Different ways to stream a video


I'm developing an application where the administrator will upload videos and then students will watch. A distance learning portal.

I currently use the LocaWeb hosting service, and I'm thinking of uploading the videos to that server, and pointing the application player there to let the students watch. What are the disadvantages of this? When should I consider using a streaming server ? In that case, what are the advantages and disadvantages of using my own streaming server instead of an existing service such as YouTube or Vimeo?

asked by anonymous 13.09.2014 / 15:00

1 answer


Depends on factors such as privacy, bandwidth cost (which relates to the number of visitors), and proper web formatting.

If it is your server, in theory, the files are under your custody, but this will entail security costs, traffic, encoding the videos, installing a media player on the site. And as well reminds bfavaretto

If you are going to use a hosting service for the videos en , the traffic and the coding are no problem, and the privacy issue will vary depending on the service. On YouTube and Dailymotion, videos marked as private can only be accessed by other users of the service when they are logged in. YT has the option to leave the video unlisted and only those who have the URL can see, but just a Twitter with the link and it was already. Vimeo Premium has the option of releasing playback only to certain domains and so you can leave the video behind a CMS for registered users.

The article above from Wikipedia has some nice tables comparing the various services. I separated those whose players are multiplatform (the links are for other articles in the Wiki, too): blip.tv , DaCast , Dailymotion , Flickr , Internet Archive , MetaCDN , Viddler , Vimeo , vzaar , Youku , YouTube .

14.09.2014 / 00:10