Reddit rolls out video sharing platform, allows users to directly upload
Reddit has managed to maintain its community engagement without messing with its design and keeping it minimalistic. However, there were some features that users really wanted to see on the platform, one of them was the direct video sharing feature. Reddit had paid attention to the requirements and started working on the video hosting feature since June. Today, native video hosting is finally launched on the website.
This comes after the company recently received $200 million in funding, valuing its business at $1.8 billion. Previously, posting videos on Reddit was a time-consuming process as it was done with the help of third-party services. In June, the video download feature launched in a limited beta that included only select communities. Later, the website allowed more communities to test the beta version. Now, the feature will be available for its “safe for work” communities.
Desktop, iOS and Android support
Video downloads are compatible with all platforms including desktop, iOS and Android. For desktop, users can choose a video file and upload it directly to the website. For official Reddit mobile apps, users can download the video from their phone’s gallery. On mobile apps, users will also be able to trim downloaded videos and GIFs.
Video file formats such as MP4 and MOV are supported and can last up to 15 minutes. Reddit users will be able to watch these videos and post comments or read comments simultaneously.
In a blog post, Reddit explained:
You can save a video from the official Reddit apps or select a pre-recorded video from your gallery and upload it to Reddit.
- On the desktop, you can select a video from your files to upload.
- Allowed video file types are MP4 and MOV, with a maximum length of 15 minutes.
- You can convert downloaded videos to MP4 gifs with our native gif converter.
- On mobile apps, you can trim downloaded videos and gifs only in the section you want to feature.
- Even better, you can watch the Reddit video while you read the comments and strike up a conversation. (Find it out by clicking on this post and scrolling down.)
With the launch of its own video hosting, Reddit will not restrict users from sharing videos from YouTube or other third-party websites.
As we mentioned above, the feature is still in beta, but is now widely available to users. Reddit will be collecting comments and promising more updates in the coming months.