Better than YouTube
Most of you are probably familiar with YouTube, the wildly successful video sharing site that combines the ability to upload and store videos for free, watch videos that have been uploaded to the site and to suscribe to the videos of other YouTube members in a social networking fashion.
Because I am mostly using video sites right now to share images of my 2-year-old daughter with my parents who live in Florida, I don't really need a big site like YouTube. I also don't want to use a generic video storage site like Google Video.
In my never-ending quest to find a suitable video sharing site that is less crowded than YouTube and offers a better interface and tools, I recently came across Vimeo.
What do I like about Vimeo?
1. It is uncluttered. I don't need to watch hundreds of other people's videos. I just want to upload my own and share the link with family. While the option to connect with and watch other people's videos is available on Vimeo, it isn't "in your face."
2. It is easy to use. The tools are relatively simple with a big Upload Video button so I can get straight to uploading.
3. It has a beautiful interface. Once you upload a video, your video page is clean with large screenshots of each video. You can see an example of this on my video page. When you play the video, the presentation looks great, with an additional cool tool to scroll through my uploaded videos on the side.
4. It accepts a lot of file formats. I can upload .mov, mp4, quicktime, avi and other formats if I need to, but for now, all I really need is standard .mov compatibility.
5. It lets me share and embed my videos. Like YouTube, I can instantly share the video via email by clicking the Share button or lift code to add the video into my Web site or blog(s) by clicking the Embed button.
6. I can watch the videos fullscreen. Also like YouTube, I can enlarge the video for fullscreen viewing so I'm not losing any key features by avoiding the market dominator and going with a newer video sharing site.
Give Vimeo a try - it's free - and let me know what you think of it. Feel free to share links to your videos in the comments section of this blog. Creativity welcome.