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Vimeo or YouTube for Have You Seen...?

Discussion in 'General XenForo Discussion and Feedback' started by Kier, Jul 23, 2014.


Which Video Host for HYS?

Poll closed Jul 26, 2014.
  1. Vimeo

    20 vote(s)
  2. YouTube

    47 vote(s)
  1. Kier

    Kier XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Back when we started recording our Have You Seen...? videos, there was a clear quality difference between Vimeo and YouTube, resulting in us opting for Vimeo to host the movies.

    However, things have moved on since then, and now the choice is not so obvious.

    So, here are Vimeo and YouTube versions of the same movie. Watch them at full screen, and decide which you prefer.


  2. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    YT is much clearer but it takes a long time to fully render for some reason.

    Clarity and sharpness on 2560x1440 full screen is superb.
  3. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Vimeo also has some weirdness in full screen (pause the movie, go full screen and click the play button) where it doesn't resume.

    Id say YT.
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  4. rainmotorsports

    rainmotorsports Well-Known Member

    YouTube last time I tested was only giving 6 Mbps average for 1080P in H.264. While great for the average internet connection its pretty poor quality for certain types of video. They have likely made some changes along with the fact they encode into at least 2 formats (not including mobile) which effects users depending upon platform/browser.

    Out of the sample the YT video looks good.
  5. Hoffi

    Hoffi Well-Known Member

    The Quality at YT is much better, and the controls work. On my Chrome I have problems with setting the volume from Vimeo.

    So, clearly: YouTube
    Chris D likes this.
  6. Gazhyde

    Gazhyde Well-Known Member

    I'll go with YT, as Vimeo isn't playing nicely today :cautious: Ctrl+F5 sorted it eventually though!

    Connor Smith likes this.
  7. Alfa1

    Alfa1 Well-Known Member

    YouTube forces an advertisement first if you go to YouTube. com while vimeo.com doesn't. for mobile viewing this is a significant downside to YouTube.
    it's easier to get the video in full screen on the video site than on xenforo.com
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  8. ibnesayeed

    ibnesayeed Well-Known Member

    I am not sure how many visitors are from Pakistan, but YouTube is blocked there, so I would suggest to host videos on both places.
    whynot and rainmotorsports like this.
  9. whynot

    whynot Well-Known Member

    Does it cost anything to upload the videos to both places?
    So why not do it if it's free?
  10. Markos

    Markos Well-Known Member

    As i see, Xenforo own a paid account on Vimeo.

    Personally, i prefer YouTube.
  11. Kintaro

    Kintaro Well-Known Member

    I noticed that on Vimeo the resolution of that specific video is 720p, they downscale it.
    @Kier you have a PLUS account, so take a look here, set to 1080p and reupload it so we can view it at 1080p like the YT one.
  12. ZeWildGuy

    ZeWildGuy Member

    I'd be leaning towards Vimeo, just because the colours there fit with the XF theme :p

    However, I use YT most of the time and wouldn't mind being alerted about a new video through there since I check it more than here.
  13. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    On my iPad the YouTube is low resolution by default. I suggest you continue to use Vimeo.
  14. Ingenious

    Ingenious Well-Known Member

    Six of one, half a dozen of the other. Both look the same to me, so I prefer YT because my browsers work better with it. Vimeo has always been quirky. But the objections to YT above are valid.

    Basically, it probably doesn't really matter :)
  15. Sheldon

    Sheldon Well-Known Member

    I'm leaning towards RedTube.



    I mean, YouTube.
    Sasa, Claudio, Hoffi and 3 others like this.
  16. Luke F

    Luke F Well-Known Member

    Disregarding the quality (where YT is clearly better), youtube might also help from an advertising perspective
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  17. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    From a potential marketing standpoint, it might make sense to do both. That way if anyone just so happens to be searching for XenForo videos they might have a better shot at finding them at their preferred video site.
    DeltaHF, Kintaro, Veer and 2 others like this.
  18. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

    Are you talking about the amount of time it takes for a video to change to HD when you go full screen or manually change it?

    In any case, I voted YouTube.
  19. Lisa

    Lisa Well-Known Member

    I voted YouTube too, but only because there was a "no preference" option and I use YT more often than Vimeo. But, if I'm honest, I prefer text-based HYS over video ones because it's generally too noisy in my house to listen to them. I much prefer to read and look at screenshots.
    BassMan, Tracy Perry and Daniel Hood like this.
  20. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

    Is it the kids? :D

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