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  1. Frankie Jarrett

    Also worth noting that the subscription price has gone up 65%, from $60 to $99 per year.

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  2. Alec Kinnear

    I’m sure oEmbed support will arrive very soon.

    If someone is looking for a more flexible and equally inexpensive high volume solution, our FV Player together with Vimeo Pro hosting allows unlimited videos for $200/year. Our FV Player Pro will also mix and match to use YouTube videos, allowing you a free hosting option. If you are looking for highly secure streaming, our player will also work with Amazon Cloudfront RTMP.

    All with the same custom interface across all the hosting, so your visitors will only perceive a single brand: yours.

    We support every major video hosting platform. Next week we will add support for VideoPress hosting in case someone would like to add VideoPress to the mix or arrives with legacy VideoPress videos.

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  3. Marcus Tibesar

    I don’t understand why anyone would pay for VideoPress while YouTube is free?

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    • Peter Cralen (@PeterCralen)

      I don’t use any videos on my sites, anyway if I need some, I will never put some YouTube there.
      Do you understand why anyone would pay for theme/plugin/service if many of them are free?

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      • juanvillgs

        Why wont you? It is probably the most reliable service at no cost.
        You pay for themes/plugins/services because they usually have a higher quality than those available for free.

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      • Peter Cralen (@PeterCralen)

        Simply bc. I don’t like youtube for more reasons (for example facebook too) and I have no plan to use it if alternatives which are closer to my personality/ideas/style/needs exist.

        For example … Can you imagine that Apple use youtube on their site?
        I prefer something more clean, designed and focused on details, without adverts, annotations and another things around what youtube use.
        I don’t think that youtube is something what has place on quality websites.

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      • Alec Kinnear

        For free users, YouTube covers your video in ads and leads your visitors to your competitors (or just away). That’s not free, Juan.

        YouTube should be used as a venue where you attract visitors to your own web properties, not as a source of leakage.

        For $200/year, Vimeo offers unlimited videos including commercial (or any) content you like. A single month’s hosting on other video hosts for a reasonably popular video can rise to around $500/month. I.e. Vimeo Pro is by a factor of 10 to 20 times less expensive than your alternatives (i.e. $200/year as opposed to $3000 in our example) even for relatively modest usage. For that matter you can sell/rent your videos on Vimeo Pro with very little set up.

        We’re not affiliated in any way with Vimeo, pay for our own pro account. As video experts, we just think the Vimeo Pro offer is the best value for money on the internet (if you want to use video commercially).

        VideoPress’s value offer looks good too. I’m really looking forward to testing our fully responsive and brandable player works with VideoPress next week.

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  4. billhiatt2012

    Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t get VideoPress videos to be responsive, which to me seemed like one of the big selling points of the update. I uploaded a fresh video just to make sure the problem wasn’t confined to old videos. Even the new video doesn’t seem to resize itself as a responsive video should. Is there some obvious point I’m missing? Perhaps something that needs to be added to the embed code? If so, it doesn’t seem to be documented yet.

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  5. Dave Bonta

    You didn’t highlight the part of the announcement that I was happiest to read: “VideoPress now takes a fraction of the space it used to and is optimized for speed, so pages and posts with video content load faster. This is a huge plus for viewers who use slower connections or rely on bandwidth-strapped mobile devices.” I’m on a 1M/sec connection, and I’ve never been able to watch the videos at WordPress.tv very well. Sometimes it feels as if Silicon Valley developers ignore those of us in rural parts of the US or the global South (as with the next to most recent overhaul of Flickr, which suddenly made that site almost unusable), so thanks to Matt & Co. for remembering that we exist (and even sometimes upload videos, agonizing as that can be.)

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  6. Marcus Morba (@mori4you)

    Have you ever tried to get ffmpeg running on a server for video conversion or thumbnail creation? Alone to find a hosting service is not that easy. Therefore from my point of view the price is o.k. compared to other 3rd parties.

    If you don´t want to wait for oEmbed give Drupal a go: https://www.drupal.org/project/media_oembed

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    • Dave Navarro, Jr

      Actually, I have installed ffmpeg on my dedicated server and it wasn’t that difficult. The difficult part was getting it to do EXACTLY what I wanted it to. But I’m a glutton for punishment (aka developer)

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  7. Dave Navarro, Jr

    YouTube only shows ads and branding if you use thier player. There are dozens of free and premium players that let you use YouTube videos with zero ads and no branding.

    And if your uploading videos to YouTube for your site, you can use privacy controls to only show them on your site for paid memberships.

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