How do you upload videos to Amazon s3 server?

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Hey guys, I feel really stupid for asking this, but how in the world do you upload videos to the Amazon s3 server? I've always just ran videos off our own servers, but am switching over to Amazon's to handle a higher amount of traffic. I've created an account with them here:
Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3)

and then logged in, but have absolutely no idea what to do from there. Can anyone explain or even make a quick jing video to show me? Can't believe amazon makes it this difficult :-)

Thanks!

Brad
#amazon #server #upload #videos
  • Profile picture of the author ilike
    firefox has a plugin "S3 Fox"
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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Fullman
    Hi Brad,

    You really must check out:

    S3Browse - Amazon S3 Web Frontend

    ...I use it almost everyday.

    Kind regards,
    Steve

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  • Profile picture of the author MichaelHiles
    There's a free plugin for Firefox browser.
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  • Profile picture of the author Good News Now
    Brad, you are not alone.

    I was trying to find out it too and it seems a little complicated and confusing.

    Now I hope to make it work.

    Thanks!

    Vadimus
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  • Profile picture of the author Leanne King
    I use FF S3 Add on and sometimes a desktop app (which I prefer) called Cloudberry CloudBerry S3 Explorer - Freeware Windows Client for Amazon S3. Either of them feels like just using a normal ftp program to me Both are good and they are both free.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brad Callen
    Awesome. Thank you guys. I'm going to download the FF addon today and give it a try. I'll let you know if I run into any snags. Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Brad Callen
    Ok, I installed it and added my details. After I save my account, I get this message:
    2009-07-29_1023

    ... so I can't continue... Any idea?
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  • Profile picture of the author Rupps
    So far I have been using the S3 plugin for FF. It's very simple to use - even easier than a regular FTP program, however my uploading time is terribly slow. I am not sure if its the plugin or Amazon but I want to try something else to see if it is faster.
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  • Profile picture of the author smarks70
    Brad, thanks for starting this thread. I had a similar issue :confused:.......

    Steve, thanks for the awesome videos, very helpful.

    Regards,

    Steve
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin_Hutto
    Login to the AWS Management Console Here:
    https://console.aws.amazon.com/s3/home

    Then make sure that the "Amazon S3" tab is selected...

    On the left, you should see a window that says "Buckets"...

    You have to create a bucket to hold your files. So, create a Bucket.

    Then select a bucket and a menu bar will show up with "Upload" as one of the options...

    Now, just browse your computer for the files... and upload... Thats it.
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    • Profile picture of the author nofearman
      There is NO Upload on the menu bar..??


      Originally Posted by Kevin_Hutto View Post

      Login to the AWS Management Console Here:
      https://console.aws.amazon.com/s3/home

      Then make sure that the "Amazon S3" tab is selected...

      On the left, you should see a window that says "Buckets"...

      You have to create a bucket to hold your files. So, create a Bucket.

      Then select a bucket and a menu bar will show up with "Upload" as one of the options...

      Now, just browse your computer for the files... and upload... Thats it.
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      • Profile picture of the author Kevin_Hutto
        Originally Posted by nofearman View Post

        There is NO Upload on the menu bar..??
        You have to have one of your buckets selected... Then its right there :-)
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        • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
          Yes - the firefox plugin or you can get Easy Video player and you load up through a panel on your host but it goes to your amazon account. EVP will give you the player to use and lots of other goodies.
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  • Profile picture of the author tylerdrun
    Originally Posted by Brad Callen View Post

    Hey guys, I feel really stupid for asking this, but how in the world do you upload videos to the Amazon s3 server? I've always just ran videos off our own servers, but am switching over to Amazon's to handle a higher amount of traffic. I've created an account with them here:
    Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3)

    and then logged in, but have absolutely no idea what to do from there. Can anyone explain or even make a quick jing video to show me? Can't believe amazon makes it this difficult :-)

    Thanks!

    Brad
    BRad Callen asking this question? I'm shocked...
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    • Profile picture of the author Martin Avis
      Originally Posted by tylerdrun View Post

      BRad Callen asking this question? I'm shocked...
      Just goes to show the truth of what I am always trying to tell people: No matter how successful we are, we are ALL newbies at something!

