Hosting Videos (MP4, FLV)


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I've started to include videos (mp4 via slidepress/slideshowpro) in one of my blogs and I'm getting the impression that the server I'm on is not fast enough for a smooth user experience. Is this because I have a shared hosting account or is it the server I'm on?

George

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Hi Tony, thanks for the quick response. I'm on the Mars server. Is there a particular server/location that has the rate of speed that would allow videos to be viewed with less pauses because the stream is not keeping up/ahead of the video playback? Thanks.

George

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Hi Tony, thanks for the quick response. I'm on the Mars server. Is there a particular server/location that has the rate of speed that would allow videos to be viewed with less pauses because the stream is not keeping up/ahead of the video playback? Thanks.

George

It totally depends on the users location. Dallas is the most central so typically it provides the most consistent performance. I do know some ISP's were having routing issues to Dallas yesterday so if the problems happened then and hadn't before that would explain the issue.

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That's good to hear. I was afraid that the webhosting accounts were not intended for videos as until latetly even I only had photos in my blog. With the purchase of a Canon 7D though, it's changing. :) I'm relieved as shopping for a good host is not fun to say the least and I have been really happy with HawkHost. Thanks.

George

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I thought I would add a bit to this as I have recently been hosting videos too. I find the download speeds excellent and I'm in Australia. My videos are mp4s and typically about 12mb in size and 3-4 mins in length. They download much quicker than they play, faster than youtube imo. I did have some stuttering a couple of days ago (which was unusual) but it seems fine again now.

I do wonder if there is bandwidth cap that I should be aware of. If something went viral and 50 people stated downloading the video at the same time. Would it then start stuttering?

I like being in control of my vids, but of course it does eat into your bandwidth. I'm going to have upgrade my plan shortly.

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That was my experience as well with the slowing down. It was a couple days or so ago that the speed was horrible hence I was concerned. It is streaming ahead of playback now. I am concerned with my bandwidth as well. I've never been close to my limit before, I believe, but that may change with the videos :)

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