Top 10 Video Hosting Sites For Business

When talking about video hosting, YouTube is the first one you’ll ever think about – it does help your business and brand image spread across the world since the community of audience is really huge.

But YouTube may not be the best choice for hosting business videos – ads will pop up before or during playback, non-related contents in “Recommended videos” lists, lack of detailed analysis of viewers’ behaviors… That’s why you need a video hosting service exclusively for your business – you make the videos, they will take good care of them and help you with promotion and marketing.

There are lots of video hosting sites out there, and here we pick some of the best ones for your reference.

1. POLYV

POLYV _ Business video hosting in China

POLYV is a leading-edge video cloud service based in China. Established in 2012, POLYV has owned their unique independent intellectual properties and has been focusing on the technologies of internet videos and streaming.

POLYV provides Video Cloud for video hosting, online classroom, corporate training and branding; Streaming Cloud for live streaming, event broadcast and other business use; and various devices like encoders and streaming cards for even faster, higher-quality livestreams. Besides, the patented PlaySafe™ DRM system provides full-proof solutions to keep the video contents secured from pirates and unwanted audiences.

Recently, POLYV has integrated Video Cloud and Streaming Cloud in its video service, which is ideal for various industries and usage, including online education, business, marketing and media broadcasting.

So far, POLYV has over 30,000 new videos uploaded per day, and more than 3 million views overall, covering over 200 million audiences for their need of learning. The major clients of POLYV includes Tesla, Siemens, Oracle, Linkedin, CCTV, SF Express, Peking University and counting.

2. Panopto

Panopto

Panopto is one of the leading, fastest growing video hosting provider for business and online education. Panopto has its own application to simplify the process of recording and streaming, reducing the workload of teachers and corporate trainers. It also supports interactions with audience, statistics and marketing, making learning get more effective and efficient.

For the 3rd consecutive year, Panopto is recognised for its completeness of vision and ability to execute. Companies they have served included IBM, Alstom, NOVARTIS, Yale University and so on.

3. Kaltura

Kaltura

Kaltura is an open source video platform based in New York. It operates in four major markets for video based solutions: OTT TV (Over the Top TV), OVP (Online Video Platform), EdVP (Education Video Platform) and EVP (Enterprise Video Platform).

Kaltura has its sets of flexible, full-functioning solutions for different fields and industries. Media, digital publisher, education, government and clinical medicine practices have been benefitted from Kaltura’s video service.

Kaltura has been committed to its core values of openness, flexibility, and collaboration, and is the initiator and backer of the world’s leading open-source video-management project, which is home to more than 100,000 community members.

Currently over 300,000 companies and websites are using Kaltura to create value with video. And this is their customers: HBO, TMZ, Nestle, Dartmouth and many other enterprises from different fields.

4. SproutVideo

SproutVideo

SproutVideo is a cost-effective video hosting and video on-demand streaming solution for businesses, websites, and non-profit organizations. It provides all the important features needed for business and marketing video applications, including content protection, interface customization, video publishing and statistics tracking, etc.

Besides general video services, SproutVideo also offers brandable video websites, which are hosted entirely by them. With this feature enabled, they can build a video website around the video content to the client’s heart content, in a matter of minutes. The brandable video sites are available at no extra cost, if already subscribed to their plans or solutions.

SproutVideo has gained reputations among production studios, educators and other professional users, as well as Fortune 500 companies like Thomson Reuters, FedEx, GE and Wework.

5. Brightcove

Brightcove

Brightcove is a video hosting and live streaming company founded in 2004. Proclaiming “pioneer force” of online video, Brightcove has a series of video solutions exclusively for media publisher/broadcaster, corporate training and marketing.

Brightcove has been dedicating to help their clients success with videos, therefore they’d like to provide a complete set of video technology and service to build an ecosystem around the company and fulfill the marketing needs of the clients.

Brightcove is currently serving in many international companies and well-known live events, including Hugo Boss, ANA All Nippon Airways, UKTV and SXSW (South by Southwest).

6. Wistia

Wistia

Wistia is a professional video hosting service with specially designed analytics and video marketing tools. Their solutions are able to generate new leads and improve companies’ SEO, as well as to help understand viewers better and create better content by analyzing their behaviors and the statistics.

Wistia offers flexible plans and pricing models, from totally free plan for just a taste, to more engaged Pro and Premium plans for those who really need high quality video services.

