For the average person, YouTube will do just fine as a video sharing platform. For serious filmmakers trying to get their films out there, and meet a community of like-minded individuals, there are a number of reason to choose Vimeo instead of YouTube.
Here are five reason that will back up that lofty claim, along with plenty of examples to amp up the fun factor!
5 Reasons Vimeo is better than YouTube for filmmakers
Youtube is the King of Video Content Volume. There is absolutely no disputing that. Over 6 billion hours of video are watched on YouTube each month. That wasn’t a typo: 6,000,000,000 hours.
While Vimeo doesn’t make their data on hours of video/month available, there is one comparison I can make:
- YouTube has over 1 billion unique visitors/month
- Vimeo has over 130 million unique visitors/month
Yes, that is a big difference! What matters, and why it’s a one of the reasons to Choose Vimeo is the quality of those visitors. The first point I’ll look at is…
Vimeo is filled with professionals. YouTube? Not so much…
Vimeo is where fellow filmmakers, and genuine film lovers, go to watch short movies. YouTube is where your mom goes to watch cat videos. This clear disticntion of what is acceptable on the two platforms has helped the two grow apart and define themselves.
I can’t make it any clearer than this example. The following is the most popular video on YouTube that isn’t a music video:
Here is the most popular video on Vimeo:
I couldn’t make it any clearer why being surrounded by better content is one of the reasons to Choose Vimeo over YouTube! Not only is there a vast difference in the content presented, but there is a big difference in the audience. I’ve spoken about the horror show that is the YouTube comment section. It got so bad that even PewDiePie, the most subscribed person on YouTube, closed his comments section.
The Vimeo comments section, however, usually shows nothing but love:
Vimeo has no pre-loading ads
Don’t you hate how YouTube makes you watch an ad before you can watch a video? Those are a major problem for you as they can actually be ads for your competitors! After all of the work you put in to getting more viewers, and the investment you make in using our Vimeo views service, YouTube goes and puts an ad for someone else before your video?!? It’s kind of absurd…
Vimeo lets your viewers get to what they want – watching your video. They also don’t put those banners across your video while it is playing. The focus is on your content on Vimeo.
Less cats, more great content
It’s hard to fly like an eagle when you’re surrounded by turkeys, know what I’m saying? Vimeo has a number of policies and failsafes in place that keep fluff material from appearing on their website. This leads to your video being surrounded by other great videos. This is one of them ore compelling reasons to choose Vimeo as you will be taken seriously because you won’t have to be competing alongside this:
When you’re competing against so much garbage on YouTube it can be harder for your quality content to be taken seriously. This problem simply doesn’t exist on Vimeo – it is for serious films and serious filmmakers.
Vimeo focuses more on your video, and less on their content
The way that YouTube have set their service up is all about getting you to keep on watching their videos. Vimeo wants people to focus on getting people to watch your videos.
To give you a visual cue, here’s YouTube’s cluttered mess of other videos and ads:
And here’s Vimeo:
The difference is that Vimeo put all of the ads down by the comments, away from your video. With the other videos to watch along the top you just have to scroll down slightly to focus on the video. YouTube’s right scrolling videos are a deliberate attempt to keep other videos in your face. Often, these videos are of other people’s content!
Password protection for private sharing before the public debut
You may not think this is handy – until you use it. When you finish your film you may want to do something common before it goes public – do a screening. You can password protect your video on Vimeo and share that password with those who you want to see it.
They are different from “private” YouTube videos because those who you want to view your video don’t have to be on YouTube to watch it. You can forward it in an email, give them the password, and you’re all set.
This gives you a chance to get real feedback before you go public. An extra set of eyes always makes a difference. Now you can limit those eyes to only those you trust, rather than waiting for the opinions of everyone on the Internet!
There are great Reasons to Choose Vimeo over YouTube
If you’re not convinced just yet that Vimeo is better than YouTube for filmmakers, I invite you to watch the following video. It is hosted on Vimeo and is the current toast of the town for serious online video.
Once you have completed it, I’d like to see you find a video that is of that high quality, with that interesting a story, on YouTube.
The video is titled ‘He Took His Skin Off For Me,’ and it is no joke. He literally takes his skin off, so fair warning for graphic content:
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