Making a fantastic ScreenFlow is only half the challenge. The other half is getting people to watch it! I post the videos for this blog on our website server (which uses Limelight), and also on YouTube. But YouTube restricts video length to 10:59 minutes, which unfortunately, is not sufficient for some screencasters- especially those in education or training. Additionally, some small businesses or professional screencasters want something that appears more professional than YouTube for presenting their products or working through the client-approval process.
There has been some discussion on our forum about this, so I thought I’d bring it up here for further investigation and discussion.
Here is a list and brief comparison of some of the more popular video sharing sites:
The site supports embedding, sharing, video storage, and allows user-commenting on each video page.
- Usage: strictly for noncommercial use
- Max size: 500 mb/week
- Max Length: unlimited
- Site views per day: 1,000,000
This site emphasizes original, episodic content. In other words, the service is designed to host content that you have created yourself, ideally as part of a regularly-updated ‘show’. They have integration with YouTube, Itunes, Vimeo, MySpaceTV, Tivo, and many more services, which allows you to “syndicate” your “show” to these platforms from your Blip.tv account.
- Usage: They discourage videos that have the sole purpose of advertising a particular product or service that,” in the judgment of Blip.tv, does not otherwise have redeeming value to the community.”
- Max size: 1024 MB
- Max Length: ?
Dailymotion contains UGC similar to YouTube. It allows users to browse and upload videos by searching tags, channels or user-created groups.
- Usage: General
- Max size: 1024 MB
- Max length: 20 min
- Views per day: ~60,000,000
With a focus on helping you build your brand.
- Usage: personal, non-business – a paid account for business purposes
- Max size: 500 MB
- Max length: no limit
Craig Seeman, who moderates our forum discussions says he actually uses the Creative Cow forums to post some of his video tutorials. Cow allows some odd (non video) frame sizes unlike YouTube or Vimeo, and they allow any members (not just moderators) to post videos there whether they be demo reels or tutorials. The question is finding the right/appropriate category, because currently there is not a ScreenFlow discussion forum there.
There are also several video sharing sites that serve specific niche target audiences, or are regionally specific. If your videos fall into that category, these might be worth checking out:
- EngageMedia: social justice & environmental issues in the Asia Pacific
- Break.com: 18-35 year old males
- Tudou and Youku: The largest video sharing sites in China
- Globo video: connected with Brazil’s largest TV network
Many of the sites listed above offer a paid upgrade service that enables either more bandwidth or customized players or other features. There are also services that only offer a paid-only service such as:
- SmugMug: TV clarity videos on the internet
- EasyVideoPlayer: Software that allows you to share your videos. It uses Amazon S3 as the hosting platform.
What do you use?
I’ve just touched the tip of the iceberg with this. This is just a brief comparison of some of the sites out there, but there are many more. In fact, you can find a comparison matrix on Wikipedia that is very helpful.
What I’d like to know is what all you ScreenFlow users are using now. Please share your comment below, and let us know what you’re using, and what features you like about it.