by Dave on June 14, 2009

in Video


Video hosting is always a bit of a bother, as no one service does it all, as far as I am aware.

I did a fair bit of social reporting last week, and am already running into difficulties in finding a hosting solution that can cope with the size of the files I am wanting to upload; and which is accessible within the organisations that need to see them.

It turns out that my usual favourite choice, Vimeo, is blocked in a hell of a lot of places.

Well, VideoPress looks like it might be worth looking into. It’s been created by Automattic, the guys behind WordPress and various other cool things. It’s a video upload and hosting service that uses as its back end, as far as I can tell. But you can embed your videos wherever you like.

Here’s a video explaining more.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 cyberdoyle June 14, 2009 at 9:45 am

good find! A lot of the problem with uploading video is also that the user can’t shrink the files small enough to upload, especially in rural areas. (just thought I would add that even though off topic)

2 Steve Dale June 15, 2009 at 10:38 am

Dave – thanks for this – will try it out. Will need to check it out on the CoP platform to see if we can overcome the problems you had with Vimeo.

3 Dave Briggs June 15, 2009 at 10:42 am

Steve – Gordon and I did try it, and no, it didn’t work!

4 spiralofhope July 14, 2009 at 7:36 pm

The player definitely needs to be updated.

If it’s caught in the boundaries of a fixed-width website then the player cannot be set to those other sizes. A popup would have to be provided, and not just the regular fullscreen.

The video restarts when I switch to HD. It should continue where I was last at.

I can’t skip ahead unless the video has already loaded to the point I want to see. That’s a showstopper for me.

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