YouTube Verses VMS

We all know that sharing videos few years back was very difficult task indeed. We had sophisticated equipments such as camcorders, digital cameras etc to record videos of absolute precision as well as immaculate quality. However the problem occurred when these videos needed to be shared with other people. This is probably where services such as YouTube, MMS etc burst into the scene in order to solve the above problems.

As we all know that YouTube is a video sharing platform that has taken the world by storm. One can obviously upload videos to their YouTube account and share it will as many friends as one wants to. It uses Adobe Flash Video and HTML technology to display a wide variety of video content, including movie clips, TV clips, and music videos, as well as amateur content such as video blogging and short original videos. Some smart phones are capable of accessing YouTube videos, dependent on the provider and the data plan. YouTube Mobile was launched in June 2007. The protocol that it supports is RTSP.


So now that we have mentioned about VMS? What is it? How is it different from YouTube? Let’s find out.

VMS stands for Video Messaging service. It supports Java platform and can run on any network, platform or protocol. With this Hi-Tech product one can transmit Audio Visual Communication to any Mobile Phone, iPhone, BlackBerry and Personal Computers simultaneously. A simple SMS which is very common in today’s world will be able to carry an encoded audio-video message to the recipient’s device and instantly play in the respective media player through a process of progressive download (streaming). The medium of transmission will be the widely used internet. A mobile phone which has GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) activation or a PC that has internet connectivity will be able to render the service.

A simple reference (looks like a URL) is send to the mobile user as an SMS. It actually is an encoded form of a video which the user need not search or browse. User can directly play that video which he receives as an SMS. Thus the Browse and search component is absolutely free. The advantage is that it is less time consuming and a targeted video can be sent to the recipient instantly in a hassle free manner.

There is no size limitation of any video file or attachment sent through the newly invented product. It can also merge any audio visual commercial with video content broadcasted as an SMS which means multiple video can be merged before broadcasting. Also one need not download a file and waste space on their device as it runs on progressive streaming. Further if one wants along with the SMS the video can also be sent to one’s inbox. That not it, any word, excel, pdf or ppt attachment can also be sent.

Now the all important difference…

In case of VMS this service is more specialized for mobile and other internet devices and operates via a simple SMS. However, in case of YouTube it is a single upload system wherein others have to actually visit the website to check out the video. Also YouTube is not compatible with all mobile phones, whereas in case of VMS any device which supports a GPRS connection can share any video. Also YouTube only supports RTSP protocol whereas VMS is protocol independent. This means whether your devices uses RTSP, HTTP, RTMP or MMS protocol it will run on everything. Another major difference is that in case of the former a video cannot be merged on mobile. That is why on mobile you never see any advertisements in YouTube however in case of the latter multiple videos can be merged and played.

Then why is YouTube so popular?

YouTube has been in operation from 2005 whereas VMS is relatively new and not too many people are aware of this. Thus the latter has a long way to go before it is actually tested and used by people the world over. The one common theme that both the technologies need is that of internet connection. Without which none of them would work.


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