Saturday, November 24, 2007

Video-Sharing Sites And Alternatives To YouTube.

Everyone have heard of the video-sharing site YouTube and the site has been such a success that a price tag of US$1.65 billion was put on it, dwarfing the US$649 million that Rupert Murdoch paid for MySpace. The wide variety of footage available, from music videos, homemade videos, comedies to drama serials has grown YouTube's American user base, according to AC Nielson, by a whopping 297 per cent for the first half of 2006.

Along with that success came competition and an explosion of other video-sharing sites, which offer options that many users felt have better video quality and more features than YouTube. Revver, for instance, share advertising revenue with creators of video clips and this strategy seems to be paying off - it has managed to attract some of YouTube's top producers including the makers of the popular Lonelygirl15 comedy series. So, here are some alternatives to YouTube :

If you cannot tell the difference between JPEG and FLV or the word "video-remixing" sounds like something from Mars, then Eyespot is the perfect video-sharing site for you. With a user-friendly and easy-to-use interface, Eyespot editing features allows you to trim the beginning and ending of your footage, add effects and even re-order the timeline. Through ISend, you can even send your cell phone video to your account via MMS and due to its partnership with music labels, users can add music to their clips from artistes like Five for Fighting without having to worry about copyright infringements.

IFilm is one of the leading streaming media networks on the internet and provides video producers with their own personalized MyIFilm page, Clip of the Day and many other cool features. Their extensive library of music videos, short films and the popular "viral videos" is just the right thing if you found yourself bored stiff in a seminar or a presentation. This video-sharing site has also joined forces with MTV to let you catch their latest programmes and users not looking for any particular video would like its dedicated video channels like anime and horror. These channels screen random videos from selected genres so that you can enjoy an array of videos. iFilm also allows you to send your footage directly from the site to Flickr, MySpace and

Veoh is a diverse, virtual community of independent filmmakers and content producers and is the video-sharing site for all pop-star wannabe as Veoh have partnered United Talent Agency to talent spot The Next Big Thing through footage submitted by users. It also boasts of a great variety of user-generated Internet drama serials like the popular homemade horror drama Buried Alive.

Part of Yahoo, Jumpcut makes video publishing fun and easy. Its features-rich editing tool allows users to easily create their own version of someone else's movie, create effects, re-order the timeline and even undo all the effects if you have gone overboard with the editing. Unlike Youtube, however, the videos do not play automatically, which is a bit of a hassle if you are streaming videos from your mobile phone.

Other than the standard YouTube features like tagging and rating videos, Revver's list of video categories is also impressive, with dedicated channels for DIY and Celebrity News. It is the only video-sharing site that shares revenue with creators of video clips and this strategy has attracted some of YouTube's top producers like the popular Lonelygirl15 series to switch camps. The site has promised to pay 20 to 50 per cent of their advertising dollars to video producers if people watch their videos.

Google Video
Google video may looked clean and boring but what Google Video lacks in design, it more than makes up for in features. And it even lets you sell your clips to viewers. Uploading your videos is a singe by either using their web-based uploader, for file size under 100 MB, or through a Video Uploader client software if your video is over 100 MB or if you want to upload multiple files at once. The only bugbear is that your footage is subjected to review and approval before it is posted on the site.

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