Self-hosting video with WordPress and Hippie Hosting Co-op

I’ve been messing around with hosting my own videos, but that’s one area where the third party services have the functionality nailed. They magically transcode video file formats. They create thumbnails. They provided embeds to make it easy to use the video. But, Jim posted about how he’s having to take on some copyfighting, because YouTube is bending over for some pretty outrageous false copyright claims. The only way to prevent a third party from misusing your content is to not use a third party.

So… I took another look for a decent, fully-featured video hosting plugin for WordPress. And, I found one that looks pretty decent – the creatively named Video Embed & Thumbnail Generator plugin. It integrates with the WordPress media library, uses ffmpeg for transcoding and thumbnail generation, and provides a flash- and HTML5- embed for easy use of the videos.

It looks like ffmpeg doesn’t understand the “up” orientation flag on videos shot with an iPhone (and probably other devices), so the only caveat is that you have to be careful to hold the device so that it’s facing “up” (I actually had to figure out what’s the “proper” way to hold an iPhone – turns out, with the volume buttons on the bottom. oops.). Windows seems to have trouble with this, as well, showing photos and videos upside down…

all along the watchtower
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Right-click or ctrl-click this link to download.

If you’re using the Hippie Hosting Co-op, ffmpeg is now available. After installing the plugin, set your “path to ffmpeg” setting to point to “/usr/bin”, and you’re off and running. Adjust the default settings however you like (I set mine to embed video 840px wide).

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2 thoughts on “Self-hosting video with WordPress and Hippie Hosting Co-op”

  1. This is pretty awesome, the issue might be with bandwidth and storage size for all folks on UMW Blogs, but for ds106 students and the domain of one;s own project I think this is crucial. I love that this is a blog-specific solution. The thing one might miss about YouTUbe is what you miss about any social site like that, it brings in traffic and people see your stuff. But I am increasingly wondering how valuable that is when they threaten to take down all my stuff. You rule.

    Ever look at VideoPress? Think you could get your head around a videoserver?

    1. Looked at VideoPress – looks interesting, but I don’t want to spend $60/year to host videos when a plugin on my own blog can do the same thing…

      Bandwidth could be mitigated if a CDN was used – push content through a media caching network, or locate on campus, and the effect should be minimal…

      and, I’d expect any spurious “copyright violation” notice that got triggered by my blog would first be sent to Hippie Hosting – don’t fuck with a hippie – and then to MediaTemple – and I don’t know how they’d respond…

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