In case not everyone noticed it, I wanted to point out that the question that I posed in my post a week ago "Where should independent real estate photographers host their video" was clearly answered in the post comments.
The overwhelming response was iPlayerHD. To recap, the problem an independent real estate photographer shooting video has is this:
- You use YouTube because it has some SEO advantages but you'd like to have a place to post really clean, elegant video that doesn't have ads and it doesn't give your viewers all those distracting other links to click.
- A handfull of people could take the do-it-yourself route but because you must have your video accessible everywhere (all browsers and all mobile devices) doing it yourself isn't easy and it's a distraction from your main business of shooting.
- There are a bazillion free hosting sites out there but all their TOS statements say no commercial use and the number that go out of business each year is huge. Bandwidth and keeping up with all the changes going on in the video world these days is expensive. Dealing with free hosting services other than YouTube is just a nuisance. You can't figure out who's going to be in business next week! YouTube is in a class by itself because Google has so much cash. They pay millions of dollars a week in bandwidth costs but it's just pocket change to Larry and Sergey.
- It's essential that your videos are visible on the iPhone and the iPad. Many real estate agents these days use IOS devices so you cannot ignore them.
iPlayerHD looks to me like it solves all these issues so it's not surprising that so many top real estate photographers like Fred Light. Malia Campbell and Scott Basile already use iPlayerHD. As and example of what iPlayerHD looks like here are a few examples:
- Malia Campbell's video page.
- Malia Campbell's playlist that she uses on her iPhone to show clients
- Scott Basile's video page.
I think the video on these examples speak for itself. The basic hosting for iPlayerHD starts a $30/per month. If you have 862 videos and use 400+ GB/per month bandwidth/month like Fred Light does you'll pay more, but most real estate photographers doing video these days can get by with the 40GB of bandwidth and 30GB of storage that you get for $30/month. If you do real estate video you should look at iPlayerHD.