Best Video Share Websites Review

Best Video Share Websites Review

Film, Upload, Share, Enjoy

Video share websites are changing the way we view media and the media we view. On the Internet, amateur producers can share their videos with thousands of viewers and average people can steal the limelight from Hollywood stars.

Whether you’re looking for a clip of your favorite movie, an important newscast, a how–to video or just some good entertainment, you’ll find it on the Internet. Video share sites make it easy to browse, find and watch your favorite streaming video.

You can become a celebrity or famous producer overnight. Video share sites offer the tools and resources producers need to create and upload videos. You can access helpful articles and editing tools. Some sites allow you to post your videos for everyone to view or keep them private.

In this site, you’ll find articles on video share and production and comprehensive reviews on video share sites that will help you make an informed decision on which video share site is right for you.

What to Look for in a Video Share Website

There are currently over 50 video share websites on the Internet and the number continues to grow. Most of these websites offer free memberships. We've scoured the web for the very best video share websites—so after reading about the advantages and disadvantages each has; you may want to try a few sites before choosing one.

Below are the criteria Top Ten Reviews used to evaluate video share websites.

Audience Features
Video share websites should have features that make searching and viewing videos enjoyable. These features may include a search box, the ability to search by category, screenshot previews of the videos, a short description of the content, user submitted video ratings and other items that enhance the viewing experience.

Producer Features
The best video hosting sites offer resources for those who produce and post videos. The site may offer video creation tools, educational resources and the ability to add a description and select whether the video is public or private.

Content
This is one of the most important aspects of video sharing sites and the reason we visit them. The best sites have a large library of good content. The content should be regulated, and not include copyrighted, pornographic, racist or violent movies; or movies that offend human dignity, are contrary to decency or endanger youth. (Note: Though many movie share sites have strict content policies, occasionally movies that contain questionable material are posted.

Ease of Use
Video share sites should be easy to navigate and use with organized categories and a search box. The videos should load and play quickly without buffering delays.

Help & Support
Though video share sites are free, they should still include first–class help and support through FAQs, user guides, customer service by email or phone, and ideally, a user forum.

YouTube

When you think of video sharing websites, YouTube naturally comes to mind. YouTube wasn’t the first video share site, but it has become the most popular video sharing site through a clever mix of functionality and community.

YouTube isn’t just an American favorite; it’s popular throughout the world. At the time this review was written, YouTube was garnering nearly 20 percent of all global traffic on the internet. Its popularity is just one clue that YouTube is the best video sharing site out there.

In fact, YouTube’s take on video sharing and creating a community, has influenced the way that most other video sharing sites work. The best part about YouTube is being able to watch videos, any video, without being a member, but the real strength of YouTube is the community members that interact, comment, and post videos for specific interests. It’s possible to find a video on YouTube (on your computer, or app on your smart TV) for any interest, occupation, hobby or pastime, along with a lot of other videos that anybody can love.

Perhaps the most telling effect of YouTube’s video sharing formula is the fact that YouTube has gone from being the star to creating stars. Chances are good that you’ve heard of at least one of the following: LonelyGirl15, Chocolate Rain, Chris “Leave Britney Alone” Crocker, Lisa Nova, Charlie Bit Me, Evolution of Dance, Lerroooooy Jenkins, David Elswhere, Star Wars Kid, Numa Numa Man, Dramatic Look Gopher. All of these videos or people were made famous because of YouTube.

Now presidential candidates use YouTube as a way to give their debates and speeches a national audience, because YouTube has such a broad user base.

YouTube became so big because it was the first site to make video sharing easy, and it still makes it easy with new innovations and handy features. Combine that with one of the biggest video libraries in the world and it’s easy to see why YouTube is the best.

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YouTube does well by offering all the amenities that an audience member needs because the vast majority of people on the site are not contributors, simply spectators. A smart search function makes it easy to identify the video you are looking for, and a category search or other advanced search functions allow you to narrow your search even further. Ratings, descriptions and screenshot previews also make it easier to identify the video you are looking for.

