Choosing the Right Service – 8 Top Video Sharing Sites

Over the first couple of weeks here at Web.AppStorm, we’ve focused quite a bit on (micro)blogging and the tools available. Another very popular way to share your thoughts and talents is with video. The rise of high speed internet connections has spurred the creation of many video sharing services. More and more people have the tools to create video and, correspondingly, the ways to share those videos has exploded.

So you’ve shot some film, edited the work in your favorite video editing software … now you need to get it online and in front of the eyes of your audience. Whether you want to build your band’s fan base with viral marketing or share videos of your kids with their grandparents, any of the tools we’ve listed here will get the job done.

The Heavy Hitters

The following four sites are not necessarily the best, but they’re the ones you see all over the place. From your favourite blogs to news sites, many people and organizations sharing video use one of these services. And for good reason — they are all easy to use and offer the features to meet most needs.

Vimeo

With a bright, easy-to-use interface and good support for high definition video, Vimeo has risen to the top of the video-sharing world. Many other services that allow for video uploads also provide easy instructions for simply embedding your Vimeo content.

If you want the best of the best, Vimeo is it.

Vimeo

YouTube

Everybody who uses the Internet is familiar with YouTube. The interface is not as nice as Vimeo and it’s full of low quality video, but this is still one of the easiest ways to share your movies with others.

YouTube

Viddler

Another of the most used services, Viddler is known for it’s advanced technical features. Detailed analytics, HD encoding, iTunes support and a customizable player are some of the options available to its paid business accounts.

If you want a service to support your profession, Viddler is a great option.

Viddler

Virb

Technically, Virb is not a video sharing site — it’s a creative community. But with such a strong community and the ability to share videos included among the other forms of media, Virb is a nice option for bands, filmmakers and other creative professionals who work with video.

Virb

The Second Tier

The following sites are other also good options, but that you may not have heard of before. Some have a slightly varied focus, but all allow for community sharing of video files.

Revver

Revver is an interesting option — it splits the ad revenue on all uploads 50/50 with the creator. Even further, users are able to build their own site based on the Revver API and brand it as their own.

This is obviously for the more technically proficient, but a good option if you’re looking to build a video based product or service.

Revver

blip.tv

This service leans in a different direction. Rather than focus on “viral sharing and family and friends video hosting model”, Blip.tv is pointed at web shows.

Like Revver, it offers revenue sharing as well.

Blip.tv

Metacafe

This is another user generated site, specializing in short-form original content. Videos are uploaded by various sized contributors from independents to major media firms.

One unique aspect of Metacafe is its VideoRank system. This is used to gauge the popularity of viewed items in order to feature the content that is more popular.

Metacafe

DailyMotion

Another more technically focused service, Dailymotion has a large traffic level. It allows users to upload videos up as large as 2 GB or as long as 20 minutes.

A word of warning, this site is more relaxed than other services regarding sexual content.

Dailymotion

Get Shooting

So you’ve got some video and you’ve got some people to share it with. Now choose one of the services above and start uploading! Your audience is waiting.


  • http://ekinertac.com Ekin Ertaç

    blip.tv is offers the best solution for video sharing form me, there is a fully customizable video player and also you can add your name or website’s link in the video player

  • http://artistemedia.net Nathan Fitzsimmons

    Flickr is okay for video, but has very low length limits.

    The best video quality I’ve seen is on Smugmug.

  • Arik

    The biggest obstacle for me in determining a good video site is that I need multi lingual caption support, in other words, multiple .srt files.

    Dotsub is capable of doing this, in fact they are based around translation, but their quality sucks in my opinion.

    I mailed the blip customer support who ensured me that blip supports multi lingual caption through .srt files but their example didn’t work. Right now I am betting that I will be using dotsub to translate then dl the file and transfer to blip for the actual embedding on my blog.

  • http://evanriley.net Evan Riley

    Vimeo and Blip.tv are the best in my opinion.

    Good round up!

  • http://www.nouveller.com/ Benjamin Reid

    It’s Vimeo for me everytime. Embedding a YouTube video into my site just looks nasty, Vimeo embeds really nicely.

  • http://bit.ly/1785J3 mr. tunes

    i don’t know why blip ended up on the second tier on this list. anyways i’m currently trying to find the ideal site because i have some tutorial videos that i decided would work great if i broke them into pieces and assembled them into playlists. blip’s playlist feature is not quite there yet, but pretty robust. youtube has great playlisting but the video quality isn’t good at all for screencasting. i will likely keep on with blip though.

  • Peter Thomsen

    I just signed up with http://www.mejuba.com. Unlimited storage for both videos and pictures and it’s completly free. No monthly limits or qoutas.
    Photos and videos are stored in their original formats and sizes and are kept unmodified for backup.
    I also like that you can geo-tag your stuff so it shows up on a map. And you can search for stuff on the map – that’s cool!.
    As the only site i know of it uses a Windows Explorer like navigation with folders – super eacy to use – even has drag and drop!.
    I can highly recommend it.

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