Quite often I want to show a video to my friends and don’t want to use Youtube, Facebook Video or Instagram Stories. Yes, I also do use Youtube, but sometimes I want something quick and simple and private. I don’t want to show it to the whole world. No registration, just upload a video and then, after some time, delete it and that’s it.
I have found 30 free video hosts (updated on September 2020)
Looking for a place to upload videos? An mp4 hosting? Or a place to store and share MKV files? It’s there. Or you want to share something anonymously and looking for a best video hosting site without registration? There are many sites like Youtube you can use.
Or do you need to place a huge video file somewhere? There are several platforms that accept very large media files. So choose a hosting platform that will suit your needs and host your video file(s) there.
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Stupid VideosSupported files: AVI, MPG, WMV, MOV, MKV, FLV
Vimple.ruSupported files: avi, mp4, m4v, mov, wmv, mpg, mpeg
DailymotionSupported files: mov, mpeg4, mp4, avi, wmv, mkv, flv
sers are limited to 10 uploads per day, 2 hours of video per day and 60 minutes per video
ad is added to the end of each video
PhotobucketSupported files: avi, mpg, mov, wmv, 3gp
WebmshareSupported files: webm, gif
You can set expiration time (1 day – 180 days)
HellshareSupported files: mp4, mpeg, avi
Ulozto.netSupported files: mp4, mpeg, avi
MyspaceSupported files: mp4, mov
Mainly for musicians and entertainers. Maximum storage 2GB.
StreamableSupported files: mp4
maximum length of video is 10 minutes
Vgy.meSupported files: webm, mp4
FlickrSupported files: AVI, WMV, MOV, MPEG, 3gp, M2TS, OGG, OGV
video playback is limited to the first 3 minutes
Bianco.tvSupported files: avi, mp4, m4v, mov, wmv, mpg, mpeg
10GB file size limit for registered users, video stream resolution: up to 1080p60fps, uses mpeg dash adaptive streaming (delivers video to the user in the highest usable quality).
VimeoSupported files: mp4
500MB per week of upload space, up to 5GB total account storage
SharedVidSupported files: mp4
ThumbSnapSupported files: mp4, m4v, avi, mov, webm
DropboxSupported files: 3gp, 3gpp, 3gpp2, asf, avi, dv, m2t, m4v, mkv, mov, mp4, mpeg, mpg, mts, ogv, rm, ts, vob, webm, wmv
Free account (Dropbox Basic) can play only the first 15 minutes of video. On paid accounts it’s more (60 minutes on Dropbox Plus or Professional, 4 hours on Dropbox Business)
Webm.redSupported files: webm
Dump.videoSupported files: gif, webm, mp4, flv
Accepts only files of up to 10 minutes length. Site is party in russian.
Tune.pkSupported files: mp4, flv, f4v, m4v, mkv, mov, wmv, avi, 3gp, mpg, mpeg, divx, rm
Uguu.seSupported files: avi, mp4, m4v, mov, wmv, mpg, mpeg
MP4 UploadSupported files: mp4
BreakSupported files: MPG, MOV, MP4, M4V, WMV, AVI
you can upload up to 10 videos at one time
known for funny videos
SendvidSupported files: avi, mp4, flv, m4v, mov, wmv, mpg, mpeg
maximum video length: 90 minutes
DropshotsSupported files: avi, mpg, mov, wmv, 3gp
YouTubeSupported files: MOV, MPEG4, MP4, AVI, WMV, MPEGPS, FLV, 3GPP, WebM, DNxHR, ProRes, CineForm, HEVC (h265)
the most popular video platform
easy embedding of videos
videos can show at the top of Google search results
beware of copyright infringement (especially with background music)
you can create playlists
uploade content can be private, unlisted (so only people with link can see it) or public
WistiaSupported files: mp4, mpeg, avi
3 videos only with 200Gb montly bandwidth
ImgurSupported files: mp4, mpeg, avi, webm, quicktime, x-matroska, x-flv, x-msvideo, x-ms-wmv
Video uploads cannot be longer than 60 seconds.
PictshareSupported files: mp4
4sharedSupported files: avi, mpg, mpeg
VooplayerSupported files: mp4
1GB storage space and only 5 videos
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What is the best way to send long videos to someone?
Let’s say that you want to send a high quality video to a friend and you don’t want to publish it on Youtube or Facebook. But how to send it through email? It’s too large. For example Gmail doesn’t accepts anything larger than 25MB. And Facebook Messenger has the same filesize limit.
You can either cut and shrink the file in an editor. But you’ll have to sacrifice the quality.
Or you can upload it a cloud storage you already have, like Google Drive, Onedrive or Dropbox.
Or there is another easy solution.
Send it via one of the file sending sites, that will let you upload it and get a link to download. Do you need to send 1GB? 5GB? 100GB? No problem.
