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Millions of people use it every month to watch and share videos online, but YouTube isn't the only game in town. What are the strengths of YouTube compared to Vimeo and other platforms, and how do you get started with online video in the first place? Jason Osder answers these questions and more, as he explores the fundamental concepts of online video services and options that will impact your decision when choosing the service that is right for you.
Continue learning with Jason's other courses on online video, YouTube Essential Training and Vimeo Essential Training.
Beyond YouTube, there are some other interesting choices for sharing your videos on line. You Tube's biggest competitor is called Vimeo, and I reached Vimeo just by typing Vimeo.com into my browser. Vimeo's claim to fame was the first site to support high definition video. Today, YouTube also supports Hi-Def, but Vimeo has maintained a reputation for high quality both in technology and content. Similar to youTube, you have an upload button, but you will need to be logged in with an account to use it.
I go over all of these things in Vimeo Essential Training. If you browse around Vimeo, you'll see that a lot of content tends more towards the artistic and the filmic, not sort of the generalized content that you find on YouTube. Vimeo has similar choices for sharing including social media and embedding, which is when you put a video on your own website or blog. Vimeo also has two paid upgrades, Vimeo plus and Vimeo Pro, that open up more technology and more possibilities. Beyond Vimeo, it has a lot of free functionality plus these paid upgrades, there're other platforms, but they start to tend more toward services that you have to pay for.
Kaltura is an open source video platform. You can get pretty far here with the free trial, but you will have to sign up and pay fees if you want to use Kaltura at a high level. Viddler is similar, but really oriented toward businesses. Over the course of time a lot of these platforms have evolved. Early on, Viddler seemed to have a lot of free services to complete with YouTube and Vimeo, but as those two became so popular, clearly they saw a better niche in serving the business community.
At the high end, there are services like Brightcove. Brightcove is what we'd call enterprise level, highly customizable, highly powerful, and more expensive then the other options. hopefully this gives you an idea of some of the other platforms out there and why you might choose them instead of Youtube
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