Monday, January 4, 2010

Vimeo Video Web Hosting

We all search for that kind of a place where you feel welcomed and safe. There are other free video web hosting options where it not that safe or welcoming. I mention no names. There are alternatives and Vimeo is one of them. It is a different vibe where your video and your visitors might feel a bit more comfortable.

One of the reasons for that comfort level is that there are moderators that keep a lid on excessive and hostile commentary. That’s right, you have to act in a civil manner. No cussing someone back 10 generations for a video no one made you watch in the first place.

Gotta tell you, that is refreshing.

To get started with Vimeo just takes an e-mail address and a password. Make with the confirmation and you are good to go as a member. There are two levels of membership, Basic and Plus membership.

The Help pages are clear and you shouldn't have a problems on uploading videos, if you play by the rules.

Basic Membership:

  • Basic accounts are free and you have up to 500MB of upload allowance each week. You can upload 10 videos per day

  • One high definition video per week

  • You can have one account per person and no, your imaginary friends can’t have one too.

  • Basic embed options
There is one thing you should know, there will be banner advertisements on the bottom third of the video. Hey, they gotta pay the bandwidth and if you don’t pony up for Vimeo Plus then you get banner ads.

Vimeo Plus

For a bit of cash money you have access to:
  • 5GB of upload allowance each week with unlimited high definition uploads

  • Priority uploading

  • No text ad teasers displayed on the video

Terms of Service

The Terms of Service page is fairly standard stuff but they do have the Cliff Note’s styled version on the side. That is very helpful. The standard stuff like if you use the site you agree to the terms of service and stuff like that. You must be 15 years of age or older to use the site.

If you have concerns about Vimeo and privacy you can read the privacy page to find out what they do with information you provide or is generated by your activity on the web site.

Non-Commercial Videos

Yes, if you have a produce or service that you are selling or advertising this is not the place for you. The folks that hang out at Vimeo are your creatives, artists, family folks and an educator or two. So if you are selling your knock-off of the Pedi-Egg this is not the place to post it.

Adult Content

No, you are not going to find people doing the clothing free bouncy-bouncy here. That is prohibited. Think R-rated. For that content you have to be 18 years or older.

Community Behavior

This is a community and you would do well to conduct yourself proper in the forums, channels and comment areas. You should read the community standards section of the terms of service but no porn, no spam and promise not to:
upload, post, email or otherwise transmit any Submission that is
unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortuous,
defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of another’s privacy,
hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable.

The community guidelines make it clear what you can and can't do. This isn't the other place.

Rights of Transmission

Ok, this is what you really want to understand. When you upload a video you give them the right to copy, to transmit the video via the Internet and allow other people (unless you have place a privacy restriction) to view the video.

You also give them the ability to make an excerpt of the video to show at conventions, advertiser meetings and promotional events.

You maintain your copyright to the content.

So that is a quick look at Vimeo. If you are looking for a place that has videos, active comment moderation, and a generous free basic plan then Vimeo is your video host.

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