Vimeo vs. Screencast vs. Youtube

Recently for work I’ve been looking into various video serving sites. I investigated Youtube, Vimeo, and Screencast. I’m sure that there are others, but I didn’t want to spend forever dithering over options. I thought that I’d share some of what I found.

Pro: Clearly the industry’s darling for video. The fact that they’ll stream whatever content you need for free is great. All the major forum sites and blogs seem to support posting embedded videos.

Con: The 10 minute limit is a huge pain for putting up pre-generated video (of which we have a decent amount). I’ve found errors uploading a variety of file codecs, so transcoding seems to be a requirement as well. Seems that you have to be a partner to do any real useful theming. Even though it supports hd video, it doesn’t inline the video on a webpage, you have to go fullscreen. For video tutorials that is unbearable. You can’t download the video once uploaded, which is useful for customers that don’t want to stream constantly.

Pro: This seems to be geared best for professional use. You can batch upload content very easily. I’ve yet to encounter any codec problems. The response time is quite fast. Customers can also download the video. The biggest win is that inlines the video at its target resolution. This makes video tutorials play great. You can theme individual pages, although the options are limited.

Con: The pro version is more expensive than the others listed here, but isn’t that big of a deal, $99.95 / year for 250 GB/month bandwidth and 25 GB of space. The bandwidth limit can be extended for $31.95. It isn’t insertable anywhere that sandboxes content, like wordpress. You need to be able to embed Javascript to embed video content. Theming for the entire channel is non-existent, making it hard to point people at your channel and keep branding consistent.

Pro: Supports HD video. Customers can download links. Moderate pricing for pro: $59.95 / year.

Con: You have to be pro to upload any reasonable amount of HD content. It is spotty in terms of support for forums and websites. WordPress supports it, but it is totally undocumented. You don’t seem to be able to theme the channel at all.

I think that we’ll end up using both Screencast and Youtube, and live with the tradeoffs for each.


~ by shaunkime on January 7, 2010.

2 Responses to “Vimeo vs. Screencast vs. Youtube”

  1. if you have an account before 2005, there won’t be 10-min limit at YouTube. BTW I don’t know screencast is a video site but just a kind of tool.

  2. Great article. I am struggling with going with Screencast or Vimeo. Likely to just follow the same solution you used. We are uploading training videos (restricted audience) and marketing (open audience) and educational.

    Hard to believe that a service has not emerged that does it all. Screencast’s embedding of javascript is a major pain.

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