YouTube has a well-established system for collecting and displaying user comments. You must have an account with YouTube to post ratings or comments on any videos, but you don’t necessarily have to be a contributor. The comments system is self-regulated by all the YouTube users, too. If a comment is antagonistic, spam or misinforming, YouTube users can vote down the comment so that it does not show up. Other useful comments can also be voted up. While this power can be abused by a group of like-minded individuals who want to marginalize a specific user, for the most part this comment rating system is very useful at weeding out useless, angry or commercial comments.

YouTube has some great customizable features too. There are the obvious ones, like volume and screen size, but then there are much better ones, like the ability to create a customized playlist of favorite videos. This makes it possible to consistently enjoy the videos you like the way you like. YouTube even has an RSS Feed which allows you to get immediate updates on new videos by a specific user or in a specific category. This ability to customize your content is what makes YouTube such a fan favorite.

Another key feature that has allowed YouTube to become so big is the ability to embed videos on other sites. This means other websites don’t have to host a video file on their own servers; they can simply import the video from YouTube. This has made it far easier and more efficient to share YouTube videos even if you aren’t on the actual YouTube site.

YouTube makes it possible to create and post your videos your way. There are a lot of customizable features when uploading a video. You can specify whether people can comment on your video or post replies, and you can even specify who is allowed to see your video, on the off chance that you aren’t looking for internet fame.

You can even specify where the video was shot when you upload a video into YouTube. This has become a very popular function for people who are fascinated by GoogleEarth and geocaching. Another great feature is the ability to upload videos directly from a cell phone. This is an increasingly popular option since so many people are using the cameras in their cell phones to capture incredible videos.

Posting a video requires you to give the video a title, short description, category and a set of tags that help identify the video; the tags also help the search function know what the video relates to when making suggestions of similar clips. YouTube says that uploading will take 1 to 5 minutes per megabyte to upload a video on a high-speed connection. This sounds like a pretty wide range for a single megabyte, but the main consideration in upload speeds will be your own internet connection. If you are uploading a large file or several files at once, YouTube provides a special upload manager that can help you streamline the process and ultimately cut down on upload times.

All content on YouTube must be shorter than 10 minutes and smaller than 1 gigabyte. This restriction usually poses no problems because the videos on YouTube are usually short. However, some people still post entire episodes of their favorite movies and TV shows by breaking them up into 10 minute segments. Usually this is done without the permission of the TV networks or movie studios, which take them down eventually. But other people post the videos again, later.

YouTube accepts movies in AVI, MOV, WMV and MPG formats. While some other video sharing sites have compatibility with more formats, these four represent the vast majority of amateur videos, making YouTube accessible to all. When you upload your videos, YouTube converts them to the Adobe Flash format. Sometimes this conversion can cause problems, but only rarely. The Flash version is compatible with more computers because most people already have Flash software on their computers.

YouTube contains videos of all sorts, and this includes content that might be offensive to some people. Fortunately, videos with explicit content are not visible to regular viewers; you must be signed into your YouTube account and verify that you are over 18 years old in order to see it. Other viewers can also post warnings about a video’s content.

YouTube is supremely easy to use, which is part of what brings people back. Viewing is as simple as pressing play, and there are easily accessible controls for volume and screen size. Comments are located below the video, description to the right and YouTube makes a list of related videos that pertain to the video you are currently watching, just in case you’re looking for something more. When your video is finished playing YouTube will scroll through some additional suggestions in the viewing pane.

Uploading your own videos is simple and the streamlined process allows you to control comments and add as much information as you wish. We also liked the upload manager that makes it easier and faster to upload large files or multiple files at once.

You’ll find an exceptional support system in YouTube. Most issues you might have are covered in the Knowledge Base/FAQ. You can ask a question or search for a specific term in the help section and relevant results immediately pop up. We found answers to all the questions we searched for.

