Free Video Hosting Sites - share video content


Quite often I want to show a video to my friends and don't want to use Youtube, Facebook Video or Instagram Stories.

Yes, I also do use Youtube, but sometimes I want something quick and simple and private. I don't want to show it to the whole world. No registration, just upload a video, get a direct link that's easy to share, and then, after some time, delete it and that's it.

You need a special video hosting site. That's the easiest way.

I have found 31 free video hosts (updated on November 2022)

Looking for a place to upload videos? An MP4 hosting? A WebM host? Or a place to store and share MKV files? It's there. Or you want to share something anonymously and looking for a fast video hosting sites without registration? There are many sites like Youtube you can use.

Or do you need to place a huge video file somewhere? There are several platforms that accept very large media files. So choose a hosting platform that will suit your needs and host your video file(s) there.

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VIDEO HOST
MAXIMUM SIZE
REGISTRATION REQUIRED?
Dump.video
Supported files: gif, webm, mp4, flv

Accepts only files of up to 10 minutes length. Site is party in russian.
unknownno
Vimple.ru
Supported files: avi, mp4, m4v, mov, wmv, mpg, mpeg

1024000 MBno
Streamable
Supported files: mp4

maximum length of video is 10 minutes
1024 MBno
Webmshare
Supported files: webm, gif

You can set expiration time (1 day - 180 days)
20 MBno
Break
Supported files: MPG, MOV, MP4, M4V, WMV, AVI

  • you can upload up to 10 videos at one time
  • known for funny videos
1536 MByes
ThumbSnap
Supported files: mp4, m4v, avi, mov, webm

48 MBno
Myspace
Supported files: mp4, mov

Mainly for musicians and entertainers. Maximum storage 2GB.
1024 MBno
Vgy.me
Supported files: webm, mp4

20 MByes
Hellshare
Supported files: mp4, mpeg, avi

2048 MBno
Tune.pk
Supported files: mp4, flv, f4v, m4v, mkv, mov, wmv, avi, 3gp, mpg, mpeg, divx, rm

2000 MByes
Dailymotion
Supported files: mov, mpeg4, mp4, avi, wmv, mkv, flv

  • sers are limited to 10 uploads per day, 2 hours of video per day and 60 minutes per video
  • ad is added to the end of each video
  • limited analytics
2048 MByes
Ulozto.net
Supported files: mp4, mpeg, avi

18432 MBno
Dropshots
Supported files: avi, mpg, mov, wmv, 3gp

2 MByes
Dropbox
Supported files: 3gp, 3gpp, 3gpp2, asf, avi, dv, m2t, m4v, mkv, mov, mp4, mpeg, mpg, mts, ogv, rm, ts, vob, webm, wmv

Free account (Dropbox Basic) can play only the first 15 minutes of video. On paid accounts it's more (60 minutes on Dropbox Plus or Professional, 4 hours on Dropbox Business)
50000 MByes
Photobucket
Supported files: avi, mpg, mov, wmv, 3gp

100 MByes
Vooplayer
Supported files: mp4

  • 1GB storage space and only 5 videos
200 MByes
4shared
Supported files: avi, mpg, mpeg

2048 MBno
Sendvid
Supported files: avi, mp4, flv, m4v, mov, wmv, mpg, mpeg

maximum video length: 90 minutes
3072 MBno
Vimeo
Supported files: mp4

  • 500MB per week of upload space, up to 5GB total account storage
  • ad-free
500 MBno
Webm.red
Supported files: webm

20 MBno
SharedVid
Supported files: mp4

386 MBno
Wistia
Supported files: mp4, mpeg, avi

  • 3 videos only with 200Gb montly bandwidth
  • great analytics
1024 MByes
Imgur
Supported files: mp4, mpeg, avi, webm, quicktime, x-matroska, x-flv, x-msvideo, x-ms-wmv

Video uploads cannot be longer than 60 seconds.
200 MBno
Stupid Videos
Supported files: AVI, MPG, WMV, MOV, MKV, FLV

100 MByes
YouTube
Supported files: MOV, MPEG4, MP4, AVI, WMV, MPEGPS, FLV, 3GPP, WebM, DNxHR, ProRes, CineForm, HEVC (h265)

  • the most popular video platform
  • easy embedding of videos
  • videos can show at the top of Google search results
  • beware of copyright infringement (especially with background music)
  • you can create playlists
  • uploade content can be private, unlisted (so only people with direct link can see it) or public
128000 MByes
Bianco.tv
Supported files: avi, mp4, m4v, mov, wmv, mpg, mpeg

