Archive for September 19, 2013

6 Tools For Creating Awesome Educational Screencasts

If you want to create an educational video sharing site, screencasts are an essential component. Since video has become so much more popular and affordable, many content creators are turning from the traditional text tutorial with screenshots to the more information rich screencasting format. If your educational content revolves around a computer, then you really need to be making screencasts to obtain the maximum levels of engagement and sharing.

Put simply, a screencast is a video recording of all or some part of your screen along with audio narration, screen captions, and sometimes a music soundtrack. In the old days, it was a pain to make a high-quality screencast, but both software and hardware has improved to the point where it’s fairly straightforward with the right tools. Read more

Choosing Reliable FFmpeg Hosting

FFmpeg hosting clients have very specific needs, and those needs are not always met by standard shared hosting providers. To offer the best possible experience to a site’s users, it’s necessary to ensure that the hosting platform that webmasters choose for their site offers capabilities that are tailored to the unique requirements of video and audio sharing platforms.

To help clients make the best choice for their site, we’re going to have a look at the services and infrastructure that they can expect from a high-quality FFmpeg hosting company.


Users of video sharing sites like YouTube and Vimeo have come to expect a level of user experience that is not easy to replicate for a hosting company without the same enormous resources as a company like Google. To build a robust and loyal community of sharers, it’s necessary to provide very fast video conversion and streaming. No one like to wait for hours while their videos are uploaded and encoded, so high performance servers with plenty of processing power and bandwidth are essential. Read more

SEO Tips For Video Sharing Sites

Video sharing sites pose a particular set of problems for search engine optimization. Google’s crawlers can’t interpret video content and so rely on the textual content and markup that surrounds the videos to get an idea of the terms for which videos should be ranked. It’s likely that Google is going to get better at interpreting video content in the future — they’re certainly working on artificial intelligence algorithms that recognize the subject of moving images and that can pull textual transcriptions out of videos — but the technology in its current form is rudimentary, and so owners of video sharing sites should make sure to optimize the pages their videos appear on properly.

Great Content

At the core of any SEO strategy is the creation of high-quality content that encourages viewers to post links to the site. The better the content, the more likely it is to garner the back links and social shares that will help a site to rank in the SERPs. Read more

AHosting Announces New $4 FFmpeg Hosting Plans

Hudson, FL, September 11, 2013 – AHosting, a leading provider of premium web hosting, has announced the introduction of low-cost optimized FFmpeg hosting. The new plans represent a comprehensive solution for the deployment of advanced video sharing and streaming sites and include 35GB of storage, 1TB of bandwidth, and the cPanel control panel.

Video is fast surpassing the written word as the primary medium of communication on the web. The almost ubiquitous presence of low-cost video cameras has lead to an enormous increase in the creation of video by ordinary people and an accompanying rise in the need for sites tailored specifically for the sharing of video and audio content. Everyone is aware of the success of YouTube and Vimeo, but those platforms fail to address the video sharing needs of niche communities. Read more

Hosting Your Own Videos Is Better For Business Than Using YouTube. Here’s Why.

Video is fast becoming the lifeblood of online marketing, branding, and communication. Done properly, it’s an incredibly effective medium for increasing awareness, engagement, and generating traffic. However, many businesses and webmasters shoot themselves in the foot by using third-party video hosting services like YouTube and Vimeo. While there are clear advantages to using YouTube in some cases, including increased exposure, the fact that your content is living on someone else’s site can limits the sort of content you can publish and what you can do with it.

The alternative is self-hosting a video sharing site that bestows many of the same benefits as using YouTube, while ensuring that you remain firmly in control of your content. So, why should you be using a self-hosted video sharing site rather than YouTube and its competitors? Read more