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How to Share Videos: Choose the Best Sites, Upload the Highest-Quality Files

Video sharing sites at a glance

Sharing videos on the Web is hot! But perhaps you're getting confused by the increasing number of video sharing sites and can't figure out what's best. Well, don't worry. We've done the hard work for you.

The file formats accepted differ from site to site – some even recommend a particular video format and resolution to achieve the best online quality. In our chart, you'll find the required formats and characteristics for each site. Of course, if your video doesn't match the requirements of the site (e.g., if you want to share a large video file in an uncommon format), you can always use Movavi Video Converter to quickly convert your video to an acceptable format and size!

When choosing which video sharing sites to review, we took into account their popularity, ease-of-use, file size limitations, format flexibility, and options to download, post, or podcast your video. Then we grouped the sites by the benefits they offer their visitors:

  1. Best sites for publishing VIRAL videos – comedies and weird movies.
  2. Best sites for sharing NEWS.
  3. Best sites for sharing HOME videos with family and friends.
  4. Best sites for sharing ANONYMOUS videos.
  5. Best sites for EDITING SHARED videos online.
  6. Best sites for uploading and MONETIZING your videos.

1. You are crazy about VIRAL video, so you're looking for big viewer numbers. The sites below are big entertainment destinations with many community features and loads of video distribution options.

Resource Storage Limits Supported Formats
The winner by a mile! Upload, watch, post, email, comment, subscribe, be subscribed, etc. But no downloading options and relatively troll free which might be rather annoying.
Less than 2 GB and less than 15 minutes WMV, MOV, MPEG, MP4, 3GP, FLV, MKV or AVI
MySpace Videos
Plenty of community features, and the sharing options might be even greater.
Less than 500 MB and less than 20 minutes Almost all
Specializes in short-form original content focused on entertainment: videos that amaze, inspire and make viewers laugh. All videos are user-generated, user-selected and – particular ones! – user-reviewed & user-rewarded.
Less than 2 GB and less than 10 minutes MPEG, MPG, MPE, AVI, WMV, WMF, ASF, M1V, DIVX, MOV, MP4, FLV, 3GP, RM, RMVB, RV, RAM and MKV
Offers two different accounts for sharers: Basic & Motionmaker account. Motionmaker accounts are intended for the distribution of Creative Commons videos and allow uploading HD content and size limit ups to 1 GB. The content by Motionmakers is more aggressively promoted on the front page and through search results.
Less than 2 GB and less than 60 minutes MP4, M4V, WMV, MPEG, MPG, AVI, DIVX, DV, 3GP, FLV, MKV, MOV, OGG
Plenty of community features. Sharing options are Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, and Google+. Has a User Profile feature where you can Upload a Avatar, Set background Picture, or Color easily. Upload, Watch, Post, Email, Comment, Subscribe, be Subscribed, etc. But no downloading options and relatively troll free which might be rather annoying.
Less than 300 MB and less than 60 minutes WMV, AVI, DIVX, 3GP, MOV, MPEG, MPG, XVID, FLV, ASF, RM, DAT, MP4, JPG
Tvigle 180 all formats
mail.ru 10gb all formats

2. You want to make NEWS. If you're a budding video journalist, you can submit footage to CNN & ABC. Who knows? Your video could be on TV around the world tonight! But to make the cut, your video must cover a significant and important event or confirm a social trend. Be warned: you will have to fill in long forms, and you'll never be sure if it reaches the right audience. Persistence is required!

Resource Storage Limits Supported Formats
Enables people around the world to send CNN newsworthy footage.
Video should be less than 600 MB Almost all
Shoot your “Three words” video with your digital camera, webcam or cell phone, and upload.

3. You want to share HOME VIDEOS with family and friends. You're looking for ease of registration and navigation as well as options for posting and downloading. These sites have already gained reputation for providing flexible, easy-to-use services.

Resource Storage Limits Supported Formats
Simple uploads, tagging, commenting and voting, but it's light on community features. Basic: Free, Plus: $60/year. Plus account enlarge your upload capanbility to 5 GB and removes the 1-per-week restriction on HD movies.
500 MB a week Almost all
Unlimited distribution capacity for full-screen, TV-grade video content available to anyone with a broadband connection, including high-definition videos.
No limits Almost all
In addition to the 500 MB limit, you're restricted to 2 GB of storage per month. Sign up for a partnership account and your videos are overlaid with advertisements but the storage restrictions are removed. Both accounts are free.
Less than 500 MB & 2 GB of storage per month. AVI, DV, MOV, QT, MPG, MPEG-2, MP4, 3GP, 3G2, ASF, WMV, FLV

4. So you want to share a video ANONYMOUSLY. Maybe you're a whistleblower, or perhaps you're leaking sensitive or sensational content. Whatever the reason, if you’re looking to publish a video without attaching your name to it, here’s where you can do so.

Resource Storage Limits Supported Formats
Instant video hosting, no accounts required. Just drag and drop a video, or paste a video URL, and instantly get a sharable short link for that video right away.
Less than 512 MB Almost all

5. You want to create and EDIT SHARED video online. You'd like a combination of functional service and fun. Such sites are pretty scarce and Jumpcut seems to compete with itself. It offers to edit and remix your clips with those from other users, lay down music and even apply special effects.

Resource Storage Limits Supported Formats
Easy-to-use online editing tools. Lets you highlight specific parts of your videos and share just this 'good stuff'.
300 MB. Total of 750 MB of video. .AVI, .MOV, .DV, .MPG, .MP4, .WMV, .ASF, .VOB, .FLV, .MTS, .M2T, .M4V, .DIVX, and .QT
Edit your own videos on JayCut's community.
Less than 250 MB and less than 30 minutes Over 100 formats

6. You would like to share and MONETIZE your video content. Some video sharing sites highlight different revenue-sharing models that may appeal to you as a content owner and producer.

Resource Storage Limits Supported Formats
You get paid 20% of whatever the advertiser pays. If visitors click on the Revver link at the end of your video, you split the proceeds 50/50.
100 MB. Your video must be at minimum 4 seconds long. MOV, MPEG, MPG, MP4, WMV, ASF, AVI (including DIVX)
Aimed at users producing continuous videos, say web shows. Offers free Basic and Pro – $96/year – accounts. Case's simple: 50% of the ad revenue from your content is shared with you. The professional account ensures you get priority conversion and additional conversion time per episode, which allows you to use higher quality video.
1 GB Almost all
A quickly developing video marketplace to launch a custom Internet TV channel, distribute video and get revenue from Brightcom ad network and video sales/renta.
No limits FLV, WMV, 3GP, 3G2, DV, MOV, QT, MPG, MPEG, MP4, AVI, ASF

Have not found here your favorite video streaming site?

A final note: don't ignore the small print. Look through the sites' Terms of Use. Most free video sharing services grant themselves a license to monetize and advertise your uploaded content any way they can, which is no help to you if you're trying to earn money from your videos.

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