I’ve been pretty unhappy with the way YouTube puts in crazy video “artifacts” and have tried several different upload techniques to avoid them—to no avail. So, I thought I’d try Vimeo. Well, Vimeo is like stepping off a flying broomstick and into the cockpit of the Space Shuttle, so the learning curve is a bit steep. But, I successfully uploaded a test video. Here’s the Vimeo video:
Now, to have something to compare it with, here’s the same video on YouTube from a previous post. You can compare the quality of the two. Comments welcome!
It’s possible to play both at the same time. The Vimeo video allows a choice of HD or not, and not HD is the default. The YouTube video allows several resolutions; it defaults to the lowest which is fine for viewing inside the box. You can go full screen with either Vimeo or YouTube.
My assessment is that YouTube seems to show a bit greater resolution out of the box, but the video artifacts are annoying and seem to come unpredictably. Vimeo shows no video artifacts at all. If I could figure out the secret to uploading to YouTube that would eliminate the artifacts, I’d certainly stick with YouTube. On the other hand, while Vimeo’s videos are artifact-free, the free Vimeo account is limited—I’d have to pay to put up longer videos or put them up more frequently. And, the kicker here is that I seem to get more viewers via YouTube than via this blog. Maybe I can upload to both and use Vimeo here for a better experience, and then put the videos up on YouTube anyway for those who want to discover them there.