Where are you hosting your videos?

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Hey guys,

I've tried using the search feature but I couldn't come up with anything. I've been using a certain company to host my course videos for 6 years now, but it's time to part ways with them. For those of you who are doing so, whom are you hosting your videos with?

Thanks in advance.
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  • Profile picture of the author helisell
    Shove them up to amazon s3.

    You can use any number of players to give you complete control.

    Oh...and it's dirt cheap.
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    • Profile picture of the author MusicMinCoach
      Hey helisell,

      I actually have an S3 account. I tried using it years ago but I had terrible results with buffering and people in other countries not being able to view my videos. That's why I ended up going elsewhere for hosting.
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      • Profile picture of the author helisell
        I have 100's of videos on S3 and customers/subscribers all over the world. Amazon added cloudfront years and years ago so videos are served from local servers where ever in the world the customer might be.

        No problems with speed or buffering honestly.

        If you want to send me a video I'll upload it onto my s3 account and set up a page for you to try it.

        It really is the cheapest solution, and the most reliable . I also have other accounts with sprout video, wistea and I also use youtube but my main 'bank' of material is on s3.
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  • Profile picture of the author ammk
    Have you been using YouTube? If so, what was the problem? I use YouTube and make my course videos 'unlisted' and it seems to work fine.
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  • Profile picture of the author nicheblogger75
    I post a lot of mine on YouTube, but for courses I want to keep strictly for my blog subscribers, I have a WP plugin that integrates with DropBox.

    Right now I'm paying $10 per month at DropBox, and I forget exactly how much storage that gives me, but I want to say 30 GB.

    At any rate, I'm not using anywhere near that. I can compress a 15 minute video down to about 25 MB with no visible loss of quality, so 30 GB will host a lot of videos.

    The plugin is very easy to use. It's simply a matter of grabbing the DropBox "share" link for the video file and inserting a simple shortcode in my blog post where I want the video to show.

    It was a premium plugin but I think I only paid $10 for it and it can be used on multiple sites on up to 3 different domains I believe.

    It works perfect for what I need. If you are somebody who does a lot of long webinars or lots of tutorial courses you might want to go with Amazon S3. I'm sure there must be a plugin that makes it easy to integrate that with your WP site, if that's​ where you want to display the videos.
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  • I'm using Vimeo Pro to host member content. I tried Wistia a couple of years back, but they didn't allow HD quality videos (this may have changed now).

    Vimeo is ok - generally 99% uptime in my experience, and the content loads fast. Downside is I feel like I'm paying quite a lot (£159 a year) for a service that is not as good as YouTube (which is obviously free).

    It is a real headscratcher why YT won't compete with Vimeo Pro. I would gladly hand over my money if they did.

    Wistia were good though, and their support / members area is full of useful stuff. They have a mailing list which is decent also.

    If I didn't need to restrict my content down I'd be using YT all day long. I don't want to have to write extra code to handle securing my content so Vimeo has been the best solution I've found so far.

    Also, I tried Daily Motion but found their service a little slow on certain devices, quite odd.
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  • Profile picture of the author imorama
    I use a service called Easy Video Suite. You can host the video on your S3 account and their software provides all the required tools to upload, manage and embed videos. You can also see statistics on the videos, split testing and more..
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  • Profile picture of the author wlasikiewicz
    I personally have never had a problem with YouTube to host mine plus its free.
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  • Profile picture of the author Paolo Rocchi
    As Imorama said

    i use easy video suite for the video recordings and upload everything to amazon s3.

    It's easy and it works for me
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  • Profile picture of the author maxvon77
    I use dropbox to host my videos and the video player I use is called voo video player. Look up voo video player on youtube. Go to https://vooplayer.com/ to find the video player. This is the URL to the video website I created using dropbox and voo video player: https://eatherblackass.com/
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  • Profile picture of the author amuro
    I am hosting my videos with Easy Video Player besides Youtube.
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  • Profile picture of the author spearce000
    Another vote for YouTube or Amazon S3.
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  • Profile picture of the author Eduard Stinga
    Amazon S3 + player = Dirt cheap and effective, but a little complicated to set up

    YouTube - I wouldn't recommend you host your course videos on YouTube, many people will complain and ask for a refund saying they're not paying money for videos they can find on YouTube. I know it doesn't make sense, cause you're videos will be unlisted or private, but.. it is what it is.

    Wistia - works great and smooth, many people use it, but it costs a little
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  • Profile picture of the author peterma2017
    Hello, guys, I'm new here. I feel so sorry that I can not follow most of what u said. Hope I can learn a lot from this web. Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Regional Warrior
    For those who are using YT just be careful as at some time they will find them and delete the account
    There have a lot of warriors who thought the same way hosting on YT and Bam gone in a flash and the videos you host and make it hidden but the resources it uses leaves a path so they are easy to find and delete , so like the others you may find the account gone one day

    Would be better to have a plan b & c just in case

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  • Profile picture of the author Marcus W K Wong
    I wonder why YouTube would delete the videos / account for tutorials etc,assuming people are embedding with parameters like: modestbranding1&controls=0&showinfo=0.

