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Video takes too long to load
do I need to upgrade hosting account

 12:33 am on Feb 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

I've been working with a .swf video for days trying to figure out why it's not loading and accidentally left the page open for awhile today and realized it takes 29 seconds to load and that's why I never saw it. It is 2.25 min long and 15MB (480x450px with music and a JS player). Would it help to upgrade my hosting account for steaming video?



 1:00 am on Feb 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

PS. I forgot to mention, the video played instantly while still on my computer but took forever once it went online. That's why I thought it wasn't working.


 4:42 am on Feb 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

have you taken a look at it with yslow? You should be able to see what's happening with the connection time and then the follow up download time.

That seems like a long time though.


 5:35 pm on Feb 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

I haven't checked out yslow yet. However I called my host and they said I would have to upgrade to a cloud account in order to stream video or get a dedicated server.


 1:45 am on Feb 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

Streaming costs a lot of money and isn't worth the trouble unless you're looking to use a LOT of video.

You can also fake streaming with some clever apache configurations and JW Player or Flow Player.

I agree with going for a Cloud Front hosting for all static files anyway, much better performance and overall cheaper bandwidth, but steer clear of streaming services unless it's an absolute must.


 8:42 am on Feb 22, 2011 (gmt 0)

"Streaming" video allows you to FF and RW, the way you are doing it is just a file download. Nothing wrong with that, your host is either slow or specifically throttling video files.

Try uploading a 15mb file, something like a zip. Even rename the video file with zip extension. See how long it takes, try downloading the video file directly and compare.

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