10GB file size limit for registered users, video stream resolution: up to 1080p60fps, uses mpeg dash adaptive streaming (delivers video to the user in the highest usable quality).
5120 MBno
MP4 Upload
Supported files: mp4

unknownyes
Flickr
Supported files: AVI, WMV, MOV, MPEG, 3gp, M2TS, OGG, OGV

video playback is limited to the first 3 minutes
1024 MByes
Pictshare
Supported files: mp4

30 MBno
AkVideo
Supported files:

unknownyes
Uguu.se
Supported files: avi, mp4, m4v, mov, wmv, mpg, mpeg

100 MBno
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What is the best way to send long videos to someone?

Let's say that you want to send a high quality video to a friend and you don't want to publish it on Youtube or Facebook. But how to send it through email? It's too large. For example Gmail doesn't accepts anything larger than 25MB. And Facebook Messenger has the same filesize limit.

What now? What are the other options?

You can either cut and shrink the file in an editor. But you'll have to sacrifice the quality.

Or you can upload it a cloud storage you already have, like Google Drive, Onedrive or Dropbox.

Or there is another easy solution.

Send it via one of the file sending sites, that will let you upload it and get a direct link to download. Firefox Send Do you need to send 1GB? 5GB? 100GB? No problem.

Select the file, add a recipients email and a message and that's it. The file will be automatically deleted after a certain time. Or you can set it up to delete after it'll be downloaded defined number of times.

Here are a few sites I use and can recommend:

  • WeTransfer - accepts files of up to 2GB and these will be auto removed after 7 days
  • Anonymous Files - no logs, 5GB maximum filesize
VLC - video player
Recommended video player?

Windows Media Player is not good enough? I understand, it's not bad, but you need something better.

For the past few years, I have been using the VLC media player 3.0.17.4. It's open-source, runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and it can play everything.

So far I did not find any video that was not supported. Sometimes it's lagging when playing audio and video over the network. But you can adjust that in settings. If you are struggling with lagging, try:

MPC - video player
  • increasing caching time
  • disable hardware-accelerated encoding
  • or try a different video output module

I have found that on some computers/networks is the VLC player lagging, no matter what I do. So I have been searching for an alternative video player and found Media Player Classic. Very similar (not bloated) interface to VLC, can play everything, small and free. It's not under development since 2017, but it works without any problems.

How to record desktop

If you need to record what's going on your desktop (very usefull if you want to record an online meeting/webinar in Zoom or Skype) the best way will be to use OBS 27.2.4. It's the best and open source software for recording and streaming. Easy to use and really works. I have tried several tools and never had a problem with OBS. Easy to capture audio & video in real time, no choppy recordings, no corupted video files, no problems with long recordings.

Video editor / converter
KDENlive - open source video editor

Do you need to edit the video before uploading? Convert is into another format? Crop and maybe add different music/sound, fade-in, fade-outs, or add some text? Then you need an editor. I have started with Windows Movie Maker (no longer available in Windows 10 - it is now replaced with Photos app).

But very soon I needed something better. I have started using Kdenlive ( now in version 22.04.1 ) - an open-source video editing software. It is simple to use but offers advanced editing tools.

ShotCut - video editor

And after a few weeks (for no obvious reason) it started to be VERY slow. So slow that it was unable to use it. The video preview was very choppy.

I have tried updating Kdenlive to the latest version. I have modified proxy clip settings. I have checked my computer. And nothing.

So, I had to look for a new tool. And I have found Shotcut 22.04.25 - another open-source editor. I'm still learning to use it, but I have already edited several clips and so far I'm very pleased with it.

Here are a few more options you can try:


And if you need to do just a rough cut of large video file from your camera to save space, use LosselessCut 3.45.0 - it's very fast and works on almost any platform.

PowerDirector - Android video editor
Video Editor on Android

I don't do it very often, but from time to time I need to upload a video directly from my phone and I need to edit it a little before uploading. In that case, I currently use VN Video Editor Maker - for my needs (just very basic editing and cuts) it's OK. It's free and no watermark.

Where to download free sounds and music for your video?

SampleFocus, Soundpacks, SampleSwap, Looperman

Pixabay
Where to get free images/photos?

My preferred sources of free photos that can be used in videos are Stockvault, Pexels, Pixabay and Unsplash. If you want more options check out this list.

