Developed by Google, Youtube is the most used video sharing platform due to its multi-platform nature. In fact, Youtube is not only accessible from Windows PCs and Macs via the web, but the app is available on Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, on most gaming consoles, and on many Smart TVs. Its strong point is precisely this diffusion like wildfire, combined with the age of the platform.
Youtube is a platform created for sharing personal videos with friends, but its popularity meant that it was then used for other purposes: sharing gameplay videos, makeup or fashion tutorials more generally speaking, video reviews of technological products. , share music video clips, share movie / TV show trailers and much more.
Searching for a video on Youtube will be the simplest thing in the world, if you read my explanation in the following lines. I will explain the procedure you will need to follow to search for a video on Youtube through the official website, then using the browser on a PC or Mac. In any case, once you understand how to search for videos on Youtube via the website, you will be able to do this using any other device (on the official website you will find the list of all supported devices) where you have installed the Youtube app.
Then start by going to the official Youtube website and, first of all, start exploring the various sections to get familiar with the platform. Youtube is a video sharing website that, thanks to an algorithm, will offer you videos to watch in line with your interests. Clearly, if this is your first time using the platform, most of the videos may not reflect your tastes, but you will see that Youtube will greatly improve with frequent use.
Youtube videos are for the most part accessible from the main screen and divided horizontally by categories: Trend, Popular Music Videos, Popular Movie Trailers, Music, Games and so much more. Alternatively, using the search engine above, you can manually search for a video on Youtube, by typing a keyword for the search.
Do you want to see even more videos? I'll settle you immediately. Take a look at the side menu: you are currently in the section Home, but you can click on the entry trends to see the most popular videos of the moment. Below, however, you will find the section The best of Youtube, divided into categories: Music, Sports, Games, Movies, TV Shows, News, Live e 360 degree video. If you click on any of them you will find tons of other videos to watch. Youtube is a video platform with a community: you can comment on videos, post I like it o I do not like, Subscribe to channels to receive notifications when a new video is available and add a video to personal lists (playlist) that you can customize.
Youtube is a video sharing platform free with which you can search for videos that support you through banners and advertisements in videos.
Video-sharing platform alternative to Youtube, Vimeo it stands out for its dedication to independent authors and stands as a platform used as a virtual and international showcase for directors and creatives from all over the world. Vimeo gives the possibility to share and publish your videos, integrating a community of users ready to comment on them.
On Vimeo you will find mostly videos made by passionate users or filmmakers: documentaries, shorts, 360-degree videos, music videos, short comedy and drama videos. Unlike Youtube, Vimeo is mainly characterized as a platform reserved for independent authors; therefore you will not find gameplay videos or video tutorials.
Vimeo is available via the web via browser for Windows PC and Mac, but also as an application for Android, iOS and Windows Phone mobile devices. In addition, Vimeo is available as an application for most Smart TVs and home consoles.
Searching for a video to watch with Vimeo is super easy. First connect to the official website and start exploring the various categories. First, you'll definitely notice the scrolling section titled Staff Picks: this is a section that includes a list of videos chosen by the Vimeo Staff and particularly appreciated by the public.
Below you will find the section Best of Month with the best videos of the current month, which have always been selected by the Vimeo staff, have stood out for their quality. As you continue to explore, you will find the section See What’s Trending, dedicated to the most popular videos among those uploaded to the platform. Scroll down the page to explore all the other categories of the Home of Vimeo, or choose a category of your choice, among those indicated in the item Explore all categories. Alternatively, using the search engine at the top right, you can manually search for a video on Vimeo.
Among the most prominent features of Vimeo is the section On Demand which allows you to buy or rent some videos to support the authors. In addition to the videos of independent artists, Vimeo is a platform that offers the possibility to buy TV series in English language: Mad Men, Ascension, Orange is the new Black are the titles of some of the most popular TV series that can be purchased.
TED is another platform for searching and viewing videos which, in my opinion, is unfortunately little known in the city. Despite this, I'm absolutely sure you have to give it a chance. Do you want to know why? Read on, I'll explain it to you in the following lines.
How many times have you found yourself getting bored during a business meeting? If the answer is often, then you should definitely show your boss the TED videos, so that he understands the importance of story telling in public speaking, a commonly used expression in English that, in cittàn, we could translate as the art of knowing how to tell an engaging story, speaking to the public.
Unlike the video platforms previously mentioned, the TED website offers the viewing and searching of videos taken from conferences TED Talks which, managed by a non-profit organization, aims to share ideas that can change the world. Each TED Talks speaker can give a lecture on the topic of their choice (science, art, politics, global issues, architecture, music and more) as long as they condense their speech into about twenty minutes at the most. The videos of the conferences are then uploaded to the platform to be available for viewing at any time.
So, if astrophysicists, doctors, entrepreneurs, motivators and journalists from all over the world have managed to engage the audience with talks of around 18 minutes each, it is certainly worth understanding why these videos are so successful.
To find a video to watch on TED, then connect to the official website of the platform and start exploring the videos of the conferences you think might interest you. The section Newest Talk contains the recently uploaded videos, the Trending section is dedicated to the most popular ones. There are tons of other videos to watch, just click on the section Explore Playlist to access a new section with tons of other playlists and videos.
Even though TED's user interface is completely in English, don't be discouraged: many videos come with subtitles in several languages, including cittàn. Furthermore, for each video, it is possible to read the textual transcription and its translation into cittàn, if available. Some videos uploaded to TED can also be downloaded for free in MP4 format (video and audio with subtitles) or in MP3 format to listen to the audio only. To see the videos uploaded to TED you can also use the app for Android, iOS and Windows Phone.
Other Internet sites to search for videos
Is the list of Internet sites that I have recommended to search for videos not enough? So don't waste any more time and try to take a look at two more video sharing platforms: Vevo e Dailymotion. I'm sure you will like them.
- Vevo (Android / iOS / Web): Are you looking for a website that allows you to search exclusively for music videos? Then you should definitely take a look at Vevo, one of the best known video sharing portals which, like Youtube, allows you to watch music videos for free. The strength of Vevo is the presence of exclusive temporal music videos, as well as the possibility of creating GIFs starting from a video, through the web version of the video viewing and sharing platform. Vevo is also available via a free application for Android and iOS.
- DailyMotion (Android / iOS / Web): website that is proposed as an alternative to Youtube, DailyMotion is a video sharing platform of a Parisian company. The videos uploaded to DailyMotion are numerous and touch on various topics: Music, Video Games, Sports, News e Cinema are the most prominent categories. The videos uploaded to DailyMotion can be viewed and searched through the official website accessible via the Web but also through the appropriate free app for Android and iOS.