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The best software to run a video site


Undead Hunter

6:08 pm on May 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

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What do you think, gang? What's the best software to run a video-based submission website? Is there good open source software that runs like YouTube?

I've seen some cheap scripts out there. And then there's something like Ning.com, but that makes me nervous, them holding all the content.

Any thoughts are appreciated. I have a niche for videos I want to start but really don't know where to turn.

Barring this, if anyone knows of a "video website starter's guide" that would be great.


8:42 pm on May 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

Good luck with this. I think there is a real market for niche video web sites.

Why not keep it simple and simply run a blog-type web site and let others to the hosting. Take a look at Vimeo for me, will ya? I'm trying to understand it. Meanwhile, I'll go look at Ning.

Oh, I remember Ning now. They host the social web sites. Not just video. I have a client who is using them. Yeah, I'd think about this carefully.

Here's Rocketboom's two "how to" links. It's the best I have found.

Rocketboom Online Video Tool List

Online Video Tools Link List


2:48 pm on May 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

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If you plan to monetize it, then Ning isn't free. Go to their Ning for business page and check their rates.

There is also clip-share. It has cheaper bandwidth hosting (if you want to host with them), but you have to buy the script.

[edited by: 4thePegeh at 2:55 pm (utc) on May 17, 2008]


4:17 pm on May 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

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phpmotion is another. It is free unless you pay for them to install it or purchase some add ons.


2:15 pm on May 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

I just looked at phpmotion software and tried to try it... Bunch of if, and, butts and howevers to the installation. One will need all kinds of specialized graphics modules on their server. The software looks good, and I'm sure it is, but not for anybody less than medium experienced to install it. There are outstanding bugs in the current version.

They will install the software for you pretty cheap, but I don't know the parameters of the install for the indicated price (modules, etc.). I don't let anybody in my busy server, si the install is worthless to me.

[edited by: Edge at 2:16 pm (utc) on May 28, 2008]


5:31 am on Jun 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I have been reading up on FFmpeg software patent issues. It seems there may be issues in some countries with using software that uses FFmpeg.

Looks like both phpmotion and clip-share may use them.


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