Where to get free stock videos footage?

(copyright free, no watermark, even for commercial use)

  • Videvo - thousands of free, safe-to-use videos, some released under royalty-free, some under Videvo Attribution License (you must credit the artist in your production)
  • Pexels Videos - many categories, mostly shorter stock video clips
  • Pixabay Videos - a lot of great stock videos in HD or 4K quality, all can be used even for commercial purposes
  • Vidsplay - new footage is added on weekly basis
  • Videezy - a lot of HD stock footage & 4K videos, great source of nature and aerial video clips
  • Life of Vids - another source of clips and loops, the redistribution is limited to 10 videos on other sites
  • Distill - 10 HD videos every 10 days, free for your personal and commercial use
  • Clipstill - monthly selection of free cinemagraphs (still photographs in which a minor and repeated movement occurs, forming a clip)

Simple tips to make your videos look more professional
Use tripod
  • Record in landscape mode
  • Don't overuse effects
  • Don't zoom in and back too much/too fast
  • Add more light - there are many different lighting techniques, but if you're starting, place a light source behind you
  • Improve audio - microphone as close to the subject as possible (everything will be better than camera's mic)
  • Use a tripod - nobody wants to watch shaky footage
  • Don't forget to clean your background ;)
Which video format to choose?
Audio MP4 (Moving Pictures Expert Group 4)
  • the most common video format now
  • relatively small size with high quality
  • widely supported, even supported in HTML5
  • best for social media sites like Facebook, Twitter ...
  • Internet Explorer Edge Firefox Chrome Safari Opera
WebM
  • file format developed by Google (released as open source)
  • one of the video standards supported in HTML5
  • smaller size than MP4
  • high quality
  • Edge Firefox Chrome Opera
OGG (Moving Pictures Expert Group 4)
  • open-source format
  • optimized for streaming content
  • Edge Firefox Chrome Opera
AVI (Audio Video Interleave)
  • one of the oldest video formats on the web
  • universally accepted, can be played almost everywhere
  • large file size
  • best for watching on TV
MOV (Apple QuickTime Movie)
  • more popular amongst Apple users
  • good quality, but a big file
WMV (Windows Media File Video)
  • designed for video streaming
  • high compression that results in small file size, but also poor video quality
3GP
  • developed for mobile phones
  • small size
  • much lower resolution and low quality

Still don't know which to choose? Either keep yout video content in the original format or convert it into MP4.

Where is MKV? MKV is not a compression format. It's a container file were is video, audio and subtitles in a single file.

How to convert video file?

I can recommend you Handbrake 1.5.1. It' a free and open-source tool that will help you converting video from & to almost any format. It can also rip a DVD or Blu-ray disc to a file. Available for Windows, Linux and also for Mac.

One tip for DVD ripping in Handbrake: if you have a problem with audio, change audio codec from AAC-avcodec (the default seetings) to MP3.

XMedia Recode - video converter

Another interesting tool is XMediaRecode 3.5.5.6 - it can convert almost all video (and audio) formats including 3GP, 3GPP, 3GPP2, AAC, AC3, ADTS, AMR, ASF, AVI, AVISynth, DVD, FLAC, FLV, H.261, H.263, H.264, H.265, M4A , M1V, M2V, M4V, Matroska (MKV), MMF, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, TS, TRP, MP2, MP3, MP4, MP4V, MOV, QT, OGG, PSP, RM, (S ) VCD, SWF, VOB, WAV, WebM, WMA and WMV.

For conversion of video to GIF you can use GIPHY - simple to use online tool.

And if you need to burn it on a DVD, download CDBurnerXP 4.5.8.7128 - a free application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs.

How to download video from YouTube?
Youtube

Try to search for "download video from youtube" and you'll find many sites offering such functionality. But almost no works. Instead, these will show you tons of ads, pop-ups, and misleading links. Avoid these online tools and download a simple command-line tool that works - youtube-dl 2021.12.17. Yes, it's command line. There is no graphical interface. But, don't worry, if you are not an experienced user.

It's really easy to use. Just type youtube-dl.exe and after space place the Youtube URL you want to download. And that's it!

