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GregHousing lots of video files and info on a server
by on Apr 21, 2005 at 2:51:05 pm

Hi all

I'm working on a new business idea that would involve taking 100's of 3-4 minute high quality videos as well as photos and print information, and having it available for people to go to this site and view these clips and the information. Here's some questions;

Any suggestions on how to go about this
Any hosting companies you'd suggest.
How much space would we need.
Things to watch out for.


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MarkCarraraRe: Housing lots of video files and info on a server
by on Apr 21, 2005 at 5:14:11 pm

Server space is probably NOT an issue. Hard drives are cheap. You are talking about a few hours of video. Say 1000 three minute videos equals fifty hours. You could get that on 500 gb as an AVI file. While that seems like a lot of space I just purchased 640 gb NAS for under $3k. And you will be using compressed videos for the Internet, I don't know how compressd they are but you will not need a huge hard drive. Bandwidth IS an issue. I'm sure there are hosting companies that would love to sell you all the bandwidth you can afford. I know there are less expensive hosting companies, but I am using Interland. No reason other than laziness, I don't feel like changing. Atomic Learning is a site that comes to mind doing something similar. Check them out and see how they work. I think they used PDF documents and Flash videos.

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Doug CannondayRe: Housing lots of video files and info on a server
by on Apr 22, 2005 at 6:49:32 pm

I think a problem in your future might be the size of your files to be downloaded.

I too am building a site with much video media and graphics available for users to download.

To to this my media needed to be compressed into a streaming format for viewing over the web.

I don't think your clients will want to wait for large media files over and over again while viewing.

I start with a fine full-featured DVD format then I compress these files using a video editor into wmv files which stream over the web using the Windows Media Player.

I plan to allow free (and fast) viewing of the compressed files and purchase of the full DVDs

So now i get to store two formats for each video offered but as mentioned space really is not an issue these days

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