YouTube also keeps a current list of bugs and fixes, which can help you with issues that might not be covered in the FAQ. And if you don’t know what a term means, YouTube even keeps an up-to-date glossary of all the terms on the site.

One of the best support features on YouTube is the tutorial videos that show you how to upload videos and manage your account, step by step. This only makes sense when you consider that YouTube is a video site and its users are accustomed to watching videos.

YouTube is the most popular video sharing site because it is the best, and that’s why we ranked it number one among video sharing sites. That many people just can’t be wrong. It has all the features you need, both to watch and post videos. It also has a thriving community and the potential to make you a star overnight. What more can you ask from a video sharing site?

Show a man a home video and he’ll laugh for a day. Show that man YouTube and he’ll laugh for the rest of his life. Nor will he ever be bored…

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Break

Break.com is a great website because it knows what it wants to be and sticks with it. While most other video share websites will take anything you would care to submit, Break has made a name for itself by committing to specific kinds of videos. The vast majority of the videos on Break are humorous, whether they are bloopers and blunders caught on video or scripted clips created by users.

The only other kinds of videos you will find on Break are related to sports, entertainment and the military. It’s easy to see that this site is aimed at a male demographic, but Break unabashedly hits its target, drawing in millions of viewers from all over the globe and most of them men.

Despite the predominantly male user base, Break has a lot to offer for anybody looking for humorous videos. Don’t come looking for how-to videos or recordings of fifth grade graduation ceremonies, unless something goes hilariously wrong. Frankly, that’s the main reason people look for videos on the internet, for a good laugh. So Break can actually provide a lot of videos you’ll like.

On the other hand, the Break community isn’t as useful as some other sites because there is such a gender divide. Comments are usually more antagonistic and ratings aren’t as objective because the majority of viewers are interested in similar things.

There are a lot of people who submit videos to Break, so the video library is pretty vast. There also seems to be a pretty good review and organizational system for the videos because there are far less duplicates on Break than on most other sites. This makes the site cleaner and offers a better selection of recommendations when you search for a video.

Overall, Break doesn’t have the same broad community or diverse demographic that you might find in YouTube or Metacafe, but it still has a formidable selection of funny and entertaining videos that make the site well worth your time.

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The Break user interface looks a little cluttered, even though it is still as functional as other sites. In fact, once you get past the design, you realize that Break is actually much easier to interface with than most other sites.

In the viewing pane, Break gives you far more viewing options than any other video share site. First of all, it’s nice to see both how much time is elapsed in a video and how much is left when a lot of sites only do one or the other. But Break goes even farther by offering easy keystroke shortcuts for all the common actions you take (play, pause, fast forward, etc.).

Then Break takes it even farther by letting you adjust color contrast and brightness right in the viewing pane itself. Not something the average user will need, but no small contribution nonetheless. You even have the option of turning slo-mo on and off, something we haven’t seen anywhere else.

Of course all this is trumped by the fact that you can play, pause, fast forward and rewind but simply clicking on the screen and moving the mouse back and forth. We had a hard time deciding which was more convenient, the mouse controls or the keystroke shortcuts. Giving this kind of control to the user is the real strength of Break.

The other nice innovation in Break is the user rating system. Instead of a series of stars like everybody else, Break uses a simple thumbs down, thumbs up system. You can vote thumbs up or thumbs down for every video (only if you are logged in, of course) and Break keeps a tally of just how many thumbs up a video has (you can’t have a negative score, if you keep hitting thumbs down when a movie has zero votes, it will stay at zero).

We actually liked this system because it got rid of the arbitrary “is it worth a 3.5 or just a 3” business and simplifies it to a yes or no. If a lot of people have voted yes, chances are that it’s good.

Break offers users three different ways to upload content. You can use the upload page on the site, you can email your video to Break or you can upload it directly from your cell phone. You must be a member to upload any content.

Break doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles when it comes to uploading videos. The system is pretty simple and doesn’t really offer much in the way of editing tools. One advantage of Break is that you can also upload picture albums in addition to your videos.

