YouTube vs Facebook Video Quality

Posted on July 5, 2012 by Stephen Kastner | No Comments

I am posting two examples of the same digital 6-minute film short taken at the Door County Renaissance & Fantasy Faire that I uploaded to Facebook and YouTube.

It is surprising to see a significant difference in the visual quality of the rendered videos. Each of the two video-sharing sites present some specific advantages as far as distributing the resultant content, so it is valuable to use both …and others like Vimeo and Daily Motion as well.

Here is the YouTube version:

Here is the Facebook version:

The grainy quality of the typography in the Facebook version is immediately apparent. I thought this might simply be a symptom of not waiting long enough before watching and I hoped it would clear as is was “digested” by the Facebook engines… but no such luck. It can even be detected in the following screen capture, especially in the smaller line of type below.

Worse yet, while the embed feature is static in Facebook and very customizeable in YouTube… the speed of delivery is also markedly slower when streaming back from Facebook.

Luke at Blogworld sums up the following differences in the features provided by both.

Facebook Video Features

  • Videos can be up to 20 minutes long.
  • You can tag people who are your Facebook friends in the videos.
  • People who aren’t yet fans of your Page can “like” it from within the video clip, just by hovering the mouse over the video screen.

YouTube Video Features

  • Clips can initially be up to 15 minutes long, but you can gain approval for longer uploads.
  • A YouTube tab on Facebook looks much better than a Facebook video tab.
  • A YouTube channel can be used to direct traffic from YouTube to your Website or Facebook page by using the annotation feature.
  • A YouTube clip will rank higher in Google’s search results than a Facebook video.
  • YouTube tabs can display the number of views a clip receives. Displaying the views can work in favour of popular clips to increase the likelihood others will view them.
  • YouTube has online editing features.
  • YouTube annotations allow for on-screen menu options that viewers can interact with to bring them to other brand videos.
  • YouTube Insights is more detailed than Facebook’s Insights for video.

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