I heard a lot of people recently had their youtube accounts banned. They lost all of the videos that were uploaded to their blogs and all of the links they built up to the videos is now lost.
I decided to figure out a way to prevent this from happening in the future. The main advantage of using youtube over just uploading a video file to web hosting is that youtube will take the video and convert it into different quality and resolutions to work on various players. They also create the iframe code needed to easily embed the video on a website or blog post in a way that will work on just about any device with any speed connection.
Here is how to replicate the functionality of youtube on your own webhosting. You control the whole server and you get to decide which videos stay and which ones go!
Setting Up Your Own Clip-Bucket Video Hosting Server
There is an open source youtube clone script called clip-bucket.
You can essentially have YOUR OWN youtube server!
I was going to dig in and figure out how to install it on my hosting, then I noticed a button on their site to a webhost that comes with it pre-installed!
So I got an account with the hosting company for $7 bucks a month (paying monthly because I was not sure if this was going to work out, if you pay for years in advance it goes down to $4/mo ). I logged into their cpanel, went to softalicious, found the clip-bucket script and installed it.
I now have my own video hosting server!
I can upload any video I want. It does all of the converting and thumbnailing and makes all of the html codes I need to embed it on a website or blog post.
Pretty cool and useful for $7 bucks unlimited!
Quick word of warning. I know many of you have your own webhosting already. Well you can download the script and try to install it on your existing hosting, but you are going to waste a lot of time trying to figure out how to set it up. Do yourself a favor and just buy new hosting from a place that already has their servers configured for ffmpeg, large file uploads, and other things you will need to correctly host this type of website.
In my next blog post I will talk about another amazing script you can install on the same webhosting that allows you to run your own CLOUD… Subscribe to my RSS feed to get the updates.
Best Clip-Bucket Links
Clip-Bucket Open Source Script Website
$7 Unlimited Web Hosting With Clip-Bucket Installer
Clip-Bucket Installation HOWTO Guide (with screenshots) for arvixe