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In the last post I briefly went over the many possibilities of getting your video on the web. In today’s post, I will touch on the server-side of adding video to your site.
It’s easy enough to have a progressive download video on your website; almost any server can do that. A progressive download actually downloads the video as it is being played. This is fine for most videos, but if you want viewers to be able to skip ahead to another part in the video, or you will have a lot of viewers at a time, you will need to get a streaming server.
A streaming server is much better than progressive download. It allows users to skip ahead in the video with little or no wait! It illuminates buffer time, allowing people with slow connections to view the video faster. And, hundreds of people can view one video at the same time! Unfortunately, streaming video hosting is not cheap. This is something me, as a web designer, cannot provide you with. You will need to pay for a whole separate server just for streaming your video. Here are a couple streaming media hosting companies I would recommend:
Once you get a plan set up for your streaming media, I will be able to link or embed your media on any website so your viewers can enjoy streaming video!