    I don't think it's violating their terms and conditions of use right?


    Side note: I don't think customers really care where videos are being hosted lol it's the info that matters. Unless you're paranoid about people stealing your content but even then, it's pretty easy to download/distribute videos from Wistia, Vimeo and Youtube.
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    • Profile picture of the author MusicMinCoach
      Hey Marcus,

      I'm reviving this thing after a year, so I don't know if you're still around. But it just so happens I decided to poll my followers on my Fan page, and you're right! I gave them one of two choices , #1 being "I don't want to see a youtube logo on content I'm paying to view" , or #2 "I don't care where it's hosted as long as the content is good".

      Not a single person chose #1! So my only reservation about using Youtube is that even if you make the videos "unlisted" all anyone has to do is share the link and your content is out there free. I would think it's just as easy if the link is hidden in a video player, right?

      If I could find an easy, straight-forward way to use S3 I wouldn't mind that. But I just find it super confusing.
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  • I once tried a paid Vimeo account for a video I had embedded on a site in order to take advantage of some features that were not available with YouTube. I only did that at the least expensive level. I thought it was great. If I had the need for such features now I would do it again.
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    • Profile picture of the author kaisoft
      Originally Posted by AffiliatePrograms View Post

      I once tried a paid Vimeo account for a video I had embedded on a site in order to take advantage of some features that were not available with YouTube. I only did that at the least expensive level. I thought it was great. If I had the need for such features now I would do it again.
      I use Vimeo Pro at least that way I own them or should I say I rent the space and should have no worries about getting my video deleted or Chanel shut down on a free YouTube account
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  • Profile picture of the author FastQuality
    Originally Posted by MusicMinCoach View Post

    Hey guys,

    I've tried using the search feature but I couldn't come up with anything. I've been using a certain company to host my course videos for 6 years now, but it's time to part ways with them. For those of you who are doing so, whom are you hosting your videos with?

    Thanks in advance.
    I just use youtube and Vimeo Pro. Wistia seems great, but a little expensive for me, and that's the only reason why I keep using Vimeo.
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    • Profile picture of the author MusicMinCoach
      Right, same here. The annual rate from for Vimeo seems very reasonable to me. What I'm paying annually for Viddler is 3 time she that.

      My only concern with any of the them though is that they be able to serve the videos to people in other countries countries; which was another problem I hadn't with S3 back in 2011. I went with Viddler because they assured me people could watch the videos from anywhere.

      But they're really changing their whole direction right now. They don't really seem interested in the customer that's just wants videos hosted anymore, and even less interested if he's using Wordpress.
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  • Profile picture of the author Grazina
    Hosting from oissite.com and a2hosting.com are worthwhile.
    Servers are solid and trustworthy and they are well-balanced.
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  • Profile picture of the author ron kotka
    There are many websites available. Some of them are:
    1. Wistia
    2. Amazon s3.
    3. Oissite.com
    4. a2hosting.com
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  • Profile picture of the author troy23
    I once stored my online course on my HostGator account and it all worked fine.
    I sold quite a lot via Clickbank.
    I would not recommend doing this now though.
    Now I use Amazon S3 or YouTube for my videos.
    People have mentioned DropBox and I may try that for future projects if S3 gives buffering problems.
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    • Profile picture of the author MusicMinCoach
      Why wouldn't you recommend that now Troy23? I had a chat session with a rep where my site is hosted and he seemed to suggest they could set me up with a sub-domain to host all my videos. He said there would need to be some software added, but he said they'd set all up free and it wouldn't increase my monthly hosting fee. I haven't called yet but he seemed to think they'd run fine and not bog down the site at all.
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      • Profile picture of the author troy23
        Why wouldn't you recommend that now Troy23? I had a chat session with a rep where my site is hosted and he seemed to suggest they could set me up with a sub-domain to host all my videos. He said there would need to be some software added, but he said they'd set all up free and it wouldn't increase my monthly hosting fee. I haven't called yet but he seemed to think they'd run fine and not bog down the site at all.

        Well at the time I had no complaints from Hostgator. That was maybe 10 years ago. I'm not sure if now, after all the changes they went through, they would complain about bandwidth, space etc. I am now with Bluehost and they complain about the amount of files I have whereas HostGator never did. I doubt Bluehost would allow me to host videos and have them play from their servers. I don't plan to stay with them in the long run anyway.
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  • Profile picture of the author dmrson
    I always use YouTube because you know it's free, reliable and fast, plus you get free exposure on one of the largest websites in the world. I don't see a reason to use another solution.
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    • Profile picture of the author MusicMinCoach
      Hey Dmrson,

      I'm referring to paid content here, like videos included in a training course. You certainly wouldn't want those made public, as your paying customers might feel some kind of way about that.