You can get paid for putting content on Break’s site, but it isn’t as easy as it is on other sites. If the people at Break like your video enough, they will put your video on the home page, and you will get paid for having it there. They are pretty vague about just how much you’ll get paid, but it’s probably better than nothing.

As we mentioned before, the vast majority of Break content is humorous or has to do with sports and entertainment. Don’t go here looking for the latest episode of your favorite TV show.

Break will accept most major video formats, including WMV, AVI, MPG and MOV. You can also post photo albums with JPG, BMP or PNG formats. All video files must be less than 60MB.

Break is extremely easy to use because it offers you a level of control that most other sites lack. You can adjust the color, contrast and brightness of a video as well as watch it in slow motion. But Break makes the process even easier by offering keyboard shortcuts and the ability to control the video simply by clicking and dragging your mouse over the video viewing pane.

The uploading process is fairly easy, if not the most streamlined of all these sites.

Break is a little light on the technical support. There is a FAQ available that answers all the basic questions, but it doesn’t bother to go very deep into issues and doesn’t cover all the questions you might have.

You can also email Break if you need more help than the FAQ can provide.

Even though Break is pretty specialized towards humor and the male demographic, it still offers an incredible selection of videos that will keep you happy for hours, no matter your gender. The viewer interface is also one of the most comprehensive and easiest to use of any video sharing site we used.

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Metacafe

Metacafe takes the user experience very seriously; it offers quality videos and a dedicated review system that keeps content up to high standards.

Metacafe is now based in California, but it was actually started in Tel Aviv, Israel. Despite beginning outside of the United States, it has created a huge following in America, not to mention most other English-speaking countries.

The appeal of Metacafe is the carefully cultivated content. If YouTube is a smorgasbord of videos, Metacafe is a carefully planned but extensive banquet. Metacafe takes pride in the fact that videos are carefully reviewed by a panel of 80,000 community members. While you might be inclined to think that this limits content and creativity, it actually works to keep the Metacafe site clean and orderly.

One of the biggest advantages of this video share site is the lack of duplicates. Possibly the worst parts about YouTube is finding 23 variations of a video you are searching for and not knowing which is exactly what you want, not to mention the varying quality of copies. All these duplicates end up making YouTube feel cluttered.

Metacafe on the other hand is well-organized and offers nearly as many videos, in all sorts of categories. There are daily recommendations of the most popular videos as well as a thriving community that comments on the videos and rates them.

Part of the reason Metacafe is so popular is because it was one of the first sites to pay people for posting videos. The Producer Rewards system rewards videos that bring in the most viewers. Once 20,000 people have viewed your video, Metacafe will pay you $5 for every 1,000 views. With some of the most popular videos getting millions of views, this system has proved to be quite lucrative for many people.

It’s exactly this kind of thought-out design that makes Metacafe so good. The content is great and easy to find, the community is strong and you could end up making good money. Metacafe is truly an incredible innovation in the Internet Age.

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Because the videos go through an approval process and a ranking system, the videos in each category really are worth your time. You don’t have to wade through a lot of flotsam to find what you are looking for. And the highest ranked videos on the home page are updated more frequently than many other video sharing sites, making it easier to find highly-rated videos easily.

When you select a video, the viewing pane offers a nice variety of options, aside from the standard play, pause, full screen and volume controls. You have easily accessible options for sharing the video or embedding it on a separate site. You also have the option of adding the video to your favorites playlist or bookmarking it for later viewing.

The search function in Metacafe is extremely easy to use, making it possible to search by category or other criteria. If you need to do an advanced search, however, the process is not that simple. First you must have the Metacafe application installed on your computer. Then you can access the advanced search through a menu. Why can’t Metacafe simply put a link titled “Advanced Search” next to the primary search box like other sites do? It’s a small problem that won’t affect most users, though.

Like all video share sites, the titles and descriptions on the videos are user submitted. This means that the information can run from vague tidbits to way too much information, but for the most part, the titles are useful.

