Embedding video on this blog – experiment

by Justin Souter on December 8, 2008

Morning all! Rather than ask everyone what they think the best video site is, I thought I’d have a play myself. :-)

I took the clip below with my Blackberry a couple of weeks back – just over 60 seconds of rough footage. The test has a number of different aspects:

  • Will the sites accept 3gp files? [All 5 did]
  • What is the experience uploading and adding a title, tags etc. like (i.e. the usability of the site)?
  • How easy is it to embed the video in a blog post?
  • What do the clip look like when posted to the different sites?

I’ve used the following sites (the links go directly to the video online), with initial impressions as the sub-bullet point:

  • Blip.tv
    • Probably the best for showing off video as art – a certain clinical feel to it (both good & bad)
  • Flickr
    • Not as good as the competition
  • Viddler
    • Can’t understand why I signed up for this, it looks pretty ordinary
  • Vimeo (favourite of Joi Ito)
    • My favourite as a business tool – overall experience seems best
  • YouTube
    • Tainted by mainstream status, not really keen on look and feel

btw, apologies if you’re not on broadband – you probably won’t be able to pick up all the embedded content below… :-s

*Anyway, please let me know what you think – preferably in the comments below.

Blip TV

Flickr

Viddler

Vimeo


Icelandic choir at the (old) Gateshead Town Hall from Justin Souter on Vimeo.

YouTube

  • justingsouter

    Please could you also report any errors you may encounter – it'd be interesting to see which of the embedded videos is causing the problems. :-/

  • on my pc running xpsp3 using firefox 3 the flickr image didn't show up at all, the blip.tv was a bit slow and had to buffer a bit. Vimeo was pretty good, although the controls look awful unless you remember to take the cursor off the clip. I like the way that viddler lets you see the comments made on the site the clip is hosted and i have used viddler on hd content and it worked much better than some of the other sites.

  • justingsouter

    David – thanks for this, sounds like you've got some useful experience with video publishing. :-)

    I would also love to hear your feedback on this, if you've got the time: http://wellbanked.blogspot.com/2008/12/my-ident

    Many thanks in advance

  • David – thanks for this, sounds like you've got some useful experience with video publishing. :-)

    I would also love to hear your feedback on this, if you've got the time: http://wellbanked.blogspot.com/2008/12/my-ident

    Many thanks in advance

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