You know this: If you want to privately share a video, you go to social media or open your email tool and you recognize: the attachments are too large.
(If you’re lucky and it is small enough it’s still going to leave you sat there for half an hour waiting for it to send.)
What can you do?
We’re going to give you 15 ways you can share media without having to wait forever or find out your file is too large.
Who can use these tools?
We’re going to give you a range of options so you can find the best tools for your needs. Whether you’re trying to send family videos, working as a freelancer or part of a bigger business, one of these systems will give you an easy solution to sharing content.
Problems with sharing videos and media can affect your productivity massively. Think about it. How much easier would your life be if sharing large videos was easier? If you’re part of a digital business, then this list could be crucial to improving your client’s experience.
In this list, we’ll tell you exactly what the benefits of each website are, how much storage space they provide and how much it will cost you to use their services.
Filestage is an essential service if you work in a digital or creative industry. It allows you to collaborate with both your team and with clients. You can set up an individual approval process, share media and then receive instant feedback. The software allows you to show exactly what you need changing without having to go through a complicated email process explaining things. Once you’ve uploaded your media your clients won’t need to download it because they can work on it straight through their web browser.
It’s an amazing online proofing tool for sharing content if you do any type of creative work. It’s good for promoting teamwork and can help dramatically increase your productivity by wasting less time on editing. You can get our service from €89 a month for 5 team members, which is great value for money in any small business. With our starter package, you also get 100GB of storage space included. Wey also offer bigger practices for large businesses. Filestage is a great choice for sharing content for business or commercial use.
Dropbox is a great service and because of that, it’s widely used. It has a simple interface which allows you to sort your files into folders similarly to your desktop computer. It’s useful for organizing videos and sharing specific files.
It’s very easy to use which is why it is great for personal use. The storage space is not the biggest out there so it’s also useful for freelancers but for larger businesses you might want to try something with more storage.
Dropbox gives you 2GB of free storage or for £7.99 a month you can upgrade that to 100GB. You can increase your storage for free by inviting friends to Dropbox. For every friend who joins Dropbox you gain another 500GB of storage up to an extra 16GB! So definitely use this one if you have a lot of friends or family who want to see your holiday pictures.
3. Google Drive
Google Drive is a useful integrated system for sharing videos online. As it is already connected if you have a Gmail account it’s easy to use other Google software as well such as Google forms and Google Sheets. (If you want to change your email provider, check our Gmail alternatives.) Google drive is also one of the most used systems with over 800 million users. The best feature is the integration with other Google apps, so if you’re a heavy Google user then this may well be the software for you.
It starts with 15GB free storage space with the option to gain 500MB per friend you invite up to 10 friends. That’s quite a lot of storage for a free service. If you’re happy to pay for more storage you can increase that to 100GB for $1.99 a month. If that’s not enough Google drive has premium plans all the way up to 30TB of storage space for $299.99 a month.
WeTransfer allows you to send large video files, up to 2GB at a time, through email. It’s a completely free way to share video but if you opt for their paid for service (€120 a year) you can send files up to 10GB. It’s very simple to use which makes it great for personal use.
If you’re looking for something quick and easy, then this is probably the service for you. You can quickly send a link to friends without having to sign up for an account. However, if you need to send multiple files then this site will take longer than others. Your media also won’t be encrypted, or password protected unless you sign up for a paid account.
YouTube is the most popular video sharing site in the world. It is a very easy solution for video sharing if you are happy for your video to be public. You can also set your videos and private, open only to you and the users you select. If you want to send media for business purposes then there are far better sites, however, for personal use and one-off videos, YouTube can be really useful.
YouTube is also great for blogs and websites because it’s easy to embed your video once you’ve uploaded it to YouTube and made the settings public. It’s also helpful because it accepts a wide variety of video formats and changes the video streaming depending on the user’s quality of internet. The best feature of YouTube, however, is free unlimited storage, so no paid for account!
Vimeo is a good video player with no ads, perfect for use on a mobile device. It’s a good platform for sharing commercial videos and media because you can charge for content. This is a good one for anyone who is in an artistic or creative field and wants to share their video.
With the free account, you get 500MB of per week, with 5GB of storage space in total. If you need more space for your data you can go for the Vimeo Plus package which gives you 5GB of uploads a week and 250GB per year starting at $7 per month.
Video Sprout is a simple service with a clean uncluttered interface, great for sharing private videos. This is a good one for secure sharing because only those you give permission to can access your video. It also has customizable features on the interface which is a nice bonus.
The free account comes with 100MB of storage and up to 500 views a month. Great for little video clips but not at all ideal for big projects with collaboration.
MediaFire is a great online file locker to upload your videos to and then your friends can easily download them. You can get 10GB of free storage but the website does have advertisements, which of your you can rid yourself of by upgrading your account. You can upload individual files of up to 4GB and you get unlimited bandwidth and downloads. The big perk of this one is being able to upload multiple items at once. It also has a good mobile conversion of the programme.