If you have an account on Metacafe, and are signed in, you can also rate the video yourself and write comments. This feature is an essential part of the Metacafe community and the video review system. User ratings are taken into account when ranking the best videos.

Metacafe is the premier site for people who like to make their own videos. While YouTube is littered with recordings of TV shows and movies, Metacafe is focused almost exclusively on user-generated content. This is done by design.

In fact, Metacafe users have a significant amount of power in the community, with the ability to rate and review videos. But the most empowering part of submitting videos to Metacafe is the possibility of getting paid. Since Metacafe runs on an advertising model, the company naturally wants to reward the people who bring in a lot of views. So Metacafe has created the Producer Rewards system that pays people for posting popular videos.

Metacafe will pay the creator of a popular video $5 for every 1,000 views. You don’t get paid until a video has gotten 20,000 views, at which point you receive $100 as well as $5 for every additional 1,000 views it gets.

There are some other stipulations that apply; for instance, a video must be suitable for all ages, follow Metacafe community standards, not infringe upon copyright laws, maintain a 3.0 rating from other users and get the 20,000 qualifying views within 6 months of being posted on Metacafe. These requirements sound steep, but it is entirely possible to achieve them and, indeed, many people have.

Metacafe tries to focus exclusively on user-generated content. This doesn’t mean that you won’t find occasional clips from TV shows or movies, but there are far fewer of them than on other video share sites. Since Metacafe has far more original content, it’s actually more fun to browse casually because you still see so much that you haven’t seen before.

Individual files on Metacafe must be less than 100MB, but there is no set limit on length. Since video quality affects the file size, you can find many different video lengths on Metacafe.

However, the vast majority of videos on Metacafe are less than a few minutes long. Much of the content is focused around humor, whether it be blunders caught on film or scripted jokes and skits by users. Besides the comedic, you can still find videos in almost every genre. One of the popular new genres is the how-to video. Many Metacafe users like to submit how-to videos, about anything, just because they seem to draw a lot of views, and thus bigger payouts from the Producer Rewards system.

Metacafe is exceedingly easy to use. In fact, once you find a video you like, it’s easy to find yourself watching dozens of others simply because the video recommendation system is so good at providing links to other videos you might like. If you are just looking to browse, you need only to do one search and then follow the links to keep busy for quite a long time.

The search function on Metacafe is useful and gives accurate results. You can search by specific categories, but if you want a more advanced search than that, you’ll need to download the Metacafe application. It’s annoying and probably not worth it if you don’t plan on submitting your own movies.

The ratings, descriptions and links to other sharing and playlist options are easy to find, making each viewing pane a complete navigation hub.

Metacafe actually has one of the most useful support systems out of any of the sites in this review. Besides the traditional email technical support form, Metacafe offers a bunch of tutorials and FAQs that can probably answer your questions without the need of a tech support rep.

The FAQs are searchable, meaning that you don’t have to sift through an entire FAQ document for the information you need. And if that’s not enough, Metacafe has a very useful set of forums where other users can share the solutions that they’ve discovered.

The Producer Rewards program is very important to users of Metacafe, and fortunately they have posted a lot of information about how it works and how to submit videos.

Metacafe may not be as well-known as YouTube, but it has a considerable global community. The video library is large and thorough, and doesn’t suffer from all the duplicates and TV recordings that litter many other video share sites. Metacafe gives you the feeling of a clean, thought-out and organized way to get the videos you like most.

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Google Video Share

Whether you’re looking for a music video, a clip from your favorite TV show, a breaking newscast or just a good laugh, you’ll find it on Google Video.

Google is a renowned search engine and we are equally impressed with its ability to locate video clips; from “Leave it to Beaver” actor interviews to Chicago Bears football highlights, Google has more searchable categories than any other video share website.

Google integrates all of the practical features you need to find, rate, comment on and enjoy your favorite video clips. You can search by category, use the search box or perform an advanced search to narrow your results by length, date, relevance, rating or title. Simply browse the Top 100 videos and see if they are moving up or down on the list.

