It wasn’t that long ago that sharing a video with friends and family meant actually having them over to your house to watch it on the TV. Of course, a lot has changed since then. YouTube has become one of the most popular sites on the Internet, largely on the back of user-submitted home videos. Still, sharing a video is a bit more complicated than sharing those photos you took on vacation last year. You can’t simply send them through email in most cases, as the file sizes are much too large. Fortunately, there are some sites and applications that can help. Here are some of the best.
When it comes to sharing videos online, you’ll often be presented with a choice: do you want the maximum number of options and features or do you want something simple? If it is simplicity you crave, I can’t recommend Wikisend.com enough. No installations required. All you need to do is fill out a short form and you’re off to the races. A website that doesn’t require registration? That is rare enough in and of itself. You can only keep your videos up for 90 days, but that’s more than enough time to share it with your friends. [Visit Wikisend.com]
Try to send a 100MB file through email and you’re likely to get shut down. Videosprout.com, however, allows users to upload files that large, making it a free and secure service for anyone wanting to share their video with a limited number of people. The website restricts your monthly usage to only 500 views, so it isn’t the best choice for those interested in starting a viral campaign. It is perfect, however, for those who need a quick solution for sharing a video among acquaintances. [Visit VideoSprout.com]
Shutterfly mixes the best parts of YouTube with the best parts of WordPress for a unique video-sharing website experience. With the service, you can create your own private website and fill it up with up to 10 of your videos. Best of all, you can have file sizes as large as 300MB, which can free up some of those videos where you just couldn’t bring yourself to edit it down a little. [Visit Shutterfly]
Of course, Shutterfly, Videosprout, and Wikisend are all great choices for those who have a smaller circle of friends with whom they wish to share their videos, but what about those who want to reach a larger audience? This is where Facebook really shines. Its convenience can’t be beat, considering the fact that most of your target audience is probably already on the site. And if you set the privacy settings to your liking, there’s no reason to doubt its security. [Visit Facebook]
Chattertree flies under the radar, but it makes a nice alternative to the larger social networking sites. Using the site, you can divide your online socializing into categories. One room could be just for you and your best friend, while another might be for all of your work colleagues. You can restrict whomever you want from whichever rooms you want, giving you a rather impressive amount of control over the privacy of your videos.
When people think of private video sharing sites, they usually don’t think of the big YT. With the giant’s recent push to have users switch to their real names, this comes under even more scrutiny. Still, for the time being, there are no simpler alternatives when it comes to sharing a video online. You can still mark a video as private and share it only with those who have the right to access it. And if you want to reach as large an audience as possible, there simply are no better options. [Visit YouTube.com]