What Are The Best Video Sharing Platforms For Content Creators?

Dhir Acharya - Feb 01, 2021


What Are The Best Video Sharing Platforms For Content Creators?

Not just TikTok, many video sharing platforms are becoming more popular. In this post, we will list out the best video sharing platforms available.

Not just TikTok, many video sharing platforms are becoming more and more popular as a trending type of social platform. In this post, we will list out the best video sharing platforms currently available.

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What is video sharing?

What is video sharing?

Video sharing is when you post a video onto a platform where other people can view it. Not just that, viewers can comment on your posts and share the link of the video to other people as well.

The platform we just mentioned is known as online video platforms, which allows people to upload videos, share videos, or even livestream their videos. The videos can be either public for everyone to watch or set visible to certain people. YouTube is the most popular video sharing site with 2 billion active users as of October 2020.

Best video sharing website

YouTube

As we stated in the previous section, YouTube is the most widely used platform for sharing videos and streaming. It supports up to 8K resolution and HDR content, which users can upload in any of the common video formats, meaning creators can make money through YouTube.

To earn money through mid-roll and pre-roll ads, a creator must have 1,000+ subscribers with at least 4,000 hours of viewership in the last one year. These rules were imposed starting in 2018. In addition, creators that have 50,000 subscribers or more can offer exclusive content as well as other merchandise for viewers to get a monthly subscription fee of $4.99.

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YouTube

Besides, channels with at least 10,000 subscribers can sell their merchandise via the merchandise shelf, a row that includes officially-backed products shown below videos. Also, when creators visit the Studio dashboard on YouTube or use the dedicated apps, they can view stats such as total viewership, total subscribers, comments on videos, and analyze data such as traffic source, viewers’ age, gender, device, as well as a time-wise overview of user activity related to their videos. Creators can use the YouTube app or desktop site to upload their videos, start a new one, or add stories.

YouTube has a creators program that’s among the most advanced available due to its support through workshops and infrastructure provided through the YouTube Space studio. The platform also recognizes the best YouTube Celebrities through several activities like YouTube Rewind and YouTube Fanfest.

Here are some key information relating to video sharing on YouTube.

  • Upload limit for non-verified accounts: 20GB/15 minutes.
  • Upload limit for verified accounts: 128GB/12 hours.
  • Supported video formats: MP4, MPEG4, MOV, WMV, AVI, FLV, MPEGPS, WebM, 3GPP, DNxHR, ProRes, CineForm, HEVC (h265).
  • Revenue Sharing: creators are paid 55% of the revenue generated from ads, Ads served via Google Adsense.
  • Premium Plans and Pricing: $11.99 per month, including free YouTube Music, ad-free watching, etc.

Vimeo

If you have used the world-leading video sharing platform and are looking for YouTube alternative, Vimeo is among the best alternatives to use. Vimeo doesn’t show pre-roll or mid-roll ads and viewers love this. In addition, creators on this platform can upload HD videos with a limit varying between different plans. After the Tip Jar feature was removed, Vimeo creators mostly earn money through a Video-on-demand model.

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Vimeo

The downside of this platform is that most good stuff for content creators is offered in the Vimeo Pro plan while the Basic Free plan is limited. Users can uploads videos in several formats and get 90% of the revenue from their content. Here is the key information users need to know.

  • Upload limit for Basic Free plan; 500MB/week.
  • Upload limit for Vimeo Plus: 5GB/week.
  • Upload limit for Vimeo Pro: 25GB/file.
  • Supported video formats: MPEG4, MOV, MP4, WMV, AVI, FLV, MPEGS, WebM, and 3GPP.
  • Revenue sharing: creators get 90% of the videos’ revenue.
  • Premium Plans and Pricing: Viemo Premium ($900 per year), Vimeo Business ($600 per year), Vimeo Pro ($240 per year), and Vimeo Plus ($84 per year).

TikTok

This free video hosting app has made lip-sync videos very popular among internet users. TikTok is especially suitable for those interested in short videos of different genres like DIY, gaming, comedy, sports, etc.

