I just noticed that the free WordPress.com blog server offers a video player plugin as a $60 a year, along with 3 gigabytes of free storage. Additional space is available, too, at $20 (5gb) to $90 (25gb) per year, with no bandwidth restrictions.
Vimeo’s free service is limited to 500 megabytes a week and only one HD video a week, but a 5GB a week Vimeo Plus service costs only $60 a year.
YouTube sets a maximum length of 10 minutes, but recommends 2-3 minutes per video. It allows files up to 1 GB. YouTube has a “Creators’ Corner” and instructions on “Producing and Uploading Your Own Videos” — including (of course) video tutorials.
Blip.tv calls itself a “next generation television network” with free core services and an optional revenue-sharing advertising program. It also offers a learning section and a blog, which recently pointed to this video chapter of an upcoming HTML 5 book.
While I’m enjoying exploring all of these sites, I suspect a number of experts have hosting-service reviews among their other online resources. If I were in a hurry to start a multimedia site, I’d look to see what these folks have to say on the subject:
Robb Montgomery, who runs “Camp Video Journalism” workshops around the world, has a Ning social community to promote “visual journalism literacy in graphics, photo, video and design.”
Val Hoeppner keeps a list of free and low-cost tools, as part of her multimedia resources blog at the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute, where I went last summer for her week-long multimedia bootcamp. PDF versions of some of her class tutorials are in her multimedia toolbox.
Mindy McAdams, Florida journalism prof, has a 42-page Reporter’s Guide to Multimedia Proficiency available as a free download. She also conducts multimedia workshops and puts handouts like her No-Fear Guide online, and has a toolkit site under construction.