advantages of using Amazon S3 ?

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i've seen several gurus use it for their launch videos... what's the advantage? does it make yr video load faster?
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  • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
    1.You only pay for what you use.

    2.Streams from another place and puts less strain on your own host.

    3.Easy to upload to.

    4. It could make your video load faster - depends on your hosting set up and how well the video itself has been optimized.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kevin Riley
      Streams faster if you also use Amazon's Cloudfront distribution system in conjunction with your Amazon S3. Actually, much easier to set up than it looks. Use S3Fox add-on for Firefox to make it very easy to manage yuor videos.

      BTW, not just for videos. I just uploaded 60 500px-wide photos of my latest trip on my blog, by hosting them on Amazon S3 and using the Cloudfront URL on my blog. Very fast load.
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      • Profile picture of the author Shaun OReilly
        In addition to videos loading faster and only paying for
        what you use, there's another crucial advantage...

        Control.

        With a service like Amazon S3, I control the videos and
        provided I stay within their Terms of Service, then I
        can hold them to account on performance levels too.

        With YouTube, Viddler and other free video hosts you've
        got less control over your videos and your account can
        be deleted on a whim.

        Dedicated to your success,

        Shaun
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      • Profile picture of the author Pubster
        Hi Kevin.......What software is there out there to protect against people using Amazon S3 Ripper to raid your buckets?....Stephen
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        • Profile picture of the author Mo
          Amazon S3 is the way to go for a stable, high quality, affordable video hosting service that you can rely on.

          As for video playback speed, here are some factors that can affect this

          - video file size
          - video file meta data (the info that determeies whether the video has to preload or buffer fully before playback)
          - viewers internet speed

          An easy way round creating multiple video files sizes is to upload your video to your YouTube channel and then use 'downloadhelper' to download the file size/type of your choice.

          You then take advantage of YT's processing engines without having to process your video yourself more than once.

          Upload this to Amazon and use 'SuperEasyS3' for your video players
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  • Profile picture of the author Quentin
    Amazon is also great for providing download and audio files.

    Here is a sample of what we do.

    Multimedia | The Internet Marketers Club

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  • Profile picture of the author Vincenzo Oliva
    But don't be naive enough to believe that you don't need to secure your bucket because hackers steal your bucket name from your source code, load it into s3 ripper and rip your entire load off.
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    • Profile picture of the author suef
      Originally Posted by Vincenzo Oliva View Post

      But don't be naive enough to believe that you don't need to secure your bucket because hackers steal your bucket name from your source code, load it into s3 ripper and rip your entire load off.
      How do you secure the buckets from hackers?
      Thanks!
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      • Profile picture of the author thriftgirl62
        Originally Posted by suef View Post

        How do you secure the buckets from hackers?
        Thanks!
        Nothing is secure from hackers if they're intent on getting what you've got. You can set permissions but some applications require the bucket to have public access and that can be a problem. With the S3 Downloader software you can provide paid content download files including: exe, avi, mp3, pdf, swf, zip, mov, html, flv, mpg, mpeg, rar, txt, wav, wma, wmv, asf formats that only allows paid members access to them.

        The S3Downloader also allows you to directly display html and streaming media files without a download dialog box. Your S3 url is completely concealed from the user!

        I've used S3 for nearly 3 years now and sometimes the monthly bill on my credit card has been as much as .12 cents! It's not very user friendly unless you're a Programmer or Developer. You just have to keep clicking around until you find what you're looking for.

        Incidentally, does everyone know new users can sign up now and get a whole year FREE?
        That was announced last November but I guess nobody
        thinks that's a very big deal but FREE is FREEEE!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Quentin
    Hey Ldimilo

    You can use S3 for audio and digital downloads as well as video. Saves bandwidth and keeps all your files backed up and easy to access from your other sites.

    Every one else has mentioned some benefits and this is just some more.

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  • Profile picture of the author karenhudson
    • Scalability.The amount of storage & bandwidth you need can scale as you like without any configuration changes needed.
    • Availability, speed, throughput, capacity, and robustness is not affected even if you gain 10,000 users overnight.
    • Unlimited storage. You pay as you go.
    • Inexpensive and no capital outlay. Great for startups!
    • Data is accessible from any location.
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  • Profile picture of the author Billy Rey
    everything above and just because it WORKS...for cheap!

    Definitely a must once you need it something like it.
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