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Free Video Sharing Services and Video Hosting

This page lists web hosting companies (or more accurately video hosting companies/sites) that will host your videos and movies free of charge. You can make your movies, training videos, video tutorials, home movies, etc, and place them on these sites which will host them on their servers. They typically convert these shows to a format they can deliver on the web, and allow you to embed the video into your own web page.

Note that some, if not all, will also add their advertisements either to your videos or to the page showing your videos. They may also limit the size/duration of the video itself and possibly impose other limitations. If this is not acceptable to you, one alternative is to create your own website and host your video on a commercial web host. This way, you can put up videos of any length you like and not have unwanted advertisements intefering with them.

In addition, some of these video hosts sometimes provide rudimentary tools for you to use to work on your video. If these are inadequate, you may prefer to use a more versatile video editing tool such as those listed on the Free Video Editors (Video Editing Software) page.

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Vimeo

Vimeo is a video sharing site and online community. The free Basic account (scroll down their page to find it), meant for non-commercial use, provides you with 500 MB of space per week, 1 HD video upload per week, and 10 video uploads per day. I guess this means, in less compact speech, that you can upload up to 10 new videos, of up to 500 MB in total for those videos combined, per week, one of which may be in high definition (HD). Your videos can be in a variety of compression formats, although they recommend that you use H.264 for best results. They also accept frame rates of 24, 25 or 30 fps. Video resolutions accepted include the Standard Definition (SD) resolutions of 640 x 480 px and 640 x 360 px; the High Definition resolutions of 1280 x 720 px (720p) for the free Basic account; and the High Definition resolution of 1920 x 1080 px (1080p) if you are a paying member. (As implied by my previous sentence, they also provide paid accounts that allow you to put up videos for commercial purposes, have larger storage space and a number of other benefits.)

Dailymotion

Dailymotion allows you to upload videos of up to 60 minutes and 2 GB file size, up to a maximum of 2 hours of video per day and 96 uploads per day (presumably, whichever limit is hit first). Formats supported include MOV, MPEG4, MP4, AVI and WMV inside MP4, AVI or MOV containers. You can encode your videos using H.264, DivX, WMV9 and MPEG-2. They support audio encoded with AAC, MP3, WMA9 and MPEG Layer 2. Your videos should have a 24, 25 or 30 frames per second (fps), an aspect ratio of 16:9 or 4:3 (which will have black bars placed on its sides in their player), a video bitrate of 1.2 to 4 Mbps, and an audio bitrate of 128 to 320 Kbps. They can handle resolutions of up to 3840 x 2160 (1080p).

Flickr

Although I list Flickr here, it is primarily a photo sharing site. Nonetheless, it allows users to upload videos of up to 1 GB in size. However, the playback of your video is limited to its first 3 minutes (yes, 3 minutes). Your videos may be in the MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV, MPEG, 3GP, M2TS, OGG, OGV formats, and the total storage space your files (videos and photos and whatever else they may allow) may use is 1 TB.

YouTube

Google's YouTube allows you to upload videos of up to 15 minutes in duration, unless you give them your telephone number and allow them to text/call you to "verify" your account. The maximum file size of a video is 128GB or 12 hours in length (assuming your account is "verified"). File formats accepted by YouTube include WMV, AVI, MOV, MPEG4, MP4, MPEGPS, FLV, 3GPP and WebM. YouTube's player has an aspect ratio of 16:9, so if your video does not have that, it will be displayed with black bars (pillar boxes or letter boxes) to make up the difference. You can also embed your shows into your website; for example, the How to Add a Feedback Form to Your Website (Video Tutorial) page includes a training video hosted by YouTube.

Blip.tv

[Update: Blip.tv has closed.] Unlike many other services Blip.tv does not impose a size limit on the files you upload to their video hosting service, although they recommend that you limit your files to 100 MB. They have an opt-in advertising model, which means that you can choose not to display advertisements on your video. However, if you do, you get 50% of the ad proceeds. Video files can be in any format, although they prefer Quicktime and WMV files. The files are presented in whatever format you upload it in. They also provide a Flash version of your video which their system automatically generates for you. The service also allows you to embed your videos in your website.

Revver

[Update: Revver has closed] Revver allows you to upload video files of up to 100 MB. Your video must be at least 4 seconds long, and there is no upper limit in duration. They share 50% of the advertising revenue generated from your movie with you. File formats accepted include MOV, MPEG, MPG, MP4, WMV, ASF and AVI (including DivX AVIs). Your video will be delivered in either the Flash or Quicktime format. Each video is manually reviewed by a human reviewer before it is posted online. You may embed your video into your website.

JumpCut

[Update: JumpCut has closed.] Yahoo's JumpCut provides video hosting for shows up to 100 MB in file size. I can't seem to find information on the maximum duration (if any) that they impose on your clip. The online video editor allows your videos to be remixed, clipped, have transitions, titles and effects added to it, etc. It supports the upload of following video formats: MPG, MPEG, MP4, AVI, MOV, WMV, FLV, RM, and 3GP. For audio tracks, MP3, WAV, Ogg, and AIFF are supported.

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