Video hosting websites seem to be popping all over the Internet. This Techspirited article sorts through the many video hosting websites out there and brings you the most popular of the lot.
The First-ever Video hosting Website
Founded in 1997 by Chase Norlin, Shareyourworld was the first ever video hosting website on the Internet. The site shut shop in 2001 owing to financial issues.
The Internet is, perhaps, the most versatile entertainment system out there. It caters to every interest you can fathom, is (mostly) not bound by geographical borders, and seems like a never-ending source brimming with new content virtually every other second. Of late, the most popular form of entertainment is watching videos on the Internet. Unlike days of old, you no longer need to download every single video that you want to watch. Instead, you can choose to watch your favorite videos online at just the click of a button.
What is even better is the fact that these videos are highly compressed without affecting the quality of the content. This, in turn, would mean is that you no longer need to worry about running a huge Internet bill as you watch your favorite videos guilt-free. There seems to be an explosion of video hosting websites all over the Internet, and finding the best ones out of these can be quite an arduous task. Thankfully though, help is at hand. Here’s a list of video hosting websites that are the best out there.
Think about watching videos online, and probably the first name that pops into your head is YouTube. According to statistics revealed by Google, over 6-billion hours of videos are watched each month on YouTube! The site has the biggest collection of videos that span across every genre imaginable. There are plenty of channels on the site that compile videos of different niches. You even have the option to watch videos in Full HD, and even 4K resolution if your screen supports it. There’s even support for 3D content via NVIDIA 3D Vision. Uploading videos is very simple task, and all you need is a Google account to log in. By default, users can upload videos up to 15 minutes long and up to 20 GB in size. You can apply to have the limit raised to up to 12 hours and over 20 GB.
Vimeo was the first video hosting site to support HD (720p) videos. The company boasts of more than 100 million unique visitors per month. Although the site has a huge variety of videos across all genres, it is best known for music videos. The site now supports Full HD video playback. With a PRO account, users can upload up to 50 GB of videos and can also upload commercial videos. Regular users can upload one HD video and up to 500 MB of regular videos per week.
MetaCafe is one of the oldest video hosting sites around. The site claims to draw in more than 40 million unique visitors per month. Unlike the other sites, MetaCafe focuses on commercial videos. All videos are curated and are exclusive to the site. The site lets registered users upload HD videos up to 2 GB in size. The unique thing about the site is the Producer Reward system, which pays users USD 5 for every 1,000 views on your video (after the first 20,000 views).
With over 116 million unique visitors, DailyMotion is amongst the most popular video-streaming sites out there. The site has a massive library of user-posted videos sorted by channels, user-created groups, and tags. Regular users have a cap of 4 GB for their videos, and a maximum length of 60 minutes. It even lets users upload multiple videos simultaneously. Businesses and official users do not have any limit put in place.
Vevo is the place to find the latest high-quality music videos from two of the biggest record labels around, UMG and SME. The site does not offer uploading services to regular users. The site is not available worldwide, but has a dedicated channel on YouTube for most parts of the world.
HowCast is a unique platform for budding filmmakers and animators to upload short how-to videos for the site. The site has a database of over 100,000 videos which span across 25 categories. A lot of big names like Playboy, Nestle, JetBlue, and the US Department of State are associated with the site. Amateur filmmakers get a share of the spoils (USD 50 and 50% of advertising revenue generated) once their videos register over 40,000 views.
While there are scores of other websites that offer video-streaming services, these are amongst the best and most trustworthy ones. So, grab yourself some popcorn, throw your feet up and enjoy the show. Cheers.