What I’ve Learned About YouTube, Vimeo, and Viddler

You may have noticed that recently I started using YouTube to show the videos on AnywhereMan instead of Vimeo.  The reason for this change was a glitch I encountered with Vimeo and its inability to properly encode the .wmv files that I was uploading from my new webcam. The problem was the files’ 15 fps frame rate, and YouTube handled this frame rate much better.  

However, it now looks like Vimeo fixed whatever was wrong and I am able to upload those .wmv files for correct encoding.  I’m at a point where I’m uploading to both YouTube and Vimeo for each video, both for dependability and for having multiple ways for people to find AnywhereMan.  I thought it might be good to give a breakdown of the apps I view as the “top three” video hosting services out there right now, and my opinion of each one.

Vimeo – The Artist’s hideaway

vimeo_logoVimeo is my favorite video hosting service out there, for many reasons.  First of all, it has the best HD handling and overall video quality (watch the videos on the Canon HV20/30/40 channel for proof).  It also has the cleanest interface, the best player, some awesome social media/community features, and it lacks much of the garbage videos cluttering up YouTube.  Vimeo has explicit rules about making sure you are uploading original content, whereas YouTube is completely full of old TV show clips.  Vimeo also doesn’t have the 10 minute limit that YouTube does.  This was appealing to me as I’m considering doing some short documentaries.  The other thing I love about Vimeo is the ability to create groups and channels, such as the AnywhereMan channel.  

The negative aspects of Vimeo service are things such as the occasional problem like I had with the .wmv files and the time it takes to get your videos encoded…if you have the basic free subscription.  I like Vimeo enough to buy a Plus membership which allows for very quick video upload and encoding among other perks like 5 GB of upload per month and HD embedding.  I really like it and the cost has been worth it.  The other negative is that I can’t watch my Vimeo vids on the iPhone or iPod Touch.  However, since I dually upload to YouTube, that takes care of that issue.

Here is a sample of a video on Vimeo:

 

 

YouTube – Where all the kids hang out

YouTube_Logo.svgMy second-favorite video service is YouTube simply because it’s one of the biggest video destinations on the web and it does a great job of getting uploads indexed in search engines.  I don’t love its encoding, but it gets the job done.  Whereas Vimeo is where I see more film-makers, musicians, and photographers hosting their original content, YouTube is where I see a lot of high-schoolers posting videos of their friends getting hit in the crotch with skateboards. It has a lot of legit content too, but there’s a lot of competition.  Again, it’s big and it gets the job done, but whereas I’m willing to pay $60/year for Vimeo, I’d maybe pay $3/year tops for YouTube.  I’m not too loyal to it.

Here is a sample of a video on YouTube:

 

Viddler – Business time

viddlerThe final service of what I view as the Big Three of video apps is Viddler.  I list it here only because I see a lot of others (like Gary Vaynerchuk) using it.  The thing that Viddler really has going for it, especially for businesses, is the branded player option.  You can actually upload a copy of your logo and brand the video player.  You can tweak the colors to match as well.  In a way I view Viddler as the perfect complement to Vimeo: Vimeo is trying to be as non-commercial as possible, while Viddler is probably the best-suited for business content.  I am not sure if I consider AnywhereMan “commercial” or not, so Vimeo wins my love. Of course.

I’ve heard that Viddler can support HD, but I haven’t seen it on the HD videos I’ve tried uploading.  It looks like they are offering paid accounts now, so I’m guessing that’s a feature on those.  

Here is a sample of a video on Viddler:

 

There are plenty of other video services out there and I hope to highlight some more in the future, but I thought I’d give you a quick run-down of the apps I’ve had experience with.  I’m doing more and more video and I’m really enjoying it!

If you are producing video content, what are you using to host your videos?


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8 Comments

  1. staceytwright

    Vimeo is so cool! I think this is what @ijustine must use for all her videos.

  2. Yes! I got the idea for the cheap IKEA greenscreen from iJustine herself! Good catch, Stacey.

  3. Hi Dave. We at Viddler appreciate you including us in this post and we all think you've nailed each of these services. For a while we didn't think of ourselves as “the business class” of online video but after we saw an overwhelming need in that space we decided to go after it.

    We're very happy that you've seen that shift in us as well.

    Again, thanks for including us in this post and for letting your readers know about us.

  4. I love comparisons like this. I reckon you hit each service spot on!

    I was a little taken aback by Viddler being placed under the business category, but then I thought about it and realised there are a lot of awesome businesses using Viddler. There's also a huge community of video bloggers, like iJustine, too.

    HD is still in beta right now. Partners and B2B customers are testing it out, but if you're interested in trying out the beta check out the HD announcement for more info.

    I must admit, I see a lot of sexy videos recorded by Canon 5D Mark II owners on Vimeo. Dang, those HD vids at full screen rock! I can't wait for an Apple tablet so I can just play some of those videos on repeat while it chills at a 45º angle on my desk. I digress.

    Lastly, whatever video player you choose shouldn't be a competition because it's about your content on your website. Our (Viddler's) founder, Rob Sandie, crushed this fundamental idea in this video.

    Giddy post, Dave!

  5. Thanks for the comment Colin! Happy to see Viddler is out there interacting with their users. Cheers!

  6. Man I am drooling over a Canon 5D Mk II like you would not believe. You gotta check out Mike Kobal's vids on Vimeo sometime. Beautiful stuff for sure.

    I'm going to contact Rob and see if I can get in on the HD beta for Viddler. I have no problem posting my AnywhereMan stuff to all three sites as long as my HD is preserved.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Thanks for the comment Colin! Happy to see Viddler is out there interacting with their users. Cheers!

  8. Man I am drooling over a Canon 5D Mk II like you would not believe. You gotta check out Mike Kobal's vids on Vimeo sometime. Beautiful stuff for sure.

    I'm going to contact Rob and see if I can get in on the HD beta for Viddler. I have no problem posting my AnywhereMan stuff to all three sites as long as my HD is preserved.

    Thanks for stopping by!

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