Blip.tv Hosts Video Podcasts
Blip.tv is a great way to get beyond the YouTube audience. Blip is a site that hosts your video and also re-aggregates it to other services. They offer full RSS feeds, opportunities to download your media and conversion of your videos to work on mobile media and mp3.
Blip offers two levels of service – Free, and Pro. The pro version comes out to about $100 a year, so it’s really cheap to host your videos. The Pro version allows you to convert your video to LD, SD, MP3 and HD720 modes. This will allows the videos to play on many mobile devices.
Blip also lets you send your video to YouTube, and does host it on Roku players. When it’s all converted, it will post updates to Twitter and Facebook.
You can set up your page art and other logos. You will get a showpage at Blip – so you have another outlet and set of backlinks to your website. Customize your HTML5 based web player to go to a page of your choosing.
There is a revenue system on Blip. You can turn on Pre-roll, in-video ads and post roll. As your show gets popular, your revenue will increase.
One setback of blip – You can only upload 1 GB video files. That means if you record a longer show, you have to encode in a lower bit rate (example: 40 minutes at 3.4 Mbps encode = 972 MB). If you do an hour show, your encode rate will have to be low, so 720 video will become more pixelated. Since most video shows are 15-20 minutes anyway, you might not have to worry about these caps.
Bottom line, If you need a great and affordable video host for your podcast, that help by automating the re-posting process to sites like YouTube and a full RSS feed of your show, then check out the features of blip!