December 15, 2010 at 2:01 AM #43289
I’m working with a local realtor to do online commercials of her homes for sale. She wants to put the commercials on her facebook page, as well as on her website, however her site host has a very limited disc space.
Does anyone know of a good (Preferrably free) video hosting service? She’s looking for a place to store these videos and get a link to imbed the video on her page so they just click “Play” and it runs without having to leave her page. I know Youtube, but I’m not sure if this is a place for these videos or if they will look unprofessional being stored on youtube.
December 15, 2010 at 2:02 AM #181530
Forgot to mention, this realtor and I are putting one together of a home she has for sale, but if the broker/owner likes the idea he’s going to sign a contract to use my services for all his agents.
December 15, 2010 at 4:54 AM #181531MarcelParticipant
For file hosting and podcasting, I like to use BlipTV. One can easily get itunes support and create an HD feed. Mine is itpc://feeds.feedburner.com/PhosariHD .
For Real Estate orientated video, I like http://www.wellcomemat.com/
One can use it to host videos in a pretty decent quality format. I still prefer good old Youtube.
December 15, 2010 at 5:59 PM #181532WoodyParticipant
I do something similar for a few clients, so I’ll give you my two pennies on it.
Some prefer sites like Vimeo and some others but mostly its because of HD support and quality but they are things the average consumer doesn’t really care about. I don’t feel that the youtube watermark is a turn off to the average consumer because its really a household name to them, they see it everywhere. It may look taky to us but they don’t really care and the point of the video is to use it to sell something, in this case…houses.
Even though I film in HD, I export the final in SD resolution to avoid the buffering stops of youtube and keep playback smooth. The last thing you want to do is loose the attention of someone you are trying to sell something to. Also its how the video was done that sells not the res quality in my opinion.
The main thing about youtube is its response to search engines. If you put good tags on ityour video will be near the top of a search for “Houses for sale near ____” and direct people to your clients site, just make sure you include a url on the youtube page and in the video. Looking at web stats, I see a lot of traffic comeing from youtube and that only happens from then finding the video first. Some other hosting sites are not bad about coming up in searches but youtube seems to rank #1 for that, it might just be because of people knowing the name so well. The video can also be placed on a site in different ways to make it look more professional.
December 15, 2010 at 6:01 PM #181533PJParticipant
I think Youtube is the best place to host the videos, just make them unlisted so they aren’t searchable and embedding is the easiest. With Youtube you get the most control, fastest uploads, highest quality, and the ability to add annotations if something at the house or sale changes. Another good thing about the youtube player is that everybody knows how it works and it is indeed a very clean and professional looking player. In terms of ease of use and functionality, Youtube is the way to go.
If for some reason you or your client doesn’t like Youtube after trying it out, you can always move to Youtube’s competitor Vimeo. Though other services will get you through what you need. You will save yourself some headaches if you correctly use the bigger players. And they’re free!
December 17, 2010 at 3:25 AM #181534
Thanks Nerds, I will have to rethink my Youtube thoughts I guess. I’ll have to do some research on there to see what other types of home tour videos I can find.
December 24, 2010 at 2:10 AM #181535JaysonParticipant
I have Used Blip and Youtube to host videos and in my opinion Blip is way to slow to load and youtube is usually grainy even with HD videos. I like to use Vimeo. The quality is much better and loads lots faster!
Here is a sample video to see if its what you are looking for!
December 24, 2010 at 6:47 AM #181536
December 24, 2010 at 6:47 AM #181537SteveMannParticipant
“. Looking at web stats, I see a lot of traffic comeing from youtube and
that only happens from then finding the video first. Some other hosting
sites are not bad about coming up in searches but youtube seems to rank
#1 for that, it might just be because of people knowing the name so
Uh, no. It’s because Google bought YouTube about a year ago.
December 30, 2010 at 4:45 AM #181538YvonParticipant
Personally I prefer http://www.vimeo.com you can try free just create an account and testor become a member you pay $60 a year toobtain fast processing, 5 Gig download plus no advertizing during playback. Also you can embed. Since 2 years I use it for training video and work great.
January 10, 2011 at 5:38 PM #181539AnonymousInactive
I prefer to use the iPlayer even though it isn’t free. For $30 a month, it’s a great solution with a lot of flexibility. You can watch samples on my website at http://www.6strongmedia.com to see how I’ve embedded the videos and players into my pages.
You can learn more about the iPlayer at http://www.BestHDVideoPlayer.com
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