Online video streaming is popular online. Video sharing websites have changed the way of looking at media. Video connects viewers who are not connected geographically.
YouTube: When you think about the video sharing websites, YouTube is the first one that comes to mind. It’s more popular than TV.
As the stats say, it is the 3rd most visited website in the world and 80% of YouTube traffic comes from outside of the U.S. 100 hours of video are uploaded every minute on YouTube and more than 6 billion hours of video are watched on a monthly basis. YouTube’s paid advertisements and more than 1 billion users make it a clear winner. Google gives priority to YouTube videos in search engine results as it is the parent company of YouTube.
The best part of YouTube is that it provides the ability to watch without becoming a member. You will be able to find videos according to your interest or hobby and if you are a community member you can interact, comment and post videos on those videos.
YouTube video sharing is the best way to collect and display user comments. YouTube provides all the facilities according to audience needs because there are vast numbers of people who are not community members, just simple viewers.
A search function makes it easy to search the videos you are looking for – otherwise you can try advanced search to narrow your search results. Ratings and screenshots make it easier to find the particular video you want to watch or download.
YouTube also provides access to its customizable features like screen size, volume, watch later, speed, annotation and subscribe options. You can also create a customized playlist of videos. YouTube allows you to embed its videos on other websites, other websites can simply import videos from YouTube.
You can create and upload videos in your own way. You can identify your audience as they comment or post replies on video. You can also restrict the audience for your video. When uploading a video, you can specify the place where it was shot; you can upload it with your cell phone.
Before posting a video you need a title, short description, category and a set of tags to find the video on YouTube. It also provides a special upload manager that decreases the uploading time and increases the streaming process.
YouTube video content should be less than 2 GB and shorter than 15 minutes. Advanced options are also available.
YouTube supports AVI, MOV, WMV and MPG formats. When you upload videos on YouTube, YouTube converts video files to adobe flash formats. Flash format is compatible with most computers because most of people already have flash on their computers.
Vimeo: Vimeo has more than 100 million unique visitors per month. Vimeo layout is clean and the video player is much bigger than YouTube. Content is the star in Vimeo videos. Vimeo also focuses on high definition video quality.
Vimeo is used by professional video makers. It offers a free package, and it also has Plus and Pro paid packages. The Pro and Plus packages increase your upload limit with more control on your video. Filmmakers often choose Vimeo to promote their films in short clips. Vimeo allows its basic (or free) members to upload up to 500MB per week and if you want to upload more than 500 you can pay Vimeo for Pro and Plus packages.
Video quality of Vimeo is high, so there are tons of high definition videos available on their website. Here you will be able to create and moderate video groups. In the Vimeo Plus Package you will get 5GB in a week with extra features like Privacy Settings, Source-file downloading options, unlimited video groups, unlimited video channels and albums.
In Vimeo Pro package, members are awarded portfolio and review pages. They have the option to host their commercial content. Pro members have unlimited storage space with Super-customizable video players, HTML5 support, Full mobile, tablet and connected TV compatibility, third Party video player support and optional original file storage.
Vimeo supports SF, ASX, AVI, DivX, DV, DVX, M4V, MOV, MP4, MPEG, MPG, QT, WMV, 3G2, 3GP, 3ivX and 3VX file formats.
Dailymotion: Dailymotion is the international video sharing site with a worldwide audience. It allows users to search, browse and view the videos with keywords, channels and groups. Dailymotion is available in 34 countries in 16 languages with 100 million audience members.
Dailymotion has an audience-first platform which shows the picture preview of videos and allows them to be shared to Facebook and Twitter. You can share your personal videos with a restricted audience or with the world. Dailymotion has a flag on each video that points exactly where the video is generated in the world, this is a unique feature of Dailymotion. Dailymotion has strict guidelines regarding content. You can upload videos from webcam and mobile.
Dailymotion offers two different accounts- basic and motionmaker With the Basic account you will be able to upload video files up to 60 minutes of length, 4 GB in size and with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
With the motionmaker account you will be able to upload videos with no restrictions on size or length, in HD 1080 pixels as well as being able to monetize your videos and benefit from exclusive tools and features, including livestreaming capabilities.
Real content by motionmaker is promoted aggressively on the first page of Dailymotion and in search results.
MP4, M4V, WMV, MPEG, MPG, AVI, DIVX, DV, 3GP, FLV, MKV, MOV, and OGG video formats are supported by Dailymotion.
Metacafe: Metacafe is the oldest video sharing website with 40 million unique visitors per month. Metacafe is focused on commercial videos and specializes in short-form original content videos in the entertainment industry.
Metacafe includes the videos that amaze, inspire and amuse their audience. These videos are initiated and chosen by users with review and reward.
The biggest advantage of Metacafe is having high quality video without multiple copies of the same content, which prevents duplicate videos unlike YouTube. A video can be uploaded only once.
Metacafe is so popular among people because it is the first video sharing website that pays its audience to upload their videos. After 20,000 views on a video, it pays $5 for every 1000 views on your video, which motivate its members to create great videos with good content to drive traffic for that particular video.
An individual video file must be less than 100 MB, but length of video is not set. So the quality of a video can be affected by the length of the video.
You do not have difficulty finding the videos you are looking for and highly ranked videos are available on the home page. The search function is also easy to use, you can search with criteria and categories. Metacafe video recommendation is good when you watch a video. The search is related to your keyword with accurate results.
It supports MPEG, MPG, MPE, AVI, WMV, WMF, ASF, M1V, DIVX, MOV, MP4, FLV, 3GP, RM, RMVB, RV, RAM and MKV video formats
Vube: Vube is a new video sharing website launched in January 2013 with 55 million users. But it’s growing much faster than other video sharing websites, it reached the top 100 most visited websites. Aggressive marketing strategies drive traffic for this website.
If you are an artist and movie maker with a creative mind and if your videos go viral on the website, you could score in the range of $20 to $10,000. To win a prize, you have to keep your video in the top 25 list for a month to increase your chance to get paid. You will find the user interface of Vube easy to understand with a proper browsing experience. You can upload your video by following the step by step process of uploading and registering on Vube.