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Social media for expats: Video sharing

It’s difficult to share your child’s first steps or the true insanity of Queen’s Day merely in text or even photos. Video can often provide a more detailed viewpoint, but figuring out what to video and where to store your files can be tricky.

What to video
Video can be a great way to showcase all sorts of events in your life. Give everyone from back home a tour of your new house, share your dog performing a recently learned trick, or video yourself learning how to ride a bike.

Video can give the feeling that your loved ones are sharing an experience with you. A short video clip can be a great way to send birthday messages to loved ones who are far away.

Though many sites allow you to upload videos which are much longer, ideally your videos should be around 90 seconds in length. People rarely have the time or patience for videos which are much longer.

If you’re really into videos, consider starting a vlog. Vlog is short for video blog. Rather than writing your blog posts, you record yourself speaking them.

Video editing
Video editing is more challenging than photo editing and can sometimes be too much hassle for occasional videographers to bother with.

Both Windows and Mac OS come with a video editor (Windows Live Movie Maker and iMovie, respectively) but for advanced videographers, Adobe Premiere Pro is an excellent, if costly, choice.

If you want very basic, but easy to use, video editing, considering sharing your videos on YouTube. It has basic video editing software incorporated into the website.

Remember when editing and posting your videos, don't set your videos to autoplay, as a matter of courtesy to viewers.

Where to share

 YouTube
YouTube is the most popular video sharing site on the internet, and for good reason. Most users can upload videos up to 2GB in size and 15 minutes in length with a maximum resolution of 4,096 x 3,072 but there is a free verification process which will allow you to upload longer videos with a maximum file size of 20GB.

Videos on YouTube can be made public or private and other users can’t download original files. You can also disable ranking and commenting, as well as embedding, preventing others from sharing your video on their site.

YouTube accepts videos in the following file formats: WebM, MPEG4, 3GPP, MOV, AVI, MPEGPS, WMV, and FLV.

 Flickr
Flickr will allow you to host video and photos. The Free account allows users to upload 300 MB of images and two videos per month while Pro accounts allow users to upload an unlimited number of images and videos every month and have unlimited storage.

Videos must be smaller than 150MB for Free users and 500MB for Pro users and no video can be longer than 90 seconds. Flickr allows a maximum resolution of 1,280 x 720 and has a variety of privacy options. As with YouTube, users can’t download original files.

Flickr accepts videos in the following file formats: MPEG1, 2, and 4, 3GP, MOV, AVI, WMV, M2TS, OGG, and OGV.

 Vimeo
Another increasingly popular video sharing site is Vimeo. Vimeo has two account levels, Basic and Plus. With Basic, you can upload 500MB per week, with a max of 10 videos per day. With Plus, you can upload 5GB per week and there’s no daily maximum.

Vimeo offers a variety of privacy settings and even hosts a "video school," a series of videos you can watch to learn how to better create and edit videos.

Vimeo accepts videos in the following file formats: ASF, ASX, AVI, DivX, DV, DVX, M4V, MOV, MP4, MPEG, MPG, QT, WMV, 3G2, 3GP, 3ivX and 3VX.

As with many social media sites, access may be limited in certain countries. Vimeo, for example, has been blocked occasionally in India.

How do you share your videos? Do you find video sharing helpful for keeping in touch with your family and friends?

Molly

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Molly Quell

I'm an American expat living in the Netherlands, working as a social media consultant and writer. When I’m not working, I cook, bake, play softball, and hang out with my...

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