Dreamhost rocks. I mean, they just keep piling on awesome new features into their hosting package. Recently, it was essentially infinite bandwidth and storage. Yesterday, they added an automatic Flash video transcoder and presenter, ala YouTube. But, within any Dreamhost site.

All I have to do is upload a video file (.avi, .mov, .mp4) to my site, tell Dreamhost I want it converted to Flash video (using the panel.dreamhost.com site that's used for managing everything else as well), and their magic elves do their work and email me a javascript snippet to embed a flash player in any web page (or blog post). Like, for instance, this one:

[flv:http://www.darcynorman.net/video/banffdaylight_640x320.flv 640 320]

It seems to choke on some video formats (it didn't like my screencast at all - perhaps it's not able to deal with the H.264 video encoding or AAC audio encoding...)

Now, if only Dreamhost would solve the intermittent MySQL performance suckage, things would be perfect!

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