Information Guide for Sharing Video on Dailymotion

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Dailymotion is a free video-sharing website that appeals to an international audience. Users retain the rights to their content, of which any that is sexually explicit, obscene, harmful, defamatory, copyright-infringing, illegal, etc., is not allowed.

Sign-Up Procedure for Dailymotion

Dailymotion asks for a username and password along with your email and birthday. Unlike many video sharing sites, however, you cannot upload directly after signup; instead, you must activate your account via an email sent to the address you provided.

Once you do this, you are directed to a page where you can enter more information about yourself. You can skip this by clicking on the yellow Upload video link in the menu bar, which takes you to the upload page. If you do enter information and click Save, you are taken to a profile page with a large Upload a Video button in the middle.

Uploading to Dailymotion

Dailymotion limits you to a bigger-than-usual file size of 150MB, and videos cannot be over 20 minutes. The site recommends file settings with .wmv, .avi, .mov, .xvid or .divx formats, 640x480 or 320x240, and 30 frames per second. Instead of the usual Upload, there is a Send button. There is a progress bar with the time elapsed, time remaining, and the upload speed. It isn't fast — we tested their file size limit by uploading a 135MB movie, and it took almost an hour and a half on a very fast connection.

Publishing on Dailymotion

Dailymotion does not automatically publish your video after upload. It will show up as a thumbnail. Clicking on the thumbnail takes you to a viewer that says the video has not been published; instead, you need to click on the link inside the thumbnail itself that says Click here to publish.

This takes you to a page where you are required to add a title, tags, and up to two channels you want the video to belong to. You can also add a description, the language, the time and location it was made, and choose to allow comments and make your video public or private.

Tagging on Dailymotion

Dailymotion enables tagging. Tags should be separated by spaces, not commas. Use quotation marks to group multi-word tags together.

Viewability on Dailymotion

While the video player itself is nice and big, the quality is fairly poor. Under the player is a little button that says This video may offend. If you click it, you are taken to a page where you can flag the video as racist, violent, pornographic or prohibited and describe the offensive content. Be aware that this is not just a warning to post if you think your content might be a little racy; this is a report sent to Dailymotion, which may take your video down. So be sure to stick to the guidelines Dailymotion sets out or your video may be reported.

Sharing From Dailymotion

To share a Dailymotion video, you can click Share this video under the video player to send a link to the video to friends and family, or Add to blog to send it to a blog of your choice.

Underneath the player is a permalink or URL you can use to link to the video in other sites, and HTML code you can copy and paste to actually embed the video elsewhere. You can choose from three player sizes.