Recommended for: Users wanting to watch videos from anywhere
Based in Switzerland, pCloud is at the top of my list of Cloud video storage solutions because it comes with a built-in audio and video player which allows you to stream all your favorite videos in HD.
Additionally, the solution has applications for iOS and Android, as well as desktop computers, meaning you can watch videos even while on the go. Better yet, pCloud offers unlimited file size so that you can backup everything from short clips to large movies.
Furthermore, pCloud allows you to share all your favorite videos with friends and family. With a simple link, you can share, download, and upload your videos no matter where you are in the world, as long as you have an internet connection. If you want to share your child’s first steps, your sibling's wedding, or even your parent’s big birthday, pCloud can help you.
Not only this, pCloud automatically uploads your camera roll to the Cloud so you never lose anything. The solution also automatically syncs all your files across your devices. Thanks to this, you can watch your favorite videos from any device as long as you're connected to the internet.
pCloud offers very flexible pricing
When it comes to pricing, pCloud works differently to other solutions. Instead of paying a monthly subscription, you can make a one-time payment of $175 for 500GB or $350 for 2TB.
If that's not your cup of tea, you can still pay monthly. The same plan will cost $3.99 and $7.99 - therefore, the one-time payment is going to repay itself in a few months.
You can also use the free plan which gives you 10GB of space and you get an extra GB for every friend you refer (with a limit of 10 friends). pCloud also comes with a 10-day money back guarantee.
Recommended for: Users who want to share and collaborate on files
Google Drive is another Cloud solution that allows you to play short videos straight from your drive. Thanks to its playback feature, you can watch all your saved videos without having to download them to your device. Better yet, you can watch them from anywhere because the solution has a dedicated application for all devices.
Aside from its playback feature, Google Drive also allows you to share files quickly and easily thanks to a randomly generated link. Moreover, the solution is the perfect tool for collaborating on documents as anyone with access can make changes in real-time. Although you can't actually edit videos, you can still leave comments, which is a helpful feature when working on creative projects.
When it comes to plans, Google Drive doesn’t fall short either. Once you sign up, you’ll gain access to 15GB of video Cloud storage free of charge.
If you need more, you can upgrade to Google One and get either 100GB or 200GB of storage for $1.99 and $2.99 respectively.
Recommended for: Users wanting an automatic backup of their videos
If you’re looking for online video storage then Dropbox is one of the grandfathers of all Cloud solutions. In fact, Dropbox has a video player as well as a dedicated application for the main types of devices, so you can watch your favorite movies no matter where you are in the world. You can also share these files with your close ones straight from the application or by sending them a link.
What I like most about Dropbox, though, is that it keeps all your devices up to date. Once you download the application to your device, the solution automatically backs up and syncs your files. This means that you can access them at all times.
What about the different Dropbox plans?
When it comes to pricing, Dropbox is more expensive than its aforementioned counterparts. Paid plans start at $9.99 a month for 1TB, and it's $19.99 a month for 2TB. It does also offer a free plan, but unfortunately, it only offers it's users 2GB of storage.
Despite this, the paid plans give you offline access to all your files which means that as soon as they're in the Cloud, you can access them even if you end up in the middle of nowhere without an internet connection.
Built-in video player
Application for all devices
Automatically backs up files and syncs to all devices
Recommended for: Users wanting an extra layer of security
Sync.com is a Canada-based company that keeps security in mind for all its products.
In addition to its end-to-end encryption, Sync offers unlimited data transfer and the solution has an application for all devices meaning you can access all your videos while on the go. Despite the fact that Sync doesn’t come with a built-in video player, you can still backup all your videos to the Cloud and download them at a later date when you want to watch them.
However, what I like most about Sync is that aside from automatically backing up your files in one centralized location, it syncs them across all your devices so that you can always access them - even on the go.
Additionally, Sync allows you to securely share your files with friends and family with the click of just a few buttons. In fact, you can send any file of any size to anyone you want, even if they don’t have a Sync account.
But will Sync's cloud solution meet your budget?
When it comes to pricing, Sync has a choice of three personal plans. You can either go for the free plan which gives you 5GB of storage space, or one of the Personal Pro plans which cost $49 for 500GB of storage or $96 for 2TB of storage. Sync also comes with a 30-day money back guarantee.
When it comes to MediaFire, you can upload and download files with no issues because the solution offers unlimited bandwidth. Better yet, you can upload hundreds, if not thousands of files at once from any web browser.
The solution also has a dedicated application for all devices, so you can back up your computer and access your saved content from your smartphone or tablet while you’re away from the office.
Similarly to the two solutions above, MediaFire allows you to share your files via social media, email and chat thanks to a simple link. Not only this, but the service lets you keep full control of your files thanks to its file manager. With it, you have full control of your files and can decide who accesses what and for how long.
Despite not having a built-in video or audio player, MediaFire is a great alternative if you need to backup videos while on a tight budget. The company offers a huge 10GB of free storage which you can upgrade to 50GB by simply sharing and referring friends to the service.
When it comes to priced plans, MediaFire has a Pro plan which offers 1TB of storage for $3.75 a month, and a Business plan with 100TB of storage for $40 a month.
Unlimited bandwidth and downloads
Allows you to back up files as large as 4GB
Simple sharing capabilities
A very generous free plan
Free plan comes with ads
No built-in video player
Finding the Best Cloud Storage For Videos
When it comes to choosing the best Cloud storage for videos, the solution you go for will depend entirely on your individual needs and your budget. Here’s my verdict:
pCloud is the best overall solution for backing up and watching videos
Google Drive is the best solution if you want feedback on your video projects
Dropbox is the best solution if you want offline access to your videos
MediaFire has the most generous free plan in terms of storage
Before you make a final decision on the cloud storage you'll go with, you need to think about when and where you’ll be accessing your videos, as well as the number of videos you need to back up. Amount of storage you can get on your budget and the need of an in-built video player will probably be the two main factors.
So, that's it, folks! If you feel I’ve forgotten to mention a good alternative to the solutions above, drop me comment below. I’d love to know which Cloud solution's you prefer!
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