I was furious yesterday! For some reason, YouTube pulled my latest video, Christmas in New York City, without explanation or notice! I looked around YourTube for a Contact email or phone number, but could only find a general email address which sent an auto-reply to directed my to a page that does not exist. The Xmas video contains all original video which I personally shot with the Canon 7D. Even the background audio was a royalty-free clip which I purchased from iStockphoto. I was so furious that I signed-up with Vimeo!
Vimeo is similar to YouTube:
- I was able to upload the same HD video files that I used for YouTube.
- You can customize your “channel” similar to YouTube.
- Both Vimeo and YouTube currently re-encode HD video for web broadcast at 720P. YouTube has announce that they will re-encode HD videos for 1080P when it is available. Vimeo with a Plus account keeps the original uploaded video on file for future re-encoding at higher HD output, but has not officially announced support for 1080p.
NOTE: 12StarsMedia just pointed out that YouTube did release the 1080p viewing. However, you need to watch the video directly, not in a Channel. You will see an UP arrow next to the HD button to change the view from 720p to 1080p.
Vimeo is better than YouTube:
- Vimeo’s converted HD video looks better and sharper than YouTube HD videos.
- Vimeo offers a Plus account with additional benefits over the free account
- Vimeo’s upload interface is much better. My Xmas video is almost 1Gig. Uploading to Vimeo was smoother (though not faster) and then converted without a problem.
- Vimeo’s Help and Support Center is much better than YouTube.
- The Vimeo audience is more artistic and pro-oriented.
YouTube is better than Vimeo:
- Vimeo limits the number of HD uploads per week without subscribing to the Plus account.
- Vimeo’s player is Flash based, so smartphones like the Palm Pre, Blackberry and the iPhone can not play there videos natively. Flash should be available on both the Palm Pre & Blackberry 1st quarter 2010. However, since Apple and Adobe are at war over the terms of Flash on the iPhone, a Flash player app is unlikely.
- YouTube audience is as huge as it is diverse. If you are looking for traffic and exposure, it’s YouTube.
I uploaded and converted 3 videos on Vimeo in my Photoframd Channel. Let me know what you think.