Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Offsite video sharing

Now here's something that will simplify the posting of video online - particularly useful for performing arts demos....

There seem to be two major free video hosting services - YouTube and Google Video.

YouTube seems to operate the same was as Flickr - create an account, share videos, add tags and comments. etc. The limit is 100MB videos at a time, but no monthly bandwidth limit (unlike Flickr...). You can also embed the videos (like I'm embedding the Flickr photos on the sidebar). (Thanks to Zacker of Civic Space Labs fame for the YouTube pointer.)

Then there's Google Video. You need a Google Account (which is different than a Gmail account); they have some operating system specifics and video specs, but no upload limit. It's not designed with the same "tag and share" philosophy as YouTube, but it does allow the downloading of video - which you may or may not want (YouTube allows you to bookmark videos, but not download them - again, similar to Flickr).

One last note: YouTube is much more susceptible to being brought down for he hsoting of copyright content (c.f. history of Napster) than Google. Personally, I would post my demos on both sites.


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