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How to get your video on your website or blog, using Amazon S3 in under 5 minutes..with free tools.

You want video on your site, and are confused by all the options, jargon, technical issues and shady expensive stuff.    I feel your pain, I get a LOT of questions about video from my clients with the same questions and confusion…especially when they are getting charged for things that are free.   So I created this short video to clear things up.

Video can be easy, 5-10 minutes is all it takes, and in this video I’ll show you how to take a video on your desktop and get it onto your S3/Cloudfront and then into your website or blog in under 5 minutes.

Here’s what you need to get started

  • A website or blog (duh!)
  • A video you want to get up…(make it good else noone will watch it)
  • To be signed up with Amazon S3 and CloudFront (the latter is especially important for video..both free signup)
  • A tool for uploading to S3 (e.g. S3Fox, CloudBerry (windows only))
  • About 10 minutes

Note: this video was uploaded in the exact same way as shown in the video. One thing we didn’t cover in this is how to get that pretty image at the very beginning, that’s covered in part 2.

NOTE: if this is your first video, and you play the video from a media player somewhere else, you’ll need to upload a crossdomain.xml file, you’ll only have to do that one time per ‘bucket’ (where you can have more than one bucket per your amazon account, for different companies). The one I use is here (but becareful, this is “wide open” access).

There’s lots more to know about doing high quality video that streams nicely and cheaply.  Be sure to opt-in on the right to get notified on new episodes.

Oh and Mr. Pine says hi.

How to video blog with Amazon S3 Cloudfront and free tools in 5 minutes

In 5 minutes how to video blog with Amazon S3

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In this post we’ll show you how to get your first video off your camera onto your wordpress blog, amazon s3 or cloudfront in less than5 minutes, with free tools.

I’ve been using Amazon Services for quite some time, and haven’t ever needed services like EzS3 as most features can be done pretty easily for free.  The video players also are typically available for free and pretty easy to configure.

  1. Get a wordpress compatible blog (comes with most providers) free.
  2. Get the pb-embedFlash wordpress plugin which allows you to quickly embed any flash or flash video with a single line, in a standards compliant way.
  3. Sign up for Amazon s3 with Amazon Web Services (free signup, reasonable costs for hosting)

    The link to signup for Amazon S3
    Click to signup for Amazon S3
  4. Use S3Fox that can be installed into FireFox (free) to upload the files to your bucket. S3Fox is like a FTP for your webserver that works with S3 instead.
  5. IMPORTANT Click the Everyone has Read access, else they won't be able to see the video
    IMPORTANT Click the Everyone has Read access, else they won't be able to see the video

    Once uploaded, set the permissions to these as public so that they can be visible to the open net, by default Amazon makes them only available to you.

  6. Decide on S3 or CloudFront for delivery of the file. I recommend CloudFront for more consistent access across the world.
  7. Copy the URL and Paste it into your embed code.
    Copy the URL and Paste it into your embed code.

    Right click to Copy the url.

  8. Paste that url into the embed code of your wordpress post (see the top video for an explanation)
  9. Preview and that’s it!

You may also be interested in this post, comparision of Amazon vs Ooyala etc.

NOTE: if this is your first video, and you play the video from a media player somewhere else, you’ll need to upload a crossdomain.xml file, you’ll only have to do that one time per ‘bucket’ (where you can have more than one bucket per your amazon account, for different companies). The one I use is here (but becareful, this is “wide open” access).

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The video that we used in the example, starring Mr. Pine.  Enjoy!

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