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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.

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  • dean haycox January 7, 2012, 3:49 am

    Hey Rick.

    What did you say the main reason for moving your videos from screencast.com to amazon S3.

    which one is the most expensive, and what would you advise clients if they had videos.

    thanks

    dean

    • Rick Anderson January 7, 2012, 5:43 am

      Dean, The main reason I moved my videos to Amazon S3 was security. I wanted to be able to secure my videos against theft and I wanted to control who could watch them. Screencast.com can’t do either of those things. At the time there was really only one solution and that was hosting with Amazon S3 using the plugin S3Flow Shield.

      That solution has a couple of drawbacks, the first is that it only delivers flash video. Which means the video can’t be viewed on an iPhone or iPad. The second is that it has a fairly heavy java script load that can’t be turned off where it is needed. There are a couple of other solutions out there that I’m going to play with in the near future to see how they work.

      Amazon S3 is probably the cheapest solution.

      What I recommend to clients is dependent on their needs and abilities. Sometimes a simple Vimeo Plus account will do the trick.

      • dean haycox January 7, 2012, 6:09 am

        thanks for the reply, appreciated.

        Just to touch on the flash video, are you concerned that videos can’t be viewed by mobile devices.

        I’m new to wordpress and all that goes with building a website so I appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions.

        I have my own site that I’m building I’m selling physical cds, but I also want to deliver downloadable content which is audio.

        how would you get around the flash issue.

        P.S I have signed upto the premium subscription and I have to say it’s the best value for money anyway especially for what you have on your site. I’m definately going to learn a lot about wordpress.

        cheers
        dean

        • Rick Anderson January 7, 2012, 6:22 am

          Most Adroid devices can view flash videos but no Apple devices can. BYOBWebsite delivers flash video to everyone except to mobile devices. If a mobile device comes then it servers a Vimeo version of the video instead. I expect that in the near future BYOBWebsite will be delivering HTML 5 video to everyone and will only display flash as a fallback to browsers that don’t support HTML 5 video.

          Flash isn’t an issue when delivering downloadable content. If you are watching the Shopp videos you’ll see how we create a product that has 2 variations. One is a physical audio CD and the other is a downloadable audio file. Flash doesn’t enter in to this.

          Welcome aboard, I hope the content here helps you build a wildly successful website.

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