YouTube vs Dailymotion

YouTube has the largest database ever as almost everyone uses it. The only two competitors I know are Dailymotion and Vimeo. I prefer Dailymotion though. Because I live aboard, I mainly use such services to share my own videos with family and friends…

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  • Unfortunately, Google stopped its video editor as no one is using it. It was very handy and free.
  • Copyright issues. Google is very strictly watching over copyrights. A music coming from the car’s radio could cause the video to be marked as violation!
  • I wish they kept the connection with contacts. That’s, ability to share a movie with a specific contact where no one else can see it. I think they are heading into restoring this back in someway.
  • If you’re into public videos, YouTube has the largest database and users. Thus, getting your movie noticed is not as easy as in Dailymotion or Vimeo. Some might argue about this in the opposite direction!
  • If you want to download your own videos, they will be at lower quality than the original uploaded.


  • It’s not Google’s.
  • Breaching of copyrights is not allowed here too. However, I think copyrights’ claims are less in comparing to YouTube.
  • Sometimes, they have issues with quality of the uploaded videos. I think they solved that in their latest update.
  • Dailymotion offers monetizing options as in YouTube.
  • I hate the upload limits here. 2hrs-length of upload per 24 hrs. However, the quota is increasing over time.

Give Dailymotion a try; you won’t regret it.

I haven’t talked about Vimeo here because it’s mostly not free. Rather, I believe it’s expensive. Additionally, I never liked their mobile app.

Do you use video services other than YouTube? Do you use such services for sharing your own videos privately with family and friends?


36 thoughts on “YouTube vs Dailymotion

  1. Carolyn Page

    Hi Mohamad, I use only YouTube. It was the most well known and suited my needs when I was looking for a platform at the beginning of the year. I will probably stay with it; I don’t really have any ‘issues’ with it for now. 🙂

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    1. Mohamad Al Karbi Post author

      Thank you very much, Carolyn. YouTube is a mature service that is managed by a giant. You won’t (mostly) face issues except for the ones I mentioned above and I think they are manageable. If you feel comfortable with a service, there is no need to change it. However, giving such things a try won’t harm any…

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  2. Crystal Stewart

    Hi everyone, I’m different mostly because I don’t have a cell phone and have only been on youtube once and that was only because the search I was doing took me there. These other Apps you mention never heard of them.

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      1. Crystal Stewart

        you seem like a smart guy and you know computers, how do you transfer word documents into another type of document and you don’t need office to open but could open it with photos. The place that transferred my computer put some photos in word. please help if you can.

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      2. Mohamad Al Karbi Post author

        Hi, Crystal. I’ll be more glad to help you. I understand that you have some documents in MS Word type but you don’t have MS Office app installed to your device. You can upload them to OneDrive (you should have Microsoft account). You can open them there in Online MS Office. It’s free cloud service where can do all things you do on MS Office but through a browser. The other option is upload them Google Drive (you should have Google account) and you can open them there in Google Document format.

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      3. Mohamad Al Karbi Post author

        I don’t think there is a direct way to convert into pic, Crystal. In general, you can choose a different format to save as in MS Word. For example, you can save the file as html/web and extract the picture then; or you can copy the pictures and paste in some photo editing software.

        Relatively, Googe documents offers the option to transfer into Google’s docs format. I’m not sure about Libre Office or Apache OpenOffice.

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  3. Melissa A.

    I’ve heard of Vimeo, but I only use YouTube. Indeed, I have noticed that they are getting stricter on copyright, taking down a lot of videos. I have never made my own video to upload, but would love to learn how someday. YouTube is great for finding almost any kind of content one can imagine though! 🙂

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    1. Mohamad Al Karbi Post author

      Yes, Melissa. YouTube is still the best regarding the size of their database. I understand their point of view regarding copyrights. However, it’s annoying sometimes when you’re uploading your own videos with no intention to breach copyrights!


  4. Marina Aagaard

    Thank you for this sharing information. Knew Vimeo, good quality. Did not know of Daily Motion.
    I upload videos with YouTube, mainly exercise videos in Danish and in English (text), for public use (for friends, lecture participants and students). I find the service and libraries work well.
    The fact that YouTube is owned by Google is important for public videos; more easily found.

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    1. Mohamad Al Karbi Post author

      One won’t go wrong with YouTube for sure. Thanks for sharing your experience about managing videos there, Marina. Glad you’re having good experience. Yes, some might argue that being large, YouTube is better and same argue the opposite.


  5. ren

    You commented, ” YouTube is a mature service that is managed by a giant. ”
    And that ‘giant’ is a ‘control freak’ which I have little desire for.
    My opinion: YouTube is flagging and taking down videos and sites for the most ridiculous reasons! They ‘bully’ people into submission! This year they took down a very old informational site, one that always bent over backwards to ‘comply’ with YouTube regulations. The site spoke too much ‘truth’ for the likes of YouTube.
    Vimeo I was aware of….have used….am not impressed with.
    Thank you for the intro to Dailymotion. Will check it out soonly.

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    1. Mohamad Al Karbi Post author

      Wow, Ren. Thank you very much for the information. Honestly, I haven’t had big issues with YouTube. But my motto is not to have all eggs in one basket… I’m sorry to hear this about the channel. Unfortunately, if they talked about it, others will consider them biased!

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