There are many times when you have to send a video to a client or colleague for review, but you don’t want the entire world to view it. Here are five ways to share private videos without the public seeing it.
You Tube Unlisted/Private Link
I often upload videos via using unlisted link or private link. And like everything on the web I found a link that shows you how some people can search to view an unlisted video. If something is really that confidential you may want to consider sharing it person.
Create a Closed FB Group/or Limited Google+ Circle
I am part of many closed Facebook groups and limited Google+ Circles where individuals can share information and videos without the public seeing them. I run a mentoring group on one of these social networks of former students and can give clear advice on videos projects before they post them to publicly. One of the advantages of a private social network group is that the conversation is self-contained and you can always go back and track progress, and best of all, it’s free.
Vimeo is one of my favorite video sharing sites. There isn’t a professional videographer I know who doesn’t use the service. One of the major features of the service is to password protect your videos. You can get additional features with a Vimeo Plus or Pro Account.
Dropbox/YouSend It/SendSpace (Cloud Storage)
This method has some free options, but it relies on cloud storage for your files. Your client will often have to download the files which may make it cumbersome, but they will remain secure. I use dropbox often to host final versions of my videos and when they need to download them.
Self-hosting your videos on your web site.
If you have a blog or technical know-how you can upload your video to a private page on your web site. You can also include a download link to your video, but web hosting space comes at a price. Be sure to take down draft videos and consider moving toward a cloud-storage solution like amazon web services.
What other ways do you share private videos? Share in the comments below.