We’ve previously covered online distribution services which allow you to sell or otherwise monetize your video, but what if you’re just wanting to share and display your videos in the best possible light? There’s always Youtube, but the compression will mangle your beautifully rendered and painstakingly edited clips to death. Robert/Flight404 has dealt with this recently, as his Supernova/Magnetosphere pieces ate all of his bandwidth in a couple of days. Robert has settled on Vimeo, but I’m sure there are other options. If you have any thoughts on what gives the best mix of filesize and quality, hit the comments.
[tags]youtube, vimeo, video-editing, sharing, stock, storage, web[/tags]

  • Vimeo was a reasonable solution, but certainly not an ideal one. I decided to go with Amazon S3 web service because it allows me to store the videos on Amazon's servers and I pay a relatively small amount for the bandwidth. Another good option would be Dreamhost or some other comparable service that offers terabytes of bandwidth for under 50 bucks a month. I went with Omnis a while back and now I wish I had done a little more research. Omnis only allows for 500GB bandwidth and they have a policy where they dont charge you for overages, they simply shut you down. Boo!!! So S3 is my solution for now. Seems to be working fine (but it is a bit slower than I would like).

  • I've been using Vimeo as well, at least for flv. Not as a result of any extensive research, but from what I had seen it looked better than the rest.

    But If I'm doing quicktime, usually I want better quality. I'll just host it myself. I'm no flight404, so worrying about bandwidth is a problem I'd love to have.

  • Thanks for the tip on S3, Robert; I wondered about just that! Let us know how it goes.

    I guess my top contenders are still blip.tv and revver, and not for the ad capability — I like the players they're using, in terms of features / quality. Plus hosted service of course solves bandwidth problems. Would be curious to hear what people think of these.

    But yeah, Justin, I hear you for stuff that's likely to be low-bandwidth. I'd still look at Flash, though, if you have a copy — still lots of control over encoding, but a lot easier to deal with player-wise.

    I have some videos to upload, so I may just try some of the top services, especially if I get some unforgiving footage (as that Processing material certainly was)!