YouTube vs. Vimeo

W ith the number of companies launching action and mirrorless cameras, more and more people get into videography to document their adventures. Posting their videos online is one of the best ways to share your precious moments to other and keep their memories alive for eternity, and because of this, it’s important to choose a good video platform to keep your memories.
Two of the most commonly used platforms are YouTube and Vimeo. YouTube has a vast audience base but low-quality video resolution while Vimeo, on the other hand, has a quite smaller number of audience base but higher video resolution. So, which one you should choose? These criteria below will help you with your decision:


YouTube – Even though YouTube supports 720p and 1080p, its HD video quality is still unacceptable. This is because of the bitrate limit of 3Mbps for 720p and 6Mbps for 1080p. If you upload a video with a high bitrate, YouTube will re-encode for you with shrunken quality. Though the site now allows you to watch and upload a 4k video, uploading requires optimization.

Vimeo – The bitrate of Vimeo is limited to 10Mbps for 720p and 20Mbps for 1080p. For free users, only 720p video is allowed. It means if you upload 1080p video as a free user, Vimeo will re-encode the video to 720p. But because of its higher maximum bitrate, the quality is comparatively better than its competition.

In terms of video speed and technical quality, two video platform sites are the same. Both of them allow you to play 1080p videos at 4k speed. But Vimeo offers more than just that. It tells you how many times a video is played and if the users reached the end of the video.


Statistics show that approximately 1 billion users go to YouTube regularly and approximately 170 million users browse through Vimeo regularly. YouTube clearly has a wider audience.

YouTube – Your chances of being viewed on YouTube is lower if you have a little number of subscribers, that is. So, if you want exposure, you have to be good at making title and keyword tagging. When someone searches a specific title that includes the keywords you used, you are more likely to show up in their search result.

Vimeo –
When someone searches for a video, he has to be more specific. However, because anyone is able to use YouTube, the platform does not have an organized community, unlike Vimeo. YouTube offers 3 privacy options while Vimeo offers 6 to meet your privacy needs. Vimeo has better classification into types of users which make it easier for you to get your spread your video all over the world.

“Whether in success or in failure, I'm proud of every single movie I've directed.”

Steven SpielbergDirector, Producer, Screenwriter


Basically, if you would like to reach a big audience without investing money and possibly even earn money, YouTube would be a great choice. But if you are more concern about the quality and don’t care about the number of people who may see your video online, then Vimeo would be a better choice.

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