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Video Hosting Methods

Video Hosting What Are Our Options?

An Article By Dennis O'Brien

 

When we create a video we have several choices for getting it out to an audience on the internet. Of those choices we need to decide which is better for video syndication.

In other words we want to distribute our video to the widest possible audience through a network of services. So how do we do that?

Video Hosting Services

So first of all “What is video hosting?”

In simple terms it is when we upload our video to an external server which in turn becomes the host that handles that video for us. Some examples are:

• YouTube
• Screencast.com
• Vimeo
• EZwebPlayer
• VideoPress

What Do Video Hosting Services Do?

Generally what they do is handle the encoding of the video so it can be viewed in a format common to each of the browsers people use. Briefly it involves:

• Converting the raw file into smaller formatted versions
• Optimize it for streaming
• Stripping out what is not deemed necessary
• Provide embedding of a player
• Stream the content when requested

Some will also provide video tracking statistical information with their video hosting service.

Special features like branding, domain locking and hosting of private videos can be part of the service.

Streaming the content means you can “scroll” through the contents using the controls.

Self Service Video Hosting

Self service video, or self hosted, is when your videos are kept on your own server, uploaded to your domain server or an external server such as Amazon S3. This type of video hosting service has restrictions so you need to provide additional support to play these videos.

By restricted it means they are only the holders of the video and you need to provide and configure a video player such as FlowPlayer. There are WordPress plugins that can make the task of using FlowPlayer much easier as well.

Once you install and configure the plugin it’s usually a matter of pasting a short code into a post or article to display the video.

The downfall is this is “semi-streaming”. It doesn’t actually stream, it simply begins the download and then starts playing once it has buffered enough. A slow connection means a lot of stop-start activity.

It also means the video is raw and – without modifications or any of the unnecessary pieces extracted. This is not to say there is anything inferior about this form of hosting but just a comparison.

I use Amazon S3 and YouTube to host my videos depending on the content. YouTube is the second largest search engine outside of Google (of course they are co-related) and provides a good set of statistics.

Downloading From Video Hosting Servers

A downloadable video is where you usually host the video on your own server or domain server and provide a download link.

Downloading from hosts such as YouTube can be a little trickier and can require you to use third-party software. One I have tried with some success was VideoSlurp and has recently been upgraded. There are others if you do a quick search.

Another tool I use is FlashGot for Firefox and I’ve had great success in capturing Flash files of all kinds. It can be good to have others download certain videos if you want them to be used elsewhere.

Next week I will look at some of the more technical aspects of video and try to break them down into more easily understood terms. This can help when it comes making choices about such things as which video format to use and why plus tagging video for search engines.

With the use of mobile technology it is going to become more important as time moves on.

By | 2012-07-22T05:36:53+00:00 September 2nd, 2011|Categories: Video hosting, video marketing|Tags: |4 Comments

About the Author:

I work at home as a web designer/developer and video marketing is a major component for my clients. The many issues faced by site owners led me to start this blog as a reference point for further reading. I hope you enjoy our contributions and please visit http://fusionthemes.com.au/

4 Comments

  1. Janet Garcia December 20, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Great article Dennis. Very informative.

  2. Maria Eves February 17, 2012 at 6:43 am

    I enjoyed this piece of content Dennis.. the title attracted my attention..but very yes informative. Yes I can remember as a newbie to video marketing learning to create a video then publish it and diff systems. Windows Movie Maker to Camtasia screen capture absolutely briliant tools. Amazon 3 yes i must go check the videos in there I was muckin around in there for a while but then went back to youtube.

    thanks for shareing Dennis

    • Dennis OBrien February 17, 2012 at 9:01 am

      Thanks Maria I enjoyed this one myself. Amazon is a good source but requires a lot of attention in setting it up. I have that post to do as a follow up. Without going into too much detail about it, the streaming can be choppy and not at all friendly to the viewer. I tried a couple of players but ended up going with EasyFLV because it has fields for inserting the bucket address and includes a RTMP (Real Time Messaging Protocol) video player. RTMP is a true streaming protocol, which means that the bandwidth of the connection must always be larger than the datarate of the video. If the connection drops for a couple of seconds, the stream will stutter. If the connection bandwidth overall is smaller than the video datarate, the video will not play at all. To offfset this I code FLV files using a double pass filter to limit the stutter. Still for wider audience I went back to self hosting for now but still use the double pass. I actually sent the conversion tool out to you and a few others last week but no one seems to have received the email. I haven't had time to investigate why. Saqib didn't get it either. Anyway glad you enjoyed the article. I'm learning like everybody else but trying to stay ahead is a challenge.

      Dennis

  3. Shrink Fibroids March 10, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Hi i enjoy reading on your blogs i really want to learn about video marketing i am currently using blog commenting to have some do follow blogs im commenting some of your blogs in these site and very informative thanks.

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