How-to Build Your Own Joomla Video Community

You want people to take your Joomla website seriously. You want them to think that your “video gallery” makes your site pretty awesome. You want them to believe that you are the only one who has figured out how to embed videos from YouTube and all other 3rd-party video hosting sites… and you don’t want them to accidentally click on any of those 3rd-party site ads that take them away from your website.

What do you do?

To build your own Joomla video community from the ground up, you will need to:

  1. Create your own video player – most likely it would be in built in Flash
  2. Convert raw videos to an Internet-appropriate size & quality
  3. Upload your converted videos to your server (or hosting provider’s server)
  4. Keep a close eye on your server resources: disk space and bandwidth in particular. Videos will fill up your free space much more quickly than images, web pages, or any other type of file.
  5. Install a Joomla video gallery component that provides support for using your own files.
  6. Optional: If you want to allow users to “stream” videos (meaning they can jump around different parts of the video without downloading the entire thing), it will usually require a separate streaming server, and someone with the technical know-how to get things running smoothly.

For those who don’t have the opportunity, time, know-how, or resources to do the above, then what other option do you have if you don’t want to have low-quality videos with another business’ branding?

The answer: JVideo!

JVideo is a Joomla video gallery component – with it you can upload videos, organize videos, stream videos, and more. You don’t need to purchase additional hardware or worry about your videos directing your customers elsewhere. JVideo uses an API powered by Infinovision, so all you need to do is setup an account, install the component, and you’re good to go. It’s a new way to think about video hosting. In fact, you pretty much don’t have to think about it.

Check out the video below from the JVideo demo site and compare it to the YouTube equivalent (try full-screen for a real eye-opener):

YouTube’s version:

Check out the JVideo demo to see what they’re all about.

Infinovision: High Definition Video Hosting Service

Infinovision has developed a high definition video delivery system on top of Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud, and makes it easy to deploy a video community with a brandable video player, direct webcam recording, fast streaming video, a full-blown API for developers, and – not to mention – an infinitely scalable architecture.

From the Infinovision homepage: “Infinovision defines the next generation of web based video delivery systems. Manage and add scalable, high definition, branded video to your web site in minutes using the Infinovision enterprise class video delivery system.”

Definitely worth a look, so make sure to check ’em out.