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“I highly recommend vzaar for hosting your videos and would caution that while other video hosting companies claim to have superior technology, be very careful not to pay exorbitant prices for the same technology, service and quality that you find right here at vzaar for a much more reasonable cost.

Our site had been experiencing fairly good growth in traffic, and while growth is always a good thing it doesn’t come without a little pain. Our pain came in the high definition videos that we have on our website, we have about 50 videos which are the main selling point for our product and many of those videos are hosted at vzaar.

As our videos were being watched more and more and we quickly reached our quota on bandwidth at vzaar so we turned to our video technician who suggested we move to another video host. But after researching this other video host I didn’t find anything that convinced me this other video host was better than vzaar. When I explained our situation to Ian Snead at vzaar he quickly came up with the perfect solution to keep us at vzaar and even built in more than enough bandwidth in our account for plenty of future growth.”

Paul McGowan VP Web Services Farrell International

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1,000 companies use vzaar

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Today, vzaar reached this massive milestone and we are naturally very pleased with this achivement. We have worked hard and this will further inspire us to push forward and continue to make vzaar the best online video hosting service available. 1000 Companies use vzaar
A big thank you to all of our customers for trusting vzaar as your video platform. Over the years you have been instrumental in giving us important feed back which allows us to provide you with the features you need. This year we have released many features including playlists, an iPhone app, a bulk Uploader and many more. We now have over 30+ features and we are working on a another round that will be released soon.

We also owe much thanks and praise to two very special companies who have played a significant role in building the vzaar platform.

Harmony Park- A London based digital creative agency or as they call it a Cultural Construction Company. We discussed our idea with them (Andrew, Ebony, Mike) in 2007, when vzaar was a mere concept sketched out on a sheet of A4. Harmony Park took the idea and turned it into reality.

Applicake- A Ruby on Rails development agency. We love working with this bunch and we thank them for being simply awesome. The Applicakers are not short of creativity. Just look at this video they made.

In reflection, I am astonished by the diversity of online companies using video. When we started this company we thought vzaar would appeal to only a few verticals so it’s great to know we are reaching such a broad range of companies. Here is a list to show you what I am talking about. Business like these use vzaar everyday to improve their online business and onsite user experience.

Online Retail Schools Sports Teams Classifieds
Churches Real Estate TV Stations Dating Websites
Radio Stations Online Magazines Social Online Communities Bloggers
Personal Trainers Charities Web Apps Nutrition
Web Designers Auto Websites Digital Agencies Online Learning
Big Brands Government Agencies Gambling Sites Travel

While I am writing lists let me add the countries where some of these companies are based.

USA UK France Spain Italy Germany
Australia New Zealand Uruguay Argentina Venezuela Denmark
Sweden Norway Holland South Africa Russia China
Brazil Jamaica India Taiwan New Zealand Canada
Mexico Poland Israel Nigeria

On behalf of all the team at vzaar, we are extremely grateful for your custom and we look forward to a long continued relationship providing you with your online video hosting requirements.

Team vzaar

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We needed a solution for all our training and conference videos that are watched for our community all over the world. We had many requirements and vzaar had the video hosting solution we needed! Their support people are great, they answered us very quickly. We are very happy to be working with vzaar team.

María José Serres Marketing Manager Artech www.genexus.com

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Encoding Video for the Web

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For those of you who missed the webinar on video encoding for the web you are in luck as it has been recorded and the video can be seen below. I have broken it into two parts. The first part was presented by Larry Kless and his piece is about 20 minutes long covering the fundamentals of video encoding. This includes all that you need to know about video compression as well as offering some tips and best practices for shooting video for the web. Want to know the difference between a codec and a container or learn about video formats then hear what Larry has to say.

The second part presented by Robert Reinhardt is being dubbed “Advanced” as Robert goes into more detail about video codec’s and goes into why he thinks x264 is important.He also gives an awesome demo of Handbrake a free downloadable desktop encoding application which is a handy tool to have. I personally use Handbrake all the time and I still learned a few things I did not know from Robert. This section also includes coverage of the Q&A session we had at the end of the webinar where some intersting topics were covered such as html 5 and the future of flash.

Also included is an iTunes podcast link for those who want to download the video podcast and a download link for those who want to download the actual video. Special thanks to Mark Robertson of Reelseo for all his help in not only making the Webinar happen but for his time in cutting the actual video. Reelseo is a great resource for all things related to video and online marketing. Last but not least a special thanks to Larry, Robert and Stella (Roberts Dog) for sharing their extensive knowledge on video encoding. Top notch chaps!!

VIDEO PODCAST DOWNLOAD VIDEO: Encoding Video for the Web Webinar Basic DOWNLOAD VIDEO: Encoding Video for the Web Webinar Advanced

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Want to add video to your Drupal site

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Quick post on adding vzaar video to your Drupal site. This morning a vzaar customer posted some tips on how to add video to your Drupal site. If you are interested in knowing how see the link he/she posted here.

About Drupal Drupal.org is the official website of Drupal, an open source content management platform. Equipped with a powerful blend of features, Drupal supports a variety of websites ranging from personal weblogs to large community-driven websites.

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