With everything from our mobile phones to laptops to keychain trinkets coming sporting video cameras these days, more and more people are capturing and sharing digital video. The following video sites make sharing your video missives easy.
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blip.tv (Basic: Free, Pro: $US96/year)
YouTube has reached a level of ubiquity in the video-sharing market that for millions of internet users, YouTube is not only how they were introduced to video sharing—it’s also the only video sharing site they’re even aware of. Videos uploaded to YouTube have to be smaller than 2GB, and they must be 10 minutes or shorter in length if you’re using a basic account. YouTube places no restriction on the number of videos you can upload as long as they follow the 2GB/10min rule. You can’t edit your videos once you’ve uploaded them to YouTube, but you can annotate them with additional information and links. YouTube lets you embed and customise the player, again, for free.
Vimeo (Basic: Free, Plus:$60/year)
Vimeo is a video sharing service with a heavy emphasis on community and creativity. You can’t host commercial content on Vimeo; instead, all uploaded content must be original and non-commercial. Vimeo accounts come in two flavors. The basic account is free and includes 500MB per week of uploaded video, including one HD video per week. You get three albums, one group, and one channel with basic accounts. Basic accounts also let you embed and share your work as well as set basic privacy restrictions. Upgrading to the Plus account kicks your upload cap to 5GB, removes the restriction on HD movies, lets you embed HD movies, and gives you unlimited album, group, and channel creation. A Plus account also expands your privacy control and allows you to customise the embedded player.
The technical information on the various video-sharing sites is usually buried in help files and not particularly clear in most instances. If you’re basing your selection on a very specific aspect of the service like whether or not you can upload .mov files without converting them or whether or not the site supports 256kb audio, we’d highly recommend checking out this extensive set of charts on Wikipedia to see if the site meets your needs.
Can’t believe your favourite site didn’t make the top five—or maybe we missed mentioning the feature you like best? Sound off in the comments with your video-sharing tips and tricks.