August 5, 2008

Video Sharing Embed Comparisons

I regularly upload videos to a variety of services for a variety of reasons. Youtube is my site of choice, mostly for ease of use, audience and user familiarity.  Recenly I noticed blip as having particularly good quality so I have several videos there. I’d used Vimeo a while back but not much lately. Flickr recently introduced video and seems handy for short videos. I’ve also used Revver in the past but it’s been a bit flaky lately.

Last week I shot an impromptu video with my Canon SD750 Digital camera. I dropped in into imovie 08 (which by the way was designed exactly for this type of quick video and sharing) and uploaded it to the four sites. Here are the results:


Big Dog Meets Little Dog from shareski on Vimeo

The default setting for youtube won’t give you the high quality you get from the other sites. I found this site which rewrote the code to use the higher quailty video.

With that, it’s hard to differentiate between the four. Blip is larger by default but I’ve resized manually to make it similar to the others. Unless there are some other features here I’ve missed, I’m not prepared to recommend one over the other. Are you?

Update:
From Ian’s request I also uploaded the original 15MB .m4v file to my server and it is embedded here. It is better quality than the others since it hasn’t been converted to flash. However it’s download size and also server bandwidth might be an issue.

I also added a google video. I couldn’t find a high to embed the high quality format.