Commercial video sharing sites

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There are hundreds of commercial sites where you can publish your video online. Below is an overview of five of the more popular sites and some sites in other languages . You should be particularly aware of security issues when publishing to commercial platforms. One of the key disadvantages of many commercial platforms is that ads are placed next to your video.

YouTube

YouTube is the biggest video sharing site in the world so its fantastic way of reaching a large audience but in order to get your video viewed ensure that you have a promotion campaign to direct people to watch your video. Additionally as there are so many videos on YouTube ensuring you engage people and encourage them take action may be a little harder than in other spaces.

  • Time Limit: 10 Minutes (with basic account)
  • File Size Limit: 100MB (1 Gig with multi-file software)
  • Videos Embeddable: yes
  • Mobile Phone Uploads: yes
  • Non-Flash Video Formats: no
  • Videos Downloadable: no
  • Open Content Licensing: no
  • RSS 2.0 with Enclosures: no
  • RSS 2.0 Search Feeds: yes, no enclosures
  • Region and/or Issue Based: no

How to upload a video to YouTube

Blip.tv

Blip.tv gives the most flexibility and the fewest limitations about how and where your videos are presented of all the commercial platforms. It also presents your video at a much higher quality than YouTube.

  • Time Limit: none
  • File Size Limit: 1 Gig
  • Videos Embeddable: yes
  • Mobile Phone Uploads: yes
  • Non-Flash Video Formats: yes
  • Videos Downloadable: yes
  • Open Content Licensing: yes
  • RSS 2.0 with Enclosures: yes
  • RSS 2.0 Search Feeds: yes, with enclosures
  • Region and/or Issue Based: no

Vimeo

Vimeo has a slick user interface and does a great job of streaming higher quality video; however, it falls severely short in how the videos can be exported and displayed on external sites aggregators, and search engines.

  • Time Limit: no
  • File Size Limit: yes (500MB per week, total)
  • Videos Embeddable: yes
  • Mobile Phone Uploads: yes
  • Non-Flash Video Formats: user option
  • Videos Downloadable: user option
  • Open Content Licensing: no
  • RSS 2.0 with Enclosures: yes, Flash player only
  • RSS 2.0 Search Feeds: yes, Flash player only
  • Region and/or Issue Based: no

Facebook

If you are already running a campaign using Facebook then sharing video on the site can be very powerful.The videos you post on Facebook are however largely limited to the groups or campaigns you're connected with on the site. 

  • Time Limit: 20 minutes
  • File Size Limit: 300MB
  • Videos Embeddable: no
  • Mobile Phone Uploads: yes
  • Non-Flash Video Formats: no
  • Videos Downloadable: no
  • Open Content Licensing: no
  • RSS 2.0 with Enclosures: no
  • RSS 2.0 Search Feeds: no
  • Region and/or Issue Based: social network based

MySpace:

The limitations on MySpace are similar to those on Facebook. When you publish a video to your profile, it is viewable only by people who directly visit your page.

  • Time Limit: none
  • File Size Limit: 100MB
  • Videos Embeddable: no
  • Mobile Phone Uploads: via external service only
  • Non-Flash Video Formats: no
  • Videos Downloadable: no
  • Open Content Licensing: no
  • RSS 2.0 with Enclosures: no
  • RSS 2.0 Search Feeds: no
  • Region and/or Issue Based: social network based



Video sharing sites in other languages.

French

WAT: http://www.wat.tv/
Wideo: http://www.wideo.fr/

Spanish

Tu TV: http://www.tu.tv
Dale Al Play: http://www.dalealplay.com/

Arabic

Lebanese Videos: http://www.lebvids.com/
Telfazy: http://www.telfazy.com/
VideoArab: http://www.videoarab.com/
SashaClip: http://www.shashaclip.com/
Ikbis: http://ikbis.com/
ArabTube: http://www.arabtube.tv/
MatigiTV: http://www.matigi.tv/
D1G video: http://www.d1g.com/video

Russian

RuTube: http://rutube.ru/
Smotri: http://smotri.com/