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Dear Vidders: Why not YouTube?

  • Aug. 10th, 2010 at 11:05 AM
crypto: Amy Pond (Default)
I'm considering writing a post about vidding for Symposium Blog this week in honor of VividCon, so I thought I'd toss out a question:

As I'm eagerly devouring all the new vids that are coming out, I can't help but notice that for vidders who post streaming versions of their vids, most aren't hosted on YouTube. I see stuff on various Ning vid communities, Vimeo, a couple others, and occasionally self-hosted, but YouTube seems pretty rare, at least as a first choice for streaming vids.

So here's my question -- why not YouTube?

Is it because of:

Video quality?
Concerns re: greater vulnerability to takedown notices from copyright holders?
Privacy/obscurity (e.g. having some control over the audience that sees your vids, rather than anybody potentially stumbling across them)?
Something else?

I'm curious! And also hoping to use responses as fodder for a blog post -- if I get enough answers to write something up, I'll link back to this post but quote from comments w/out names ["one vidder said, 'YouTube killed my parents!'"] unless you explicitly give me permission to use your name. And of course you can also comment anonymously, or ask me to screen your comment.



cofax7: Alpaca thinks vids are cool (Alpaca - Vids)
[personal profile] cofax7 wrote:
Aug. 10th, 2010 03:25 pm (UTC)
My understanding is that: (1) Youtube is much more aggressive about take-downs for copyright infringement; (2) Youtubers tend to steal vids and post them under their own names; (3) Youtube comment sections are a seething mass of the worst of humanity. I believe there are also more technical reasons having to do with the quality of the stream.

But I am not a vidder, so I may be complete off-base.