I am seeing more and more of a Catholic presence online through video sharing sites like YouTube and Vimeo. Pastor’s are posting vlogs (video blogs), youth groups are recording fun events, and there are tons of resources available to help teach the faith. There are many things to consider when publishing video online but I thought I would start with an easy one, where should you post them?
If you want to easily publish a video online, I recommend using either YouTube or Vimeo. These sites are especially helpful for those parishes that do not have the resources to host and publish videos through their own web hosting. Embedding a video into your parish web site is extremely easy through either of these sites.
Here’s a brief summary of these two video sharing sites and then a quick thought on what I recommend.
YouTube is now a product of Google and as you may already know, there are few things that Google charges to use. Uploading a video to YouTube is extremely easy and free. Your parish can create an channel that is a home to all of your videos. With YouTube you can select three privacy settings; share the video publicly, only allow people who have a link to view it, or only allow people you choose to be able to view it. You can allow embedding of your video which allows you to embed it on your own site. There will occasionally be ads on your video, this is the price you pay to use YouTube.
Actually as a sidenote, if you plan to use a lot of video it is possible to collect a portion of the revenue from the ads shown on your videos from YouTube using Google Adsense.
The benefits of Vimeo are very different from YouTube. There really are not many differences between the free version of Vimeo and YouTube. It is the paid version of Vimeo (Vimeo Plus) that allows for much more flexibility. The beauty of Vimeo Plus lies in the customization possibilities in the player and the embed options. There are no ads and my personal favorite perk is that you can use Vimeo as a storage dump for your videos, meaning, you can download the original file and/or allows others to download the file as well straight from the site.
There is one feature with Vimeo Plus that sells me every time. This feature is the embedding option that allows you to choose which sites can embed your videos. With YouTube it’s all or nothing. Either everyone can embed your video or no one can, not even you. With Vimeo Plus you have the option to embed the video on your parish web site and no where else, not even Vimeo. This is the control that I appreciate and am willing to pay $60/year for!