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May 22, 2020

The Best Private Video Hosting Sites for Embedded Content

A while back, I was looking to embed private video courses on my blog. But, it’s hard to embed a private video with YouTube. So I began looking for a private video hosting service to serve my video courses. Let’s go over the best options that I found!

Vidello

Vidello is by far my #1 choice when it comes to private video hosting. They have a $29/m plan that comes with both analytics and split-testing! As we go through this list you’ll see that’s more features than most other vendors offer at a much better price.

They advertise that their software is specifically for course creators looking to embed private videos onto their website. Jackpot! This is surprisingly hard to find out there and one of the things they offer that very few other do is domain protection. People can only get to your videos on your site! Finally!

Vidello user interface

Vidello’s dead simple to use. Simply upload your video, grab the embed code and you’re done. Analytics just works. It’s great!

They also have a Free Trial available if you’re looking to try it out!

Wistia

Wistia is my #2 choice for private video hosting. And your first 3 embedded videos are free! It’s actually my favorite piece of software on the list if you don’t care about price.

They have a great feature-set. Their privacy settings are easy to understand and help to keep your video from getting out into the public without the embed code.

Wistia simple privacy settings

The problem with Wistia is that it gets expensive fast. 10 video embeds costs $100 per month! I had to reach out to Wistia about their hundred video embed plan. They quoted me at $400/m on May 21st, 2020. But, price can vary depending on what you need.

Wistia Pricing

If you have lots of money, I think I like Wistia’s software the best. But, the 10 video option is 4x the cost of Vidello(who gives you 200 videos). The 100 video option is 16x more expensive. If price matters to you I don’t think this makes sense.

SproutVideo

SproutVideo is an OK budget option when it comes to hosting private videos.

They don’t have a free tier. But the $25 per month plan provides enough features to host a course on your site behind a paywall. You’ll find that’s a competitive price with the other options given the feature-set.

SproutVideo Simple UI

The software is also easy to use. It comes with analytics built-in. It doesn’t quite have all the features of Vidello but those are the primary features that I care about at a good price.

Vidyard

Vidyard is another reliable budget option. They have a free tier where you can embed 5 videos on your website. They also have a $19 per month plan where you can embed 20 videos.

The site is intuitive to use. However, I don’t like Vidyard as much as SproutVideo. The pricing beyond 20 embeds per month is unlisted. In my experience, hidden pricing means expensive.

Vidyard Pricing

They also can’t set your videos as private on the free tier. If somebody came across the link, your video could spread. I was unable to find the public link when embedding. But, I’d love the option to mark the video as private so that I knew it wasn’t being accessed.

Vimeo

I dislike Vimeo. Their product wasn’t easy to use, and their pricing isn’t straightforward either. That said, they have a lot of name recognition, so I felt obliged to include them on the list.

A big problem with Vimeo is that you need to sign up for their Vimeo Pro, Business, or Premium plans to upload commercial content. Those plans cost $240 per year, $600 per year, and $900 per year, respectively. And they don’t offer monthly plans for those plans, meaning you’ll be forking over a lump sum payment right away if you want to use it.

Even worse, it is not easy to embed a private video from Vimeo. You need the $900 per year plan to get the required settings. But, Wistia’s $100/m plan looks more appealing than Vimeo if you’re forking over $900 for this.

Vimeo upgrade to keep private.

Vimeo just rubs me the wrong way.

Amazon S3, Google Cloud Platform, etc.

Cloud computing platforms are great if you looking for the cheapest way to serve video at extreme scale. That said, setting these embeds up on a cloud platform is difficult. You’re much better off just paying one of the very affordable services above.

Are There Any Free Private Video Hosting Options?

YouTube is a fantastic free video hosting service. The only problem with YouTube is that it’s not practical to embed a private YouTube video on your website.

Use YouTube if you don’t care whether the video is private or not. YouTube has an unlisted option so that you can’t get to the video without the link. The problem with that approach is the visitors to your course will quickly discover the public link. Then they can freely pass it to anybody they want.

Free Public Video Hosting That Won’t Work For Embedding Private Videos.

I looked into hacking the following public video services to see if I could embed private videos using them. They all fail when setting the video to private.

Twitch: I was a little bit encouraged by Twitch because they allow the embedding of video clips. But, the clips are public and there’s no way to set them to private. .

YouTube: They’re an incredible video hosting service. But, it’s too difficult to embed private videos so you’re better off looking elsewhere.

Google Drive: As of 2020 you can’t embed a video on Google Drive and there is no associated player with the service.

Facebook: Facebook almost works. The problem is that you can’t embed a post or video if the post isn’t public.

Instagram: Instagram doesn’t allow you to embed non-public videos.

Twitter: Twitter doesn’t allow you to embed non-public tweets.

DailyMotion.com: I couldn’t even get a video uploaded when I tried to use it.

Conclusion

Wistia is the service I’d choose if money didn’t matter. If money does matter I’d pick SproutVideo or Vidyard.

Thanks for reading! Did I miss a better alternative? Let me know in the comments!

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2 Comments

Yam says:

Hey Shuan, i have a question. I want to create a course online, and i don’t want the videos to be public and also i don’t want my users to download the videos…. if i subscribe for a 1 month plan on any of the aforementioned video hosting sites, upload my videos, set them private and embed them to my site and finally cancel my subscription, will the videos still be private and not downloadable ? or will everything cancel out and the videos stop working?

Shaun says:

I’d imagine once you stop paying for hosting they stop hosting your videos.

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