YouTube and Vimeo are two of the most popular video sites around, and at first glance they look quite similar, but there are some key differences.
Whether you’re looking for a platform to upload and share your videos, or you want somewhere to watch great quality content, there are lots of factors to bear in mind. Both YouTube and Vimeo offer free services, but both also have various premium services, which differ greatly. Vimeo also allows for much higher video quality than YouTube, which encourages users to focus on quantity rather than quality.
Vimeo works the other way round, letting viewers watch videos for free, but charging creatives to upload their content.
A Vimeo basic account is free, but comes with some strict limits on the amount of data you can upload (see below for full details). Premium Vimeo accounts are priced as follows:
- Plus: $7 / £6 / AU$7 per month billed annually
- Pro: $20 / £16 / AU$20 per month billed annually
- Business: $50 / £40 / AU$50 per month billed annually
- Premium: $75 / £70 / AU$75 per month billed annually
YouTube gives watchers a chance to watch recordings for nothing, however on the off chance that you would prefer not to be hindered by promotions, at that point you’ll have to move up to YouTube Premium. This is free for this first month, and $11.99/£11.99/AU$14.99 every month from that point.
All about the costs and prices
YouTube Premium additionally gives you a chance to play recordings out of sight while you utilize different applications on your telephone (perfect for music recordings), and gives you access to YouTube Originals (TV arrangement and motion pictures appointed by YouTube).
Recordings on Vimeo aren’t peppered with advertisements, and many are allowed to watch, yet others are accessible on a compensation for every view premise called Video on Demand (VoD). This offers three levels:
Lease, which enables you to stream the video for a particular period
- Purchase, which gives you a chance to stream the video for whatever length of time that it stays on Vimeo
- Buy in, which gives you access to everything on the VoD’s page, including any new recordings that are transferred in future.
- VoD installments go straightforwardly to the maker. All makers acknowledge US dollars as installment, however different monetary forms (counting pounds sterling and Australian dollars) are discretionary.
So overall, it would appear that YouTube is better, although if you are employed in the arts, graphics or design then Vimeo offers a viable alternative solution, albeit for a higher price.