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#1 Keith Walters

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 10:39 PM

Is there any alternative to places like YouTube for posting short films in reasonable quality?

YouTube limits content to 15 minutes, while others have strict file size and download limits.

Is there perhaps some sort of quality moderated site where all submissions are screened for quality first?

I'm not particularly interested in this myself, this is for a relatively non-technically minded friend. (Of a relative :-)
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#2 Sean Lambrecht

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 12:35 PM

Vimeo is good quality-wise, but limited to 1280x720 and a single HD upload up to 500MB per week unless you pay annually for a pro account ($60 USD.) No limit on the length of videos. You can also download the original file that was uploaded, again only with a pro account, otherwise the download is the re-compressed version. The conversion process can be extremely lengthy for the cheap folks like myself, my last upload of a 40 second video took over ten hours to convert. And of course with the pro account your upload will get bumped to the head of the line. Aside from all that, the uploads are simple with just a few clicks. Probably the best option for non-techies.

Exposure Room is far less restrictive, and in fact doesn't seem to have any sort of size or time limit although they recommend keeping clips under 10 minutes: http://exposureroom....view.aspx?t=210. Very fast conversions and all the extras you get with a paid Vimeo account. Only been fooling around with it for a couple days, so far I like. Maybe a bit to technical for some folks.

It's going to be difficult for anyone without some degree of technical knowledge to get a decent looking video anywhere online I suspect. The x264 encoder has exceptional quality and alleviates those damned Quicktime gamma issues for the most part, but I wouldn't even suggest that to your friend unless you plan on doing all of their encoding. :)
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