I have seen words such as filmo, filmeto, video, videaĵo, but people tend to disagree about what is correct or not. Is there a general consensus between dictionaries about the definitions? Can you call all these units from YouTube with a unique term, or does it always depend on the kind of content (movie, music, infographics) presented?

  • I think it is more common to say filmeto or if it is a full length movie, then filmo.
    – Lumo5
    Jun 4, 2017 at 19:03

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A filmo is a collection of images which can be shown (cf. the technically a bit outdated definition by PIV).

video is the technical electronical managing of images (and sound), see PIV.

So, the word you are searching is filmo (and filmeto when you mean a short movie). Usually you won't need the word video unless you're talking about technical stuff like editing a movie. The use of video in the meaning of filmo is probably motivated by similar words with a broader meaning in ethnic languages. The word muzikvideo, however, seems to b popular (at least it has got a Wikipedia article).

Of course, the word videaĵo, meaning "something produced by video" is OK, but it may put an accent on the technical side that most people probably don't feel.

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    The word "video" can be useful for the video that one can switch on when talking to someone on Skype. Other than that "filmeto" mostly works as a translation of the English "video". I use "filmo" almost exclusively for feature films, and "filmeto" for anything shorter than that (though I do say "desegnofilmo" without "-et-" for an animiated cartoons, even when they are not feature films). May 23, 2017 at 20:56
  • I've sometimes seen "Jutubaĵo" for a YouTube video, but I don't have any official source for that word.
    – kristan
    Jun 7, 2017 at 5:24

I'll preface this by saying that I choose not to Esperantize brand names; I find it's much more practical from the reader's side to just see the word itself, with an Esperanto suffix if necessary (e.g. Mi ŝatas YouTube-on)

With that said, I'd simply suggest YouTube-aĵoj. If more precision were required, while still getting the "YouTube" point across, I'd say something like YouTube-a video/filmo.

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