obr2By Branko Vlajin — Last Updated: 25 Jul'18 2018-05-20T01:26:54+00:00

Best Cloud Storage Services for Video 2018

In the 90s, handheld cameras ruled home video. Fast forward 20 years and that’s no longer the case. Anything can make videos, from smartphones to digital single-lens reflex cameras to tablets. You can record video in 720p, 1080p, 1440p, 4K and even 8K. Those p’s and k’s take up space, so we’ve prepared a list of the best cloud storage for video, with pCloud as the top pick.

Captured moments, such as your little girl taking her first steps or your boy throwing his first ball, will eat your hard drive space before you can say, “We’re rolling.” It’ll do so much faster than, say, storing photos (if you need that, read our best online storage for photos review). For both, head to our best online storage for photos and videos guide.

If you want to store videos online, but your capture is corrupted, we feel for you. There’s nothing worse than seeing your hard work go to waste, but there might be a way to fix it. After that, it’s safe to move to the cloud. To avoid losing your videos, we recommend that you learn how to automatically back them up.

Before we get to our list of cloud storage for video, we’ll look at what criteria we’ve used to choose our picks from the best cloud storage services. If you’re looking for a bargain, check out our best deals in cloud storage.

Best Cloud Storage Services for Video 2018

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  • Sync Folder
  • File Link Sharing
  • Folder Sharing
  • Versioning
PlanFreePremiumPremium Plus
Price Plan
Freemonthly
$ 4 99monthly
$ 47 88yearly
$ 175 00Lifetime
$ 9 99monthly
$ 95 88yearly
$ 350 00Lifetime
Storage 10 GB 500 GB 2000 GB
Details
ReviewVisit pCloud
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★★★ Best Cloud Storage ★★★
  • Sync Folder
  • File Link Sharing
  • Folder Sharing
  • Versioning
PlanStarterPro Personal (Option One)Pro Personal (Option Two)Business SoloBusiness ProBusiness Pro Advanced
Price Plan
Freemonthly
$ 4 08monthly
$ 48 96yearly
$ 8 00monthly
$ 96 00yearly
$ 8 00monthly
$ 96 00yearly
$ 5 00monthly
$ 60 00yearly
$ 15 00monthly
$ 144 00yearly
Storage 5 GB 500 GB 2000 GB 2000 GB 1000 GB 10000 GB
Details

Individual business plan

2-user minimum.

2-user minimum

ReviewVisit Sync.com
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  • Sync Folder
  • File Link Sharing
  • Folder Sharing
  • Versioning
Plan15GB100GB1TB2TB10TB20TB30TB
Price Plan
Freemonthly
$ 1 99monthly
$ 9 99monthly
$ 19 99monthly
$ 99 99monthly
$ 199 99monthly
$ 299 99monthly
Storage 15 GB 100 GB 1000 GB 2000 GB 10000 GB 20000 GB 30000 GB
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Free plan.

Annual Discount: 16%

Annual Discount: 17%

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ReviewVisit Google Drive
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  • Sync Folder
  • File Link Sharing
  • Folder Sharing
  • Versioning
PlanDropbox PlusDropbox ProfessionalDropbox Business
Price Plan
$ 9 99monthly
$ 119 00yearly
$ 19 99monthly
$ 239 88yearly
$ 15 00monthly
$ 180 00yearly
Storage 1000 GB 1000 GB 2048 GB
Details
ReviewVisit Dropbox
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  • Sync Folder
  • File Link Sharing
  • Folder Sharing
  • Versioning
Plan100GB250GB500GB1TB for Business
Price Plan
$ 7 49monthly
$ 74 99yearly
$ 9 99monthly
$ 99 99yearly
$ 18 95monthly
$ 189 50yearly
$ 55 00monthly
Storage 100 GB 250 GB 500 GB 500 GB
Details

Contact SugarSync for annual pricing

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The Best Cloud Storage for Videos

You’ll need to stream your high-definition video, so it’s convenient if the service has a video player. Video streaming might show you a lower-quality version, though, depending on the strength of your connection.

Value, or the amount of storage you get for the money, is important as well. Some services offer many plans, while others offer only a few. The more there are, the better your deal can be. A trial or video storage in the form of a free plan is welcome. If you’re looking for best value, check out our list of cloud storage with large free service plans.

We’ll see how easy it is to share your masterpieces with others. That might include sharing to social media, by email, direct link or groups. Being able to see at a glance what you’ve shared is something else we like to see.

Straightforward user experience is better than a messy one. Clean and attractive interfaces are a cornerstone of that. We want clients that run on desktop, web and mobile for added ease of use.

Since videos tend to have hundreds of megabytes, if not gigabytes, a fast upload speed is essential. Waiting for hours for your video to finish uploading is nobody’s idea of fun. We’ll give a nod to services in the faster range.

Best Cloud Storage for Videos: pCloud

Switzerland-based pCloud is a service with eight-million users including big names such as The Coca-Cola Co. and Twitter Inc., and it can store and stream your videos, too.

You’ll have to wait for pCloud to convert files to a web format to play them. Once that’s done, the integrated player works without a hitch. Your files will still be available in their original format, the conversion is just for playback.