If you do opt for the Pro version you’ll find yourself with an entire 1TB of storage space for as little as $3.75 a month or $40 a month for the business version.
9. Amazon Drive
Amazon Drive is a great cloud storage for photos and an easy user experience. It also has fast syncing features and allows you to preview your files. The free version gives you 5GB of storage space and you can pay anything up to $120 yearly for 2TB so you pay for the amount of space you need. It an easy system to use especially if you already have an Amazon Prime account. However, it does not integrate with other systems particularly well but is it useful as an app on your desktop.
iCloud is ideal for avid Apple users. If you want to be able to sync your files from your Mac to your iPhone to your iPad then this software is great. You can save any files to the cloud with 5GB of free storage space and only around $9.99 a month for a whopping 2TB of storage. It also incredibly easy to use for any Apple user.
Box makes it simple and easy to share your content, whether that’s in a personal or business capacity. One of the benefits of Box is there great customer service and helpful tips if you have any problems. Box will have a plan to suit the amount of storage you need. It’s great for sharing videos because you can easily create user groups and share contacts. You can also set the permissions of each user to define how much they can access your videos and upload content. If you have a big team then Box is great because it allows you to send out bulk invites. You can also assign all your users into groups such as ‘management’ or ‘content designers’.
This service is not only good for sharing videos but the amount of team features helps to promote both teamwork and productivity.
The beauty of this software is you can start with a free individual plan including 10GB of storage or upgrade that to 100GB for £8 a month or you can have a business plan starting at £4 a month and running all the way up to big enterprise plans. So no matter how big or small you are Box is a great way to share video online. It also integrates well with Microsoft and good security features.
Jumpshare is useful for sending any type of visual project. You can also record from your screen to give feedback and editing notes which is a useful tool for freelancers. It has a very simple drag and drop style interface which transfers well onto their mobile app. The basic account is free and comes with 2GB of storage space which is fine for any solo freelancer, or you can purchase their business plan for $12.50 a month which comes with 2TB of storage space. It’s a very simple software to use for sharing video and for non-business purposes the free account should be plenty of space.
Mega is a file hosting service offered by a New-Zealand based company, Mega Limited. It’s great if you want an end-to-end encrypted service and other privacy features such as password encryption. They have plenty of useful features like live encrypted backup, preventing you from losing any of your content. You can also share your videos securely and allow your contacts to access your videos. It’s also a useful service for collaboration because you can see edits in real time.
Their plans run from 4.99€ a month for 200GB of storage up to 29.99€ a month for a huge 8TB of storage. There are other programmes with better free services but if you are looking to pay for quality video sharing then this one is a good choice. Consider MEGA if you are particularly worried about the security and privacy of your content and need to end-to-end encryption.
It’s all in the name. SugarSync is great for syncing and integrating with your other programmes. It’s great for syncing any file or folder on your computer. You can create backups of all your files and access them from other devices in the same way you would from your own computer.
Its versioning feature lets you undo unwanted file changing without having to go back to square one. It also has a useful feature which lets you back up every photo you take. Also, if you have been sent video content in an email attachment SugarSync can upload straight from the email which may say you time an energy if you’re working with a lot of videos through email. It’s a very functional system with good sharing speeds which you might find helpful for sharing your videos online.
You can find a 90-day free trial to check out the software. After that, you can get 100GB of storage space at $7.49 a month. If you’re after more space, you can get up to 1TB for 55$ a month with multiple users or even create your own personalized plan. The fact you can personalize a plan is a good way of using the service if you are working in a small business and need to share a lot of content.
15. Yandex Disk
You’ve probably never heard of Yandex Disk – that’s because it was originally a Russian cloud sharing service, but it was launched in English in 2012. It has great storage and sharing features like any other cloud service, it also works well on mobile devices. You have the benefits of unlimited photo storage and Office integration which you may find useful. You can download the desktop app which is fairly easy to use and if you download the app on your phone you get unlimited storage for photos and videos.
The software is well designed and simple to use, the use of a sync folder can often make life much easier. You can easily share videos but if you want password protection then you can share them as folders which allow you to limit permissions.
It’s preview features are good alongside being able to stream music and video through the service. The free version comes with 10GB of free storage or you can get 1TB for around $10 a month. It isn’t ranked as one of the safest cloud services but it does have some useful features for video sharing, so for commercially sensitive work you may be better off with a different service.
There are so many ways to share video content. For little clips and snippets in your personal life, you may find social media or something like Video Sprout adequate. However, when you want to share bigger files then one of these ways is going to be smoother than using email clients or social media. We’ve given you a complete range of options, from the free to the expensive but we feel that all these services have their values and useful features.
If you’re only sending one small to medium size file at a time, We Transfer is great. For sharing family photo albums Dropbox is a good service. For any type of creative or collaborative work, Filestage is brilliant for streamlining your workflow. For those of you looking for something for a larger business then something like Box or Google Drive is great for their plans and integration opportunities.
Now, you can just have fun to share videos online.
Max is a SaaS enthusiast and loves actionable content that provides direct value.