Since last year, I’ve been wanting to document travels through videos but I can’t seem to find time and patience to edit and upload vlogs. This year, I am hoping to do better, and create vlogs but something has been bothering me. Which platform should I use to upload videos? Youtube or Vimeo?
Jae helped me know a few things about Youtube and Vimeo that it made me think to list pros and cons so it would be easier to decide. And since I don’t think it’s enough, I’m blogging about this so I can ask help from you too! I thought of factors I can consider in choosing so I could compare and differentiate the two and I ended up having five.
Username and URL
I can’t exactly remember when I first started using Youtube but all I know is I didn’t bother to create a channel because I have no reason to. And I also think I signed up for Youtube too late to get a username.
If you were able to create your account way back, you should have your URL look like this:
I noticed that newly created accounts don’t have usernames anymore. Here’s how my Youtube URL looks like:
That is one long URL and I don’t think I’ll ever memorize that! Good thing is, they do provide a custom URL so you can easily access my channel at:
However, you don’t have 100% rights on choosing a custom URL. It comes with rules! And even after getting a custom URL, once you navigate through the channel, you still redirect to the long channel URL. Some may not be bothered about it, but I really don’t like it.
I never had this experience on Vimeo, because I easily got the username I want, thankfully it’s available. My Vimeo profile is much simpler and easy to remember:
I like the design of Vimeo’s player more than Youtube’s player.
I had an experience before where a video wasn’t uploaded on Youtube because of the background music. I don’t remember when was that but I think it was when I created a video presentation for my friend’s birthday. I gave up on Youtube and I think that was the time when I discovered Vimeo. I was able to successfully upload it there and until now, the video is still live.
But then recently I knew that both have copyright issues. Why haven’t I thought of that? Haha
Youtube and Vimeo tie.
Ease of use
Signing up for Youtube is easy because it’s all connected to one Gmail account. But I had to create another Gmail account because I noticed that Youtube gets the username from the name you used when you sign up. It was late when I realized you can change it later on.
Navigating through the settings and how I created a channel, add up research on how to get a custom URL, it was a long process on Youtube. As for Vimeo, everything went smooth and simple.
I have also tried uploading same video on both Youtube and Vimeo. I don’t see much difference on the experience, because it takes time before a video gets published on both platforms. But I do noticed that Vimeo allows you too choose and upload your own video Thumbnail while Youtube don’t unless you verify your account.
Youtube also don’t allow videos longer than 15 minutes if you don’t verify your account. On the other hand, Vimeo doesn’t have video length limitation but Basic users are limited to 500MB of space per week for their videos.
It’s much easier to search for videos and Youtube appears first before Vimeo. If I go for Youtube, my videos might be watched by my offline friends. Unlike in Vimeo, it feels more private and personal there.
Those five above are actually the only things I care about and obviously, Vimeo won if I only have to care about those.
It seems like I want Youtube but I can’t justify why I want it, and I like Vimeo but I can’t let go of it. Help me?
It’s your turn!
- Do you have experience on both platforms? Which one do you prefer?
- Should I choose Youtube over Vimeo?
- What’s your Youtube channel? Or Vimeo profile? I’ll subscribe/follow! :)