Google's big market-dominating gorilla YouTube isn't the only place online to upload and share home movies and video funnies. Several video-sharing rivals offer better quality than YouTube does, and many will even share ad revenue with you. Here's PC Advisor's top 10 video-sharing websites.

YouTube, now owned by Google, may still be the daddy of video-sharing sites, but an impressive number of rivals are nipping at its heels - some merely clones, others offering unique twists.

We whittled down an initial list of 50 contending services to 17 top-flight sites we tested to determine the single best place to share your videos online.'s video quality and functionality made it our overall winner, but each free service has strengths in areas that others may not.

In addition, we list the top 10 sites in our Top 10 Video Sharing Sites chart:

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Video-quality matchup

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Taking cues from Jumpcut Aftermix from Brightcove and Remixer tools from YouTube let you edit video online

Video quality and embedded player design remain the major points of comparison. For our rankings, we also took into account policies on shared advertising revenue, potential audience size, the entire upload experience, and the design of each embedded player, including the intrusiveness of any advertising, watermarks and other non-video elements.

In addition, we considered social-networking options, the ability to make videos private, and other attributes.

How we tested

Each site that we tested - those in our top 10, plus AOL Uncut Video Beta, Crackle (previously Grouper), Dailymotion, Facebook, Google Video, Metacafe and Yahoo Video - will let you upload a variety of video types, but the only format supported across the board is QuickTime. Most sites don't limit video length or the number of videos you can upload, but many restrict file sizes to 100MB. Consequently, we used the same 1-minute-long, 95.5MB QuickTime (MPEG-4) test file with Apple Lossless stereo audio to test each site.

To gauge video quality and audio, we incorporated shots from past Test Centre footage from the Panasonic PV-GS320, an excellent MiniDV Camcorder, in our 720-by-480-resolution video.

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Our online video-sharing recommendations

Video quality gets the nod here because it permits users to stream and download the original, high-quality file. DivX Stage6's DivX compression also gets high marks.

Most of the services we tested convert video uploads to good- but not great-looking (and often slightly dark) Flash 8 format, which uses the On2 VP6 codec. On the other hand, some sites - notably YouTube - still use the lower-quality Flash 7 format, which relies on the older Sorensen Spark codec. lets users stream or download your original high-quality video file; it also lets you make available video that's ideal for iPod and mobile phone playback.

Eighth-place Vimeo also allows users to download - but not stream - the original high-quality file; and DivX Stage6, our number two service, lets viewers stream or download original files, with a couple of small catches.

Not surprisingly, since it's run by the folks behind the DivX format, DivX Stage6 requires you to convert video to that format before you upload it. Thankfully, the site links to free and painless conversion software (Dr. DivX), and the resulting video quality ranks as the best we saw outside of an original source file - impressive, given that the software took just under a minute to squish our test file down to only 10.5MB.

The fame game If you want your video to reach the largest possible audience, then you'll need to follow the eyeballs. In South Korea, that would mean using Cyworld, while in France you'd probably use Dailymotion. The rest of us have YouTube. You could try MySpaceTV or Google Video instead, although Google says it "envisions most user-generated and premium video content being hosted on YouTube".

Making money Are you an independent producer looking for profit?, Brightcove, Metacafe, Revver, and Veoh will split advertising revenue with you, 50/50.

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evver Dashboard makes it easy to monitor video revenues and traffic analytics

We particularly appreciated a unique feature of Revver whereby you earn 20 percent of the revenue from videos you've shared (on, say, your Revver page or a personal blog) even if they're not yours; the remaining 80 percent is split evenly between the video's creator and Revver.

Mobile uploads and Jumpcut let you upload videos captured by your cameraphone by attaching the video to an email message while YouTube uses your mobile phone's MMS (Multimedia Message Service) capabilities. But in previous tests conducted with a Palm Treo 750 smartphone, we couldn't upload videos of more than 5 seconds' duration at the phone's best resolution because the service it used limits files sent via MMS to 300KB.

Think before you link Even if you're posting embedded video on your personal blog, most of the players that we looked at link back to their website in some way. This state of affairs raises the possibility of stumbling upon video, comments or advertising that some people might consider inappropriate. Many sites have "family filters" that are enabled by default, but it's still worth checking what surrounds your video before you dispatch a mass email notification to friends, family and colleagues.

Protect your copyright Be sure to read a video sharing site's terms and conditions carefully before you upload. Most sites we looked at have licence agreements under the terms of which you grant the service the right to do things like host, transcode, distribute and make money by selling advertising around your video. Usually, these are basic boilerplate agreements that let you retain copyright control and the ability to remove a video at all times.

Most sites inform visitors that your video is a protected work - not in the public domain. Some, like and Revver, even let you use certain Creative Commons licences that let you decide whether you want to require attribution, restrict commercial use, or allow modifications and reuse under specified terms.

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YouTube doesn't share money

Surprisingly, YouTube and Google Video's revenue programs tend not to be accessible to the average Joe. YouTube's Partner Program is limited to big-media or hand-selected individuals, while Google wants producers backed by at least 1,000 hours of video for its High Quality or Day-Pass (time-limited) download sales program. (And another heavyweight's video sharing site, Microsoft's Soapbox, doesn't have revenue sharing.) By contrast, Brightcove permits you to create paid downloads and distribute them through AOL's Video store; Veoh has a similar system. Both let you keep a 70 percent share of the profits.

These services also maintain syndication programs wherein either you or the service develops commercial relationships with third-party websites interested in using certain video content.

Some parting advice courtesy of Revver: the US IRS requires anyone who is being paid more than $600 by a U.S. company to fill out a W-9 (US citizens) or a W-8 (internationals) form for tax purposes. Does such income sound like pie in the sky? At the time of this writing, the top earner in Metacafe's Producer Rewards program had collected over $45,000.

Whenever you make serious money on the internet, engage an accountant and know your tax responsibilities.

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Sites we considered

In alphabetical order, here are all the sites we initially considered for this story. Each name is a link.