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My original thought process was to put the videos on YouTube and use the embedded player in the site, giving me a little more reach: a way of hosting HD videos without worrying about the bandwidth, and plus if someone stumbles across them on YouTube they might find their way to my site. Seemed like a win... except for those pesky little "related videos" that show up at the end.
Somehow, a video clip from Tropic Thunder of Robert Downey Jr. saying "I'm the dude playing a dude disguised as another dude" has become related to my videos. Along with tech-cutie Natali Del Conte's demo reel. Along with a TV commercial for a shopping cart vendor. Eh?
So according to someone more knowledgeable than I am on the video subject, if YouTube can't "relate" video content by the supplied tags and titles, it looks to the user's navigational paths to do it for them. And whoever was among the first people to watch my videos, also watched these other videos shortly before or shortly after mine, and now they're considered related.
In your opinions, is the trade-off of being among YouTube's videos and taking advantage of their resources for hosting them worth the ridiculous crap that shows up as related at the end of a video? I'm starting to think I'd be better off hosting the videos myself.
When the YouTube user blocks the embedded video later on, it looks bad on your site!
I am also in the process of using a Video module to upload my own videos; probably in a few weeks/months.
What is current best practice? Hosting a flash player on the site, with SM tools, url grab, etc, and then also uploading another copy to YT to increase exposure?