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.