Sharing your story

There are many different ways to share digital stories, but one of the simplest is to publish a story to one of the many video streaming sites available online. The three that we use most often are Feautor, Vimeo, and YouTube. Each of these sites has different benefits and limitations. We recommend that you explore each of them before deciding on a publication site. It is also very important to know, in advance, that you have adequate permission to post your story — did you ask the people appearing in it? have you used music or images created by someone else? Fair Use guidelines give you a lot of room in which to be creative, but you still need to think about these issues.

Feautor was designed explicitly to promote creating and sharing of religious resources, so it is a good choice for digital stories that you have created in the context of faith formation. The site is free, and has a range of social tools (facebook “like,” twitter, etc.). The site can take videos of up to 500 mb in size, and will make them available both at original upload size and format, as well as in flash streaming. One element of Feautor to keep in mind is that every piece of content on the site carries a Creative Commons license. These are licenses that allow you to share work within existing copyright, but with some limitations. Feautor welcomes content in a variety of languages, and the site can be navigated in English, Spanish, German, Portuguese and Korean.

Vimeo is a video-sharing site which hosts a wide variety of content, all of which must be user-created. They also provide a range of social networking tools with which to share content, and they have both a free and a pay service. Their premium service gives you the ability to upload much more high definition video, and to have it converted to streaming much more quickly.

YouTube is also a video-sharing site. Of these three, it is the largest and most global.