Documenting Human Rights Violations in Challenging Environments

YouTube and Vimeo are free video sharing websites that you can use to post your video recordings. You can upload videos saved on your computer or directly from your mobile phone. You can share your video with everyone or use private sharing so that you can control who watches it. As always, choose a relevant title and description. These will be shown on the YouTube or Vimeo websites and will allow for people to better search for your video!

To get you started, here is a technical comparison between the two websites:

Features YouTube Vimeo
Max File Size 1 GB 500 MB/week
Time Limit 10 minutes No limit
Channel creation Yes Yes
Private and Public Sharing Yes Yes
Embedded Codes to Add to Websites Yes Yes
Comment Features to Allow / Disallow Comments Yes Yes
Description and Rating Yes Yes
Tag Words Yes Yes
RSS Feeds Yes Yes
Supported Files avi, mov, wmv, mpg avi, mov, wmv, mpg, asf, Flash


Technical differences aside, when choosing a website to upload your videos think about: the range of your audience and whether they access that website; the education tools available to you; ease of use for you and those who will watch your submissions; and the help and support offered by the platform.

On both websites, videos can be removed if there content is tagged and deemed inappropriate by other users or if a government requires it to enforce their national law.