Checking out Wistia for embedded videos in blogs

I stumbled across this new video sharing site called Wistia, and I’m curious to see what makes them different.  I already abandoned YouTube earlier this year, and Vimeo has been a great tool to switch to.  I’m curious if Wistia has any better features that what I’m used to now.

Below is an embedded video I did.  Going to see what the difference is.

I’ll update this post with some feedback after checking it out.

UPDATE: My first reaction is, “Dang, it’s expensive.”  Here’s how Vimeo and Wistia compare:

  • Vimeo has a free basic account and a “Pro” paid account $10 per month.
  • Wistia doesn’t have a free account, and their basic account is $40 per month.

At those prices, Wistia’s basic account needs to be 400% better than Vimeo’s Pro account (and infinitely better than Vimeo’s basic account).

Wistia feels a bit more like a service for companies and site designers, not a video sharing services for the masses, especially for video hobbyists.


Switching from YouTube to Vimeo

I think I’ve decided to switch my video hosting needs from YouTube to Vimeo.

The pattern I’m seeing is that YouTube is starting to remind me a lot of MySpace — cluttered, buggy, not user friendly, and full of trash. Vimeo feels a lot more like Facebook — clean, structured, user friendly and fun — other than Facebook’s bazillion apps. I hate those things.

Here are a few things I like about Vimeo:

  • Not only do they have more thumbnails to choose from, they let you upload your own.
  • The video quality just seems better. When uploading the Fissure web series on YouTube, it almost always glitched on the opening. Vimeo was perfect.
  • I love how Vimeo gives you a Quicktime MP4 download option. Very cool!
  • I’ve started using Vimeo for client reviews. The password protected feature rocks.
  • The overall interface is just clean, uncluttered and easy to use.

So, I’m making the switch.  Here’s the Fissure movie trailer from Vimeo:

As a comparison, here’s the YouTube video of the Fissure trailer: