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Soulfire
So I would like to start my own media sharing website, and I've looked a few things up ... the cheapest script I found was $10 and the most expensive I've found was $300.

This doesn't include a hosting cost, as I am convinced that FriHost does not have the capability to convert movies to flash (like Youtube does).

What I am looking for is a website similar to Youtube that can have users create accounts, upload/watch videos, upload/view pictures, upload/view text documents or letters, friends, messaging, etc.

If anyone has any information, please PM me or reply to this thread.
Diablosblizz
So your saying you want to build a youtube? Well because you said Frihost wasn't good enough, you would probably want to go buy hosting to get all the features you need (No offence Frihost). 10 gb and 250 mb won't do you good for a YouTube type.

HtH. GooD Luck.
Soulfire
Diablosblizz wrote:
So your saying you want to build a youtube? Well because you said Frihost wasn't good enough, you would probably want to go buy hosting to get all the features you need (No offence Frihost). 10 gb and 250 mb won't do you good for a YouTube type.

HtH. GooD Luck.

Exactly, my own Youtube.

Frihost may be okay to start, but I plan on buying a domain name and eventually better hosting.

The $10 script is vShare, and here are the requirements:

MySQL (version 4 or higher)
PHP (version 4.x)
Fmpeg
FFmpeg-PHP
Mplayer + Mencoder
flvtool2
Libogg + Libvorbis
LAME MP3 Encoder
Zend Optimizer

(I know Frihost has the MySQL and the PHP requirements, not sure about the others... though I may be able to get them).
sambhav
Even I am interested in making a YouTube clone and I also have the script. But i dont know if I would be able to earn money??

Me not sure about how to promote the site.
SonLight
One site similar to Youtube is http://www.godtube.com/ . If you are planning to build a similar one, you probably should do some searches to determine what other sites are out there.

I believe frihost does not allow any streaming of either audio or video. You could double-check that, and whether they might allow some limited testing before you have to upgrade to a paid host. Since copyright issues can be a problem, the content allowed might be restricted, if they will allow any at all.

If you want to develop a site for a specific kind of video, there might be a possibility of competing effectively for the viewing audience. I would suggest using the "embedded link" feature initially. You would be giving away as much traffic as you get, but it would be a cheap way to find out if you can attract a group of loyal viewers. You would still need to check with frihost to verify it's ok to use the feature and that copyright issues will be resolved, but I think it could be done without problems.

You could consider unique ways of organizing your videos. They could be arranged as forum posts, wiki entries, or blog entries, for example. You could also use a google custom search engine to help find them. If successful, you might eventually want to buy hosting and a search engine of your own, so that you would then be able to keep more of the traffic at your site. I would suggest not being too greedy though. It would be better to link to other sources that offer similar videos than to hope to corner the market.

Good luck with this project, however you decide to proceed.
Diablosblizz
Terms of Service wrote:
Pornography, racism, violence and other offensive content, images or movies or the promotion of these.


This may be a problem. I know there are some offensive content on YouTube, I've seen it. So this may be a problem for you. Another problem could be:

Terms of Service wrote:
MP3 and other music files are forbidden on our servers. Some exceptions might be made for self-made music hosted in one directory together with a legal.txt file explaining that the music files are completely legal. A written permission from an administrator is necessary prior to uploading the files. Remixes aren't considered as self-made music. Permission should be asked in the Request an Account Change forum.


Background music would do that, wouldn't it?

Just a warning that if you start on Frihost, maybe to contact Bondings before you request.[/quote]
Soulfire
Yes, I've read the TOS which is why I haven't proceeded as much. Moving forward from the TOS, I need information about the script before I can contact Bondings.
alexdude
Soulfire wrote:
Diablosblizz wrote:
So your saying you want to build a youtube? Well because you said Frihost wasn't good enough, you would probably want to go buy hosting to get all the features you need (No offence Frihost). 10 gb and 250 mb won't do you good for a YouTube type.

HtH. GooD Luck.

Exactly, my own Youtube.

Frihost may be okay to start, but I plan on buying a domain name and eventually better hosting.

The $10 script is vShare, and here are the requirements:

MySQL (version 4 or higher)
PHP (version 4.x)
Fmpeg
FFmpeg-PHP
Mplayer + Mencoder
flvtool2
Libogg + Libvorbis
LAME MP3 Encoder
Zend Optimizer

(I know Frihost has the MySQL and the PHP requirements, not sure about the others... though I may be able to get them).


Just think about all the power and resources that youtube goes through everyday! Hundreds of vidoes are uploaded and youtube stores and transcodes them all. They have to run there own web servers because no host could take that kind of pressure.
DjinniFire
You're going to need to buy more than hosting, you're going to need to buy your on servers x]
And you'll never find a host with all the tools u need for such a site. Buy a private server and then install programs and tools on the server.
Dougie1
I have to say it would be quite simple to build your own site if you have a good knowledge in php. I could probably build one just now and I don't have much knowledge. All you would need to do would be to create an upload form and a login form etc. if you wanted users to sign up, then make the only files available to be uploaded, wmv, avi, mpg .mov .mp4 .m4v .3gp .3g2 as these can all be streamed from plugins like quicktime and wmp. Then you just make it automatically create a html page with the video embedded and there you go. A youtube like site.

If you were willing to pay I would probably be willing to build it but I don't really think I have enough time and if you are average at php then you should be able to build it yourself.
thinkingskull
ffmpeg a basic req to convert movie files to flash formats is not generally installed and supported on webhosts....

pls checkout wth frihost ppl if they hav it and ya do ask them bout hostin ur own utube on their servers....

it consumes a lot of bandwidth man.....

anyways best of luck
morgoth
hosting will cost more than script. let's think that every video on your site is 15mb on average. when you have 1000 videos you will need 15gb place. if you have 10000 videos you'll need 150gb place Shocked , i didn't tell a word about bandwith yet.. you must really think about it.
k_s_baskar
A deditcated Intel Xeon server with 2 x250 Harddisk, unmetered bandwidth will need to run your project. Best price for this requirement will be $150 to $200 / month.
ronaldallan.mojica
Is there anyone here know how youtube made there videos by uploading only
roboguyspacedude
dude, the issue is not the script. The script cannot be hard to write, but the actual hosting is the whole problem. To make a youtube replica you would need like terabytes of storage and terabytes of bandwidth.
rohan2kool
a youtube-like site is gonna require lots of processing power, coz when u try to convert a video from avi/mpeg etc. to flv, video processing requires lots of processing power. Plus, video storage requires lots of storage space (and even more if ur gonna keep the source videos and the converted one).
gerpg
Frihost i believe would have the cababilities, you just have to remember that multimedia demands a higher amount of processing power and bandwidth, i suggest you get the site running and once you are clipping your bandwidth here move to another server. That way you may save 6months of paying for a server.

Converting must be done serverside unless you want your users to download a platform that converts the movie on there local machine, this will free up the servers CPU but will slow the local machine.

Louis.
nepstermartin
Please must care whenever you are choosing any readymade script because most of time it not provides you many necessary features like robust, scalable, user and search engine friendly, responsive and unique design, SEO friendly, taking more time to load after installation, not gives you 100% copyright and ownership of website so in future you can not sell it. If you go for custom development solution then you will get all of important features. And one more thing is that yet I have not seen any popular clone websites are using readymade scripts. You have already checked all readymade script providers’ websites but I suggest you NCrypted Technologies for customized clones of popular websites.
Marcuzzo
whooa ( with Keano Reeve's young voice ) mayor bump, this topic was ancient even before I joined 5 years ago, even the OP is no longer active on the forum. Very Happy

apart from the readymade scripts, there is no way that you could actually run the needed software on a shared host, and that is exactly what Frihost is.

I'm betting that the Frihost servers, just like the majority of webservers, is a VPS .

regardless of the fact that the server could be virtual, if you don't own/manage it. there is no way you can run or even install software (packages) because you simply don't have access to usr, bin and var or any other directory apart from the website's documentroot ( and possibly a few personal folders like the folder 'private' ).

and that is what Youtube does, they will mostlikely transcode or re-encode the videofile using thirdparty software like FFmpeg, in a way that it can be played in their web player.
the other stuff like user management, profiles and the likes are easy.

I've been thinking of getting my own VPS but that requires more work then regular 'shared' webhosting because I need to manage the OS, the users, then there's security and so on.
plus, the price is still on the high side if you ask me, reasonable but still a little out of my budget ( today, that is )
codersfriend
Making a youtube-like website is a big thing. First is your server specs.. well if you got money to host one then there would be no problem. But the next thing is the website and people to handle it. Some people might upload porn and pirated movies and you should be able to handle that. lucky for youtube, they have a system in detecting these which I think is a video and audio scanner AI or something. And lastly you will have to consider your audience. How will it differ from youtube, or vimeo and in what part will it be better?

But if you have a great idea there then good luck with that.
sark
Like others said, you probably need a dedicated server for this, a lot of bandwith (which is expensive), and HDD's with a lot of capacity. It seems really difficult, you should probably contact someone experienced with this before trying.
Arrogant
Scripting wouldnt be much of a problem but hosting will cost you a fortune
You will require a large storage and data bandwidth
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