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TikTok

The creator community on TikTok has been growing quickly who produces fascinating clips that attract thousands or even millions of views. Creators are free to make their clips from a huge library of free sounds and music provided by the platform. Not just that, there are real-time effects, eye-catching filters, as well as a lot of AR objects that can make your content even more mesmerizing. However, content creators on TikTok don’t make money the way those on YouTube and Vimeo do, through ads. Instead, they can earn through sponsorship opportunities.

  • Upload limit on iOS: 287.6 MB, 15 seconds max.
  • Upload limit on Android: 72 MB, 15 seconds max.
  • Revenue sharing: none.

Facebook Watch

There’s no denying that Facebook is the largest social network up to now and home to the most diverse catalogs of videos created by various groups of users, including individual users, content creators, and brand pages.

To compete with YouTube, Facebook Watch offers several intriguing features like the ability to watch videos with friends. The platform also offers a highly personalized feed to show you all the things you like or may like.

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Facebook Watch

As for creators on this video sharing platform, they can access Facebook Creator Studio, where they can publish and moderate their original videos in addition to managing subscriptions. Creators on Facebook Watch can also insert mid-roll and pre-roll ads while on-demand videos may be limited to select countries. Furthermore, Facebook Watch supports 360-degree videos.

There are several options for creators. For instance, with Creator Studio and dedicated applications, they can track how their videos are performing, optimize and moderate content, or create stories for their pages, as well as cross-post their videos to Twitter and Instagram.

Best of all, creators can monetize their videos through ad breaks between their videos too. To earn money from their videos, creators must have 10,000 followers or more with a minimum of 30,000 views in total.

  • Upload limit: 10GB or 240 minutes max.
  • Supported video formats: 3GP, 3G2, ASF, 3GPP, DAT, AVI, DV, DIVX, FLV, F4V, M4V, M2TS, MOD, MKV, MP4, MOV, MPEG, MPE, MPG, MPEG4, NSV, MTS, OGV, OGM, TOD, QT, VOB, TS, WMV.
  • Revenue sharing: 55% of the revenue from ads.
  • Premium plans and pricing: None.

Twitch

This video sharing service is more popular among gamers who want to stream their gameplay on the platform. Twitch.tv is a video game streaming service where users can stream their gaming at 3500 bits per second max. This platform is also suitable for advanced gamers who look to monetize their gaming videos. There are over 11,000 content creators on this network.

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Twitch

Twitch Turbo is a premium account that lets users view all the videos and streams without any ads. It’s not easy to become a Partner at Twitch, you need at least 100,000 subscribers and at least 15,000 views on each video.

  • Upload limit: 3500 bits per second max.
  • Supported video formats: h264, AAC audio, FLV, AVI, MOV, and MP4 along with up to 10Mbps bitrate and 1080-pixel, 60 fps.
  • Revenue sharing: Not available.
  • Premium plans and pricing: Twitch Turbo ($8.99 per month).

How to create a video sharing website?

In the previous section, we have listed out the best video sharing platforms existing, but if you want to create one on your own, we are glad to show you how. To answer the question as to how to make a video sharing website, you need to read the following steps carefully.

Step 1: Buy a domain name

There are hundreds of domain registrars, Bluehost, HostGator, and Godaddy are among the best options of all. Remember to choose a brandable name that hints at what your business does.

Step 2: Sign up for a Web Hosting Provider

You need to choose a provider that offers adequate speed, good support, security, and scalability for managing your site. After selecting a provider, you should pick a plan based on the bandwidth and storage you need.

Step 3: Install WordPress

The installation process depends on your hosting server but these are the basic steps.

  1. Download WordPress, the latest version, as a .zip file.
  2. Unzip the file and upload the WordPress folder to your web server with FTP.
  3. Head to the hosting control panel and create a MySQL database along with the user for WordPress.
  4. Go back to your FTP and configure WordPress to connect to your new database.
  5. Fill in the form as in the following photo and complete the installation.
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How to create a video sharing site?

Step 4: Pick a WordPress theme for your site

Now, let’s design your website. First of all, choose a theme based on your purpose and preference. But the theme should let users upload their own videos, watch and share other videos. The theme should also help users search videos and navigate more easily.

Step 5: Install and customize the theme

  1. Look at the left-hand side of the pace, click on Appearance.
  2. Click on Themes.
  3. Enter the name of the theme you want.
  4. Click on Install.

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