Example: youtube-dl.exe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNQXAC9IVRw

How to save an MP4 file to iPhone?
There are two easy ways. And a few more harder ones, that I'll not be talking about ;)
  • If the file is not too big, simply email it to you and then save it to your iPhone.
  • Or upload it to iCloud and it'll be available also on you phone.
Resolution 720p, UDH, QHD ... what is it?
  • HD or HD ready = 720p = 1280 x 720 pixles
  • FHD or Full HD = 1080p = 1920 x 1080 - most common resolution now
  • QHD or Quad HD = 1440p = 2560 x 1440
  • UHD or Ultra HD or 4K = 3840 x 2160
  • 8K = 7680 × 4320
What is bitrate?

It is the amount of video data that must be transferred and processed in a certain period of time. If you want a number to get a better idea, a Full HD has a birate of 35MB per minute (very roughly, depends on a codec).

Audacity - audio editor
Audio editor

For audio editing I use Audacity 3.1.3. Great open source tool for simple audio editing, but very powerful if needed. Works on Windows, MacOS and Linux.

Free Live Video Streaming sites
Paid hosting & sharing

If you need something better (bigger storage, more or even unlimited bandwidth, reliable customer support, ad-free player or video analytics) and you are willing to pay for it, here is a list of paid hosts:

  • Vimeo - from $5 per month (upload 5GB/week, 250GB every year)
  • JWPlayer - from $5 per month (150GB hosting / 500GB streaming)
  • JetpackVideo - optimized for Wordpress and mobile, from $9 per month
  • SproutVideo - from $24.99 per month (500GB bandwitdth, 500GB storage)
  • Cincopa - starts at $25/month (100GB traffic/month, 40 videos), offers free trial
  • VdoCipher - starts at $99/year (250GB bandwith annually, 50GB storage)
  • Uscreen.tv - service to help you sell access to your videos
  • Vidello - from $29/month, store up to 200 videos, 200GB monthly bandwidth
  • Libcast - from €99/month, for up to 500 videos, unlimited traffic
  • Vidflex - from $65/month, 15GB storage, 100GB streaming
  • TwentyThree - from $499/month, for up to 1000 videos
Do you want to host videos on your own website?
Video hosting on your own website - player

If you don't want to use any external service for your videos, there are several HTML5 video players. Install, setup and embed videos. If you want a reliable, fast and cheap VPS provider, check SSDNodes.

Tip for selfhosting: to be sure that everybody (in all browsers) will see it, you have to upload mp4, webm and ogv.

If you want to start your own website, check Plumi (you'll need a Linux server administration experince to install and maintain).

How to embed RTSP video stream into webpage

I have found a very easy way how to embed an RTSP stream into a webpage. Use online service RTSP.ME. Enter your RTSP link, your email, and select a close datacenter and that's it. You'll get an HTML code to place into your webpage (a confirmation email will be in your inbox).

The RTSP link you should find either in the camera manual or in the administration section. But sometimes it harder. For example, my friend's cam is Uniview and I couldn't find it. So in case you use Uniview cam, the direct link for the main RTSP stream is rtsp://username:password@IPADDRESS:554/media/video1

Free online video editors

If you don't want to or can't download and install a special tool, you can try one of the online editors:

  • MovieMakerOnline - no registration needed, no watermarks
  • Online-Video-Cutter - cut, crop or rotate video, for files of up to 500MB
  • VideoToolbox - capable of processing video files up to 1500 MB
  • Kapwing - sign in to remove watermark, 500MB free video upload limit, no watermarks
  • Clipchamp - online editor that brings you easy-to-use professional-grade features

Screen recorders
  • ScreenToGif - portable
  • ShareX - opensource, better for short screencasts, I used to have problems with longer recordings
  • ScreenView! - opensource tool to record your Windows desktop
  • Captura - capture screen, webcam, audio, cursor, mouse clicks and keystrokes.

If you need to show pressed keys in your recordings, and the thecorder doesn't offer this function, there are several tools:


Video Editing Computer
Best computer for video editing?
  • It doesn't matter if it's Windows, Mac or Linux
  • 8GB RAM is a minimum, the more RAM the better
  • Replace your old hard drive with an SSD
  • Is your processor old? Replace it! For some video editors, it's much more important than the graphics card
  • But of course, if the editor of your choice (like for example Adobe Premiere) can use the graphics card, then it's another thing to upgrade to have fast editing and rendering
  • A lot of storage (no need to have all drive SSDs)
  • Backup, Backup, Backup! For the really important and not-replaceable files is the best way to have a copy on an external hard drive and also in the cloud. For backup I can recommend Synology. I do have two Synology DiskStations at home

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