Tara* replied to the topic How to present videos (city council, budget etc.) on your website? in the forum Technology 8 years, 2 months ago
I work for a training division in the FDA and we decide where to host our videos based on the intended audience. If the video has proprietary information that needs to be protected, we use our servers and post it to the intranet. If it is intended for the general public, we host it on our YouTube channel.
The nice thing about YouTube is that you can either simply use a text link to the video’s page or you can very easily get the embed code and embed the YouTube player right in your own webpage, keeping viewers on your website. YouTube also has a couple other great features that few people are aware of. First, if you upload a text file of your transcript, it will work out the timing and create captions automatically. And if you prefer to limit access somewhat, you can change the privacy settings so that it won’t show up in a search, only if the viewer has the direct link.
If you’re looking for an alternative with more privacy options, I really like Vimeo. You can set it so that the video can or can’t be downloaded and embedded and can limit embed permission to only certain websites, so you know that other websites aren’t using your video as their own.
If you have someone with experience in Flash (or HTML 5, as Flash seems to be dying a slow death), you can convert your videos to one of those formats and embed them directly into your webpage. However, that is a much more labor intensive option.
Hopefully, this gives you an idea of your options. If you have any more specific questions, let me know and I’ll be happy to help in whatever way I can!
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