Top 31 free alternatives to YouTube (video hosting sites)

Here’s a short list of free video hosting sites that you can use to display your streaming video content – apart from YouTube, that is. Most of these provide code for individual videos to enable you to embed them in your site directly. I’ll try and include a couple of lines highlighting the main features & USP (Unique Selling Proposition) of each, wherever possible. The list is alphabetically arranged and not in the order of usefulness or popularity.

AtomUploads Logo A video uploading and sharing service by AtomFilms – which is a division of the MTV Networks. As a result you can find a lot of unique web-shows hosted at this site. Not much information is available about their hosting features. However, as a MTV service you can expect the standards to be quite high. Features channel based organisation and member groups / communities.

blip.tv Logoblip.tv promises to bring to you shows – the kind of stuff you might find on television but won’t. Highly rated by PC World and Business 2.0 magazines this site syndicates its content with the likes of AOL Video, Yahoo! Video, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, MSN Video, Google Video etc. thus effectively multiplying your reach by millions. If you’ve got what it takes to create a great show, it may even get broadcast on this TV channel that blip.tv owns. And if your show’s a hit, they allow you to pick your own advertisers and earn revenue. Flash, QuickTime, DivX, 3gp – more or less all major formats are supported.

BrightCove Logo Brightcove lets you build and launch your own internet TV station. You can have your channel up and running within minutes and retain full control over the program schedule. Videos uploaded by other users can be incorporated into your shows too. Your channel is syndicated with other major players on the net and you can earn revenue through advertising as well as video sales. Features a pretty eye-candy interface.

ClipShack LogoClipShack is a community for videophiles – a place for sharing your videos with the world. Its run by Reality Digital, Inc. – a company with years of experience in catering to the multimedia needs of the corporate sector. Pretty basic interface.

Crackle Logo Crackle (formerly known as Grouper) is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company. It acts as a streaming entertainment network dedicated to the discovery and development of pioneering video creators across a diverse range of genres. Crackle supports multi-platform syndication to Sony devices, IPTV and major social networking sites. Crackle is all about “launching tomorrow’s stars today” and can serve as a serious platform for aspiring directors. There are contests going on all the time to hand-pick the most innovative creators and launch them in collaboration with Sony Pictures and other leading media partners.

Dailymotion LogoDailymotion is another humongous hosting cum sharing service. They have the standard set of features wrapped with a strict set of rules that prohibits any kind of adult or explicit content. If there’s one thing that sets it apart from the crowd – it’s the JukeBox feature. Video-Blogging and direct uploads from webcam supported too.

Flick Life Logo FlickLife counts among the handful of revenue sharing hosts that there are. You get to broadcast your own videos to the world at no cost at all and yet get some moollah in return. Features buddy lists. FlickLife is a privately owned company based in Columbus, Ohio.

Flukiest Logo Flukiest is an interactive community for sharing and managing digital media by artists, photographers, designers, musicians, writers, directors, producers, and technologists – which in other words mean it’s a photo and video hosting service. There seems to be a tagging engine at large judging from the humongous tag-cloud you encounter on the front page. Other services include email, buddy list, forums, blog and a separate music video section.

FLURL Logo FLURL allows you to upload and share videos under a set of pre-existing categories. Their rating system consists of a meter that displays the FLURL or HURL rating of a video. Adult content can be found profusely (there’s a separate above 18 section). Adult Filtering options are available but turned off by default for any new visitors.

go fish LogoGo Fish is a largish hosting site which helps you promote your directorial skills. The primary objective of this site is to give you your 15 minutes of fame. Documentaries, comedies, spoofs, pranks, and even episodic dramas – all are welcome here. The interface is pretty dense (and dark) and will particularly appeal to the gamers. It’s pretty easy to use though. If you’re seeking a wide exposure for your work, this could be the host for you.

Jumpcut Beta LogoJumpcut strives to make the uploading & sharing of videos and photos a fun and easy thing. Apart from instant publishing and user communities – Jumpcut has this unique Remix feature using which you can create your own version of someone else’s video without destroying the original work. For this they’ve made available a very easy-to-use and feature rich online video editing tool. At the end of your creative spree, you can let the community decide whether you’ve managed to outperform the original director.

Kewego Logo This is a German service and the interface language is Deutsch. However, the registration process and controls are pretty similar to any of the common video hosts – so you shouldn’t find it too difficult to make your way around this one, even if you don’t know the language. Incidentally, there is a small link right at the bottom of the page that allows you to switch to the English version. Keep in mind though – majority of the audience is German.

LiveDigital BetaA community based video sharing service with specialised channels where you can upload related videos. Consequently jumping channels brings up a horde of thematic videos. Permitted uploads include photos, audio tracks and videos. Features nearly unlimited (?) uploads – which in other words mean that they probably have paid, high-storage plans as well. There’s an inbuilt social networking feature in this and hence they allow you to deck up your profile in your own way using an advanced template creator. Drag & drop functionality for quick setup of photo / video journals.

LiveVideo LogoChannels, Favorites, Subscriptions, Videos, Photos – nothing out of the place that can make this service really stand out. It’s got a good blend of general features including a Hit or Miss rating system. However, it’s probably one of the very few which offer direct recording from webcams (see Viddler and VideoEgg).

Myubo Logo Myubo comes in four linguistic flavours – Czech, Deutsch, English and Slovak. It sports a mechanism to upload, view and share live and pre-recorded video via mobile 2.5G and 3G networks such as GPRS, EDGE, CDMA or UMTS, web and fixed IP networks. Pretty much covers the whole consumer wireless spectrum. Among offered features are channel based organisation, Mobile TV and user communities.

Revver Logo Revver has a clever mechanism that helps it track and monetize the uploaded videos as they spread virally across the internet – so “no matter where your creativity travels, you benefit“. Your uploaded video is paired with a targeted advertisement and the revenue is split 50/50 with you. Those who share and spread the videos get to keep part of the spoils too. 20% of the ad revenue is handed to them. Of particular interest to the developers is the Revver API, which allows one to build a video-sharing site complete with user accounts, uploading, sharing tools and access to the full Revver library of videos. The bandwidth is covered by Revver and the ad revenue is split three ways – you, Revver and the content creator.

Selfcast TV LogoA basic hosting service with standard features and channel-based organisation. Allows adult content and has a SafeSearch filter in place. One upper it has compared to other services is that it allows for direct mobile based uploads through MMS (currently in UK & Europe only).

Soapbox LogoThis is one service that I probably don’t have much to talk about. It’s part of the reknowned MSN Suite of online applications. Offers all the standard bookmarking, commenting, tagging, rating and sharing features and has it’s own flash-based player.

Spike-ifilm LogoA service by iFILM that has an extensive library of movie clips, music videos, short films, video game trailers, action sports and its popular ‘viral videos’ collection. Since October 2005, it’s a part of the Viacom network – so one can definitely trust this one. Of course you can expect all the latest and hottest of the videos here and can upload your own too. Has clips of daily TV shows from around the world.

Stage6 LogoA video hosting service by DivX for people who love videos. DivX, if you remember, is the group which came up with a similarly named format of video encoding for online distribution. DivX videos can be of pretty high quality and are rendered through a custom player which is available as a plug-in for most famous browsers. According to the Stage6 team, “Anyone can become a publisher, anyone can build an audience and every video available on Stage6 is compatible with over 70 million consumer electronics devices from every major manufacturer, making it easy to play back Stage6 videos on your television or portable device.

Tuberoo Logo Tuberoo and its sister concern Shoutwire – both of which offer video hosting and sharing services. Tuberoo recently opened up the Beta Testing of its mobile video service which will send out one Tuberoo video to your mobile everyday. Adult & explicit content is allowed and there’s no SafeSearch filter in effect.

Userme LogoThe name comes from the German word ??ber – which means “above” or “over”. The word migrated into English as uber and has come to mean. “super something that nothing is better than“. On similar lines, ??berme claims to be the ubercoolest place to showcase you uberific moments through photos, videos & blogs, form like-minded discussion groups to debate on uberhot topics or just chat the day away with your uberbuddies through their instant messenger. In short a high-flung social media site that contrives to capture the uber-elite netizens. Uberwap – a personal mobile portal keeps you connected on the move. Last but not the least – thoroughly customisable profile / homepage. Pretty ubertastic if you ask me !

Visit uVouchAnother site that offers all the standard features – video sharing & organisation, social networking, discussion groups, playlists, customisable profiles etc. There’s rating system in place with which you can vouch for other’s content. Allow for direct importing of videos from other hosting sites like YouTube, Dailymotion, Grouper, Myspace etc. Has a couple of widgets & gadgets for your site / blog.

Viddler LogoA site with simplistic but likable Web 2.0 style interface that allows you to upload, enhance and share your digital videos. Similar to VideoEgg, they offer a mechanism through which you can directly record / upload your videos using your webcam without requiring the use of any third-party recording tool. Viddler employs a mechanism which searches for content inside the videos, thus making your uploads search results relevant. Has their own flash-based player.

VideoEgg LogoVideoEgg features one of the slickest interfaces I’ve come across and offers a bag of really useful online video manipulation tools (cropping, resizing, direct recording etc.). Allows sharing through email, direct HTML embedding and Permalinks. The videos are displayed through their own interactive embeddable flash-based player. High-end sites with > 1 million visitors per month can sign-up for a revenue sharing partnership where ads are displayed beside each video and the revenue handed down to the partner. Employs content-filtering to weed out inappropriate videos.

vidiLife LogoA basic video uploading and sharing site. Has the look & feel of YouTube in it’s teething stages. What’s with the outdated template design and grainy logos? Simplicity is good but eye-candy is the order of the day and in order to survive the web-age, you gotta indulge in it as quick as possible. Has a video rating system (on a scale of 10) that shows badges about the size of the Digg badges beside each video. Sports some pre-categorised sections like Funny, Music, Stupid, Amateur, Crazy etc. Photo uploads permitted too. Claims to allow unlimited uploads.

Vimeo LogoAnother cool video hosting service that has been around since end 2004 and reflects the Web 2.0 genre of web-design. They share helpful pointers with you in case you’re lacking ideas regarding creation of unique video content. In action are a bunch of highly configurable privacy options with which you can create fine-grained access control lists to allow only select group of people to view your videos. In short, you choose who exactly sees which of your videos. Has personalised homepage where you can neatly arrange all of your favourite videos. Allows tagging of videos.

Vume Logo VuMe (most likely pronounced as View-Me) pays you for uploading quality content – video, audio as well as photos. Small banner ads are displayed beside each of these and the revenue generated when visitors watch your content and partly passed down to you. Every hit on your video, image, or audio clip counts.

Zeec Logo Zeec is another German video hosting service that you won’t find so difficult to navigate around. This one too allows you to directly record / update videos off your webcam. The interface follows the Web 2.0 ideal and has a vague resemblance to the Last.FM music cum social networking site.

ZippyVideos Logo This one offers your own sub-domain under ZippyVideos to host your profile (e.g. profile.zippyvideos.com). Unlimited uploads are permitted pertaining to the fact that no single upload is greater than 20MB. Privacy options, video organisation and social networking are an integral part of the package.

Zoopy Logo Zoopy proudly presents itself as South Africa’s first video and photo sharing social network. It’s a pretty basic service with an easy-going note that can be spotted all over the site. There’s a standing challenge that attempts to coax the hidden director in you to come out into the limelight.

Did I miss out on any of the big ones? Feel free to leave a comment on your favourite one and I’ll add it to the list.

miCRoSCoPiCeaRthLinG

65 Responses to “Top 31 free alternatives to YouTube (video hosting sites)

  • Sex4Life
    8 years ago

    any free video hosting sites that allow upload of video clip more than 400MB and storage space of more than 4 GB..

  • ExposureRoom is another free video hosting website. There are no limits to the size of videos or the number of videos.

    It is primarily geared towards hobbyist/amateur/professional Photographers, Videographers/Cinematographers, Editing specialists, Graphics designers etc. They even support HD Video at 720p and they maintain the quality of HD Video as high as is possible for instant viewing purposes.

    Members get a full website (multiple pages) including Journals (Blogs, Tutorials, Articles, Reviews) besides all the professional/scocial networking tools. It’s like they’ve thought of everything people like me need.

    You should check it out (They are in beta).
    My website is:
    Shiv’s Website on ExposureRoom

  • vidvibe.com is a free online social networking site that also provides free video and photo hosting service allowing users to view, upload, create, share, and discover.

  • According to the Video Egg website, they will be decommissioned and will no longer be hosting videos after May 31st, 2008. They have already shut down the ability to upload videos, but you you have files stored there can download them back to your computer until the May 31st date.

  • Jody: Quite true. Over the past few days, I’ve received a couple of mails from them stating the reason why they’re decommissioning the public video hosting service. The hosting service is already suspended… no further sign-ups are being allowed.

    However, they’ve kept the servers open till the 31st of May, 2008 to allow all the members retrieve their videos. Here’s an excerpt from their mail..

    It is with our sincerest regret to inform you that we will be closing the doors on the Videoegg Publisher Platform and related services at http://my.videoegg.com/. You can download all of your content from our servers, so be sure to stop by our site to reclaim your belongings.

    Our last day of service will be May 31, 2008. Account creation and video uploading are already disabled.

    We understand that you may have some questions and direct you to our updated FAQ to find the answers to common questions. It’s been a great ride, so let’s enjoy these last months together, reminisce about how far we’ve come, and finish strong with some awesome video blogging.

    Thank you for your participation and for your support of Videoegg. It’s been a pleasure working with you.

    Best regards,
    Videoegg Staff

    Pity.. coz I kinda liked their service… the interface was real slick. Thing is they aren’t going out of business altogether… rather they’re just taking the video hosting service off-air.

    They still got a couple of other goodies under the hood.. for example: Eggnetwork AdPlatform, which is an advertising platform that delivers rich-media (video) ads to your site and earns you revenue for displaying them. Looks cool and worth checking out…

    Cheers,
    m^e

  • Add metacfe.com to the list.

  • Aneel
    8 years ago

    whats the best site to upload HD videos (AVCHD) and share with family and friends?

  • Video Guy
    8 years ago

    I found it humorous that you state Dailymotion “prohibits any kind of adult or explicit content” yet in the same paragraph you describe them as a “cum sharing service.” Oops on the typo.

  • Video Guy: lol 😀 good find !! Perhaps I should rephrase the sentence… 😉 Or perhaps not.. and let others have a good laugh at it.

  • Alvare
    8 years ago

    any non-flash-shockwave-macromedia-adobe-shit site to upload videos?
    i need a site that doesn’t use flash

  • http://www.jaycut.com is a great site where you can even EDIT your videos ONLINE…
    😀 A big fan..

  • Nice guide, thanks.

  • Colin: Glad you found it useful 🙂

    Cheers,
    m^e

  • Emily Snow
    8 years ago

    I enjoy your writing – can’t wait for the next instalment!

  • that is one hell of a list!

    I love Revver personally cuz they pay u when ppl watch ur videos 🙂

  • So..anyone know of a site that will host my video trailer.

    It is NOT pornographic….but YouTube/Google/VEOH all consider BDSM as pornographic

    Email me if you have any good sites. VanGuy49@hotmail.com

    Thanks

    Kismet

  • Julie
    8 years ago

    Besides Brightcove, are there any alternatives that focus solely on business? Thanks.

  • I often use http://www.tudouhd.com since they provide you with results from all the big video websites and also have HD content.

  • WhoWe
    7 years ago

    Are there any free sites or even paid ones that allow you to simply upload your video to embed in your own website without any ads or related video links? Some simple to use for just this purpose?

  • Sad not to see our service http://vzaar.com on the list (must try harder…)

    We are a video hosting service for businesses looking to stream video on their site or in their eBay listings. Some of our features include:

    – connection to the eBay API which means you can automatically add video to hundreds of eBay listings in a few clicks of a button without any need for HTML skills.

    – unbranded player

    – multi size players at the point of upload so you can choose from small, medium and large as well as original size

    – Search Enhancer – we will submit your video feeds into Google SERPs

    – Privacy Feature – in order to control who can and cannot see your videos

    – Free account – up to 1GB of bandwidth per month

    – Paid accounts – starting from just $5 a month for 2GB of hosting and streaming

    Cheers
    Jamie

  • they say Microsoft will launch a new video site. is that true? any news about it?

  • I’ve created a page with side by side on-line comparisons of the various video hosting sites at http://kareltests.co.uk

    I’ve excluded sites that I found difficult or overly awkward to use, that charged money (though SmugMug was included because the site is so good) or that were pitched at business users.

    Any suggestions on improvements much appreciated! 😀

    I hope you all find it useful.

    Cheers!

  • Really nice post

  • You can also check us out at http://mulyoo.tv. Our video hosting solution is geared towards vloggers and tv producers for their webisodes.

  • You better update your Flick Life description. I clicked the link and found their homepage loaded with adult content. I quickly backed out. I don’t need those kind of surprises.

  • This is a good list to start you out in video marketing, I have found many of them very helpful.
    Easy Web Video.

  • Kudos on the well writtne blog post. I found your list to be very helpful.

  • Brightcove is most definitely NOT free (they charge upwards of $500/month) and I would not recommend them to anyone. Definitely look elsewhere.

  • Lillith
    7 years ago

    Is there a free or paid video hosting site that will work on forums {like youtube does} but does not claim the rights to uploaded videos?

  • Illusion Sector
    7 years ago

    This article leaves out a very critical element: Does the site allow you to upload advertisement? Sometimes you get to find that out only when you upload a video (after all the registration hassle).

  • Heres a few more I found:
    Flickr hosts small videos
    JewTube is for jewish videos lol
    Buzznet
    and Bolt

  • Great article, I’m always looking for photos, so this will make my job that much easier and assist in my searches. Thanks for taking the time to put this together, its fantastic!

  • What about cinshare.com ? seems pretty solid to me

  • This is a great post. Another great video sharing website is http://www.directorslive.com

    Directors Live is a internet television network that allows creative and talented people to broadcast their original shows, video content and get paid.

  • This site gave me exactly what I was looking for. We have started producing a 30 minute HD show every other week. We had hoped originally to have it on YouTube but realized after the fact that they limit videos to 10 minutes and/or 100mg. Thanks for the complete list.
    Sir Vin
    Vinny Coiro

  • tr0ll
    7 years ago

    i have this linked to my youtube page

  • monalisa222
    7 years ago

    I have listed some easy free video hosting sites below. You can upload your videos to store or share or distribute.Each of them provide different type of feature. See detail:

    http://www.tips29.com/2008/08/free-video-hosting-sites.html

  • Please add http://www.TheVideoChannel.net to your list. No limits are imposed on individual files but there is a 5gb total file space limit.

  • Siemen
    7 years ago
  • Host Coupons
    6 years ago

    I was just searching for an alternative of YouTube. Great list of video hosting sites. Thanks guys, I will consider all your suggestions.

  • Facebook is much better than all mention above in terms of video hosting…

  • James
    6 years ago

    I upload my videos on TooFiles.com, besides just a video hosting..you can upload any raw files here. it’s pretty good and I also found many interesting video here 🙂

    http://www.toofiles.com

    Not worth to try so just want to recommend you to put it in the list!

  • johnBe
    6 years ago

    I just did a music video that has nudity in it. It was banned from youTube / Vimeo / exposureRoom
    What about video hosting for artistic but explicit content?
    Thanks

  • brain
    6 years ago

    HD VIDEO HOST http://vidhippo.com

  • Standby, Action...
    5 years ago

    Vimieo was a BIG disappointment for me… I spent the best part of a day trying to load a couple of QuickTime movies (videos I produced on my Mac, converted to QuickTime) and they “failed to load.”

    Making a consumer conformer to their specific codec specifications is almost like telling someone who drives a car, to set the spark-plug gap on their plugs, adjust the fuel mixture control, tweak the flywheel and make sure the magnetos are set to 10 degrees before top-dead-center… People don’t want to jack-around with tweaks and settings and adjustments, they just want to jump in their car and drive, and people just want to upload videos made on a Mac, converted to Quicktime…

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  • Neeks
    5 years ago

    anyone point me in the direction of a service thats **doesn’t** use flash or similar? I just want to be able to access the video in the format I upload it.

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