DivShare is a site that we watch very closely because they are one of the services that is unmatched on the Web. They are very active in keeping the service updated which is something I see as being very important. For example, in just the past few weeks they have managed to release DivShare Groups as well as redesign the Dashboard to make it much more user friendly.
Most video sharing services will normally compress your video down to 320 x 240 pixels, while DivShare’s new video service aims to nearly double that by making the maximum resolution 560 pixels. An example video has been posted here, but I noticed that the code they give you to embed the video in your site is slightly smaller in height/width:
You could easily modify the code yourself to make the video you’re embedding equal to the maximum resolution of 560 pixels in width. I think it would be a little better if they offered options for you to select which resolution you want to embed in your site.
One thing that may appeal to a lot of people is that you don’t have to register in order to upload videos with DivShare. When creating the video service they wanted to make sure that they kept their standards, so besides for not having to register you can also download all of the videos in a single click…and it will be in the format that it was uploaded!
They currently support MOV, AVI, WMV, MPG and ASF file formats with Real Video and 3GP support on the way. They also have a way to convert any of the videos that you have already uploaded in a file format specified above:
We know that a lot of you already have videos online — in fact, a large portion of our most popular files are already videos. To create a Flash version of a video that’s already on DivShare, just log in to your account and visit your video’s download page. From there, you’ll see a dialog with a link that says “Convert My Video Now” — click that, and you’re on your way! Conversion will take a few minutes, and you’ll get an e-mail when it’s all ready to go.
So we know that the resolution is higher than most video services, but how about the 200MB upload limit? I looked up the limitation that a few of the most popular services have and here they are:
- Dailymotion: 150MB or 20 minutes
- DivShare: 200MB
- Google Video: Unlimited if using desktop uploader, otherwise 100MB
- Metacafe: 100MB
- Revver: 100MB
- YouTube: 100MB or 10 minutes
DivShare isn’t 100% done with the video service but they are looking for any feedback that you may have on it. So stop by their post and leave a comment letting them know what you think of it!
Thanks for the tip Radu!