Google has one of the largest viewing windows—it takes up approximately one–third of the monitor; nevertheless, there is still plenty of room for comments, ratings, playlists, thumbnail previews and a continuous playback button.

The Google Video account works in conjunction with the normal Google account that features Gmail, a custom homepage and more. You can enjoy all of the benefits Google has to offer in addition to uploading movies.

The video upload interface is simple, yet provides everything you need to post your videos for public or private viewing. You can add your own title and description. Google doesn’t list an upload limit; however, if your video is over 100MB, you have to use the Google Upload Program. This is a free download.

Google has more content categories than any other video share program. They include Business, Animation, Documentary, Educational, News, Music, Comedy and so on. You can also search the Top 100 by country. Though the lists are similar, you can see some definite trends in different countries’ video preferences.

Google Video not only has a large quantity of content, but the quality is also top–notch. This video share site has a strict content policy that bans copyright and obscene material. We found the content to be tasteful with more informational videos than other video share sites.

Google Video is easy to navigate with a user–friendly interface. You don’t have to sign up for an account to search and view videos; however, you do have to create an account if you want to upload videos.

Though Google is a mega company, they still provide decent support to their clients—something that is often lost with huge businesses. There is a comprehensive knowledge base and FAQs and you can contact customer support by email.

When you’re looking for a particular video clip, Google Video should be the first place you check out. It has a clean interface that has become a trademark of Google and you don’t have to sift through rubbish to find what you’re looking for.

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Dailymotion

Dailymotion attracts users from all over the world—this is one of the most popular and diverse video share websites on the web. Most of the videos on Dailymotion tend to be more professional in nature. They have newscasts, commercials and short films.

This site caters to the audience and offers a lot of audience related features. You can search videos with a search box or browse the many categories. All of the movies have picture previews but don’t have descriptions.

Each video clip has a small flag so you can see what country the movie came from. Because there are videos from places with different customs and cultures, be aware that some people may consider some of the videos explicit.

For example, we clicked on a newscast titled “Speedbandits” from Denmark. It turns out that Speedbandits are bikini–wearing girls that hold speed limit signs and the girls in Denmark don’t wear tops with their bikinis. There was no indication of this by the title or picture preview.

Dailymotion has strict content guidelines that forbid copywrited, pornographic, racist and violent videos that offend human dignity and are contrary to decency or endangers youth.

The producer features, in general, are very basic. However, you are able to upload videos from your webcam or even from a mobile device.

Overall, Dailymotion is a very entertaining video share site, and not just because of the scantily clad Danes. However, it doesn’t offer a lot of features for amateur video producers.

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Vimeo

Vimeo is quickly becoming both a popular video share website and a social networking site. It's a common place for budding videographers to showcase their short films and original videos to other filmmaking enthusiasts. The site is also popular with a few professionals as a place to store and showcase their work.

As a result of the Vimeo user base, the site is much cleaner and has more original content than most other sites in this review. It's not as common to post a copy of your favorite show or commercial, which is common on YouTube and Google Video. A large majority of the content is original video. There are still the copies and clips of popular TV shows and movies, but the Vimeo team does a good job of minimizing that kind of content and promoting original material. As a result, Vimeo is a really fun way to find interesting videos by filmmakers you've never heard of before.

The Vimeo community is pretty tightly knit, partially because Vimeo isn't nearly as large as YouTube. There are all the common user features that allow you to browse, rate and comment on videos, and Vimeo users actively use those features.

Vimeo does not have a maximum file size for uploads, however, there is a maximum of 500MB of uploading per week, making the maximum file size effectively 500MB. That's with a free account; if you pay to join Vimeo Plus the maximum weekly upload limit raises to 5GB, the site does not display advertising and you receive a few other minor perks.