      The thought of simply making the videos unlisted and then sharing the links inside a private members only area is intriguing, but there's a risk that people could easily share your content, since all they need is the link.

      The other risk is that Youtube could shut down or suspend your account. I did some brief reading and I couldn't find anything in their TOS that specifically spoke to such a scenario, but someone mentioned that others have had their accounts suspended for that.

      I know the Pressplay guys are heavy advocates of using youtube over other video hosting sites, but I'm a bit leery.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Hope
    Hi Ron,

    I'm surprised no one has mentioned Vidello.com yet. Reasonable monthly fee, and you can lock your videos to only play from domains you designate ( which can of course have the videos embedded inside a protected membership area. )

    Jeff
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    • Profile picture of the author MusicMinCoach
      Wow,

      That is reasonable! And no forced year in advance payment. First I'm I've every heard of Vidello. I'm going to see how it goes with this subdomain option my hosting company gave me. They tell me I should have no problem at all hosting videos bandwith, speed or otherwise. They've already created the subdomain for me so I guess now I just post a fresh install of Wordpress on it and use it only to host videos.
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  • Profile picture of the author Killua7
    You can try using Vimeo Pro, Wistia and Amazon s3.
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  • u can upload and share videos and connect with other people

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    I don't think u'll b able to download from those websites but u can save links or use some programs or websites to download them... google it and u gonna find some of them
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Originally Posted by MusicMinCoach View Post

    Hey guys,

    I've tried using the search feature but I couldn't come up with anything. I've been using a certain company to host my course videos for 6 years now, but it's time to part ways with them. For those of you who are doing so, whom are you hosting your videos with?

    Thanks in advance.
    Judging by the responses, i'm not sure if i understand the question. But i'll say this...

    ...upload them onto Youtube. Buy a terrabyte drive from walmart and keep your source video files on the terrabyte drive. There are alot of pastors who host their entire church sermons on Youtube. Let me know if i'm on the right track here.
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    • Profile picture of the author MusicMinCoach
      Hey Randal,

      I'm specifically talking about videos I'm using in paid content and memberships. Some in the thread have mentioned uploading them to Youtube and simply making them unlisted. This seems very risky to me.

      I came across what I thought was a great solution in a company called Easy Web Video. The guy billed the company as a video hosting platform, but when I signed up for the free trial it quickly became apparent that they're really an S3 uploader.

      They do offer lots of the same cool editing features found in PressPlay, but I already have PressPlay. So I don't really see the logic in paying a company $30 a month just to upload my videos to Amazon. I'll likely follow Jeff's recommendation and go with Vidello.
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      • Profile picture of the author MusicMinCoach
        Ok guys, I reached out to Easy Web Video to get clarification on what they actually are. I asked them : "Are you a video hosting company or an S3 Uploader? Here's their reply:
        We're a video marketing platform. We provide an interface to Amazon S3 which makes it much easier to embed you video.

        We also provide a range of tools and features for video marketing, such as the ability to add email forms, branding, and calls to action to your videos.
        "

        These guys do have a great little platform here. If you don't already have PressPlay this is a great all-in-one option that provides a really easy interface for S3 hosting and all the features of PressPlay; Plus some Press Play doesn't have, like the ability to create pages right inside of the platform- a feature PressPlay removed in version 2. They also have a nice long 30 day free trial.

        I already have a lifetime membership to PressPlay so I don't really need some of the extra features EVH includes. Vidello has everything I need in their base package and will cost me less than half what I'm paying Viddler right now.

        Thanks for all the input everyone! I wouldn't have found my solution without this thread.
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  • Profile picture of the author chrismitty
    Hi there, it looks like S3, Vimeo Pro, or dropbox are very common. This really depends on your strategy and your experience. If you have no experience, using ready made platforms, maybe something like "teachable" will work for you. If you are more technical, go for wordpress and integrate into your chosen storage platform. This may work if you are building your own sites or have a developer onboard.

    Then there is monthly cost to think about. For as long as you utilise a service, you keep paying. This means if you are no longer making sales, you are still paying for hosting your videos.

    Hope this helps.

    Chris
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  • Profile picture of the author frank jagger
    I use YT unlisted videos, its free and easy to upload videos and embed on website.
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  • Profile picture of the author talking
    Hostwinds.com and hostsailor.com are solid hosting providers which have stable and trustworthy servers. Prices are low and support is second to none.
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  • Profile picture of the author bassem
    I am always on Wistia and amazon s3 servers, if you are short on budget use AWS (amazons3)
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  • Profile picture of the author 3936296
    I am hosting all my videos on Youtube.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheBigBee
    I use a platform that prevents folks from being able to download my videos and I love it. Not sure if I am able to mention the name but I will take the plunge and say it; Selz.

    HOWEVER, Teachable is becoming a very interesting option for me at the moment.
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