Vimeo is not the newest kid on the block offering free video sharing, but that doesn’t stop them from having some of the coolest features in the neighborhood. I can sum it all up in two letters “HD”, and I mean for real — 1280x720p high-quality Flash Video. Not too many other sites can top that. Even YouTube’s new high(er)-quality videos don’t even come close to what Vimeo is offering. Plus, add a clean website, cool embeddable player, great community and developer API and you have a recipe for web video nirvana. Currently, Vimeo is offering users up to 500mb upload per week with the only requirements that you upload original works that are not a commercial, infomercial, or other ad and are not adult oriented. They accept HD or SD aspect ratios in the following formats: asf, asx, avi, divx, dv, dvx, m4v, mov, mp4, mpeg, mpg, qt, wmv, 3g2, 3gp, 3ivx and 3vx. They are able acheive such great results by using the On2 VP6 codec which is the current leader in FLV encoding due to the quality vs filesize and widespread Flash player support. Newer versions of Flash also support H.264 MP4 encoding which is even better than the On2 VP6 codec, but at this time it is not widely supported and is license restricted for commercial use.
New to video encoding? They also have comprehensive tutorials on how to acheive great results.
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