You’ve made a hilarious movie, now what do you do? Share it of course with friends, family or the world. One of the best parts of movie making is sharing your results. Video sharing platforms make it easy to get your videos out there. While there are several video sharing sites, not all are the same. Let’s compare five so you can determine which platform will best suit your needs.
YouTube is one of the most popular video sharing platforms. You don’t need to register to watch videos on the site, but if you want to upload you will need a free account. YouTube offers some video editing capabilities including a simple video editor, an AudioSwap feature to add music and the ability to add links and annotations. Many businesses use YouTube to promote their products and services. Promoted Videos are available; for a charge users can increase their video’s exposure and find new potential clients.
Those wanting to keep things personal also have options. YouTube offers private and unlisted videos. Private videos are shared directly with up to 25 YouTube accounts. Unlisted videos use a private link to access content and can be shared with anyone you like, YouTube account or not. YouTube offers limited video downloading.
Vimeo is especially popular with independent film lovers, both filmmakers and viewers. Vimeo believes that videos should come first and unlike YouTube and other sites doesn’t put ads before or over content. Vimeo also hosts an annual Vimeo Awards, which showcases great content posted on the site at a festival with cash prizes. Amateur video makers may enjoy spending some time in Vimeo Video School which offers tutorials, tips and advice about movie making.
Vimeo offers two account types: a free account and a paid Plus account. The Plus account offers additional features including increased uploading capabilities (including unlimited HD), faster uploading to the site and zero ads. Vimeo videos can be easily downloaded.
If you plan on creating original web series type content, Blip is probably the video sharing platform for you. This site was created as a platform for web series producers to showcase and monetize their work. Blip offers 50/50 profit sharing with content creators; users can opt-out of advertising at any time. Movie makers retain all rights to the content they post on this site. Since the focus of Blip is web series content only, they have extensive requirements for posting videos to the site. Content must be edited and packaged for the audience before coming to the site (another one of those times when you’ll be grateful for muvee, the best movie making software out there).
Break.com is primarily home to comical videos, especially those aimed at men 18-35. Break.com will occasionally select videos for purchase and offer payment to the creator for full rights or temporary licensing. Break.com doesn’t have a video editor (another great time to use muvee) and is only looking for humorous content.
Metacafe’s focus is on young male viewers and they offer a variety of entertaining content from movies, video games, TV, sports and more. Their focus is on exclusive content, preferably edited and curated. They accept user generated content and also partner with movie studios, sports leagues and others to provide a range of top quality content. Users with an account can upload content easily. Ownership rights are retained, but all users of the site are granted a license to create derivative works, reproduce and distribute content from the site for non-commercial and personal use. They used to offer a program called Producer Rewards that paid video producers a portion of proceeds if a sufficient number of video views was obtained. This program was discontinued in June 2009. Now that you know some great places to show off your work, put on your movie making hat and start making some great muvees! With these video sharing platforms you can showcase your art to friends and family or the world; it’s up to you.
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