Which HD video Web service is the best?
HD is the next big thing, now youtube is now hd, so is there other youtube competetors out there? read the rest to find out
The victor: YouTube
This time around, we feel really comfortable giving YouTube the quality crown. Its HD encoding is really nice, and you can’t beat the price (free). One thing that really separates it from the others is that you can do so many things with your clip once it’s up there. You can replace the music, as well as add subtitles and annotations. Community members can also respond to it, adding in-line video replies.
Runners up: Vimeo and SmugMug
Only one of these services will really cost you money (SmugMug), but both give you really great-looking HD Web video. A nod must be given to Vimeo for blazing the trail here. It’s been doing HD video for a while now, and it is one of the most colorful and beautiful sites around. Likewise, SmugMug’s player and interface are top notch, although it’s not as social, and the $150 price tag might be a turn-off to casual users who don’t intend to use its photo-hosting features.
Update: It was inevitable that we’d leave someone out of this by accident. In this case one of the first to let us know was Motionbox, which launched its HD support in early 2008. While it’s too late to include it in the comparison, it’s worth giving a plug here.
Motionbox’s $30 a year service lets you upload files of any size and length. Founder Chris O’Brien also wanted to note that his team has been trying to get all versions of the AVCHD format (found on most hand-held camcorders) working. You can see a demo of how the video looks here.