Friday, September 19, 2008
If you have looked through the posts in my Camera Battle comparisons between the Canon XHA1, Panasonic HVX, Sony EX1 and so on, as well as the comparisons of depth of field adapters and camera stabilization systems, you will see that there is not a whole lot of pixelated YouTube-hosted footage in there.
It's not because I hate YouTube. It's because generally speaking, people with cameras costing over $1000 are tending to shoot HD and want that high resolution to be presented to their audience, even if that audience is online. And they are turning to other video-hosting options that have developed to fill this niche.
Even YouTube's "high resolution" clip hosting is not really going to cut it. Pro and semi-pro videographers and filmmakers are turning more and more to sites such as VIMEO where the clear and crisp resolution can be made apparent to the online viewer.
Vimeo isn't perfect. It generally has a 500 MB / week uploading limit, so if you send up your magnum opus and realize there was a spelling mistake in the end credits, you may be stuck until next Monday. And it is not the only option out there. But if you are one of the people with a decent camera who is relying exclusively on YouTube to reach your internet audience, get out there and take a look at your options and alternatives. And while you're at it, make sure you update your MySpace page, heh heh...
(Note that a courteous reader posted a correction in the comments, stating that "Vimeo does allow you to re-up the same footage as a replacement without docking you more MB. That way your incorrect titles can be fixed without penalty.")