Besides, Wistia is ready for agencies, sales and developers as well. Companies like Hubspot, Harvard University, Uberflip and Percolate are all using Wistia’s products.

7. Vimeo Pro/Business

Vimeo

Vimeo is a worldwide video sharing platform like YouTube. However, it also provides paid plans (Plus, Pro and Business) for more advanced features for personal portfolio and business use.

The paid plans allow removing ads from the video content, setting up security options (e.g. domain restriction), creating groups for managing uploaded videos, etc. They also provide more capacity, higher resolution for uploading the videos.

And for Business plan, if you want to start your video marketing production, Vimeo can even send a professional team to help you realize the ideas.

8. Vzaar

Vzaar

Founded in London, 2007, Vzaar is one of the earliest business video services, exclusively serving for eBay sellers at that time. After expanding beyond the eBay community, Vzaar began serving for more businesses and enterprises.

Over the years, Vzaar has been dedicating to the technologies that make video playback faster and more secured, as well as monetizing for clients from their videos. They have various solutions for e-commerce, marketing, publishing, agencies, and personal use like online education and developers.

Currently Vzaar has clients from various fields, including Warwick Business School, Mysoft, Quondos, Bravo, IBM and so on.

9. Haivision

Haivision

Haivision is a video solution provider with headquarter in Montreal, Canada, providing end-to-end video streaming solutions for recording, encoding, managing and distributing secure video content.

Haivision’s streaming solutions power a wide range of applications such as enterprise communications, internal training and assessment, online education and medical science.

Apart from the streaming plans and solutions, Haivision also provides professional devices for streaming, OTT TV and other uses, such as H.265 encoders/decoders/transcoders, digital signage systems, set-top boxes, gateways and more.

Haivision has successfully conducted projects of live event broadcasting like London Olympics 2012, and put into service in famous companies and organizations like BP (British Petroleum), Lifetime Networks, Purdue University and NASCAR. Haivision also signs contracts with US government departments like US Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Dept of Defense, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and NASA.

10. Vidyard

Vidyard

Originally founded as Redwoods Media in 2010, Vidyard is one the first video production companies that offers video hosting, analytics, and performance guarantees. Envisioning the future needs of customers, the potential of video, and the power of analytics, Vidyard has been focusing exclusively on video marketing technology.

Along with hosting clients’ video content, Vidyard is able to deal with viewer analytics and engagement data to study viewers’ behaviors, and then push the results directly into the MAP and CRM for clients’ reference. Also, Vidyard has special tools to optimize videos for peak performance, to make important decisions and take action across their business.

The customers Vidyard Linkedin have included Lenovo, Honeywell, Groupon and Virgin America.

Conclusion

Those 10 business video hosting sites are just some suggestions and recommendations from us, and the plans may not be suitable for you or your business. And of course, there are many more choices apart from that, so we recommend you doing some research and comparisons among the video hosting sites you like, and then identify the one (or ones, maybe) that works best for you.

Happy video hosting!

e-Learning Gadgets: Presentation Player

Presentation is one of the most common yet effective ways for teachers to convey the contents as well as ideas and thoughts. With the help of presentation, combined with the benefits of online classroom, learners can now enjoy learning whenever and wherever they are available.

In order to make presentations even more effective, POLYV develops Presentation Player, an exclusive gadget for online education — It provides a 3-way player window, in which learners can switch presentation or teacher’s recording as the main screen and make it in full screen whenever they need, allowing them to pay more attention to the key parts of the lessons; the outline of the lesson is located on the right panel, and it’s able to jump over the key points, so learners have no worry of missing a key point or continuing from the last study.

Sounds cool, doesn’t it? And what’s even cooler, Presentation Player can be activated automatically if you add presentation to the corresponding video without complicated settings. And the process is really simple, like this —

  1. After signing in POLYV, select “Video Cloud”, then click “Videos” in the navigation bar.
  1. Select the video that you want to apply PresentationPlayer, then find “Presentation” on the bottom of the right panel, and click “Upload Presentation”(PPT and PDF format supported, under 100MB).
Presentation Player can be activated by uploading presentation in the “Videos” tab

Presentation Player can be activated by uploading presentation in the “Videos” tab

Presentation Player supports PPT and PDF documents under 100MB

Presentation Player supports PPT and PDF documents under 100MB

  1. The presentation will be extracted to single frames after upload, so you need to add caption and timestamp to each frame. If you are not sure about the timestamp, you can play the video and press “Get timestamp”on the right side of the corresponding frame.
Caption and timestamp settings after uploading the presentation

