Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Sucking bandwidth and Migrating Video to YouTube

The good news is that people are visiting my web site. The bad news is that people are visiting my web site.

Last month, I started getting warnings from Apple that I was using up nearly all my bandwidth limit for my web space. If it keeps up, you'll see my site shut down as the date nears the 15th and the end of the month each month as I spill over the alotted quota.

I suspect what's pushing it over is all the video I have on my site, so I'm in the process of shifting the video bits over to my YouTube account. There isn't much home-haunt video over there, so it's good to get some of that scene going there, too. Hopefully, my videos will pick up some votes and get some interest going in home haunting there.

1 comment:

andy said...

Web casting, or broadcasting over the internet, is a media file (audio-video mostly) distributed over the internet using streaming media technology. Streaming implies media played as a continuous stream and received real time by the browser (end user). Streaming technology enables a single content source to be distributed to many simultaneous viewers. Streaming video bandwidth is typically calculated in gigabytes of data transferred. It is important to estimate how many viewers you can reach, for example in a live webcast, given your bandwidth constraints or conversely, if you are expecting a certain audience size, what bandwidth resources you need to deploy.

To estimate how many viewers you can reach during a webcast, consider some parlance:
One viewer: 1 click of a video player button at one location logged on
One viewer hour: 1 viewer connected for 1 hour
100 viewer hours: 100 viewers connected for 1 hour…

Typically webcasts will be offered at different bit rates or quality levels corresponding to different user’s internet connection speeds. Bit rate implies the rate at which bits (basic data units) are transferred. It denotes how much data is transmitted in a given amount of time. (bps / Kbps / Mbps…). Quality improves as more bits are used for each second of the playback. Video of 3000 Kbps will look better than one of say 1000Kbps. This is just like quality of a image is represented in resolution, for video (or audio) it is measured by the bit rate.