There’s a free plan, which gives you a hefty 10GB of storage. If you need more, you can refer friends to  get 1GB of space each, up to 10GB. Personal users can choose between two monthly plans: Premium ($4.99 a month for 500GB) and Premium Plus ($9.99 a month for 2TB).

You’ll get a discount if you pay per year or sign up for the lifetime plan.

PlanFreePremiumPremium Plus
Price Plan
Freemonthly
$ 4 99monthly
$ 47 88yearly
$ 175 00Lifetime
$ 9 99monthly
$ 95 88yearly
$ 350 00Lifetime
Storage 10 GB 500 GB 2000 GB
Details

Paid plans come with 30 days of file versioning and unlimited remote uploads by pasting the file URL. There’s no file-size limit for upload.

The user experience is enjoyable. You’ll mostly use the web client since it’s easier to navigate, cleaner and has more features. It gives you access to all the pCloud tools in one place. It’s not great with huge files, which your videos could be, so you’re better off using the desktop client for them. It’s available for Windows, Mac and Linux (see best storage for Linux, if you need it).

The mobile app works well and you can play videos using it. There’s also an option to automatically upload your videos and photos. It’s available for Android or iOS.

It’s easy to share using pCloud. Click on the “share” button for your video to post it to Facebook, Twitter or Google+. To share with other pCloud users, type their username. Another option is to generate a link and send it via email.

You can even invite people to your folder, so they can view it and add to it as if they were owners. Premium plans allow you to set expiry dates and passwords to protect your links from unauthorized access.

Other Reasons Why We Like pCloud

You won’t have a superb connection all the time, as pCloud strength can vary. Still, it’s better than other services and reaches higher peak speeds more often. On top of that, our tests showed that sync works reliably, never missing files or mixing metadata.

pCloud is great value, especially with its 2TB for $8 plan. It’s fast and easy to use for video streaming and sharing. That’s why we’re not hesitant to make it our top pick for storing videos. If you’d like to learn more, read our pCloud review.


Sync.com

Toronto-based Sync.com is renowned for user privacy, thanks, in part, to Canada’s strong privacy laws. While it has other great features, video playback could be better. In fact, you can’t stream your videos, so you’ll have to download them to watch.

Sync Starter is the free plan and offers you 5GB of storage. Paying users can choose between a couple of personal plans. Subscribing to Personal Pro will land you 500GB for $49 a year or 2TB for $96 a year.

PlanStarterPro Personal (Option One)Pro Personal (Option Two)Business SoloBusiness ProBusiness Pro Advanced
Price Plan
Freemonthly
$ 4 08monthly
$ 48 96yearly
$ 8 00monthly
$ 96 00yearly
$ 8 00monthly
$ 96 00yearly
$ 5 00monthly
$ 60 00yearly
$ 15 00monthly
$ 144 00yearly
Storage 5 GB 500 GB 2000 GB 2000 GB 1000 GB 10000 GB
Details

Individual business plan

2-user minimum.

2-user minimum

For single business users, there’s the Business Solo plan. In addition to 2TB of space, business users can request files from clients and ensure HIPAA compliance. Business Pro provides 1TB per user, with a minimum of two users, and costs $60 to $180 per year, depending on storage space and number of users.

The desktop client is available for Windows and Mac but not Linux. It’s fast and should work well with large files. The web client is easy to use and gives you access to all Sync.com features. It’s simple and that’s a good thing. What’s not good is the absence of drag-and-drop functionality for uploading. You’ll have to select your video files manually, which is a chore.

You can generate a link to share a video or send an invite by email. To share a folder, you can invite specific users or generate a link. Both ways allow others to download folders in .zip format. There’s an option to share upload links, too, which lets others add videos to your storage space.

You can set different types of permissions when sharing, see what others have shared with you. Link passwords and expiry dates are available, as well.

Other Reasons Why We Like Sync.com

Sync.com has good initial upload speeds and doesn’t limit your bandwidth. If your connection is weak, you can reduce speeds manually.

The service doesn’t offer video playback or a monthly subscription. Neither is a big deal, but they’re enough to make Sync.com second to pCloud.


★★★ Best Cloud Storage ★★★

Google Drive

Google Drive targets home users, offers good collaboration features and has video playback.

You can upload your videos to Google Drive or, surprisingly, Google Photos. When you play your video — you’ll have to wait for conversion — you’ll see the familiar YouTube video player. Unfortunately, for many reasons, you can get the message, “An error occurred. Please try again later.” Read this to get a sense of what’s happening.

Google Drive has a good variety of plans. There’s a free one and six paid plans. The free plan gives you a generous 15GB of space. The six paid plans start at 100GB and go up to 30TB. Not all offer the best value, but the 100GB plan only costs $2 per month. At 1TB, you pay $9.99 per month, but pCloud gives you double the space for the same price.

Plan15GB100GB1TB2TB10TB20TB30TB
Price Plan
Freemonthly
$ 1 99monthly
$ 9 99monthly
$ 19 99monthly
$ 99 99monthly
$ 199 99monthly
$ 299 99monthly
Storage 15 GB 100 GB 1000 GB 2000 GB 10000 GB 20000 GB 30000 GB
Details

Free plan.

