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Dear Vidders: Why not YouTube? [Aug. 10th, 2010|11:05 am]
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I'm considering writing a post about vidding for Symposium Blog this week in honor of VividCon, so I thought I'd toss out a question:

As I'm eagerly devouring all the new vids that are coming out, I can't help but notice that for vidders who post streaming versions of their vids, most aren't hosted on YouTube. I see stuff on various Ning vid communities, Vimeo, a couple others, and occasionally self-hosted, but YouTube seems pretty rare, at least as a first choice for streaming vids.

So here's my question -- why not YouTube?

Is it because of:

Video quality?
Concerns re: greater vulnerability to takedown notices from copyright holders?
Privacy/obscurity (e.g. having some control over the audience that sees your vids, rather than anybody potentially stumbling across them)?
Something else?

I'm curious! And also hoping to use responses as fodder for a blog post -- if I get enough answers to write something up, I'll link back to this post but quote from comments w/out names ["one vidder said, 'YouTube killed my parents!'"] unless you explicitly give me permission to use your name. And of course you can also comment anonymously, or ask me to screen your comment.

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[User Picture]From: counteragent
2010-08-10 03:25 pm (UTC)
You tube takes down my vids (with a few exceptions) moments after I post them because of copyright issues on the songs. I've tried posting there; it would be my preference. It doesn't work. I've stopped trying because I don't have time to deal with it and because if you get too many takedowns they cancel your account.
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[User Picture]From: trobadora
2010-08-10 03:47 pm (UTC)
I'm not a vidder, but I'm glad a lot of vidders don't use Youtube. Some content is blocked depending on country; some content just gets blocked, period. And half the time, even when something isn't blocked Youtube decides to give me an error lately. Frankly, I'm really starting to dislike Youtube. :(
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[User Picture]From: cyborganize
2010-08-10 07:27 pm (UTC)
I will second counteragent -- I think rampant takedowns are the biggest issue. the others you list are important concerns, but I think people would get over them if vids would just stay up. but they don't! and I say this as someone with a YouTube account for vids, which luckily has been mostly functional so far. they have different deals about filtering with different corporations and its a crapshoot.
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