Posted by: kurtsh | January 28, 2006

TOOLS: Video sharing online

I’ve often posted multimedia content on the Internet… some of it because I liked it and some of it because it was in another format that I dislike and on sheer principle alone, I’ve converted it to Windows Media.
 
There are two services that I really like:

MPEG NATION (http://www.mpegnation.com)
MPEG Nation is a video/audio publishing site that charges $8.95 as a one time fee.  Huh?  Charge for storing content online?  Yep.  But just for $8.95 look at what you get.

  • INPUT FILE FORMAT:  Any input file is accepted (even snail mailed tapes or DVDs!) and automatically converted.
  • OUTPUT STREAM FORMAT:  Content is outputted as a stream in Windows Media for free in 4 different bandwidths.  (150k, 300k, 750k, 1.5mbps)
  • 1.0 GB UPLOADS:  Any file uploaded can be up to 1 GB in size.
  • 6 MONTHS OF LIFE:  Any file published is posted for at least 6 months.
  • OPTIONAL PURCHASES:
    – 5 YEARS OF LIFE:  For an additional fee of $26 per file, content is saved online for 5 years.
    – CODEC AVAILABILITY: For a fee, content can also be streamed in Real, Quicktime, and even downloadable.
    – AD FREE EXPERIENCE:  Remove all advertising for a more professional presentation window
    – PASSWORD PROTECTION:  Secure the video from everyone except those with the password
    – VIEWERSHIP REPORTING:  Find out who it is that’s viewing you video
    – YAHOO VIDEO SEARCH:  Inclusion into Yahoo Video Search

STREAMLOAD (http://www.streamload.com)

Streamload is a site that provides 25GB of free publishing space without a fee.  It has a limit on the bandwidth that you can consume over a period of time however which is 500MB/month.    It allows files up to 25MB in size.  This might not seem very good however this is basically the same constraints that other video sharing sites have on their sites.

Additionally, for $120/year, you get 250GB of storage space online, 25GB of bandwidth/month and the ability to send any size file.  There is also a Terabyte storage option available for $360/year with most limitations removed.


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