Great questions, I don’t know yet what would be best, as I haven’t really used flowplayer/jwplayer either.
This just became more of a question, as one of our site’s free Vimeo space is almost filled up.
(Working with non-profits and people with not too much money …)
Yeah honestly this is what i agree with. Also don’t forget that there’s still a cost associated with expert knowledge solicitation. Assuming you’re donating your time to help them out (which is what it sounds like) but wanting to maintain reliability after you leave, it might just be easier/prudent to look into the full scale of the costs.
Vimeo’s biggest benefit is that you have guaranteed access to their support people for their monthly fee. Going with a server + any of these solutions (or even just uploading to a web server) means if shit hits the fan and you’re unavailable, they’re probably going to have to pay more money to fix these things.
Even then, it seems like cost of Vimeo’s plans are fairly comparable in cost to running your own server. 7 dollars a month (if you pay yearly) already comes with 5GB/week storage space + guaranteed support. You might save a few dollars here and there by rolling out your own solution, but this seems like guaranteed scaling (if your content hosting scales linearly that is…)
Really depends on your client’s usecase and their needs. I 100% understand being a nonprofit and not having a whole lot of money available to operate can be a concern, but one of the non-profits I support pays for Squarespace (12 dollars a month) even though there are so many people working in tech (hosting, web development, etc.) donating their time.
I’ve got some nice deals on VPSes (yes, less than $7), and have the power and space and traffic available for testing, and it would possibly benefit multiple clients (saving multiple Vimeo memberships).
Also, there’s a larger goal of testing live streaming platforms, and if self-hosting could work, Vimeo’s live streaming option is quite expensive.
So I do want to test this … If it doesn’t work out, I gave it a try.
(And yes, my time is what I donate quite a bit of, so hopefully the testing will be fun.)
Haha yeah well I mean most of us here have access to some great hosting pricings that we can probably scale our unit monthly costs (to a comparable VPS plan) down to less than 7 dollars. But I still figured that would factor into the equation for a non-profit agency.
Anyways best of luck! If you find a good solution beyond nginx + RTMP module let me know! I’d love to build my own streaming solution that’s just offloads the software requirement from manual configuration to something a bit more “packaged”.
If you don’t get a huge amount of traffic, just put the video file between html video tags, and you’re done - that’s what I do, that’s all there is to basic self-hosting. Otherwise look into third-pary hosting on the usual suspects.