Non sharable video embeds

A customer of mine wants to have a video site for lessons.

Video is in a state of flux these days. Up until recently you could just embed a Flash stream.
Then, Apple decided not to support Flash and now your iThingy won’t play it.

It’s not such a bad thing. The web is much more open with html5, but for now, until the best one shakes out, video has to be encoded three different ways to be seen in all browsers

  • mp4 for Safari / iOS video
  • ogg for Firefox / Opera / Chrome10
  • and finally a fallback to Flash for any others

YouTube would have been the easy answer, but the customer didn’t want his students to be able to share his videos and that’s not an option with YouTube.

It’s not that hard to do it yourself if you’re comfortable converting your videos to those formats.
If you’re going to host the files at your server, check your account to make sure you have a high or unlimited
bandwidth website hosting account. Videos can suck up a lot of bandwidth if they get popular.

I did some searching and business video hosting can get pretty expensive.
One that I see in many places is Vimeo. Their price seems reasonable, $199 a year (250,000 plays) and they give you full control of your embedded video.

I’ll let you know how this works out.

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