Motionbox Private Video Sharing for Dads and Moms


The people over at Motionbox recently emailed me about their video sharing service. According to Motionbox, one of their big things is letting dads and moms share videos privately in HD quality with friends and family. Their service is for parents who do not want the whole world to see videos of their kids. Am I missing something here? Can’t dads already set their videos to private in YouTube? So, what’s the big deal? I was curious so I took a look at their site and I didn’t even charge them my usual $10 million consulting fee.

Here is the I am Woman video I uploaded to Motionbox. I originally uploaded this video to YouTube a couple years ago. The source file is in 320×240 format so the quality isn’t great on YouTube or Motionbox, but that’s not their fault. [Note: the embedded video below is limited to 100 views a month. If you can’t see it, click on this video link to view the I am Woman video on the Motionbox site.]

Song: I am Woman by Helen Reddy

In comparing the privacy setting on You Tube and Motionbox, I noticed that YouTube has two privacy options:

  • A Limited Access URL lets dads and moms share their video by creating a special link that only 25 people can view. I’ve noticed that when you click on the Limited Access URL, you have to be logged in before you can view the video. Otherwise, you’ll get redirected to a Sign in page.
  • Private Sharing with YouTube friends gives parents even more security by limiting the 25 people to only their YouTube friends. Moms and dads can choose which friends when they upload the video or change the privacy settings.

With Motionbox, there is an open access option (anyone can view video) and two privacy settings: 1. Protected (only contacts can view) and 2. Private (only you can view). Unlike YouTube, your private video is not limited to 25 people. In addition, your friends and relatives don’t have to be registered in order to see the private video. All they have to do is click on a special link in your email invite. In my opinion, not forcing your friends and relatives to register is the compelling reason for dads and moms to use Motionbox for private video sharing.

I signed up for the free basic account, but Motionbox also has a premium account with more bells and whistles ($40-50 per year):

Motionbox private video sharing

[Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation for writing this review of Motionbox.]


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