Cheat Sheet: Online Video Sharing

Film reelWhen Flickr announced that users can now upload video, some news outlets hinted at a competition with YouTube, whether real or imaginary. To be sure, the Flickr-YouTube setup speaks to a larger rivalry between Yahoo and Google. But that’s beside the point. Not only is Flickr’s video sharing service crippled by some hefty limitations; it doesn’t even purport to do exactly what YouTube or Adobe Media Player does. It’s time to set the record straight: Here’s what you can (and can’t) do with these services: YouTube What you can do: Watch copyrighted content (until someone takes it down) or upload personal videos. Pros:

  • Signing up is free and easy
  • Users can make videos viewable to the public or up to 25 private viewers
  • Users can disable commenting
  • Comment voting and ratings
  • Syndication on mobile phones and TV
  • Users can categorize videos to make them more searchable
  • Users can add a map to show viewers where the video was made.


  • No selective embedding. If you can embed your video on a blog, so can anyone.
  • ¬†Videos limited to ten minutes so sharing a lengthy home video with relatives is out of the question.

Flickr What you can do: Upload 90-second-or-less videos to your Photostream. Pros:

  • Users can store pictures and short video (likely recorded on the same device, anyway) in one place as Photobucket users have been able to do for a while now
  • Users can label videos as private, just as they can their photos.


  • Only Pro users (who pay $24.95 per year) can upload videos
  • 90 seconds is awfully short for a personal video (Flickr is calling them “long photos”)
  • Flickr actually cares if you add copyrighted background music
  • You can’t choose the thumbnail for your video
  • You can’t separate photos from videos.

Adobe Media Player What you can do: Add personal videos or watch free episodes of selected television shows. Pros:

  • Free
  • Quick download
  • Smooth video
  • Accessible online and off
  • Unlike with YouTube, you can drag the progress bar to a later point in a clip
  • By default, the player remembers where you left off, should you close out of a clip.


  • Visitors to your videos might find Flickr and YouTube more accessible, if only because they’re more familiar
  • The free television isn’t a huge draw, after all, since offers more free, full episodes of more shows.
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  1. Mike Cane Says:

    You guys are usually hip so I’m disappointed to see you leave out Veoh!

    1) Videos can be any length

    2) The VeohTV client allows streaming viewing *or* downloading

    3) Downloaded vids are the *original upload file* — DiVX up = DiVX down, AVI up = AVI down

    No bloody Flash or dealing with add-ons to sneakily grabs vids from YouTube!

    Dig it:

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