After more than a year of tinkering, video site Veoh has officially come out of beta with a new logo, a serious recommendation engine based on your viewing habits, advertising, and a new revenue-sharing program for uploaders of original video called Veoh Pro. With Veoh Pro, video creators can charge per view or share in ad revenues, and by uploading once to Veoh their videos can also automatically be uploaded to YouTube, MySpace, Google Video, blogs, as well as turned into an iTunes-friendly podcast. What's more, Veoh now provides viewer stats from all of those other sites as well in one handy dashboard.
"That is a huge feature that will save people hours and hours of time," says CEO Dmitry Shapiro. He hopes these enhancements will help attract more of the top video makers on the Web to Veoh by helping to make their lives easier for them. The site seems to be gaining some nice traction (see Alexa graph). Although, the content on Veoh is still a mixed bag, with what appear to be full episodes of pirated shows uploaded to the site (like Da Ali G Show and Battlestar Galactica), but there is also a growing number of original videos as well (like a Spiderman spoof with Lego actors and, um, Battlestar Galacticast, a nerdy fan show about Battlestar Galactica).
Okay, so Veoh still has a ways to go to build up its online library of original video content. But, unlike YouTube, at least there is no limitation on how long the uploaded videos can be. Now that Veoh has ways to put advertising on those videos and help its audience make money, we'll see if the quality shoots up.