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What is a video

What is a video?


Video is one of the forms of content which can be found on websites. They often complement a block of text which website visitors usually shy away from, especially if it is thick.


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What is a video? defines video as “an electronic medium for the recording, copying, playback, broadcasting, and display of moving visual media.”


And adds that “video transmits a signal to a screen and processes the order in which the screen captures should be shown. Videos usually have audio components that correspond with the pictures being shown on the screen.”

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People love “light text” written in simple conversational language with short paragraphs and separated by headers and sprinkled with relevant images. However, nothing pleases them more than a video.


Being a partly passive way to imbibe information, a video does not forcibly call for an effort on the part of the audience to learn. As an audio medium, one can even close one’s eyes and take in the details. Its visual aspect makes it easy to follow especially the presentation of a how-to subject.


People often view videos on video hosting services.

What are Video Hosting Services?

Video hosting services are platforms which enable people to upload, download, share or live stream their own videos to the Internet. These are then either consumed by the general public, or by particular users on a shared network.

What is video uploading?


Video uploading consists in moving video files from your computer onto a central server or to a website so that others can see them.


For example, you might save a video shot with your digital camera or mobile telephone to your computer and upload them on to a video platform such as YouTube, where your subscribers will see them.

What is video downloading?


The opposite of video uploading, video downloading is simply copying an image file from the internet and saving it to your computer. To download, one usually clicks on a link and wait for the data to be copied or follow instructions to do so.

What is video sharing?


Video sharing consists in giving the video link to someone so that they can also view it.

What is video streaming?


Video streaming is the display of a form of an image, video or animation file to a viewer via the internet.


The difference between it and downloading or podcasts is that what is being streamed is watched or listened to as it arrives on a computer or other device and is not saved there.


For example, when you watch television or listen to a radio program on the internet, what you are doing is streaming or even live streaming.


‘Live streaming’ consists in broadcasting the media in real time over the internet.


For example, let’s say your friend had a wedding in Paris but you weren’t able to attend. Live streaming would enable you to watch it live on your computer screen.


The most popular video hosting website is YouTube.


It is logged in by 1.8 billion users per month and the most extensive catalog of online videos.


SEE ALSO: Download Video from 10K Sites with Freemake Video Downloader


SEE ALSO: YouTube Upload Guide: Account, Specs, Limits, Formats

8 Free Video Sharing Sites to Upload, Download, Share and Stream Videos

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1. YouTube


When you need to share a video, which site first comes to your mind?


YouTube, of course. Since it is the #1 video sharing site on the Web.


Every minute of every day, more than 35 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube by millions of users around the world who have created accounts on the site so that they can upload videos that anyone can watch.


Video files, even more than photos, can be too big to attach to an email and send to someone. By posting it on YouTube, you can share the video by simply sending them the video url ‘link’. The link represents the ‘address’ of the relevant internet page.


Since it was created in 2005, YouTube has become an archive for storing favourite clips, songs and jokes. Companies also use it as a marketing site where they promote their products.

YouTube refused you? There are other sites


The rules for posting videos on YouTube are very strict. When I first started posting videos on my channel, at a moment YouTube refused a video file on the grounds that it has broken their community guidelines.


I read through the guidelines but couldn’t determine what I had done wrong so that I could protest the decision. The fear of being banned if I infringed on the rules again kept me from uploading more content.


But I needed to upload more videos to complement my blog content.


In desperation, I asked around and was told that there were other video sharing sites where the rules were less rigid.


So if YouTube doesn’t accept your video file, in addition to uploading it to your own site in Flash or HTML5 compatible formats, you can turn to other video sharing sites to publish it.

So, let’s have a look at the 7 most popular video hosting sites beside YouTube, in order of popularity.

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2. Vimeo

Vimeo basic is free

Vimeo Plus 5GB/week 250GB every year Single user 7 $US/mo

Pro 20GB/week 1TB every year 3 team members 20 $US/mo

Business No weekly limits 5TB total storage 10 team members 50 $US/mo

Premium Unlimited live streaming 7TB total storage Unlimited live viewers 75 $US/mo


With a monthly audience of 130,000,000 visitors, is a fast-growing platform which mostly holds prof-looking videos.


Vimeo has three options for its users:


  • basic account with limitations and
  • two paid ones with advanced options and bigger space.


Here are the principal differences between the free and paid accounts.


Vimeo basic is free

Vimeo Plus 5GB/week 250GB every year Single user 7 $US/mo

Pro 20GB/week 1TB every year 3 team members 20 $US/mo

Business No weekly limits 5TB total storage 10 team members 50 $US/mo

Premium Unlimited live streaming 7TB total storage Unlimited live viewers 75 $US/mo



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The downside of Vimeo is its lower number of views compared to YouTube.


SEE ALSO: How to Create a Video Channel on Vimeo

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3. Dailymotion



Dailymotion is a free French video-sharing website having a monthly audience of 100,000,000 visitors.


