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Elastic Transcoder tutorial to convert a video

Elastic Transcoder tutorial to convert a video

Elastic transcoder converts videos on your Amazon Web Services account. In this video tutorial, we show you how it works. Some video editors and screen capture software do not produce the correct format for streaming video via AWS. There are many good video converters around, like HandBrake, Squeeze, etc., but the Elastic Transcoder is a [...]

How to enhance security on your AWS account

How to enhance security on your AWS account

Most site owners use their main access and secret keys from AWS (S3 Amazon/CloudFront) to publish  videos and audios. Although this works very well, it is not that safe because if someone else gets hold of your keys, they have full access to your S3 Buckets/CloudFront distributions. To prevent this from happening, AWS introduced IAM [...]

Cache-control enhances RTMP streaming playback

Cache-control enhances RTMP streaming playback

When you have frequent problems playing back RTMP streaming videos or audios via AWS CloudFront (stuttering or stalling), you can use a simple trick to boost the performance by adding a cache header to the HTTP headers of your media in the S3 bucket. It is possible to add or change the HTTP headers of [...]

Protected download links on WordPress, who needs it?

Protected download links on WordPress, who needs it?

If you want to offer videos or audios for download, or actually any file type on your WordPress site, but you do not want the links to be leeched on other sites, you might be interested in this free WordPress plugin; S3Media LinkSafe Lite 1.0. It creates expiring links to files on your S3 bucket [...]

Amazon Elastic Transcoder review

Amazon Elastic Transcoder review

Elastic Transcoder is an online service of AWS Amazon. It converts videos online and you can chose from a range of presets to determine the format of the output. It is possible to set several formats in one go and have them transcoded/converted in the background. You can also create new presets based on existing [...]

Australia gets its own S3 Edge server

Australia gets its own S3 Edge server

Finally, after a lot of nagging by various interested parties(me included), Australia gets its own Edge server on S3 Amazon, namely in Sydney. This will have quite some impact on delivery of streaming video and audio in the Land Down Under, because they have serious problems playing HD video. An edge server is especially useful [...]

Big improvements on S3Media Stream for Joomla!

Big improvements on S3Media Stream for Joomla!

S3Media Stream is a powerful tool to publish private streaming video and audio with S3 CloudFront on Joomla sites. We are happy to announce big improvements on this extension. So far, it worked with a module to display the rich media. Like its WordPress version, it also has protected download links for all sorts of [...]

How to setup a Billing Alert for AWS Amazon/CloudFront

How to setup a Billing Alert for AWS Amazon/CloudFront

Billing Alert from S3 Amazon is a fantastic new feature. It gives you the opportunity to be warned by email when your bill reaches an amount you determine upfront. This will help you greatly to control your spending on AWS, since you can take immediate action when necessary. Sometimes, your audios or videos score a hit [...]

Embedding a Playlist for Streaming Video – using JW Player

Embedding a Playlist for Streaming Video - using JW Player

Embedding a video/audio playlist is not difficult at all, it only requires your full attention. In this tutorial (part 2), I’ll show you how to embed a dynamic playlist. A dynamic playlists differs with a regular playlist in a sense that you do not need to create a separate xml file.  For this tutorial, you [...]

S3 Amazon public content in danger of being hacked

S3 Amazon public content in danger of being hacked

All S3 Amazon account holders should be aware that there are hacker scripts around that scan for public content in S3 buckets. Amazon has warned all account holders if they have public buckets.  Reading public content is quite easy since public files are readable to everyone. But what does that actually imply and what can [...]

How to Embed Streaming Video & Audio with HTML5 Fallback – using JW Player 5.6

How to Embed Streaming Video & Audio with HTML5 Fallback - using JW Player 5.6

JW Player 5.6 (or higher)  is a Flash video/audio player created with Adobe Flex which has the capability to switch to HTML5 fallback mode if a non Flash browser is encountered. In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to download and install JW Player and how to embed video and audio from S3 [...]

How to encode a video simultaneously for web, iPhone, iPad, iPod & other handheld devices using HandBrake

How to encode a video simultaneously for web, iPhone, iPad, iPod & other handheld devices using HandBrake

You want to ensure that everyone, or at least most people can watch your video? Then you have to create a video that works on the web and mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and other handheld devices. This is not evident and you may count on it that being compatible with these [...]

S3 Amazon and DreamHost: a perfect marriage

S3 Amazon and DreamHost: a perfect marriage

By placing all heavy files on S3 Amazon/CloudFront, you only need a lightweight solution like DreamHost for your site itself. That way you have the best of both worlds. Both services are very cheap and easy to deal with. In the past, I had my doubts regarding DreamHost and indeed, playing video or audio from [...]

Converting video to streaming MP4 for S3 Amazon with AVS Video Converter

Converting video to streaming MP4 for S3 Amazon with AVS Video Converter

Some video converters do not get it right when converting video to MP4 to stream on S3 Amazon/CloudFront. Especially the cheaper converters like AVS Video Converter for Windows tend to have problems. Luckily, there is a trick to fix this problem. Here you find a video tutorial on how to get the correct settings from [...]

Streaming HD Video test on S3 CloudFront

Streaming HD Video test on S3 CloudFront

It is a while ago since I did a test with an HD video on S3 Amazon, so I thought this might be a good moment to go for it again. As we all know, HD video on video services like YouTube, Vimeo and others play reasonably well, although they inevitably stutter at some point. [...]

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