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easiest way to host and stream video in SP2010 Foundation/SBS2011

    Question

  • What is the easy path to self host and stream video files? I have many other sites streaming audio and video using Flash. I found a few threads on that topic in this forum.

    What other methods are available in SharePoint? What is working the best?

    Thanks,

    Kurt


    Deep Creek Services

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012 6:51 PM

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  • I'm trying to understand your requirement for streaming because you mention SBS2011 which to me says you want to provide videos for employees on your local network. If this is the case, my suggestion would be to place the videos on a file share to which you give your employees Read permissions and link to the videos from SharePoint.

    Jason Warren
    Infrastructure Specialist
    Habañero Consulting Group
    www.habaneros.com/blog

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012 7:51 PM
  • Jason, your reply spawned a few ideas on this topic. I am seeking better employment. I have deployed 2 corporate SharePoint sites, which of course I am unable to share. I set this server up for demonstration purposes and hope to obtain work by adding a link to the site from my business site. To keep this project affordable my server is behind my cable modem on a dynamic IP. Setting up SSL was tricky but is now working. My goal then is to add the most popular features requested by companies using this technology. My link would provide instructions to log in as a "Guest" and provide that password, which would have few privledges.

    In terms of sourcing video I should have a few flavors. A friend suggested an interface to control and view a live PTZ IP security camera. A flash video should provide that YouTube look and feel. Your suggestion would provide a demonstration of the user's installed players, which in most cases would open Media Player, Quck time, or VLC, depending on the file type and the user's file type associations.

     I was hoping that SharePoint has added native features for audio, video and photo viewing. If not, then what technologies and methods are popular?

    Adding a video chat feature would be really cool. There would be few if any concurrent users, so bandwidth issues should not be a problem. My box is not a true server appliance, it is just a left over dual core PC.

    I also plan to add some demonstration business logic using InfoPath, which I used on my corporate deployments. I'm open to any ideas that might attract new customers and require a reasonable amount of development time.

    Thanks for your time,

    Kurt


    Deep Creek Services

    Wednesday, April 11, 2012 1:48 PM
  • Out of the box SharePoint doesn't have flash streaming features or any multimedia features outside of storing media files. You may want to look into the digital asset management features available in SharePoint 2010.

    There are streaming productions that exist that you can embed in SharePoint pages. One such example is JW Player which is open source and sounds like may be what you are looking for (disclosure: I have no affiliation with longtail video, though we have used JW Player in SharePoint implementations). 


    Jason Warren
    Infrastructure Specialist
    Habañero Consulting Group
    www.habaneros.com/blog

    Wednesday, April 11, 2012 2:16 PM
  • I was mistaken about the built-in video streaming capabilities of SharePoint. See the Media Web Part in SharePoint 2010 - FAQ

    Jason Warren
    Infrastructure Specialist
    Habañero Consulting Group
    www.habaneros.com/blog

    Tuesday, April 17, 2012 8:39 PM
  • Awesome! Oh, wait...

    6. Can I use Media Web Part in SharePoint Foundation 2010?

    No, Media Web Part is included in Publishing feature, which is only available in SharePoint Server 2010.

    7. Can I use Media Web Part in SharePoint 2007?

    No, it’s only available in SharePoint Server 2010.

    Looks like it is back to learning to embed FlowPlayer http://flowplayer.org/ into my SP Foundation site as html code (java script). So much for rich multimedia out of the box. What a shame to exclude such a basic feature. I'm sure there must be 3rd party SilverLight web parts for sale. 

    I have embedded self-hosted audio and video here. www.deepcreekservices.us The original music was created over the web with a friend I've never met. It may be hard to believe but he is playing a guitar. I'm on drums. The second track was done with players from all over the world, again over the web. As you can guess I am anxious to get streaming media working in SP. Darn IT!!!

    Kurt


    Deep Creek Services

    Thursday, April 19, 2012 5:49 PM
  • Whoaa. Not quite a complete answer, just yet. So, now we know video streaming is not native. But, surely many folks have used various means to host many flavors of video on the Foundation platform. So, what worked best? What methods were easy and hard?

    Thanks,

    Kurt


    Deep Creek Services

    Friday, April 20, 2012 5:35 PM
  • Latest findings: The Microsoft Media Platform Content Manager may do what you need. It uses SharePoint 2010, and IIS Media Services to stream live broadcasts and video on demand. Might be overkill but worth checking out.

    Jason Warren
    Infrastructure Specialist


    • Edited by Jason WarrenMVP Saturday, May 05, 2012 4:23 AM forgot hyperlink
    Saturday, May 05, 2012 4:23 AM