Vimeo is very light on video creation tools and resources. Your video needs to be finished before you upload it because there really aren't any tools in the Vimeo interface to help you edit or alter it once it's uploaded. The site can accept a wide range of file formats for upload, though, so you should be able to use just about any video editing software on your videos without worrying about compatibility issues. Vimeo accepts the following file formats: ASF, ASX, AVI, DivX, DV, DVX, M4V, MOV, MP4, MPEG, MPG, QT, WMV, 3G2, 3GP, 3ivX and 3VX.

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Yahoo! Video

Yahoo! Video is a nice site, and it certainly looks flashy. But all the pretty design makes Yahoo! Video look better than it really is. Don't get us wrong, Yahoo! Video is a great site with lots of cool content, but it's not strictly a video share website. There is more of a corporate agenda behind it.

This becomes apparent when you first start looking for videos. Yahoo! Video doesn't have very much, if any, original content. You can upload videos to the site, but it looks as if the majority of content on Yahoo! Video has been pulled from other media and video share websites.

The biggest burden is wading through all the promotional material for TV shows, movies and concerts. When you go to a video share website, you want to see content that normal, everyday people have produced. You want to see bloopers, goofs, skits, rants and any other number of user generated videos. But on Yahoo! Video, much of the content is culled from TV or is a list of movie trailers. That's great if you want clips from your favorite TV show, but there are other sites that do that better too.

Frankly, Yahoo! Video isn't a place for regular people to post their videos, it's just one giant commercial. Add to this the fact that the viewing pane feels cluttered and isn't the easiest to use, and it's easy to see why Yahoo! Video didn't make it higher in the review. It's a cool site with lots of content, but it either doesn't have what you are looking for or gets upstaged by the top 5 video share websites in this review.

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StupidVideos

It seems StupidVideos has been around since video share was invented and has become a classic. Though outdated in some features, this is still a fun site to visit, browse around and upload your own clips. However, don’t expect anything that isn’t “stupid.”

The search function works well and the videos load quickly and, more often than not, play smoothly. We did encounter some buffering problems occasionally.

There are a number of ways to search this video share website. You can search by category, most popular and top rated. Once you find a topic you enjoy, you can turn the autoplay on and videos relating to your topic will continue to play.

Though StupidVideos doesn’t have many categories, there is a lot of content. Most of the content is funny or outrageous video clips shot by armatures.

If you’re a producer, uploading video is simple. You can add your own description, but Stupid Videos may choose to add a description for you. You can also create your own blog and discuss your stupid videos.

StupidVideos provides support through a FAQs page and email address.

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Stickam

In addition to hosting your videos and photographs for the world to see, Stickam is a great place to meet new friends from around the world. This video share website hosts chat rooms and video chats—you can broadcast yourself live. Just click the Who’s Live? Tab to see which members are currently online. Click the Chat Room tab and you can see who is currently in a chat room.

We found the site to be easy to navigate and you can view videos by category or use the search box to find the content you want. The videos upload quickly and play smoothly.

Stickam has a very strict content policy that states, “The Stickam service is intended for use by a general audience including children as young as 14 years of age. Sexually explicit content is strictly prohibited on this website. The traffic data and personal information of Stickam members who post sexually explicit material may be reported to law enforcement authorities for transmitting sexually explicit materials to minors.”

One of our favorite features geared towards producers is the ability to upload video and pictures from your cell phone.

You can contact customer support through email; for more common questions, refer to the FAQs page.

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blip.tv

blip.tv is a video sharing/social networking service that is different from any other video hosting site. The videos on this service tend to be more professional versus simple clips. On Blip.tv the videos are like mini TV series and very entertaining.

You can search for your favorite episodes by category, use the searchbox or by popular tags. You can also become a subscriber to your favorite shows so you’ll never miss an episode.

If you like to produce videos, you can create your own show and advertise it to others through a trailer. Or, you can participate as a critic and rate the shows.

All of the content is rated using the V–Chip–style rating. You can also mark your content as explicit.

blip.tv provides a FAQs page and tutorials for common questions and to teach you the ins and outs of using the website.

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