Video on the Web: Still Needs Work

Video is quickly becoming an important part of the web. Whether it’s for news, stupid videos of cats, or whatever. YouTube is obviously the undisputed king of easy video hosting and browsing (all hail YouTube!), but it’s got flaws.
You can embed YouTube videos on your site, but you have to use their player and have their logos too (among other things). What if you want to use your own flash player (or Adbrite InVideo)? Your options are:

You can embed YouTube videos on your site, but you have to use their player and have their logos too (among other things).

  • Eat up all your site’s allotted bandwidth.
  • Use low-quality free file hosting.
  • Pay for file hosting.

Video files take a lot of space and bandwidth, and free file hosting services tend to put excessive limitations on their services that make it practically impossible to do video. Unless you want to either pay for file hosting, or pay for more bandwidth on your web host (if your site takes off you’d end up needing a dedicated server), you’re stuck with YouTube. It costs you nothing, Google’s paying for all the bandwidth. Of course, you still have YouTube’s player instead of your’s.

All hail YouTube.


 

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