Select the file you want to send, add a recipients email and a message and that’s it. The file will be automatically deleted after a certain time. Or you can set it up to delete after it’ll be downloaded defined number of times.
Here are a few sites I use and can recommend:
WeTransfer – accepts files of up to 2GB and these will be auto removed after 7 days
Firefox Send – end-to-end encryption and auto-expire links, 1GB for unregistered accounts
Anonymous Files – no logs, 5GB maximum filesize
Recommended video player?
Windows Media Player is not good enough? I understand, it’s not bad, but you need something better.
For the past few years, I have been using the VLC media player. It’s open-source, runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and it can play everything.
So far I did not find any video that was not supported. Sometimes it’s lagging when playing audio and video over the network. But you can adjust that in settings. If you are struggling with lagging, try:
increasing caching time
disable hardware-accelerated encoding
or try a different video output module
I have found that on some computers/networks is the VLC player lagging, no matter what I do. So I have been searching for an alternative video player and found Media Player Classic. Very similar (not bloated) interface to VLC, can play everything, small and free.
Video editor / converter
Do you need to edit the video before uploading? Convert is into another format? Crop and maybe add different music/sound, fade-in, fade-outs, or add some text? Then you need an editor. I have started with Windows Movie Maker (no longer available in Windows 10 – it is now replaced with Photos app).
But very soon I needed something better. I have started using Kdenlive – an open-source video editing software. It is simple to use but offers advanced editing tools.
And after a few weeks (for no obvious reason) it started to be VERY slow. So slow that it was unable to use it. The video preview was very choppy.
I have tried updating Kdenlive to the latest version. I have modified proxy clip settings. I have checked my computer. And nothing.
So, I had to look for a new tool. And I have found Shotcut – another open-source editor. I’m still learning to use it, but I have already edited one clip and so far I’m very pleased with it.
And if you need to do just a rough cut of large video file from your camera to save space, use LosselessCut – it’s very fast and works on almost any platform.
Video Editor on Android
I don’t do it very often, but from time to time I need to upload a video directly from my phone and I need to edit it a little before uploading. In that case, I use PowerDirector – for my needs (just very basic editing and cuts) it’s OK.
Where to download free sounds and music for your video?
SampleFocus, Soundpacks, SampleSwap, Looperman
Where to get free images/photos?
My preferred sources of free photos that can be used in videos are Stockvault, Pexels, Pixabay and Unsplash. If you want more options check out this list.
Where to get free stock videos footage?
(copyright free, no watermark, even for commercial use)
Videvo – thousands of free, safe-to-use videos, some released under royalty-free, some under Videvo Attribution License (you must credit the artist in your production)
Pexels Videos – many categories, mostly shorter stock clips
Pixabay Videos – a lot of great stock videos in HD or 4K quality, all can be used even for commercial purposes
Vidsplay – new footage is added on weekly basis
Videezy – a lot of HD stock footage & 4K videos, great source of nature and aerial clips
Life of Vids – another source of clips and loops, the redistribution is limited to 10 videos on other sites
Distill – 10 HD videos every 10 days, free for your personal and commercial use
Clipstill – monthly selection of free cinemagraphs (still photographs in which a minor and repeated movement occurs, forming a clip)
Simple tips to make your videos look more professional
Record in landscape mode
Don’t overuse effects
Don’t zoom in and back too much/too fast
Add more light – there are many different lighting techniques, but if you’re starting, place a light source behind you
Improve audio – microphone as close to the subject as possible (everything will be better than camera’s mic)
Use a tripod – nobody wants to watch shaky footage
Don’t forget to clean your background
Which video format to choose?
MP4(Moving Pictures Expert Group 4)
the most common video format now
relatively small size with high quality
widely supported, even supported in HTML5
best for social media sites like Facebook, Twitter …
file format developed by Google (released as open source)
one of the video standards supported in HTML5
smaller size than MP4
OGG(Moving Pictures Expert Group 4)
optimized for streaming content
AVI(Audio Video Interleave)
one of the oldest video formats on the web
universally accepted, can be played almost everywhere
large file size
best for watching on TV
MOV(Apple QuickTime Movie)
more popular amongst Apple users
good quality, but a big file
WMV(Windows Media File Video)
designed for video streaming
high compression that results in small file size, but also poor video quality
developed for mobile phones
much lower resolution and low quality
Still don’t know which to choose? Either keep yout video content in the original format or convert it into MP4.
Where is MKV? MKV is not a compression format. It’s a container file were is video, audio and subtitles in a single file.
How to convert video file?
I can recommend you Handbrake. It’ a free and open-source tool that will help you converting video from & to almost any format. It can also rip a DVD or Blu-ray disc to a file. Available for Windows, Linux and also for Mac.
