As you might have noticed I use a video sharing website named Vimeo most often when posting videos. So maybe you are wondering why I use Vimeo instead of YouTube. Here is why:
1. First and foremost…quality. I’ll let the videos do the talking. Let’s take my kayaking video that I posted last week. I loaded the same file into YouTube and Vimeo. Below is both of them. You tell me which one is far and away better quality.
2. Uploading videos is much easier. You get more options for the thumbnail picture that shows before the video plays. You are able to watch it upload, rather than just getting the never-ending YouTube loading page.
3. I notice a major difference in HD quality. I don’t totally understand how how 720p and 1080p can be better on Vimeo than Youtube, but to my eye it isn’t close. The videos on the Vimeo HD page are incredible.
4. If you upload a widescreen video is adapts to that, rather than just showing a huge area of black like YouTube is notorious for doing (of course when I embed the vidoes on my blog it does show the black, but not on the actual Vimeo page).
5. The company works out of two cities: New York and Portland. I have to support the Portland folks.
6. Vimeo doesn’t have junk. Vimeo has yet to be overrun with the crap you find all over YouTube. On YouTube, if you search for a song you find some hack playing his guitar or some amateur video from a concert. Vimeo has no such problem.
Now don’t get me wrong here. YouTube is an incredible website. If you’re looking for added SEO benefits or trying to get a video to go viral, YouTube is your best option.
I use it probably everyday, numerous times a day. There is an almost infinite amount of material on YouTube.
Vimeo is competing with YouTube on one level: personal videos.
They don’t allow videos from tv or dvds to be uploaded, it has to be someone’s personal content. So while you wouldn’t go to Vimeo to look for Saturday Night Live clips, you will find high quality professional videos.
Head over to my Vimeo page and then sign up for an account so I can watch your videos on a quality player.
So what do you think…do you like Vimeo or YouTube better?