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Fri, Nov. 11th, 2005, 07:27 pm
Roophilia update

  • Another new movie: An Eastern grey kangaroo eating. (This one's not being hosted by Google Video because they have a rule that all video clips have to be at least 12 seconds in length.

Fri, Nov. 11th, 2005 11:22 am (UTC)

Outside of that restriction, Google Video also informs me (and probably others) that "[c]urrently, the playback feature of Google Video isn't available in your country". Meh. >_>

Fri, Nov. 11th, 2005 09:14 pm (UTC)

Crap. I was not aware that the playback feature was blocked in some countries. There's nothing about that in the Google help. Have you tried other random video clips to check they all do that? Have you emailed Google about this? Germany is one of my biggest source of viewers, so I don't want to block them. Google Video wasn't a preferred solution anyway because of its reliance on Flash which locks others out, but what could I do? I guess I'm back to begging for webspace. :(

Fri, Nov. 11th, 2005 10:24 pm (UTC)

Yeah, I checked others, too - invaderluca linked to a video recently, and I got the same thing there.

Just out of curiosity, how much traffic does Roophilia use? I doubt it'd be possible for me to host the videos at least, but I figure it doesn't hurt to ask. :) If it's less than, say, 15 GB a month, I could host them, but it still wouldn't be an ideal solution, because if I do get over a certain limit a month (I get 20 GB of free traffic, some of which I need for myself, obviously), I have to pay for it (either that, or disable access to the site for the remainder of the month), and... well, that just wouldn't be ideal.

You just might ask timduru, too, for example. He usually only hosts fursuit-related stuff, but who knows - he might make an exception, and he's got a dedicated server (possibly more than one) which doesn't have any traffic limits, as far as I know.

A third alternative would be to contribute the movies to Wikipedia - have you thought about that? Well, more precisely, they'd go to the Wikimedia Commons, which aims to be a collection of free images, music, sound clips, movies and other media; I'm sure they'd be interested. Of course, in order to do that, you'd have to agree to license the movies under a free license (ideally, the GNU FDL) - both free as in "free beer" and as in "freedom", that is -, so it'd be understandable (if unfortunate) if you preferred not to do that.

The final solution I can think of is the Internet Archive, which also offers hosting for movies and other media files; as far as I know, you don't have to license your movies under any particular license here, either.

Sun, Nov. 13th, 2005 10:29 pm (UTC)

Thanks for those. That was food for thought. I've discounted Wikimedia because everything there is meant to be potentially useful for other projects and the more of a drain it is on resources the more stringently it needs to justify its presence. I suspect most of the time the traffic on the movies it quite modest but I know sometimes it peaks well over your 20GB a month. I don't mind open sourcing my movies or transcoding in Ogg Theora--both of those things I've contemplated doing on my own. The Internet Archive lets people leave comments on the movie and I don't want the trolls to get at it. I'm still investigating other options.

Sun, Nov. 13th, 2005 10:40 pm (UTC)

*noddles* Actually, I think you shouldn't worry too much about the Wikimedia commons. There's already several hundreds of thousands of media files on there; and while it's probably mostly images, it's still a lot. The project also has well over 100 servers by now world-wide, too, so things like bandwidth, HD space and so on wouldn't be much of a concern really.

That being said, there's probably still other services that might be useful, too. Does Furnation still exist? I think basically any service that has their own servers on a dedicated line without bandwidth limits would be ideal, and I'd be surprised if there was no such service for furry-related content.

Another alternative would be BitTorrent: if you have a decent connection at home and your computer runs 24/7, you could put the videos there. It works perfectly for the NESvideos site, for example, which has several hundreds of movies - and several that are quite large, too (up to 350 MB at least).

Fri, Nov. 11th, 2005 09:18 pm (UTC)

Were you trying to play one of my videos? It's possible to block access to playback to selected countries on videos you upload, but of course I haven't done anything like that.

Fri, Nov. 11th, 2005 10:25 pm (UTC)

Yes, I did.
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Wed, Nov. 16th, 2005 09:25 am (UTC)

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