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5/20/2006

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I love me some youtube. Lord knows I do.
Let's break down the debate going on in my head.
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Content aside, the interface for uploading is dirt simple and fast.
Straight forward interface and audience numbers seem to be huge and growing by the second.
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But their design is way too clunky and old school.
And the quality is so so.

On the other hand there is blip.tv.
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Nice clean design. Lots of groovy options for CC licensing, and better creative control of my content.
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It posts immediately in the format that I uploaded. QT produces a QT popup and WMV produces a WMV popup. A popup! Have I mentioned how much I hate popups? And what if the average viewer is having OS issues with the alternate OS media format. Flash may not give me the best quality, but it seems to be a play anywhere kind of solution. And it takes forever to post a flash version. I may be way out of touch on this one, but I'd much rather take the hit in quality and reach a larger audience than get in the middle of some media player format war.
I know I'm missing quite a few points, but these are the ones that immediately jump out at me.

What do you guys think?
Anybody have any thoughts?

1 comment:

bluehz said...

I'm with you crawdaddy - while YouTube may not be the best quality and easiest to use... it is indeed the FIRST place I have ever been able to post videos that seem to play on any computer platform or CPU. Even plays on my c.1987 PC at my place of work. I create all my content on a Mac.. and the PC world is just ignorant to the industry standard QUICKTIME platform - or at least it is blind thanks to Billy Boy Gates insistance that you use Windows Media Player for all your video needs.

There was a nice roundup of video services compared a few months ago:

http://www.dvguru.com/2006/04/07/ten-video-sharing-services-compared/

and also

http://www.mustseeblog.com/?p=68