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 … Read moreHow to enhance security on your AWS account

PowerDirector Ultra 12 – video editor review

PowerDirector Ultra is a low cost video editor which is quite easy to use. Notwithstanding the low pricing, it is a good alternative for those who are not acquainted with video editing yet, because the learning curve is much lower than the professional packages like Adobe Premiere or FinalCut Pro. In this article, I share … Read morePowerDirector Ultra 12 – video editor review

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?

Protected download links on WordPress, who needs it?

Protected download link

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 … Read moreProtected download links on WordPress, who needs it?

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 … Read moreAmazon Elastic Transcoder review

How to create captions/subtitles for video and audio in WebVTT, SRT, DFXP format

Updated: 8 September 2016. This tutorial shows how easy it is to create captions/subtitles files in WebVTT, SRT and DFXP format for subtitling in videos and audios. Depending on the media player you use, you can even provide subtitles in different languages for the same media. Subtitle files are basically text files you can write in … Read moreHow to create captions/subtitles for video and audio in WebVTT, SRT, DFXP format

Should I upgrade to JW Player Pro 6 or Premium?

Update 24 September 2014: A question that pops up regularly these days is: “Should I upgrade to JW Player 6?”  This depends on which features of JW Player you are using currently. JW Player 6 has a new set of advanced features which are surely worthwhile to investigate, but keep in mind there are quite … Read moreShould I upgrade to JW Player Pro 6 or Premium?

Embedding an audio with poster image, watermark and subtitles, using JW Player 5.10

Embedded audios in a website generally display a simple control bar with navigation buttons to play, pause, rewind and so on. While this is great for audio libraries, it can be so much more. In this tutorial, I’ll show you step by step how to add a poster image, a watermark and subtitles, using JW … Read moreEmbedding an audio with poster image, watermark and subtitles, using JW Player 5.10

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

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 … Read moreAustralia gets its own S3 Edge server

How to skip to a chapter in a video with JW Player?

A chapter is a place in the timeline of a streaming video. It can be anywhere in the video and there is no need to define chapters upfront. With JW Player 5.10, you can add chapter links to any part of a video or audio. This is very useful in lengthy videos/audios which cover several … Read moreHow to skip to a chapter in a video with JW Player?

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

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 … Read moreEmbedding a Playlist for Streaming Video – using JW Player

How far are we with HTML5? A report by JW PLayer

Updated 4 November 2016: HTML5 for Video progresses all the time.  Not as quick as we hope for since audio is often left out of the equation, but there is progress nevertheless. JW Player has brought out a report on the current state of HTML5, and the interesting thing is that the report will be upgraded every time … Read moreHow far are we with HTML5? A report by JW PLayer

NaturalReader: voice-over software that does the talking for you

You don’t like your own voice on recordings, yet you cannot afford or have no time to hire a professional voice-over? Here is wonderful software that almost gets it right: NaturalReader. This software turns text into speech with voices that are way more sophisticated then any speech software of your Operating system. It is available … Read moreNaturalReader: voice-over software that does the talking for you

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

Revised on June 2015 – JW Player 5.6 (up to version 5.10)  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 install JW Player and how to embed video … Read moreHow to Embed Streaming Video & Audio with HTML5 Fallback – using JW Player 5.6

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

JW Player: who is behind it? Who is Jeroen Wijering?

Who is Jeroen Wijering,  the creator of the industry standard JW player? What is his relationship with Longtail Video Solutions?  This trailer to the documentary video from PictureThis.tv gives you an insight into the history of the most famous video player on the web.  Many people see this player daily at work without even knowing … Read moreJW Player: who is behind it? Who is Jeroen Wijering?

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

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