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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.



par_avion: collage of intl air mail stickers (Default)
[personal profile] par_avion wrote:
Aug. 25th, 2010 05:59 am (UTC)
"YouTube?! Dude, that place is crazy. They are suspending accounts left, right, and center. And some vids they just remove the sound. Crazycakes. I go to recs list from a year ago and most of the time not only has the vid been removed the vid but the person's entire account. It's too bad. I like YouTube because it doesn't stutter as much as Imeem and people all over the world can view it easily. But it's like a witchunt over there. It's really sad. There are some really fine vids that were there and are now . . . gone." (in comments)