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There are a lot of different places online to host your videos.
In this video I walkthrough five different video hosts. I explain why you’d want to host on a free site like YouTube, give you the two best options for private video hosting, explain why iTunes video podcasts are an untapped market, and cover why video analytics and privacy are important factors in your decision.
## Written Summary
YouTube is where you have to be putting your public videos. It is where the audience is, how they can find you, and consume your videos the easiest.
Where most people go to watch videos
2nd largest search engine
You can grow a channel with a trailer, subscribers, playlists, etc.
Monetize with enough views
Con: YouTube could shut you down at anytime
Con: Lose viewers in the rabbit hole of cat videos and epic fails
Vimeo is best for filmmakers that are building a portfolio, try to sell their films, collaborate with others, and don’t want to deal with ads.
Video for “artists” like filmmakers and animators
Paid option gives more space and branded pages
Can sell access to videos
Better quality comments
Follow “staff picks” for inspiration
Con: Shows up in Google searches, but not YouTube searches
Con: Channels aren’t the best for viewing playlists, converting subscribers, etc.
Wistia is best for private videos that are within paid or free courses and placing individual public videos on specific opt-in pages of your site.
The best private video hosting option
Have used it for my course videos and at Fizzle.co
Best video stats and analytics available
Can link specific users/customers to watch they’ve viewed
Customizable, unbranded embeddable video player
Turnstile feature allows for capturing email addresses
Easy to create video SEO sitemaps
Simple domain restrictions for where videos can be posted
Chapter markers, closed captioning and more
Best customer service
Con: No public search on Wistia for people to find your videos organically.
Con: No channels with playlists or the ability for people to subscribe.
4. iTunes Video Podcast
If you’re already making videos for another platform like YouTube, reach a larger audience by putting them on iTunes too.
Not a lot of people hosting their videos in podcast form yet, but the audience is there
The two best hosts are Libsyn and Podbean
I went with Podbean because they had an unlimited video plan for $25/mo
You can choose categories for your video podcast just like an audio one
People can subscribe and have it automatically downloaded
With just a couple hundred downloads you can show up in overall New & Noteworthy
8 Weeks of exposure in N&N can help build momentum & an audience
Con: You’ll need to export a specific version of your videos for iTunes that is a smaller file size, which means lower quality
5. Self-Hosting on Amazon S3
Self-hosting on Amazon S3 is best for back-up copies, but not for letting people watch from. Only use self-hosted as a back-up for your videos on another platform. It can get expensive and complicated to stream from S3 to your site.
Amazon S3 with a custom player
Has the best privacy and control
Good place to keep back-ups of all your finished videos in case something happens to your host’s copy.
Con: Can get expensive
Con: No good way to collect stats
Con: No automatic bandwidth/quality changes
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🔧GEAR I USE
Below is a list of gear I use to film my YouTube videos. For a complete list of all equipment I recommend for photography and filmmaking, go to http://www.DIYVideoGuy.com/gear
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– MAIN — Canon C100 Mark II— http://geni.us/c100ii
– VLOGGING — Canon 80D — http://geni.us/80Dcamera
– VLOGGING — Sony RX100 IV — http://geni.us/sonyrx100iv
– PHOTOS — Canon 5D Mark III— http://geni.us/5dmark3
– OVERHEAD — Sony RX10 III — http://geni.us/sonyrx10iii
– OTHER — GoPro Hero 6 Black — http://geni.us/goproblack
– 35mm L — http://geni.us/35mmcanon
– 50mm L — http://geni.us/50mmcanon
– 85mm L — http://geni.us/85mmcanon
– 100mm L “Macro” — http://geni.us/canon100mm
– 24-105mm L — http://geni.us/24105mm
– 55-250mm EF-S — http://geni.us/55250mm
– 10-18mm EF-S “Ultrawide” — http://geni.us/1018mmlens
– 18-135mm EF-S — http://geni.us/18135mmcanon
– 40mm “Pancake” — http://geni.us/canon40mm