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All About Video

I love video sites. I can spend hours on YouTube linking from video to video, enjoying everything from movie previews to instructional cooking blurbs. Needless to say, I was quite happy to learn that I would be reviewing online video tools as a form of social media. I explored the following five video sites:

 1. YouTubeYouTube

YouTube is, as far as I’m concerned, the holy grail of online video. Their slogan, “Broadcast Yourself” has spawned a whole new generation of video bloggers, actors and musicians looking to share their opinions and talents with the world. Many YouTubers have gained marginal celebrity status through broadcasting themselves. Aspiring comedic actress Lisa Donovan (LisaNova) became an online sensation through airing her satirist routines on the site. Folk singer Marie Digby (mariedigby) made a name for herself when she posted a video of her acoustic rendition of Rhihanna’s Umbrella. The site has opened up a world of possibilities to rising stars and attention-seekers alike. We no longer need millions of dollars and traditional media tools to get our voices “out there”. All that’s required is a camera and a computer.

 2. VimeoVimeo

Vimeo, unlike YouTube is dedicated solely to home-made videos. The site regards amateur video-making as a form of art, and allows users to post and share their masterpieces within a community of like-minded artists. Some entries explore photo composition techniques (check out 5D Macro II) while others feature complex animation and editing (check out Secta Chameleon.) Fellow artists can comment on one another’s entries and offer critiques and advice. The site is all about creativity and freedom of expression. Event the design and layout give the site an overall artsy look and feel.

 3. DailyMotionDailyMotion

Based in Paris, France, DailyMotion is quite similar to YouTube. The site features user-uploaded videos in a variety of categories including News, Funny, Science and even Sexy. In the sexy category, we can sense the liberal European influence, in contrast to the more subdued content on YouTube. Users can browse through thousands of swimsuit (check out Sports Illustrated’s Bar Rafaelli) models and even some explicit content. My how times have changed.

 4. ViddlerViddler

Viddler is another YouTube-esque video sharing site. (Pardon me if I’m a bit biased in using YouTube as my chief point of reference.) One viddler feature that struck me as interesting was the B2B or Viddler Business Services corner of the website. This section caters specifically to corporate users looking to employ new online video media to enhance their business endeavours. The section features a frequently updated Customer Spotlight where businesses are profiled and promoted. The B2B section, of course is not a free tool. Businesses must pay for the B2B services which include high-quality video hosting, security measures and in-stream ads.

 5. features a variety of user-created content in a series of what seem to be online TV programs. Users publish “episodes” of their homemade “shows” that are made accessible to the online world. Just like TV at home, viewers can choose from drama, comedy, sitcom and even reality-based shows. (Check out episode 17 of Temp Life.) Even the financial side of things works a lot like TV. The site offers an advertising program where users share 50% of revenue, as determined by show viewership. Talk about making the internet work for you!

May 15, 2009 Posted by | Comment on Course Material, Really Relevant Interesting Stuff | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment