FLASH, VIDEO & AUDIO
Hosted video sites (such as
YouTube) provide players that
work with the majority of web
You do not need to worry about
encoding your video since
these sites allow you to upload
your content in a range of
formats. Once uploaded, they
automatically convert your video
into the various formats required
by different browsers.
Web hosting companies often
charge extra if you use a lot of
bandwidth, and video ﬁles can
be quite large. Therefore, it can
cost you extra to host the videos
on your own site. If your video
is hosted on a site like YouTube
or Vimeo, however, you do not
need to pay for the bandwidth.
Your video will be available on
the site of the hosted service,
so if you want the content to be
exclusively available on your site
(and not visible on other sites),
you need to host the video on
your own server and add your
own player into the page.
Some services will limit what
your video is allowed to include.
For example, most prohibit
the use of advertising within
the video you upload (which
prevents you from monetizing
Some hosted services will play
their own adverts before your
video will begin, or even overlay
them over the screen as your
video is playing. The quality of
video on some hosted services
can also be limited.
If you want to host video on your
own site - rather than a hosted
service - a lot more work is
involved in setting up your site to
play the video.
We will be looking at two
different ways that you can host
your own videos: using both
Flash Video and the HTML5
In order to ensure that the
maximum number of visitors to
your site can see the video, you
will need to use a combination of
both of these techniques.
The easiest way to add a video to your site is
to upload the video to a site like YouTube or
Vimeo and use the features provided on their
site to embed the video in your page.