A member asked where we host our videos. We discuss the pro’s and con’s of self hosting videos and then hosting with streaming video providers such as VideoPress or screencast.com. I also discuss why I’m moving my video hosting to Amazon S3 Cloudfront.
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And Rick, do you host all your videos on your website or do you host it in like via (0.07)?
I host my videos in a variety of places. The majority of the videos are hosted at Screencast.com. I have… the free videos are hosted at Video Press which is… well, I actually host it at WordPress but they’re hosted using Video Press and I’m transitioning to hosting everything on Amazon. It’s going to take months to finish.
Okay yeah so… pardon me?
It’s going to be months before I’m finished making that transition.
Okay, how come it would take so long?
Just because I have so many videos and it’s a time consuming process.
Oh okay because I’m creating videos for my clients like it’s just like an SEO review of their website because a lot of business owners don’t have their sites optimized etc or good for conversions. And that’s why I wanted to ask you know, where you’re hosting your videos because I definitely don’t want my site to slow down as a result of having you know, 10, 20, 30 videos and new videos on there. So you would suggest you know, put it on Amazon S3 as soon as I get started?
Well, the reason I want to put them on Amazon is because you know, Screencast is US-based but I have a lot of customers that are… or members that are you know, from all over the world. And so sometimes, they experience lags with Screencast videos and the Amazon account can have nodes anywhere you know, in the world and will automatically transfer the you know, bandwidth to the appropriate node so folks in Australia will get the videos faster. And so that’s really the main reason I’m switching. When you’re starting off, of course it’s cheaper in Amazon S3 than it is in Screencast because you spend $100/year for hosting at Screencast but you know, I mean, I am now getting to the point where I’m maxing out the capacity of that but it’s taking me a whole year to get there and it would have cost me less than $100 you know, to host all that stuff at Amazon.
Certainly. It may be cool if yeah, if you’re able to do the video while you’re doing your transition so that people that are interested in hosting their own videos will have kind of a step by step of how you go about it and what you’ve done. That’ll be pretty useful.