Caption and timestamp settings after uploading the presentation

  1. After setting up all the frames, click “Apply”. And voila, the Presentation Player is now activated, and your presentation and lesson outline are added into the video.
Demonstration of Presentation Player, with teacher’s recording and presentation switchable at any time

Demonstration of Presentation Player, with teacher’s recording and presentation switchable at any time

If you want to have a further look inside Presentation Player, click here for the online demo in POLYV Develop Center; and if you want to start your online classroom, click here to sign up your Video Cloud today.

e-Learning Gadgets: Quiz Player

For e-Learning, it is important to evaluate the effectiveness of the lessons or courses, as well as the feedback from the learners. A gadget in the video player is one of the best ways to serve this purpose.

POLYV has been receiving demands and requests of this idea from their clients, and has developed the gadget into one of the most important features – which is called “Quiz Player” – in their Video Cloud service. Here we’ll show you how it works.

Quiz Player can pop up user-generated, content-related questions right after some particular time (usually the key points in the lessons or courses), and let learners submit their answers and feedbacks to the management system. After that, the management system will collect and analyze the data, and present the results, assessments and recomendations with charts and graphs, which can be utilized by users, teachers or lecturers to evaluate the effectiveness of the lessons or courses.

Besides, Quiz Player can effectively prevent learners hanging up the course, deceiving the teachers or lecturers as if they have learnt the content.

Sounds really great, right? Now we’ll show you how to set up the Quiz Player for your use.

  1. After signing in POLYV, select “Video Cloud”, then click “Videos” in the navigation bar.
  1. Select the video that you want to apply Quiz Player, then find “Quiz & Listening” on the bottom of the right panel, and click “Add Quiz/Listening”.
Activating Quiz Player in the “Videos” tab

Activating Quiz Player in the “Videos” tab

After that, you will see the preview of the video, and two options on the right — “Add Quiz” and “Add Listening”.

You can add quiz or listening content in the video to make a quick test for the learners.

You can add quiz or listening content in the video to make a quick test for the learners.

3.1 Adding Quiz

After clicking “Add Quiz”, you can now set up the questions, answers, timestamp and many more preferences (as seen below) —

The preferences for Quiz

The preferences for Quiz

  • Question— The question to be presented in the quiz.
  • Timestamp— The time that the quiz appears (second). You can click the “Acquire timestamp” button on the right to use current timestamp played in the preview.
  • Answers— The choices for the question. You can mark the choices as correct (√) or incorrect (×) (multiple correct answer supported). You can also modify the amount of choices by clicking “+” and “-”, supporting up to 8 choices in a single question.
  • Solution— The detail of how to solve the question above. Shows up after answers are submitted.
  • Rollback to— The timestamp (second) to be rolled back to if the learner submits incorrect answers, and will keep activated until correct answer is submitted. If you don’t need the quiz to be answered again, just type “-1” in the field.
  • Skippable— To set up if the question can be skipped to continue playing.

And here’s how it looks like —

Demonstration of Quiz activated in a video

Demonstration of Quiz activated in a video

3.2 Adding Listening

The preferences for listening is simpler compared to the quiz (as seen below) —

The preferences for Listening

The preferences for Listening

  • Description— Brief description or requirement for the listening content.
  • Timestamp— The time that the listening content appears (second). You can click the “Acquire timestamp” button on the right to use current timestamp played in the preview.
  • Close Time— The time to close after the listening content is finished (second).

Here’s how it actually looks like in the video —

Demonstration of Listening activated in a video

Demonstration of Listening activated in a video

POLYV has been focused on online education and e-Learning, and Quiz Player is one of the most popular and useful gadgets in Video Cloud, gaining excellent reputation among users from education industry, and helping them build a well-interactive flipped classroom and boost the effectiveness of the lessons and courses.

New Livestream recording: A breakthrough of Video Cloud Service

We always heard “Stay tuned” or “Don’t miss” for reminding the wonderful programs, shows or livestreams. But, what if we REALLY missed the show?

That’s why livestream recording is vital — it is the urgent call from a great number of users with this demand, making it a breakthrough for a video cloud service.

Livestream playback is now in great demand.Livestream playback is now in great demand.

