You must have visited or heard of Reddit if you are using the internet for a while, Reddit managed to maintain its community engagement without playing with its design and keeping it minimalistic. However, there were some features that users really wanted to see on the platform, one of those amazing features is Reddit’s direct video sharing functionality. Reddit had been paying attention to requirement and it started working on video hosting functionality since June. Today there native video hosting is finally launched on their website.
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The company has recently received $200 million round of funding valuing its business at $1.8 billion. Earlier posting video on Reddit was a time-consuming process as it was done through third party services. In June video uploading feature was launched for beta testers in few selected communities. Later website allowed more communities to test their beta. Now, this feature will become available for its “safe for work” communities.
Support for desktop, iOS, and Android
Video uploads are compatible with all platforms, including desktop, iOS and Android. For desktop, users can pick a video file and upload it directly to the website. For Reddit’s official mobile apps, users can upload the video from their phone gallery. On mobile apps, users will also be able to trim the uploaded videos and GIFs.
Video file formats like MP4 and MOV are supported and length of 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 record video within 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 uploaded videos into MP4 gifs with our native gif converter.
- On the mobile apps, you can trim uploaded videos and gifs to just the section you want to feature.
- Best of all, you can watch Reddit video while you read comments and engage in conversation. (Check it out by clicking this post and scrolling down.)
With the launch of its own video hosting Reddit won’t restrict users from sharing videos from platforms like YouTube and Dailymotion.
As we mentioned above, the feature is still in beta, however, now it is widely available to users. Reddit will be collecting feedback and it promises further updates in the coming months.