Setting up your own video channel sounds expensive, a lot of work and really complicated, but it is not as hard as it sounds and it certainly does not cost a lot of money. In fact, it is very cheap if you know where to go and how to do it! Apart from creating your videos (obviously), it consists of 4 steps which are explained in great detail.
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Definition of a video channel
I sometimes refer to YouTube, Brightcove, VideoJug, MySpace etc.. as video channels, but they are actually Video Portals (or networks if you like), containing video channels. In the context of this tutorial, I mean that you can have your own video channel, like you can have it on YouTube, with a couple of differences:
- You are in total control over the quality.
- No redirects to the video portal as is the case with YouTube and most others if you click on the view window in the player.
- You are in total control over the video player, which has the same options as most video channels.
- You are in total control over the look of the site and you add features as you see fit.
To be fair on the video portals, there are downsides to having your own channel:
- You do not get traffic from your favorite video portal, unless you create special promotion videos which you upload there (I would recommend that in any case).
- You do not get into the featured videos of your favorite video portal, unless you keep creating specials for that portal in order to get traffic to your site (again, I would recommend doing that).
- If your videos are immensely popular and therefore use up more then 5 Terrabytes bandwidth per month, you may have unexpected extra costs.
5 Terrabytes is like having 100 videos of 10Mb each and those can be watched once by 5,000 visitors during a month. Depending on the compression and size, a video of 10mb can contain about 10minutes of video, to give you an idea. So, in normal circumstances, if you are not a famous star, you have enough reserve to have about 100 videos on your site and given the fact that not every visitor is going to watch 100 videos, you probably can say that about 20,000 visitors a month will not exceed 5Terrabytes bandwidth. Does that sound good to you?
Here are the steps that need to be taken, I explain every step in detail:
- Open an account with a hosting provider which allows you to play streaming video & setup your domain.
- Press a button to install WordPress or Joomla.
- Look for a good template to use. Download a script and a Flash video player to stream your videos.
- Upload your own videos to your web space and brand your video player.
The reason I spread this over several parts is that there are a couple of things that take time to get used to and I do not want to rush you into this, so you simply can adnvance to the next tutorial at your own pace. Working with Joomla or WordPress requires a bit of study too because you have to dig a bit deeper into the system then you are used to. But don’t be afraid, there is no coding stuff to do and I’m here to help you along the way. If you havez questions, just write a comment in one of the related tutorials and I will respond.
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You can find all finished tutorials on this series here below and in the member area or in the topic: Video channels/networks (on the left).