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11:33 pm on May 13, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I have videos on one of my sites. What I would like to do is host the videos myself and place pre-rolls in them. Is there a specific piece of software or script I can use to accomplish this?
11:54 pm on May 13, 2010 (gmt 0)

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What are "pre-rolls"

I use SWFTools drupal module to play video. SWFTools add-ons exist for most common CMS. So if you're already on some CMS, there's probably a plugin. If not, you could integrate it yourself.
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I found JW Player for WordPress, but I am not sure how to upload the files to it. The host has me limited to the file size, so I FTP'd the file instead. When going into JW Player to add media, it does not see the file. How am I supposed to like the file within JW Player if it does not see it through FTP upload?
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Sorry, I'm not familiar with JW Player. Do they have their own support forum, perhaps?

When you say the host has you "limited to the file size" do you mean a size limit on uploads via http but not via ftp? If that's that case, you might simply ask support to change your limits. That should be simple enough.
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What are "pre-rolls"?


Generically, in audio and video, a "pre-roll" is material that comes before the start or edit point. In the context of this discussion, I assume that a "pre-roll" is an ad or teaser that plays before the main content.

JW Player


The JW Player is a major player (pun intended) in the industry... so I see no harm in mentioning specifics... which can be configured for a variety of ad deployments. There is a JW Player module available for Drupal.

There is also a JW Player Support Community, with sections on servers and streaming, on using playlists, etc. I'm not sure what the WebmasterWorld Content Management forum's policy is with regard to linking to these, but they're readily findable.

I am not sure how to upload the files to it


It's likely that the JW Player requires a streaming server to seamlessly play a pre-roll ad followed by the main video... and that your hosting doesn't accommodate streaming video. I'm not the one to help you on this, but it looks like it's covered in the JW Player forums.