YouTube is a video sharing service where users can watch, like, share and comment as well as upload their videos. The video service can be accessed on PCs, TVs, laptops, tablets and mobile phones. Vimeo is an ad-free video platform headquartered in New York City, providing free video viewing services as a competitor to YouTube. In 2007, Vimeo became the first video sharing site to support high-definition video. Vimeo was launched in 2004 by a group of filmmakers. Since then, the platform has grown to over 80 million creators. Most of its users are artists in film, animation, music and other works of art who’ve been able to use Vimeo as a way to share and promote their work. Both are great platforms with their respective advantages and disadvantages.
Firstly, Vimeo offers a basic, free membership, but it limits users to 500MB maximum storage per week. Alternately, you can make a YouTube video completely free with unlimited storage when it comes to hosting. YouTube focuses on making money with their advertising, not monthly or yearly payment plans like Vimeo. Secondly, both platforms have different policies regarding how much video content you can upload. In YouTube, you can upload unlimited videos, but each video should be under 15 minutes while Vimeo, has different limitations on the upload size for each plan.
Also, both platforms offer video sharing options, have dedicated communities, and social features in their product. But when it comes to audience size and reach, YouTube has the obvious advantage. Also, YouTube offers three privacy settings for the videos you upload. YouTube is not an ideal platform if you want to host private videos. If you want to have more control over who watches your videos, then Vimeo is a much better platform for you.
Lastly, Vimeo doesn’t offer as many video editing features like YouTube. However, it does offer all the basics needed. Depending on what you are trying to do with your videos, one platform could be better for you than the other but both are excellent.