For POLYV, they are not only one of the first video services to provide this particular feature, but also bringing it to the new level. Here we take a look of the new features in their latest livestream recording application.

1. Improved compatibility. The new livestream recording application now supports more devices, making it easier for mobile users to do their livestreams.

2. Optimization for livestream recording process. This is the key feature of POLYV’s video services: the recorded files from their Streaming Cloud is now able to be saved directly to the Video Cloud hosting space, and is accessible to all DRM features of Video Cloud. Also, the files are now available for direct playback in the channel page of Streaming Cloud.

3. Montage Merge. This brand new feature can fix the lagging and disconnection during the livestream, making the playback file smooth and improve the playback experience.

Master Control Panel interface of POLYV Streaming Cloud application on PC.

Master Control Panel interface of POLYV Streaming Cloud application on PC.

4. Master Control Panel. POLYV is one of the only two live streaming services to own this exclusive feature. It is able to switch between cameras and scenes easily within the application, streaming the screenplay you want to your audience. What’s more, it is also available in mobile app, so even you are going live with only your smartphone, the streaming process keeps simple and convenient.

5. Source optimization. POLYV provides individual tweaks for different types of source (video, audio, images, texts and screen capturing, etc), allowing users to add FX (special effects) or retouch them on input, as well as applying noise reduction from the microphone to improve the audio quality, which highly improve the output quality of the livestream.

POLYV always put user experience in the first place. The latest update of their livestream recording application is a breakthrough for not only their Streaming Cloud services, but also their users to create better quality livestreams. If you want to have a taste of it, sign up and start your 7-day free trial here, and enjoy the creation of live streaming.

Practical guide to choose your video hosting service – Part 3

In our previous Part 1 & Part 2, we have talked about some of the requirements and qualities a good video hosting should have. Today we will wrap this topic up with this final chapter.

5. Analytics and Marketing

For videos, content speaks first. But that doesn’t mean you can grow your business only with the content and without effective marketing actions. That’s why you need the analytics data and built-in marketing tools for your video hosting service.

video-hosting-analytics

Usually the analytics data includes the count of views, viewers, traffic in a certain period of time, view-length percentage of your videos and so on. But, that’s far from enough for a good analytics.

So what else features do we need? Here are some examples for your reference —

  • Audience information collector – It is used for collecting e-mail and other general information of the audience who are really interested in your content or channel. Usually it comes in the form of questionnaire when the content is play about 5 minutes or after 2/3 of length. After that, you can use these leads for further marketing like EDM or product/service recommendations, etc.
  • Customized ads and related videos – Well, they both will affect the viewers’experience and the engagement to the content, especially when the ads and related videos appear in an improper time. But in some ways, these ads and related videos can also help with the SEO of your content, as the behavior of your audience can significantly help with the rankings.

With the right choice of these features in the right place, you can boost your business with less cost and effort. If you are going to use the video hosting service for marketing, it is necessary to consider those features and choose the ones that you really need.

6. Flexible Plans

Your business will grow eventually, and so does your video hosting plans — you won’t keep going with your low traffic and storage plans when you already have hundreds of thousands of audience and a massive amount of videos.

And since migrating your videos to another service is painstaking (especially when you have hundreds of video to go), it is important to choose a video hosting you can trust, and think about the plans you use in different stages of your business, making sure they can be easily switched when you need.

video-hosting-flexible-plan

Also, some premium plans offer advanced management tools for further needs, such as batch uploading, greater-sized file support, customizing video info, creating subtitle/caption and generating embedding codes, etc. These will save much of your time on managing your stash of content, and you can spend your time on your creation or other work.

7. Customer Service

We have talked about lots of different aspects and features of a video hosting service. However, you may not get to know all the features in the plan and need someone to explain them, or you need for help if the service suddenly gets technical issues and requires troubleshooting — that’s when customer service kicks in.

video-hosting-customer-service

For large video hosting services like POLYV, you are able to reach out to your dedicated sales and technical support, to get your questions and particular issues solved whenever you are in need. They are available via live chat, telephone and email, no matter what plan you have chosen.

And here we come to the end of this Practical Guide. We hope this guide can help you understand the important features of video hosting, and how to choose the service you need and fits you most. Thank you for taking your time, and happy video hosting!

Practical guide to choose your video hosting service – Part 2

In Part 1, we have talked about the budget and playback experience when choosing your video hosting for business. Here we continue our talk on this topic.

