The video hosting market is not as monolithic as one would think. Apart from obvious choice that everyone knows about (Youtube) there are several other video hosting services worth attention, offering plethora of options to potential users.
When choosing a video hosting service, users should ask themselves one question; what do I expect from a hosting service? Do I want to just share my videos to a wider audience; semis formally to show my hobbies, interests and gather opinions about my content? Or do I want to make a presentation aimed at specific group, profession or strictly my business partners? Even though the most often used video hosting services are available instantly, they should not be the first pick when it comes to choosing business related presentations. Here are the most popular and worth your attention choices on the market:
An obvious one, the most popular and widely used hosting service in the world. Probably the most influential video hosting site, that gave shape to the modern outlook of the whole video sharing sector. It is a free to use platform that does not require registering to watch most of the content. If your aim is to get as many viewers as possible to watch your content, this might be the best choice. Still, the professionalism if this choice may be questionable. Advertisements and related video column may distract your viewers and lead them elsewhere. The service itself is littered with copied, unprofessional, or even explicit content. Another problem is that Youtube only supports 4 file formats and allows video to be just 10 minutes long. It seems like the amount of users that Youtube gained does not serve it well, because this hosting service forgot what it means to compete with others on the market and therefore lacks innovative, competitive solutions.
While not nearly as large as the most known hosting service, Vimeo consistently gains new users. It seems like Vimeo groups a much tighter body of users, concentrated mainly on sharing original content. The social aspect of commenting and sharing freely videos is preserved. There is no file length limit for your content, but a size limits instead, both for free and premium account 500mb and 5gb respectively.
Vimeo is a hosting site that supports over 15 video formats, what is a huge step towards good direction. But there are of course some drawbacks. Vimeo does not allow you to edit your content after the upload, compelling you to use other software for edition. It may be a good solution for posting your non businesslike content, when you do not care for crowds of users watching it.
A European answer to Youtube, Dailymotion service for video hosting offers some interesting small options not seen elsewhere. First and foremost this service allows video uploaders to make contests below their videos. This is a unique feature in contacting between uploaders and receivers. Moreover users can take part in contests with their videos and win prizes. Another interesting option from this video hosting provider is “Dailymotion Mass Uploader” that allows users to upload several videos simultaneously. The biggest drawback here is the size limit which is curbed at 150mb. The length is limited to 20 minutes.
This hosting service is on the market since 2006. Even though it may appear little, compared to the mentioned video hosting services, this company offers multitude of services and options that should not remain untold about. Cincopa offers a reliable hosting service with up to 400mb of storage and 200mb of bandwidth a month on a free account, with sizes increasing to 5gb and 7gb respectively on a premium account. What really makes this video upload service shine is the easiness of video hosting, with as much technicalities taken from the user as possible. Moreover a complete video tool solution is included, allowing working on the video material via Cincopa. Apart from videos, users can make photo galleries, music podcasts and embed videos to their websites. It looks like solution suited the most for professional and semi-professional use.
This video upload service is mostly known as an image sharing site. To surprise of many, Flickr also offers video sharing, though this is not the main aim of the site. Even though the size limit for the video is up to 1GB, the length is curbed at just 3 minutes for all kinds of accounts, making this service useful for short presentations of advertisements of quick tutorials only. The site does not offer many tools to work on the video content already on the site. It might be a good solution for those that treat video content as auxiliary for their other activities.
Another based in Europe video hosting solution. They started with managing videos for eBay and then expanded in 2012 to US, as well as widened their offer. Certainly, their cooperation with eBay made them a bit more famous, and the general positive reception of their work done on embedding videos in auction listings works well for the company. One of the advantages of Vzaar is that it supports various audio and video formats. They even support MacOs, a feature not commonly seen in offers of other companies. There are of course disadvantages. Their player lacks social sharing button. This is a more or less standard feature and takes away an important part of the video hosting idea.
Last but not least, a company based in US that stemmed from the idea to help filmmakers collaborate online. This video hosting service proposes some quite useful tools to analyze your content on the basis of frequency of visits, offering viewer heatmaps, and compatibility with Google Analytics tools. Another advantage of Wistia is that it offers a handful of useful tools to work on the visual content within the service and a new feature that can capture emails or names within the video. As for disadvantages, free program offers only very curbed features of Wistia. The cost also works as a disadvantage for this service.