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    I am new here and have been reading through the tutorials and the forum. Which means I don't know too much.

    I have a great idea for a family friendly web site which involves the public submitting short 5 min. or less videos which I would like to post on a site.
    I'm not sure what would be the best way to do this starting on a small scale with a small budget. I'd even be willing to compress a video file for others myself which people would email or whatever and post the video for them.

    I'm thinking of a setup something like Of course, about
    1/10,000th of the scale.

    Any suggestions on where to start research on this and what kind of software and set up would be necessary? I would like to start small and if the site takes off invest more money into it.

    Thanks for any help!


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    Hi de51, welcome to the forum.

    I'll give you the bad news first. I hate to do this but it has to be done....

    The market for video sites is quite saturated because lots of webmasters are getting on the Google Video/Youtube bandwagon. I edit one of the video categories at and I see about one new Google Video clone site every day. Almost none of these sites have any chance of succeeding because there's too much competition and nothing to set them apart.

    In addition, it's not an easy thing to set up. You'll need the site to be easy to use and secure, and when you're competing with webmasters who have been in the game a long time you've got quite a challenge to be as good as them. Encoding videos manually is fine for a small site but may not be practical if you want lots of new material.

    Then there's the problem of spammers. It's likely that most of the submissions you get will be poor quality, duplicate and/or stolen material, designed to promote other websites. You just need to build this in to your calculations - you may need to spend a lot of time weeding out unwanted submissions.

    There's also some good news....

    Despite the proliferation of clone sites it's still relatively early days for Internet video. If you can get a good site going you could do well out of it.

    Most new video sites make the mistake of trying to clone existing models such as Google Video, Youtube, MySpace, etc. I believe there is still a market for more specialist sites which deal in a smaller area. I like your idea of making it family-friendly - if you can push that angle it would help. You could even consider getting a domain like or and making that your point of difference.

    I'll let you in on a little secret: I'm actually developing a video site myself which specialises in free public-domain space videos. I think I'm better off aiming for a big share of this smaller market than a small share of the generic video market. You could try to think of a similar niche market that doesn't have much competition.

    As for where you start, here are a few quick suggestions....

    (1) Before you do anything, make sure you understand the basics of SEO (search engine optimization). We have a tutorial here which may help if you're new to SEO.

    (2) Decide on a video format. Windows Media is a nice easy one to get started with but has a number of disadvantages if you want to get big. I recommend Flash - that's what the big sites are going with (Google, Youtube, Amazon and others).

    (3) An uploading system is where you need to be very security-conscious. I'm not sure if there are any scripts available designed for video, but you could certainly use a generic upload script to start with. Visit some of the script websites (eg, and search for upload scripts.

    Good luck.
    Dave Owen

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    Thanks Dave.

    I'm just at the beginnning stages of thinking this out. You gave me some good places to start on my thinking and research.

    I know quite a bit about the web and SEO, it's just video stuff I'm not too familiar with yet.

    Thanks again for the good start and I'm sure I'll pose more questions in the future.



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