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 more

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 more

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 more

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 more

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 more

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 … Read more

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 more

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 more

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 more

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 more

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 more

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 more