Since last weekend I’ve been trying to get all of CartoonSmart’s free & demo videos up on YouTube. First problemo is I can only upload 10 minutes chunks at a time. That’s YouTube’s cap these days for time, which isn’t too cool for the lengthy college-lecture-ish CartoonSmart vids, So I had to break up the first video into 6 parts. Which wasn’t fun because I tend to overthink things, and spent forever deciding the best places to end one video chunk and start another. That actually really frustrated me.
Second problem. Over about 15 hours of nightly uploading attempts, only one video successfully made it up. Granted I was uploading HD videos, so the pixel sizes were 1280 by 720, but the file sizes weren’t crazy. About 15-20MB per video. On my cable connection I get upload speeds around 100kbs-400kbs, so those videos should have been uploading fairly fast…. anyway, after a lot of timeouts AND after I found out the one video that did upload, wasn’t granted HD conversion status, I have officially given up on YouTube. And I was pretty surprised by them. Google bought them for over a billion dollars, and the one thing they do, they don’t seem to do that well. Also makes me wonder why they don’t offer a You Tube Pro feature for chumps like me willing to pay for priority uploading / HD-ness.
Long story over… Vimeo.com is now my new hero for video sharing. Super fast HD uploads, post-processing is also very quick, I really dig the style of the site, and they’ve even got weird toys. Now to speed things up I did pay for Vimeo Plus which is $59 a year, so I can upload more than one HD video per week. But even if I hadn’t paid, there wouldn’t have been a crazy video length cap like YouTube’s frustrating 10 minutes.
So without any further ado, here’s CartoonSmart’s offical home on Vimeo. You can see all the free lessons, and our demo lessons online now. Source files are usually linked up in the page descriptions.
Now the big question… Why am I uploading videos to them when I can just host ’em myself. Displaying .mov’s or .flv’s on CartoonSmart.com isn’t a problem, and if I forget how, I’ve got a few tutorials on that (just have to suffer through hearing my own voice)
Here’s my thinking. I’d like to start doing more free lessons, but make them less of a big deal than the ones in the free tutorials section of the site. Those are really meant to be starter courses for new customers. So I don’t want to inundate that section with videos meant for more experienced users. And there’s the length issue. If I post up more freebies, I don’t want them to be as long as the pay courses, and it seems like a video sharing site like Vimeo is a better place for that.
Also I’ll probably be posting more and more demos, but I haven’t decided yet if the sales-room of CartoonSmart is the best place to let people test-drive cars all day. So Vimeo might be a secret stash of extra demos for loyal students more in-the-know, like anyone reading this blog.
And then obviously, Vimeo is sending me some new traffic just from within their site. Score. Free advertising.
Love to hear some comments. Or requests for demos of pay-tutorials to upload.