      And that's why I love this business so much. There is always a new challenge.

      Martin
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  • Profile picture of the author l23bc
    Someone mentioned it already in the post but here is the amazon plugin which makes life more slimplier via Firefox

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3247/

    Hope that helps
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  • Profile picture of the author Chri5123
    Glad you asked this Brad, I have a fair few videos on my sites and think I am going to swap over to Amazon soon for the storage.

    Let me know how you find them?

    Chris
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  • Profile picture of the author Caleb Spilchen
    Personally,

    I use a site called eZs3.com - Making Media Easy by Unleashing the Power of Amazon S3 Hosting (no relation to me).. It's like $20 a month, but they give you an upload tool (which I seriously get amazing speeds of upload on), and they also give you video templates (like player designs)... As well, as tracking video views, and all this other stuff....

    Anyway, that's the only easy way I've ever had to upload things to S3, for video and pdf.

    Caleb
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Peters Benn
    Originally Posted by Brad Callen View Post

    Hey guys, I feel really stupid for asking this, but how in the world do you upload videos to the Amazon s3 server? I've always just ran videos off our own servers, but am switching over to Amazon's to handle a higher amount of traffic. I've created an account with them here:
    Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3)

    and then logged in, but have absolutely no idea what to do from there. Can anyone explain or even make a quick jing video to show me? Can't believe amazon makes it this difficult :-)

    Thanks!

    Brad
    Brad - there is a control panel within S3 that allows you to upload with your web browser. Look for the control panel just log into your S3 account.
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  • Profile picture of the author rjpbseal
    I had another problem. I uploaded a zipped file, an .exe file, and a pdf. When I tried to download them I couldn't do it.
    I uploaded using the suggested firefox plug in. When I actually went to the S3 console in my account I could see that there was a padlock icon for each file. You can right click on the file name in the bucket and select to make it public. Problem solved.
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    • Profile picture of the author JJ9898
      Hi.
      I'm new to Amazon S3 -- installed it earlier today.

      I watched Steve's video above (part 1) & went to download the S3Fox Add On. After clicking "Accept & Install", going through the brief installation, and then clicking to restart FireFox, FF reopened with 2 tabs: 1 is the same "Accept & Install" page on 1 tab, and the other was an error page. Not sure what that's about. I tried it again -- this time I only got the "Accept & Install" page, not the error page/tab. But I certainly didn't get the page that Steve's video said I would automatically get.

      I'm stuck. Does anyone have any advice?
      Thanks!

      ~JJ9898
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      • Profile picture of the author DiZzYNaTiOn
        Originally Posted by JJ9898 View Post

        Hi.
        I'm new to Amazon S3 -- installed it earlier today.

        I watched Steve's video above (part 1) & went to download the S3Fox Add On. After clicking "Accept & Install", going through the brief installation, and then clicking to restart FireFox, FF reopened with 2 tabs: 1 is the same "Accept & Install" page on 1 tab, and the other was an error page. Not sure what that's about. I tried it again -- this time I only got the "Accept & Install" page, not the error page/tab. But I certainly didn't get the page that Steve's video said I would automatically get.

        I'm stuck. Does anyone have any advice?
        Thanks!

        ~JJ9898
        I got the same error, but I just closed out of the window and it works fine.
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  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    This thread was started before Amazon opened their web interface:

    https://console.aws.amazon.com/s3/home
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  • Profile picture of the author KBrown
    Steve thanks for the vids ... very good stuff. I was in the same place as Brad.


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    • Profile picture of the author andyrich
      I used the plugin for firefox, but seem to keep getting an error when uploading large mp4 files on my macbook. Anyone else have that issue?

      Thanks
      Andy
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      • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
        Originally Posted by andyrich View Post

        I used the plugin for firefox, but seem to keep getting an error when uploading large mp4 files on my macbook. Anyone else have that issue?

        Thanks
        Andy
        Dude, this thread is like so 2009.
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        • Profile picture of the author andyrich
          OK, well please educate me then!
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          • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
            Ironically, my answer remains the same.

            I still would use my EVP software for easy upload and embedding.

            PS I have a macbookpro
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