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Question: I’ve just started using Amazon S3 to store my videos on. But I’m not sure how to embed these videos on my website, let alone a WordPress blog. Any advice would be gratefully received!

Answer: Who hasn’t heard about the popular online data storage service called Amazon S3. But, as surprising as it may sound, not many people know how to use it- especially when it comes to adding video to a website.

If you’ve ever tried to get away from YouTube, Blip, Vimeo or other 3rd party video hosting service to serve your own video in your own player on your site, blogs, social profiles and elsewhere then read on.

Tools you need

1. An Amazon Simple Storage (S3) account If you don’t already have an Amazon S3 account, then sign-up for one, it’s very cheap storage for any media file. There are no sign up fees. You only get charged for bandwidth used and storage.

For example: it costs

  • $0.15/GB stored per month
  • $0.18/GB delivered (or less)

2. S3Fox Organizer plugin for Firefox *- This Firefox plugin helps you organize/manage/store your files on Amazon S3. It is easy to install and use as it is integrated into the browser. It makes Amazon S3 user-friendly by presenting it to you in a ‘FTP’ style interface.

3. JW FLV Media Player – The JW FLV Player is the Internet’s most popular and flexible media player. Their setup wizard gets you going with video from S3 on your site in no time

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