Video Hosting and Streaming
A common myth in the online video world is that you have to use a separate video hosting server for video content. This simply isn’t true. While it’s a good practice to host your videos separately from web content, it’s only necessary when:
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[udesign_icon_font name=”fa fa-arrow-circle-right” color=”#f2b50e”] You have videos that many users might play at the same time.
[udesign_icon_font name=”fa fa-arrow-circle-right” color=”#f2b50e”] You have one video that will be watched thousands of times per day.
[udesign_icon_font name=”fa fa-arrow-circle-right” color=”#f2b50e”] You have a few videos that need to play simultaneously to hundreds of viewers.
If you only have a few videos that get limited play, we can put your videos on your existing web server and it will likely work fine. Plus, there are usually no additional fees to host video on your existing site (except for modest fees to compress video and add a web player).
If you have many videos or you have videos that receive continuous play, we can set-up and manage your content across Content Delivery Networks (CDNs). Exactly what is a CDN? It’s a hosting service that maintains dedicated servers specifically for video content. They also typically provide multiple global server locations to guarantee the shortest delivery route when a viewer requests your video file.
Some common video hosting options include Vimeo, Brightcove, and yes YouTube. So why not just set this up yourself? Well you certainly can, but figuring out all the various options (especially on YouTube) can be time-consuming and confusing. It’s something we do all the time so we can make sure that videos display at the correct size, have appropriate thumbnails etc.
Plus, since we handle compression, select the player interface and provide the web code or links, the process is greatly simplified. It’s a solution that helps ensure your video looks good and plays reliably, at an affordable cost.