How to Stream Video For Free Online

stream videos free onlineEvery time you watch a video on sites like YouTube or Netflix, you’re actually watching a video stream instead of say watching a video on your computer that you’ve downloaded and saved. When you stream video you need an Internet connection, when you watch a video you have saved on your computer it doesn’t matter if you have an Internet connection. Did you know that you could stream video yourself, too? It’s true and it’s easy to get started.

There are really two types of streaming video – live video, and on demand video. Live online video, or “livestreaming,” transmits a real-time live video feed over the web as your event occurs. Livestreaming is common for events like conference keynote addresses or sporting events such as the Super Bowl livestream. On demand video, on the other hand, is intended for viewers who can watch your video at any time. Think: watching a music video online. Posting on demand video presents fewer technical challenges and generally provides viewers better picture quality. Both live and on demand video can be posted online on at video sharing sites that offer simple online tools to post video, and then provide a way to embed and stream the video on your own web page too.

Not sure where to get videos to stream online? You can stream videos that you’ve shot using a smartphone or camcorder – either by streaming them on your own website, or on a dedicated site that hosts do-it-yourself video streaming such as Metacafe, DailyMotion, and YouTube. Let’s take a look at how to stream video and how to put your own clips of hilarious cat antics or fireworks videos online.

HOW TO STREAM VIDEOS YOU CREATED

Posting a video to YouTube is the easiest way to stream your own video on the web, however YouTube has a 15-minute limit on video length (there are ways to increase video lengths, but 15 minutes is a lot of video to get started). The post-your-own video site Vimeo allows users to post videos of any length, in HD, and won’t overlay any advertisements onto your video. Both sites are free to join and to start posting videos, but heavy-duty video uploaders will run into file size limits on Vimeo and be asked to upgrade to a paid account.

We’ve covered how to post video to YouTube in the past, so let’s consider the process using Vimeo. You can upload a HD video to stream on Vimeo by doing the following:

  1. Log in to Vimeo, or register for a Vimeo account.
  2. Once logged in, click on the Upload Video button.
  3. You’ll see some rules that apply to the Vimeo platform. If you’re willing to follow these rules, click Choose a File to Upload
  4. and a dialog box will appear.
  5. Choose the video you want to upload, and press the Select button. Your video will begin to upload.
  6. If you wish, add a title, description, or tags.
  7. Click Save Changes if you’ve made any edits. Your upload will be complete when the status bar so indicates.

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