by MFree
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What's the best, cheapest service for hosting videos besides youtube? Thanks.
#hosting #video
  • Profile picture of the author seobro
    OK mega video has platinum lifetime membership for €199 which is max. That said, I prefer you tube because I get more traffic coming to my web page.

    Please be careful of hosting on a web site of your own. Most web hosting companies will shut you down zap. For example, imagine a common 5gig movie. It gets 100,000 views. That is 500,000 gigs.
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  • Profile picture of the author paullonsford
    Amazon S3 and EZS3 for easy loading...This is what I personally use...great for documents too.
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    • Profile picture of the author Exire
      Originally Posted by paullonsford View Post

      Amazon S3 and EZS3 for easy loading...This is what I personally use...great for documents too.
      Exactly what I was going to suggest. I haven't yet used either, but not 30 minutes ago I just took a look at both of them.
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      • Profile picture of the author shabit87
        I would say Vimeo, though I haven't tried their pro account. Now if you don't mind it just being all the video (no buy it now button underneath or text over to the side, etc) you can host the videos on your server as a .MP4 file or you can make you videos in Camtasia and host them on your server with a special .html file the software gives ya.

        Where exactly will these videos be at? I think that would better help with suggestions made.
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  • Profile picture of the author twistedpixel
    Vimeo.com is a nice alternative. For 10./mo. you can get a pro account and host HD video with a universal player (works across all devices) for embedding on your blog if needed.

    Another option is hosting your videos on Amazon S3. It takes a little bit more technically to implement (try S3 flowshield for Wordpress), but ridiculously cheap and can scale easily to handle any volume of viewers.
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    • Profile picture of the author marcuslim
      I use vimeo too. I pay $10 a month. It's quite a good deal because you get to do a lot of customization, for example -
      - You can specify the URL you want the video to show when it finishes playing.
      - You can choose whether to show the playback controls or not.
      - There's a LOT of thumbnails you can choose from or even upload your own.
      - You can replace a video by uploading another one but still retain all your view counts for the existing video.
      - and lots more!
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  • Profile picture of the author NateRivers
    I'm just getting into video myself and I've been looking around a lot, and I think amazon s3 is what I'll end up going with.
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  • Profile picture of the author skorpion
    Amazon if you don't mind paying. I've personally had lots of problems with getting videos that are hosted on my s3 account to play on my websites. So, I've kind of "given up" on s3 for now...

    If you're doing a membership site with private content you can use the private video feature with viddler.com...it is free, although it is a bid quirky.

    I'll be checking out the video option for my membership sites...it looks like they have a private video option.
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    • Profile picture of the author MFree
      Thanks for the replies warriors. I was looking at Amazon last night/today, but wanted to pick the brains of fellow hustlers! Thanks for the input!
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    • Profile picture of the author Paleochora
      Originally Posted by skorpion View Post

      If you're doing a membership site with private content you can use the private video feature with viddler.com...it is free, although it is a bid quirky.
      I just looked at Viddler and it seems that you would need a business account starting at $100 a month for anything commercial.

      Can anyone estimate a per video storage and per video viewed cost for S3 to make snse of the pricing. How much are you paying for S3?
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      • Profile picture of the author skorpion
        Originally Posted by Paleochora View Post

        I just looked at Viddler and it seems that you would need a business account starting at $100 a month for anything commercial.

        Can anyone estimate a per video storage and per video viewed cost for S3 to make snse of the pricing. How much are you paying for S3?
        No, you dont need a business account to use the private embed feature. You use the secret URL feature, which is free.

        You can host videos for free and keep them private but the quality wont be as good as a paid account.

        If you're really on a budget you can also host them at youtube and use the "un listed" feature. Only those who have the url can view the video. That's a cheap way out and I used it for my last product launch when I needed a last minute fix when my s3 links stopped working.

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  • Amazon S3: easy to use, reliable and cheap for the amount of bandwidth they provide. Simply unbeatable.
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