One tip for DVD ripping in Handbrake: if you have a problem with audio, change audio codec from AAC-avcodec (the default seetings) to MP3.
Another interesting tool is XMediaRecode – it can convert almost all video (and audio) formats including 3GP, 3GPP, 3GPP2, AAC, AC3, ADTS, AMR, ASF, AVI, AVISynth, DVD, FLAC, FLV, H.261, H.263, H.264, H.265, M4A , M1V, M2V, M4V, Matroska (MKV), MMF, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, TS, TRP, MP2, MP3, MP4, MP4V, MOV, QT, OGG, PSP, RM, (S ) VCD, SWF, VOB, WAV, WebM, WMA and WMV.
For conversion of video to GIF you can use GIPHY – simple to use online tool.
And if you need to burn it on a DVD, download CDBurnerXP – a free application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs.
How to download video from YouTube?
Try to search for “download video from youtube” and you’ll find many sites offering such functionality. But almost no works. Instead, these will show you tons of ads, pop-ups, and misleading links. Avoid these online tools and download a simple command-line tool that works – youtube-dl. Yes, it’s command line. There is no graphical interface. But, don’t worry, if you are not an experienced user.
It’s really easy to use. Just type youtube-dl.exe and after space place the Youtube URL you want to download. And that’s it!
Example: youtube-dl.exe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yo-SE4YYTCs
How to save an MP4 file to iPhone?
There are two easy ways. And a few more harder ones, that I’ll not be talking about
If the file is not too big, simply email it to you and then save it to your iPhone.
Or upload it to iCloud and it’ll be available also on you phone.
Resolution 720p, UDH, QHD … what is it?
HD or HD ready = 720p = 1280 x 720 pixles
FHD or Full HD = 1080p = 1920 x 1080 – most common resolution now
QHD or Quad HD = 1440p = 2560 x 1440
UHD or Ultra HD or 4K = 3840 x 2160
8K = 7680 × 4320
What is bitrate?
It is the amount of video data that must be transferred and processed in a certain period of time. If you want a number to get a better idea, a Full HD has a birate of 35MB per minute (very roughly, depends on a codec).
For audio editing I use Audacity. Great open source tool for simple audio editing, but very powerful if needed. Works on Windows, MacOS and Linux.
Free Live Video Streaming sites
Paid hosting & sharing
If you need something better (bigger storage, more or even unlimited bandwidth, reliable customer support, ad-free player or video analytics) and you are willing to pay for it, here is a list of paid hosts:
Vimeo – from $5 per month (upload 5GB/week, 250GB every year)
JWPlayer – from $5 per month (150GB hosting / 500GB streaming)
JetpackVideo – optimized for WordPress and mobile, from $9 per month
SproutVideo – from $24.99 per month (500GB bandwitdth, 500GB storage)
Cincopa – starts at $25/month (100GB traffic/month, 40 videos), offers free trial
VdoCipher – starts at $99/year (250GB bandwith annually, 50GB storage)
Uscreen.tv – service to help you sell access to your videos
Vidello – from $29/month, store up to 200 videos, 200GB monthly bandwidth
Libcast – from €99/month, for up to 500 videos, unlimited traffic
Vidflex – from $65/month, 15GB storage, 100GB streaming
TwentyThree – from $499/month, for up to 1000 videos
Do you want to host videos on your own website?
If you don’t want to use any external service for your videos, there are several HTML5 video players. Install, setup and embed videos. If you want a reliable, fast and cheap VPS provider, check SSDNodes.
Tip for selfhosting: to be sure that everybody (in all browsers) will see it, you have to upload mp4, webm and ogv.
If you want to start your own site, check Plumi (you’ll need a Linux server administration experince to install and maintain).
Improve you editing skills
Here are a few books that will help you to create better videos and movies. Learn from the best:
Free online video editors
If you don’t want to or can’t download and install a special tool, you can try one of the online editors:
MovieMakerOnline – no registration needed, no watermarks
Online-Video-Cutter – cut, crop or rotate video, for files of up to 500MB
VideoToolbox – capable of processing video files up to 1500 MB
Kapwing – sign in to remove watermark, 500MB file upload limit, no watermarks
Clipchamp – online editor that brings you easy-to-use professional-grade features
Best computer for video content editing?
It doesn’t matter if it’s Windows, Mac or Linux
8GB RAM is a minimum, the more RAM the better
Replace your old hard drive with an SSD
Is your processor old? Replace it! For some video editors, it’s much more important than the graphics card
But of course, if the editor of your choice (like for example Adobe Premiere) can use the graphics card, then it’s another thing to upgrade to have fast editing and rendering
A lot of storage (no need to have all drive SSDs)
Backup, Backup, Backup! For the really important and not-replaceable files is the best way to have a copy on an external hard drive and also in the cloud. For backup I can recommend Synology. I do have two Synology DiskStations at…