I'm looking for a way to share videos online with students who are taking an online class. It appears some of the videos are too long for YouTube. I've been to some of the free hosting sites where you can upload and share videos, but so many of them seem to run very, very slowly, especially when the videos are being uploaded. I'm trying to find a way to easily share videos online. I prefer a site that is free or very cheap. I also need a site that can be password protected so that I can control who does/does not view the videos. (It would also be good if k-12 teachers could access the site from school.) Any suggestions? We are looking at videos that could be 20+ minutes in length. I know I can edit them and make them shorter, but that still doesn't solve my issue on finding ways to easily share, upload, view, etc. videos online. Thanks for any and all suggestions!
Why don't you just stick with YouTube? YouTube has every quality you mention except the time allotment. However, you mention you would be willing to edit your vids. If the videos are 20 minutes, you could just split them into two or three parts. (Episode 1,2,etc). That would be easy to do. Also, you could have your own channel and it can be as private as you need it to be as long as you use the privacy settings when you upload your videos. Also, YT reliability, familiarity, and ease of use would already be there for both you and your students.
Every time I upload a video to Youtube these days, I get a reminder that I can now upload videos of 15 minute lengths. I am presuming that's not just special to me. I don't think you can password Youtube videos, but it does appear there's an option to make it nonpublic; my guess is that, like sharing a Google Calendar, you can give others the private URL to access it.
The other question is "does this have to be on the web?" If you have the videos and they're for classroom use, can you just put them on the school server to watch?
Sheree and Mike. We can consider editing videos for YouTube. I am looking at videos that are longer than 15 minutes. I was just hoping that we could avoid having to edit them. (It saves us time.) And Mike, they do have to be online. This is for an online and hybrid classes for teachers. Another problem with YouTube is that if some teachers want to view the videos at school, some schools block the site from teachers and students.
You might want to check out SchoolTube. I believe they have a 2GB file upload limit and most teachers should be able to view the videos without running into filter problems. I believe you can make the videos private, so that they don't show up in a search. Users must have the URL to the video to view it.