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Published on September 3rd, 2010 | by rubyskyepi

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Comparing Video

I’ve been agonizing over which video host to use for this project.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/14482111] I may just have settled on Vimeo.  I invested in a pro account which is about $60 a year and will allow unlimited HD uploads and supposedly some customization of the video player.  However, I’ve uploaded one video so far — the teaser — and the video player does not seem to be responding to my customization.  I’ve unchecked the “later” box a dozen times, but it keeps appearing anyway.  I can go in and alter the embed code, but it bugs me that it remains there after I spend my 60 bucks.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXn2xsrzot4]We’ll keep a YouTube channel and post all the video there, but I am not inclined to host on YouTube, mostly because the options for setting a the thumbnail image (sometimes called a poster frame) are so limited.  And poster frames are VERY important.  So while we plan to be very active on YouTube, we won’t be hosting there.

One of the options we eliminated is Blip, which offers great video quality and a good player.  But you can’t set up a private video there and it is oriented particularly toward video producers who are monetizing with ads.  I like Blip a lot, even though every single time I access my Hailey Hacks account there I have to– for unfathomable reasons — reset my password.  Weirdest glitch ever!

I also like TubeMogul, but there professional pricing is way way way out of our league.

I’m offering up a side by each taste test — well, one above, one below.  One video, two hosts.  Our teaser on Vimeo at the top and on YouTube below.  Can you see a difference?  Is there a player you prefer.  The lines are open.  Let me know what you think!

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6 Responses to Comparing Video

  1. Robbo says:

    Hey Jill – as you know I’m using Blip and I’m pretty sure you can make videos private if you have their Pro account – and it’s something you can set up as you upload your video and then change in the Edit settings later. Just so you know.

    • rubyskyepi says:

      I forgot you were using Blip! And when you told me you were, I was all swayed and thinking I was going to use it too! Darn. I think I’m committed to Vimeo. Oh well. We’ll see how it goes and reassess.

  2. jenn says:

    From your post I’m not sure what the “later” is supposed to do but the difference I notice is that the Vimeo still is all stretched out (marlee looks very long)!

    • rubyskyepi says:

      The “later” seems to have disappeared or maybe it only appears on the Vimeo site. It allows you to queue the video to watch later. I think you’re right about Marlee being long and we both know she doesn’t need to be any taller! ;D

  3. Brandon says:

    Well, I just played both videos side-by-side, cued them up so they ran at the same time…

    I didn’t notice any difference between them, really. The audio and video were both fine, no lag or skipping.

    Both look like perfectly fine options to me.

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