Choosing a UGC site

Video Quality of UGC and Inexpensive OVP Sites

This article contains the videos that I encoded for an article I wrote for Specifically, I encoded video on five UGC sites, YouTube, Vimeo, Viddler, DailyMotion and Metacafe, and VideoPress, which is the fee-based video publishing option available to WordPress users. After uploading the videos, I embedded them using each web site's players in this article. Click over to the main article to view them.

How to Upload a Video and Embed it on Your Website

You can use free sites like YouTube and Vimeo to host your videos for you, and then embed those videos into the pages of your website. This step-by-step video guides you through the upload process, and then helps you customize the embed code so the final result looks perfect on your site. Click over to the main article to watch the video.

Encoding for Upload to UGC Sites

This is a very basic video tutorial for newbies that details how to encode for upload to UGC sites like YouTube or Vimeo. It's published on, and I've embedded their player in the main article.

Again, it's very basic, but if you've been looking for help getting started in streaming video, you might find it useful.

Vimeo, YouTube or Both?

A continuing series of questions from an 'Net acquaintance on whether to post on YouTube or Vimeo.  Question: Incidentally, I heard that Vimeo encoded 720p at higher bitrates than YouTube (or that it had more bandwidth to serve it, or both... can't ...

Is your video player as good as your content?

Ten years ago, a streaming video player performed one function - it played your video. Today, the features of your player are critical to achieving the maximum return on investment from your video. Specifically, a well featured, properly designed player should increase your site's stickiness, improve your site's visibility, increase the amount of time viewers spend watching your video and help streamline your company's sales cycle.

If you're in the process of creating a new player, or choosing an online video platform, these are the features you should be considering.

Delivering HD Videos Online

So, you’ve been shooting in high definition for a while now, and you are ready to start posting HD sample clips on the web that actually reflect the quality of the footage you’re capturing in your camera and editing in your NLE. You have two options: Do it yourself or use a service. If you choose the former route, you’ll need to know which codec to use and the optimum encoding parameters. If you go with the latter, you’ll need to know how the various services compare. As they say in TV teasers—all this and more, coming up.