I'm in the process of starting a website that is based around videos in a specific industry/niche. Here's the problem. Video hosting. At the moment, we just upload the videos to our own server, which I know, long term isn't sustainable. I have two questions. 1) How do large video based businesses host videos? Uploading to a CDN, I think, is the best... but what happens if they had to close tomorrow? Wouldn't companies lose their files overnight? 2) How do you move around thousands of videos that equal to TB of data? If we had to re-upload 1gb in my part of the UK it would take a week minimum.
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The second option requires at least a basic understanding of how HTML embed codes work. It’s not complicated, so don’t be scared off, but it’s also not copy and pasting an embed code from YouTube. You’re essentially creating your own embed code.
You start with the following HTML5 code as a template:
<video width="320" height="240" controls="controls">
<source src="movie.mp4" type="video/mp4" />
Now, follow the steps above on getting the link to the video. Then, where you see “movie.mp4,” you’ll want to replace this with that link. For example: https://www.dropbox.com/s/os60r63ogwfl408/your_video_here.mp4.
Next, you’ll want to adjust your width & height. You’ll want to use dimensions that best fit within your site. I use this handy little chart to help me figure out the best size to ensure maximum size compatibility.
When you’re all done, your embed code should look something like this:
<video width="512" height="288" controls="controls">
<source src="https://www.dropbox.com/s/os60r63ogwfl408/your_video_here.mp4" type="video/mp4" />