Previous Entry | Next Entry

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.



cathexys: dark sphinx (default icon) (Default)
[personal profile] cathexys wrote:
Aug. 10th, 2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
When imeem started getting discussed (check astolat's LJ and vidding com that December...2008?), the quality was one of the biggest issues!

i also think there's a community aspect where behavioral expectations are simply different (reposting, d'loading and sharing, etc.)
giandujakiss: (Default)
[personal profile] giandujakiss wrote:
Aug. 10th, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
YT's quality has improved, I gather- so more LJ vidders are over there. Like, Charmax I think posts to YT. And I know Brad recently created a YT account but that's not what he links from his LJ announcements.

Until recently, I had a YT account - I just didn't link it from LJ. I think that's probably true of many other LJ vidders, as well - they have YT, they just don't use it for LJ posts.
cathexys: dark sphinx (default icon) (Default)
[personal profile] cathexys wrote:
Aug. 10th, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's interesting to know!

and yes, duh, the HD options...

Of course, if you start now, you can then be accused of having stolen your own files (cf bradpcu :)