With the internet and its many, many social networking sites, it has never been easier to share digital videos and photos. For friends and family who don’t see each other often, but want to continue to be in each others lives, here are a few ways to share life’s most precious moments.
Up until a few years ago, sending photos via email was the norm, and while that is still an option, it is difficult to send many photos at once or even a short video because of attachment limits. A fantastic and reliable alternative is Facebook. It is the most convenient option for viewing photos and videos if everyone you want to see them is already on the network.
Video-sharing sites like YouTube and Vimeo also make it incredibly easy to share videos. They’re also free, so anyone with a decent internet connection can upload and watch videos from all over the world. While YouTube is no doubt the most popular video-sharing site, there are really dozens to choose from, many of them offering specialized features, catering to all types of audiences and filmmakers. Today, many people even create their own video blog, where they embed videos into their own blogs to share globally.
There are also a number of file transfer services, like Dropbox, Wikisend and Videosprout, where you can upload photos and videos to share with your contacts. The advantage is that your friends don’t have to download anything, they can just open the file and watch the video.
All these options vary in limitations, so you’ll have to do some research to find out what best suits your sharing needs. If you prefer to keep your home movies and family photos offline, there is always the tried and true method of saving your digital files to DVD. This way you can give the DVDs to whoever you want and preserve your most valuable memories.