Squashed between Digital Rights Management and Civil Liberty, who won?

Digital rights management - DRM

How to regulate Digital Rights Management (DRM) for streaming video raised many heated debates over the years and it looks like it ended in a bad deal. On the one hand, we have the civil liberty of the internet, on the other hand the rights of authors to protect their creations. On 18 September 2017, … Read moreSquashed between Digital Rights Management and Civil Liberty, who won?

Customize YouTube videos on your site

YouTube has various options to customize display of videos on your site. For instance, you can remove the YouTube branding and control how the player behaves. This tutorial explains how doing this in great detail. First, we start with a standard YouTube video embedding, and then address the branding removal options, followed by more customization … Read moreCustomize YouTube videos on your site

How to create a Vimeo Montage widget

Vimeo montage

Via Vimeo you can create a Montage widget displaying thumbnails of your videos on your site. This replaces the old Badge widget, which did more or less the same thing. When the visitor clicks on a thumbnail, it redirects to the video on Vimeo. This is different from the Hubnut, which is a fancy playlist feature which keep … Read moreHow to create a Vimeo Montage widget

Elastic Transcoder tutorial to convert a video

Elastic Transcoder tutorial

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 … Read moreElastic Transcoder tutorial to convert a video

Shared hosting, dedicated server, virtual private server, cloud hosting, where do you fit in?

Since my long experience with various hosting providers (since 1997), I thought it would be useful to share my knowledge related to setting up a video or audio portal. This article is also useful to compare various options for regular websites. There are 5 main methods to host your website:  Dedicated Server, Real Private Server(RPS), … Read moreShared hosting, dedicated server, virtual private server, cloud hosting, where do you fit in?

How to embed a video from Vimeo in WordPress without iFrame

As explained in the older article, Vimeo.com has 3 standard ways to display videos directly on your website or blog.  In this article, I explain how to use the  standard method, embedding to place videos in WordPress. Since WordPress does not accept the iFrame method, we need to use the old embedding method.  Vimeo makes … Read moreHow to embed a video from Vimeo in WordPress without iFrame

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 … Read moreBig improvements on S3Media Stream for Joomla!

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 … Read moreHow to setup a Billing Alert for AWS Amazon/CloudFront

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 (affialate link) and indeed, playing video or … Read moreS3 Amazon and DreamHost: a perfect marriage

How to switch from low resolution video to HD – part 2

In this part, which is meant for S3 Amazon account holders, we are going to focus on streaming video. Streaming has a lot of advantages, which are explained in S3 Streaming video with CloudFront.   One extra perk not discussed in that article is important: when you use HD switching, the HD video picks up where … Read moreHow to switch from low resolution video to HD – part 2

How to improve quality of video tutorials on YouTube

When you upload a 800×600 screen capture video tutorial to YouTube, the quality deteriorates so badly that texts in the video are hardly readable. The reason is that YouTube regards everything smaller then HD video as a free license to shrink the video to a resolution of 480 pixels wide. Viewing it full screen doesn’t … Read moreHow to improve quality of video tutorials on YouTube

S3 Cloudfront: How to setup a bucket for private streaming – revised

The information on this page is no longer accurate.  It will be updated soon. Read is no longer To avoid problems with streaming video and audio, in particular private streaming, the way to go is to start with a fresh S3 AWS bucket without any content in it. Decide upfront which bucket is going to … Read moreS3 Cloudfront: How to setup a bucket for private streaming – revised

S3: Private Streaming MP3 audios on CloudFront is a problem. The solution is simple.

Private streaming MP3 is problematic on S3 Cloudfront. It often does not play and you get no error message telling you what the problem is. The fastest and best way to deal with this is to convert your audio to M4a, the format used for iTunes. I know, you are not looking forward to this … Read moreS3: Private Streaming MP3 audios on CloudFront is a problem. The solution is simple.

S3: News from the CloudFront! Private streaming video – revised

With CloudFront you can not only stream your own videos, you can make streaming videos private on top of that!  In other words, you can have paid videos on your site or membership area without the fear of copying the video. You can do the same thing with expiring URLs but private streaming has other … Read moreS3: News from the CloudFront! Private streaming video – revised

S3: Streaming video with CloudFront

With CloudFront, you can stream your own audio and video without using any code or installing complicated server software. CloudFront is an Amazon service which works in conjunction with your S3 Amazon account (S3 AWS). What the service basically did so far was to serve content from your S3 account to the closest server in … Read moreS3: Streaming video with CloudFront

S3 Amazon: Protect files against unauthorized use

Here you see how you can create expiring URLs to protect your files from leeching and this time we work with CloudBerry Explorer Pro, the competitor of S3 Browser.  The Pro version does not differ much from the free version when it comes to creating expiring URLs, although there are a couple of features which … Read moreS3 Amazon: Protect files against unauthorized use

S3 Amazon: How to embed video in your site

You want to embed video or audio from S3 Amazon into your site?  This article tells you how to deal with the code involved to get your videos and audios up and running.  You can use this code in practically any cms or regular website. Now, for content management systems like Joomla, WordPress or Drupal, … Read moreS3 Amazon: How to embed video in your site

S3 Amazon: how to sign up and connect to the server -Revised

In this article I explain how S3 Amazon works related to video and audio. As I already wrote in my previous article, S3 is primarily a storage facility with little software on board.  Luckily, there is some good third party software around that extends the service in a quite spectacular way.  But let me first … Read moreS3 Amazon: how to sign up and connect to the server -Revised

S3 Amazon and video: introduction

A reader asked what I thought of using S3 Amazon Web Services (AWS) for serving videos , so I did some research and found this interesting enough to share with the readers because the servers of Amazon have a couple of interesting possibilities. S3 Amazone is basically a storage space that can be used to … Read moreS3 Amazon and video: introduction

How to embed Vimeo’s Badge widget

The badge widget of Vimeo shows thumbnails of your video collections on your post or page.  Once embedded on your site, just like the HubNut widget, when you change settings in Vimeo, the changes reflect on your pages immediately. The Badge widget has been replaced by the Montage widget, therefore this tutorial is obsolete. View … Read moreHow to embed Vimeo’s Badge widget

YouTube doubled the size for uploads

YouTube announces that as from today, the upload for standard videos doubles from 1GB to 2GB, making it possible to upload bigger videos at higher resolutions. New features In addition, the YouTube team’s implemented new features to make it easier to show your HD videos on your site or blog by appending &hd=1 at the … Read moreYouTube doubled the size for uploads

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