Choosing where you host your video is one of the most important decisions you’ll make in the planning process. Today, we’ll pit YouTube vs Vimeo.
Two of the most popular hosting platforms today are YouTube and Vimeo. They’re both great options for hosting. We offer YouTube outputs from Snagit (Win and Mac) and Camtasia (Win and Mac), and Vimeo from Camtasia (Win). These outputs make it simple to host your videos in the location of your preference. There are some big differences when it comes to YouTube vs Vimeo and understanding those differences will help you select the right option for you.
The first question I always ask myself before I ever push record on my camera: who is my audience? You should ask yourself the same question because YouTube and Vimeo have different communities of users.
YouTube’s community is large, with over 1 billion users that watch hundreds of millions of hours of content – each day! With that many people comes risks. You may run into some questionable, highly offensive users that are not afraid to tell you exactly how they feel about your video. YouTube’s larger audience produces more content, but keep in mind that quantity doesn’t always equal quality.
Vimeo has a much smaller community. Of its 170 million viewers, about 42 million are in the United States. Vimeo’s community is generally very supportive, and has many users that offer more constructive feedback than you may find on YouTube. Another notable distinction between the two is that with a smaller community, you will often find higher production values.
Writer: Jessie Lahaie