3. Access Control

For most of the free video hosting services, your content are to be viewed by anyone who have the access of the hosting site — in other words, everyone can watch your videos.

However, for business and corporation, security features are vital, especially for those content that can be only accessed by employees within their network.

video-hosting-access-control

Here are some of the features on security and access control for your reference —

  • Password portection – simple, yet traditional way of access control. Usually only the distributors have the password, so it is simple to control who can view these videos.
  • Authentication tokens – sometimes the videos can still be accessed to unwanted audience when the passwords are leaked or not working well, then authentication tokens steps in — it is a string of unique codes generated with advanced algorithm, and the authentication can only be approved within the device and the viewer’s account, which significantly increases security with no effort from the administrators of the business;
  • Website/domain list – this is another specific way to restrict your videos to be viewed in specific audience, or the websites/domains you own. You can simply add the address of your websites, or IPs of your internal network domains to the white list, and those outside the list are unable to access the videos.

4. Digital Rights Management

Access control is only part of the protection for your precious videos. To prevent your videos from being pirated completely, DRM — or Digital Rights Management, is vital for a professional video hosting.

video-hosting-drm

Here are some of the features that should be included in the DRM of a good video hosting

  • Advanced encryption – it is easy to hack the content with only one specific encryption method, but not in the case of using various random methods in different sections of the video. With these advanced encryption methods, even the content is downloaded, it is impossible to decrypt and recover it to be played in general media players.
  • Fragmentation transcoding – it means your video will be divided into lots of small sections which then being transcoded. It helps to make the video stream faster, and significantly increase the difficulty of content pirates accessing and restoring the whole video;
  • Encryption on mobile – many video hosting services have been doing great on the rights management on PC, but not on mobile playback. Some, like POLYV, have their very own solution for mobile encryption, keeping your content away from pirates and unwanted audience.

Digital Rights Management, along with access control, are very crucial for the content protection in video hosting service. You just don’t want your time and effort ends up with someone else taking your credit of video, do you?

And that’s the end of Part 2 of our guide for your video hosting service. Stay tune and we’ll be back for the third part.


Update: We have updated Part 3 for the final chapter of the series. Click here to read this article.

Practical guide to choose your video hosting service – Part 1

It’s the era of video now, and you have made the decision of using video hosting service for introducing your product, branding and marketing, or corporate activities like internal trainings or event livestreams.

There are hundreds of video hosting services around the world, but which is the one that suits you most? Let’s get into the key factors and show you how to choose the video hosting service you need.

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1. The Budget

Well, sounds REALLY PRACTICAL right at the beginning… And yes, we have lots of free video hosting services like YouTube, Vimeo and Youku-Tudou. They seem to be pretty decent, but are not good options when we dig deeper —

  • Ads in your videos – that’s what free video hosting services get their revenues. And these ads will potentially affect the viewing experience for the audience, disrupting their focus on your content;
  • List of recommended videos – these video hosting sites provide a list of recommended videos at the end of your videos. Most of the time, these “recommended videos”are not the content you have made, and often includes videos from your competitors or rivals;
  • Unwanted Access for downloading – though no obvious download button in the viewing page, there are various video downloaders that can access and download the content from these video hosting sites, leaking your videos to unwanted audience.

You just want to keep your audience within your site, focusing on your products and services, uninterrupted. So it is better to choose a paid video hosting, which provides marketing, analytics and rights management modules as those free hostings have, letting you carefree and concentrate on your content and service.

But that doesn’t mean you must choose a service that cost lots of money. Instead, we recommend you choosing an affordable plan, which contains the capacity and traffic that meets your demand. Therefore, you’d better calculate the scale of your monthly viewers and video spaces of your video application before you sign up for your video hosting account.

2. Smooth playback experience

Another key factor is playback experience. Imagine when you visit your website and the videos are slowly buffering time after time, and even not working – this is a disaster for keeping your audience engaged to your business. That’s why a smooth playback is critical.

video-hosting-playback

Checking this is quite simple – First, visit the official site of the video hosting service, and then hit the play button of the video. If they can’t make it well on their own site, just wave goodbye to them.

Then, visit the sites of its clients, and check the availability and playback experience as you did for the video hosting site. The experience speaks itself – enough said.

So here is the first part of how to choose your video hosting service. Stay tuned and we’ll be right back for the second part.


Update: Part 2 is out now! Click here to continue the Practical Guide tour.