Annual Discount: 16%

Annual Discount: 17%

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To store videos in Google Drive, you need to download the sync client and move files into the sync folder. It’s better to access Google Drive through the browser if your video files are small, because Google has refined its web experience to include many features and an intuitive interface that’s easy to navigate.

The mobile app is pre-installed on most Android devices and offers an easy way to access your videos on the go.

You can share videos by email, generating a link or using the “advanced” option in the share menu to post to Google+, Facebook or Twitter. In the same menu, you can set access permission to anyone with the link or anyone on the web. There’s an option to prevent editors from changing access or adding new people, too.

There’s room for improvement, though, because Google doesn’t offer you content control features such as expiry dates or passwords for links.

Other Reasons Why We Like Google Drive

Google Drive doesn’t lag behind other services. It could improve its speeds with block-level copying, but it offers an enjoyable user experience, rich sharing options, price flexibility and generous free storage.

Security and privacy are concerns, as discussed in our Google Drive review. If you want to secure files stored with Google Drive, we recommend using a private encryption tool such as Boxcryptor.


Dropbox

Dropbox has a video player that will let you choose the quality and speed of your video. Note, though, that it might be lower quality if your connection can’t handle streaming in HD.

There are two personal plans: Plus and Professional. Plus gives you 1TB for $10 a month and makes for a decent deal. Professional adds more features for $20, but doesn’t increase storage space.

If you want to test the service, you can use the free plan, called Basic, which gives you 2GB of storage. It’s not much, but you can add 500MB to it for every referral.

PlanDropbox PlusDropbox ProfessionalDropbox Business
Price Plan
$ 9 99monthly
$ 119 00yearly
$ 19 99monthly
$ 239 88yearly
$ 15 00monthly
$ 180 00yearly
Storage 1000 GB 1000 GB 2048 GB
Details

Using the desktop client is a breeze, but we’re more fond of the web client. Its interface is striking and intuitive, so it won’t confuse you. You can sync your phone using the smartphone app on Android or iOS to automatically upload videos.

To share a video or folder, you can generate a link or share over social media. It lacks direct share, though, so you’ll have to do it manually. There’s no password protection or expiry dates for Personal users.

Other Reasons Why We Like Dropbox

Dropbox achieves satisfying speeds and you won’t have to use throttling as it handles sync well. If you change files after the initial upload, block-level sync will quickly transfer them to the cloud.


SugarSync

SugarSync has interesting features but also some drawbacks. One of those is that it lacks a video player, so, you’ll have to download your videos in order to play them like you would with Sync.com.

It’s also expensive. Paying $7.49 a month for 100GB is close to what some services charge for 1TB. For 500GB, you’ll have to pay a ridiculous $18.95 a month. You might expect that SugarSync offers more to justify its price, but it doesn’t.

Interfaces for the desktop and web client look dated, which doesn’t make for an interesting user experience. There’s no support for uploading files in the browser and deleting files is a non-intuitive chore.

Plan100GB250GB500GB1TB for Business
Price Plan
$ 7 49monthly
$ 74 99yearly
$ 9 99monthly
$ 99 99yearly
$ 18 95monthly
$ 189 50yearly
$ 55 00monthly
Storage 100 GB 250 GB 500 GB 500 GB
Details

Contact SugarSync for annual pricing

The desktop client is confusing because it creates a “my SugarSync” folder even though you can sync any folder. Worse, the client creates it in the existing “documents” folder. The mobile app is also far from stellar and not easy to navigate.

Sharing is not versatile. You can create, delete, share links and that’s it.

Other Reasons Why We Like SugarSync

SugarSync is much faster than other services on initial uploads. That’s not true for downloading, though. Using the web client for downloading slows it down even more. If you want to use a browser, you should try a different service.

SugarSync Business Review

A huge price tag that’s not justified with features, user experience or anything else, makes it fit for last on our list.


Final Thoughts

Storing videos will allow you to free space on your hard drive, share your videos and preview them using the storage service, unless you’re using Sync.com or SugarSync. For this article, we’ve looked at value, user experience and speed. Most services perform well, but pCloud is best overall.

If for some reason, it’s not right for you, all services other than the last can fit the bill. If you use a different service for your videos, let us know in the comments below. Thank you for reading.

8 thoughts on “Best Cloud Storage Services for Video 2018”

  1. Why did you not review or mention Carbonite ? It is unlimited and probably the cheapest and with the longer experience (started in 2005).

  2. You forgot to mention Dropbox’s unbearably slow upload speeds. If you have a large film/video file, get ready to wait a few hours.

  3. Hi,
    Is there any other storage service other than Google Drive that allows adding subtitles/closed captions to videos?

    1. Screencast.com supports subtitles. But it’s really more targeted to TechSmith’s other desktop customers of camtasia and snagit.

  4. what about google photos.
    You can save unlimited photos as well as videos online with and watch em anytime, also on pc you can switch between different video quality.
    And yes all this for

    FREEEEE!

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