work, much of it is not free as in “no strings attached” but free as in “you get a lot of adware and whatever with it”. So it might not be completely out of the question that it’s worth paying for something. I didn’t know Wondershare.

    I used to like a program called Miro for the downloading and converting stuff. It also has Torrent built in. But development on it seems to have ceased a while ago and I don’t know if it still works e.g. for downloading YouTube after the design changes or is adapted to any of the newer sites. But the website and download is still there. Since I moved I’m also a mobile dweller here paying by volume, can’t just try it out without quickly depleting my allowance. Maybe someone wants to give it a shot?

    There is also this plugin for Firefox; similar ones exist for Chrome:
    There are really many like it, although I haven’t found one off the bat which also lists Bitchute under the sites it works with. This one doesn’t. Further digging requres time and bandwidth.

    These were for saving stuff from the established channels where it is under threat. For video conversion, editing and production there are powerful free programs available, although their user interfaces are more technical and have a learning curve. The following aren’t just random search results, I have them actually installed for years now and worked with them on occasion.


    Subtitle Workshop:

    OBS is originally made for gamers and streaming, but it also works for producing any kind of mixes and overlays like picture-in-picture commentary:

    Audacity for working with audio specifically. While it’s targeted at music producers, a capability I find useful in our context is the ability to stretch or compress a soundtrack when timing or synchronization is an issue. You can e.g. make a piece that’s 60 minutes long take 60:30 or 59:30 instead and won’t notice the tiny transposition in frequency. Then re-attach it to the video with Avidemux.

    Then there’s Amara, a service that helps with creating subtitles and translations for YouTube videos directly on the web, no installation required. Download the product afterwards for saving somewhere else.

    The classical BitTorrent client:
    It requires only a website or forum for exchanging the small torrent files, which contain the references to available copies as per OP’s description. Trouble is they haven’t gained real popularity, rather notoriety through the widespread abuse by the copyright-denying filesharing community. But actually it is still a viable tool for at least keeping information alive. It just isn’t as convenient as browsing a Tube-like site, and inconvenience is a major obstacle to popularization. Hopefully Bitchute can fill that gap, yet I fear it will get attacked just the same as soon as its success becomes known to the enemy.

    Btw, those who keep copies available for download after they’re completed are called “seeders”, not mere “peers”. So there are “seeders” and “leechers”, which should make the concept clearer.

    That’s about my repertoire of video-related stuff, if any of it is useful to anyone.

    • Thank you for all that.

      When using Bitchute, it tells you the number of “peers”. I suppose that means the number of fellow watchers of a video, who are sharing it to each other. Im not at all certain at this point.

  2. I have been going through to download the bitchute links – or viewing the original videos, if they are English or German.

    Would it be possible to add to an article, either a magnet link or a link to a torrent file? That would save a little trouble and allow me to provide more upload bandwidth.

    • If you watch the video using Brave browser, it actually has a little icon of a magnet on the bottom right. Clicking that seems to start a seeding process.

  3. At least on my machine, google chrom does not render bitchute contents correctly. There is sound but no picture

    • Chrome seems to work off and on. Definitely Bitchute will work better for some than others on different platforms.

      For me at the moment, Brave seems to work the best.

  4. I subscribed to Vladtepes on Bitchute. Fortunately, I already had a BitChute account. I’m sorry to see YouTube go, as it was extremely convenient, but Google, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, etc join the ranks of movie and broadcast entertainment that is driven by profits and entertainment value rather than by any intrinsic sense of truth or values.

    In effect, we’re going back to the days where those who wish more details or a particular perspective on the news or any topic will subscribe to a specialized journal like “The Nation” or even “The Sparticist”.

    I think this is healthier and more protective of real freedom of expression than trying to give the government the power to mandate that a technopoly like Facebook not censor political opinions with which it disagrees. Once you concede that power, it will not be a long trip at all for the government to extend its control over small avenues of information, and mandate its own preferences. It’s far better to establish a groundwork of complete freedom of association in the private realm.

    Having said that, I think the techopolies ought to be subject to contract, monopoly, and common law constraints. For example, when PayPal unsubscribed Vdare with no notice, and damaged not only their cash flow, but their subscriber list, I believe PayPal should be subject to full damages and penalties. Not for controlling the content they carry, but for violating business practices enshrined in common law and violating specific statutes on monopoly behavior. I personally think businesses like YouTube have every right to censor the content they carry, as long as they make their terms clear. They do not make any terms clear, and act exactly like a oligopoly trying to drive competitors out of the market.

    We get into tricky legal issues also. Right now, the information techopolies have a certain amount of immunity if they are used as a conduit for copyrighted material. This is on the grounds that they serve the function of an information repository, like a library, and should not be liable for containing copyrighted material prior to being notified it is copyright. However, once they set themselves up as a filtered media, they bear a responsibility not only for copyright, but for liable and slander laws.

    I’m afraid the reigning principle here is TANSTAAFL (There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch). In spite of the existence of YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, meaningful communication is going to cost something to remain free, that is, uncensored.

  5. On a technical level, I would like to continue using the Chrome browser. Is it possible for instructions on how to become a sharer or “peer” using a Chrome browser, rather than the Brave viewer?

  6. if Bitchute uses the torrenting method it means the video isn’t saved/stored somewhere in the cyberspace and one can’t get it whenever he wants, and there will be a day when you want to get a video but you can’t as there are no suppliers/seeders to fully seed it to leechers and there might be hit&run issues ( who got the video deletes it after watching ) I don’t think Bitchute works this way. and if it is working this way, it will go private soon either they close registrations or they ask you to pay for downloading/watching and they would install an earning system for uploaders on a condition that it must be videos of their own-making not copied or leeched from somewhere ( copyrighting again) I wouldn’t mind that if they will just allow everybody from all different political views to stream their content .

  7. I too am having problems with videos on BitChute. For reasons that need not bore us, I am stuck with a Linux machine on which no native browser works properly and it is not at the moment possible to destroy the current Linux installation and re-install. I therefore must use Wine to run browsers, and currently have Firefox 52 ESR. BitChute pages load, and pretend to download the video, but never get any further.

    Does anyone have any ideas on what is going wrong and what should be done to make it work?

    • Im afriad I am out of my depth on that one. The only suggestion I have is trying various browsers. Searching the Bitchute FAQ should give you good answers about Linux as the people most likely to use Bitchute are quite likely to be Linux users or at least competent at it as server admins and what have you.

  8. Can anyone tell me how to get a Brave browser? About all I know about it is that its creator was dismissed from Firefox because someone discovered that he had made a donation to a campain that supported traditional marriage, and even the fact that he had developed the Java computer language couldn’t save him.

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