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How To Use Streaming?
06-16-2011, 11:54 PM
Post: #1
How To Use Streaming?
Hi everyone,

I am a new user of DreamHost and would like to know how to use Streaming supported by DreamHost.

When I click under Goodies and add new streaming they provide me this subdomain /streaming.zanniat.org

and

/home/zanniatmineu/streaming.zanniat.org/file.mov rtsp://streaming.zanniat.org/streaming.zanniat.org/file.mov

for streaming.

But I am really confuse about how to really use this service.

anyone got clear explaining?

Please

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06-17-2011, 12:42 AM
Post: #2
RE: How To Use Streaming?
you need to hint the file with quicktime pro

might be easier to use xmoovstream with flv or mp4
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06-17-2011, 01:06 AM
Post: #3
RE: How To Use Streaming?
(06-17-2011 12:42 AM)bobocat Wrote:  you need to hint the file with quicktime pro

might be easier to use xmoovstream with flv or mp4

Hi thans for your reply.


What you mean is MP4 is the best..

But what is xmoovstream?
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06-17-2011, 02:50 AM
Post: #4
RE: How To Use Streaming?
have you heard of google?
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07-04-2011, 05:40 AM
Post: #5
RE: How To Use Streaming?
(06-17-2011 02:50 AM)bobocat Wrote:  have you heard of google?

Hi bobocat,

Just checkout xmoovstream and seems really interesting. I suppose you use it yourself. Can you really recommened this?
Also, I do't see any problems, but is it allowed by DH?

Thanks and regards, Ron
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07-04-2011, 05:45 AM
Post: #6
RE: How To Use Streaming?
I've used it, but not extensively. It works well and I find it very easy to use once you understand the basic concepts (which took a little bit since I didn't know anything about streaming, websites, PHP, etc at the time).

The only potential problem, which I've heard is mostly a theoretical problem, is that streaming a large number of long videos simultaneously could cause your load average to become higher than it should be for shared hosting. My videos have are long (1 hour) but have, at most, 1 view per week, so I've never bothered to look into that potentiality... If you are planning on serving up a constant stream to many users at once, you might want to experiment a bit, or use DH's streaming facilities.
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07-04-2011, 05:54 AM
Post: #7
RE: How To Use Streaming?
It will be for about 20, 5 minute clips, which I guess might be viewed 50 times a day on average. What makes it a lot of streaming all together. Since it goes through php it might cause a high load on the shared server, which I think I will not have with just a video playing through the direct URL.
I tested the direct URL with one clip and DH seems extreemly fast for a direct download playing. All is downloaded in 30 seconds for 5 minutes play time, and this way I do not use up resources/scripts/php which are always the cause of peaks in the server.
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07-04-2011, 06:25 AM
Post: #8
RE: How To Use Streaming?
for 5 minute clips, it's probably not worth it, especially if your files are only 10-20 MB each. Longer videos need to have random access AND bandwidth throttling to avoid, in some countries at least, using up your monthly data quota without realising it. You would see little benefit with such short movies.

That being said, xmoovstream is a very efficient script and although it persists, it doesn't seem to be killed due to it's length of execution. It also doesn't generate much load when streaming. All it does is send a chunk of data ever few seconds and checks for some feedback. It's not actually transforming anything or compiling anything. Just chopping up a file and sending it out....
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07-04-2011, 06:41 AM
Post: #9
RE: How To Use Streaming?
Aha, I thought something like that.
With direct URI I just have some bandwidth, but with xmoov I will also use script resources which are in my case not really necessary, since the blog already uses a lot of php it will just make things go to higher resources for the server.

Thanks for the explanation, much appreciated.
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07-04-2011, 08:07 AM
Post: #10
RE: How To Use Streaming?
in that case, probably. in my case, once my videos go over about 30-50 MB, then streaming becomes an advantage. i'm living in a country which still metres internet usage in the megabytes/day range, not gigabytes/day or /hour or not at all :-P
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