@strypey Another option: host the videos yourself.

It doesn't have to be complicated, just put the file on your server and link to it with a <video controls> tag.

@strypey Well, I was assuming that if you had a website you had *some sort of* server you could upload media to...

And how I wish browsers built in one of those peer-to-peer DHT protocols? That'd partially adress the need for a server, though you'd still need one for reliability.

@strypey Wix & Squarespace can't host videos?

Wouldn't be the first time Wix surprised me...

@strypey @alcinnz
In my experience, people host videos on YouTube or Vimeo because even a small number of hits will eat into your data (bandwidth) allowance in no time. A 100k webpage versus 100MB video makes a huge difference.

@fitheach And a habit of recording video and putting it on your server means a further step from hosted to virtual server rental to having a physical server with some hardcore raid setup I don't understand. I administer servers now (mostly rental, one a community favour), but video storage is impractical on all of them.

@strypey @alcinnz

Even the cheapest VPS offers, often come with 20GB. That potentially could be a lot of videos. That wouldn't be the problem. If you had some popular videos your cheap VPS probably couldn't support the requests, and your bandwidth would be gone in no time.

@strypey @alcinnz

@fitheach @krozruch @strypey And still there's ways around that bandwidth problem, primarily BitTorrent. How I hate how much that's been villified?

... and it's as slow as treacle. I'll grant you, I've not watched that many videos from PeerTube, but they have all stuttered or stopped. Sorry, that is just the truth.

I'm not on some superfast fibre broadband, but then not all users are. I rarely, if ever, had problems with YT or Vimeo, for example.

@alcinnz @krozruch

@strypey @fitheach @alcinnz @xj9 It has improved to some degree but I have a good connection. I have rarely, if ever, watched a video anyone else is watching, but I upload to it and embed and though I hear there was little in the way of moderation tools early on, I have seen it improve so there's reason for hope.

I watched a few this week, albeit only the first 5 minutes as I decided they weren't for me.

Since my self-imposed abstinence from everything Google I might even have more motivation to watch stuff on PeerTube(s). However, my viewing tends to be driven by particular needs (news, for example) rather than looking for something to pass the time. For my needs the PTs don't have the desired content.

@krozruch @alcinnz @xj9

@fitheach @strypey @alcinnz @xj9 It's in want of curation, for sure. I hit on something here and there and showed a couple of things to my advanced English students. They liked this, for example: betamax.video/videos/watch/4b6

The Fediverse, in general, could do with a meta search engine. Mastodon's Web UI has a great search facility for *my* own posts, but finding other people's posts is impossible. Something like that PeerTube search for text would encourage a lot more interaction *within* the Fediverse.

@GidiKroon @krozruch @alcinnz @xj9


@fitheach @strypey search on Mastodon is restricted on purpose to stuff you have a relation to. This is an anti-harassment feature. People would frown upon an index for posts. (Though I seem to recall one existed at some point)

As an alternative you could use the search features of the Mastodon UI on a Pleroma server, this gives all locally known results. Useful, especially if the server is connected to a good relay.

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