Where to host your videos

Many of you are probably looking for the answer to this ! There are many ways to host your video. Here’s our selection

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Vimeo

This platform attracts professionals from the cultural sector such as music, dance, cinematography, and photography.

The best thing to know about Vimeo is its ad-free model. It’s supported by user donations and a paywall for certain videos. Drawbacks include its weekly uploading limit of 500 MB, which could be a problem for content creators.

  • Format: 16:9 (a black frame is automatically added for 4:3 videos).
  • Maximum file size: 500MB for free users (up to 256GB for Pro users).
  • Maximum video length: limited by file size.
  • Total file storage: 500MB/week for free users (20GB/week for Pro users).
  • Video formats accepted: .MOV, .MPEG4, MP4, .AVI, .WMV, .FLV, .MKV, 3GPP, etc.

Recommended for Colour & Rush and Content & Rush.

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YouTube

YouTube is by far the largest video-sharing site on the Internet. With 1.9 billion active users on the site each month, no one even comes close.

There are no limits on data storage or bandwidth, and you can upload individual videos of up to 128 GB in size. You can also earn a share of the advertising revenue generated by your videos.

YouTube videos can be an essential part of your content marketing strategy, but it’s not the best choice for hosting videos of training courses or testimonials.

  • Format: 16:9 (a black frame is automatically added for 4:3 videos)
  • Maximum file size: 128 GB
  • Maximum video length: 12 hours
  • Total file storage: Unlimited
  • Video formats accepted: .MOV, .MPEG4, MP4, .AVI, .WMV, .MPEGPS, .FLV, 3GPP and WebM.

Recommended for Colour & Rush and Content & Rush.

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Dailymotion

With 112 million visitors a month, Dailymotion is an excellent platform for sharing your content with people around the world, offering more flexibility and better tolerance for users. There is also an option to monetise content through advertisements or a paywall. Viewers can expect to see ads on certain videos while other videos are totally ad-free.

  • Format: 16:9 (a black frame is automatically added for 4:3 videos).
  • Maximum file size: 2 GB.
  • Maximum video length: 1 hour.
  • Total file storage: Unlimited.
  • Video formats accepted: .MOV, .MPEG4, MP4, .AVI, .WMV, .FLV, .MKV, 3GPP, etc.

Recommended for Colour & Rush and Content & Rush.

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Facebook

If you already have a Facebook page, your audience will have a direct way to watch your videos. The biggest advantage of Facebook is that you can engage directly with your followers. Thanks to social sharing functionalities, you can ask people to share the videos you post.

You can create a free account in minutes and start uploading videos. To improve your visibility, Facebook also has integrated marketing tools for businesses. The platform's marketing system is quite robust, which means you can easily transform a simple video into effective advertising for your brand. Using Facebook’s power to broadcast videos is an excellent alternative to YouTube.

Guidelines and specifications for uploading videos

  • Format: landscape (16:9), portrait (9:16), vertical (2:3, 4:5) or square (1:1).
  • Maximum file size: 4GB.
  • Maximum video length: 2 hours.
  • Total file storage: Unlimited.
  • Video formats accepted: .MOV, .MPEG4, MP4, .AVI, .WMV, .FLV, .MKV, 3GPP, etc.

Recommended for Colour & Rush, Short & Rush and Content & Rush.

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SproutVideo

SproutVideo is a video hosting platform designed for businesses. It offers sharing and collaboration tools in addition to lead capture forms, audience creation and advanced video analysis.

Guidelines and specifications for uploading videos

  • Format: landscape (16:9), portrait (9:16), vertical (2:3, 4:5) or square (1:1).
  • Maximum file size: Up to 100GB.
  • Maximum video length: Unlimited.
  • Total file storage: 500GB with 500GB of broadband
  • Video formats accepted: .MP4, .MOV, .AVI, .WMV, .FLV, .MKV, 3GPP, etc.

Recommended for Colour & Rush, Short & Rush and Content & Rush.

The best provider for hosting videos depends on what you want to host and your business needs.
Do you want to embed an ad-free video in your WordPress website with full transparency? Vimeo or YouTube are probably good solutions.
If you want to reach a new audience with high profile video content, YouTube and Facebook are your best options.
There is no single right answer to this question.
As always, everything depends on your desired goals for your videos and your budget.

Sources: Dailymotion - Kinsta - Vimeo - YouTube - SproutVideo

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