It allows users to view, upload, and browse videos by searching tags, categories, channels, or user-created groups.


The wide range of random video content it offers goes from funny animal videos to serious political reportages.


The length of video files that you can upload to Dailymotion is limited to 2 GB and 60 minutes. However you may upload heavier video files, on condition that you compress them.

Another limitation of this site compared to YouTube is that the upload quality to regular users is limited to 1280*720p.


Despite all these downsides, Dailymotion can be a good alternative to YouTube.


SEE ALSO: How to download Dailymotion videos free & easily

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4. Twitch



Are you a gamer? Then Twitch is the video site you will like along with other 100,000,000 monthly visitors. 


On Twitch, you will find people broadcast themselves playing or talking about games. Viewers watch them live or via archived footage.


The site also offers you the possibility to chat with other gamers and join various gaming communities.


Accounts are either free or turbo ($8.99/month).


The free account comes with advertising on videos and the possibility to store your live videos for 14 days only. The turbo attracts no advertising and other perks.


See what else you get as a Turbo subscriber:

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Twitch supports recording in MP4 format only.


Don’t worry if your file is in another extension. This guide will help you change it to MP4.

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5. LiveLeak



LiveLeak is a UK-based video sharing website that lets you publish videos as a free member for its 45,000,000 monthly visitors..


The site is specialized mainly in politics, war, and other world events. But you are free to upload any content as long as it doesn’t violate the website policy.


Policy wise, you cannot post any advertising media, music (if you are not the copyright holder), videos showing criminal activity, etc.


Ideally, your video should contain sufficient factual background information or a newsworthy one.

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5. Veoh



Veoh is an Internet television service.


It offers independent productions, studio content, and user-generated material.


When signed in to Veoh, like the 15,000,000 free monthly visitors, you can upload videos of any length in hundreds of different formats. And then embed them on your site or blog.


Veoh counts an extensive community for you to join and participate in. Thus, you can get in touch with other people, rate your favorite videos, leave comments and discuss the videos in channels and forums.

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6. Break



Break is a highly popular website among its 14,000,000 free monthly visitors mainly for its funny pictures, funny videos, and clips.


On the positive side, the site accepts major video formats, such as AVI,  WMV, MPG and MOV. However, all video files must not be bigger than 60MB.


As a user of Break, you can upload your videos to the site:


  • From the site page itself
  • From your cellphone, or
  • You may send a video to Break via email.


What you can also do is add a photo album in JPG, BMP or PNG formats to your video.

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7. Metacafe



Metacafe offers its 12,500,000 free monthly visitors millions of short videos.


Video games, sports, music, movies, and TV are the video-sharing website’s categories.  Metacafe’s special ranking algorithm ensures that the uploaded videos are of high quality.

An advantage of the site is that it pays people for posting videos. So, should your video hit 20,000 views, Metacafe will pay you $5 for every 1,000 views.


However, the 8 are not the only video sites around. Here comes lesser known sites for you.

More Websites to Post Your Videos


  • CollegeHumor is one of the most popular comedy sites loaded with tons of funny videos.
  • Facebook and Instagram offer user-generated videos;
  • Flickr, Yahoo!’s service, will host your images and videos;
  • StupidVideos, as its name suggests, has funny and stupid videos not only from around the web but also TV;
  • Ustream (from $99/month) however is a video streaming service for business owners and media;
  • Vine is a website offering tons of interesting 6 second looped videos.


But it isn’t on to every video website that you can upload videos. Here are sites where you can only view the videos.

Video Sites with only Viewing and no Upload Options


  • ABC is where you can find various comedies, entertaining shows, series, etc.
  • Crackle has Indy and off-beat TV shows and movies not available on TV;
  • Hulu is the top place to view episodes, online movies, series, TV shows;
  • Netflix offers the biggest depository of on-demand movies and TV shows;
  • holds English-language episodes, reviews, shows, and more;
  • Vevo is the largest video platform for concerts, music videos, and premieres;
  • Viewster hosts a wide range of ad-supported free TV shows and movies;
  • Vudu is another popular place where you can rent movies and TV shows.


We cannot end this discussion without looking at what a viral video is.

What is a viral video?


Almost everybody knows about the term “viral video” nowadays.


Of course, this is a video clip that people have liked so much that they’ve shared its link with millions of others around the globe.  So, it’s spread like a virus, whence the word “viral”.


Knowing that it could help them reach a large number of potential customers, companies and marketers have created their own YouTube accounts for posting advertisements and other marketing videos.


I hope this post has helped you see why videos are so popular and that you’ve identified the most appropriate video site to publish your videos or view others’.


Have you also found videos more interesting and easier to understand than a block of text? I would like to have your experience in the comment box below. Also feel free to share your all-time favorite video sharing sites and even videos in the comments section below.


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