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Online Video Sharing Systems


Thursday, March 6th, 2008 — 12:02am PDT
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The first thing that probably comes to mind when thinking about online video is YouTube. It’s the most popular service and is pretty darn entertaining but for some of my “day job” needs I wanted something that looked a little more professional and that wouldn’t scrape the encoding quality down like sandpaper.

The alternative I chose was Blip.tv, which allows you to upload videos, have “episodes”, and is conducive to video podcasting offering up RSS feeds, enabling comments, and tags. I was pleased with Blip while it lasted until something with the day job turned things upside down and I had to scramble to find another video service. Honestly I could have just embedded the videos using the amazing flv wizard but I like the social networking features and stats tracking of the video services.

I Googled around, passed over Revver (I forget my reason for ignoring it) and came across Viddler. I signed up for an account and was pretty impressed. They have a sleek interface that allows you to enter titles and tags on the fly in a smooth AJAX-y manner (you don’t have to go to another page to enter this information, it’s kind of like editing details of a photo on Flickr). You can also record directly to their site (without uploading a file) using your webcam.

What ultimately sold me was their batch upload feature. Since we no longer had our half-dozen videos up on Blip, I had to toss them all up again. Viddler helped me do that all in one batch operation which included adding tags and titles to every video while I waited. On the flip side, I’ve already noticed that the embedded videos on my work site don’t load in Firefox 2, but they work fine in Safari and FF 3 Beta 3.

Last night I went to my personal Blip.tv profile and encountered some familiar issues. The upload time was dragging, the thumbnail I uploaded for the video player wasn’t working, and the video wasn’t playing on my profile or while embedded on my blog even after about 30 minutes it still said status “pending”. I decided since Viddler was working out so well at the day job that I would sign up for a Miss604 account on there. I made a Twitter update saying I was moving on to Viddler and the response was astounding.

I received a Twitter request from Rob, the co-founder of Viddler, who also added me as a contact on the video site and made a nice comment about the video I had just uploaded. I then had some friends and contacts message me saying they’re also pleased with Viddler.

This morning I got an email from Eric, the Director of Content Development at Blip.tv. I assume he saw my Twitter as well – yes, Twitter is very public – and he was just asking if I would share some reasons why I left. Eric was really nice to inquire and I gladly shared my story. I explained my reasons for moving over to Viddler and he was all ears. I stand by my statement that Blip.tv is excellent for video bloggers (and I haven’t deleted my account or anything), but I think I’ll be giving Viddler a whirl for the next while and we’ll see how it all pans out.

I’d like to thank Rob and Eric for being so responsive and engaging me in conversations about my satisfaction with their respective services. I’m certainly more inclined to work with them and use their products after all of this. Geez, aren’t the internets great?

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7 comments

  1. Mike Hudack says:

    Hey there,

    I’m sorry you didn’t have the best experience at blip! If you’d like please give me a call on my cell phone: 646-827-9773. I’d love to chat and see if there’s anything more we can do to help you out.

    Yours,

    Mike Hudack
    Co-founder & CEO, blip.tv

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  3. Mostly Lisa says:

    I use Revver as my primary video sharing site. You should take another look see, as Revver, unlike it’s competitors, actually makes you money. I use Vimeo for quick vids. I signed up for Viddler yonks ago, but didn’t receive any nice comments from Rob, so I left in a hough and never came back!

  4. Miss604 says:

    Haha poor thing! Yeah I think you can put ads in Blip as well, not sure. There are really so many options, tailored to all the facets of video sharing (personal, business, etc.)

  5. Quicktime, surrounding a fairly common codec (H.264 (aka MPEG 4 part 10) is pretty ubiquitous, but MPEG-2 is virtually universal in terms of playback support).

    I know, but I think unless the video-sharing elements are the fundamental purpose of offering the video, Flash players trade performance and quality for a few pretty marginal virtues.

    YouTube and GVid have their reasons for using embedded Flash playback, but it’s not like there’s that many computers out there that can deal with Flash but can’t deal with Quicktime. And if you want to support mobiles, you need a 3gpp version of the video regardless.

    Well, unless you want it to be iPhone only.

  6. mor10 says:

    After extensive research we landed on Brightcove as our main video hosting for http://www.Dabbler.ca because they offer far better quality and a large variation of customizeable players to choose from. Of all the services available, Brightcove far oushines the competition.

    It’ll be interesting to see what happens now that Microsoft finally has a stable version of Silverlight as this technology is far supperior to Flash video. I’m predicting that in a year or so most serious video content providers will have switched over to that platform as it delivers fully scaleable HD content at the same bitrate that Flash delivers unscaleable blurry mush. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

    but seriously, check out Brightcove – I think you’ll be pleased with what you find.

    morten

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