Uploading video woes

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Ting Bibby
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I'm not too sure if this thread should be in the streaming section, as it's not technically streaming I am after, so I applogize in advance if that is the case.

I've recently set up a buisiness web hosting account with 1and1, with the intention of uploading short films I have made for others to download. However, when I'm in their own website building section I cannot seem to create a link to the video files that I have uploaded to their webspace. Trying to figure a workaround, I tried highlighting text and then creating a link to a different section of uploads, based in their own windows, which has: link to pages in website, other web pages, email address, uploaded files and local files. I went to local files and tried to upload my video file, it says sending request to 1and1. I wait for ages and finally it stops and shows the uploaded files section. The video file is nowhere to be seen.

Has anyone else used the web hosting with 1and1 and managed to get video files onto their website? I am relatively new at this, though normally have good problem solving skills when it comes to computers. Just now I am stumped. Any help would be much appreciated, and I'll post a link to the website when it's all up and running.

Cheers,
Ting Bibby.

Dave R Smith
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Usually with web objects, problems can occur by not using just lowercase in filenames. Use thisfile.mpg not Thatfile.mpg or someotherfile.MPG etc.

The other question is does the website work ok on your own pc before you ftp to 1&1.

I'm guessing you use some freebie software from 1&1 to create your software (htm files etc) - if this is where the problem is, (how to use the software) you need to name it - possibly Netobject fusion 7?

Whatever file structure you have on your own pc to build and test, you need to keep when you put it to 1&1.
Say, keep all mpg files in subdirectory called clips and images in a sub-directory called images:
~/website
index.htm
someotherpage.htm
~website/images
icon1.gif
mypic2.jpg
~website/clips
movie1.mpg
cartoon3.mov

Dave.

Ting Bibby
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At the moment, I am waiting for all the software to be sent out to me. 1and1 said it could be up to three weeks. Though I'm in a bit of a hurry to get this up and running. I use 1and1's own online website builder. It's nowhere near as flexible as I thought it would be. I'm just hoping that it will allow for video uploads. I haven't seen anywhere that suggests that it doesn't.

It's a WYSIWYG website builder. The options are very limited. I can upload .pdf files, or .jpegs and they have names that include capital letters. I would like to offer downloads and this is where I'm getting stuck. I have used WISE FTP to upload the videos to my webspace. Though there is no option in the website builder program to link them. I try using website builders' own upload local files section and that doesn't work.

Still unsure what to do.

Dave R Smith
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I'm guessing you have no previous experience of website building.
Even if you use an application to build your website, it will help you by getting a book on 'html' or 'web pages made easy' from your local library.
Even if you don't write your own html, it will give you a mental framework of where you should be heading.
If your friends can't wait, send it by post on a cd or email it if it doesn't break size limits.

Dave.

mooblie
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Re: file naming: I would also suggest you avoid spaces in filenames. Use the underscore "_" instead, as some servers forcibly rename files that contain spaces after you upload them, and then all your links break. :(

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davemitch
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My daughter has her website hosted at 1and1, and made a short movie using a digital stills camera and Studio8 to create a stop motion animation. It is in Windows Media (.wmf) and Real Player (.rm) formats each in 2 different file sizes (low & high bandwidth). She just uploded the files to the webspace, and added links to those files. She uses the Front Page that you get with the 1and1 hosting account, and they appear to work OK. Just upload the files to 1and1 (in a folder on the web server as suggested) and then create a hyperlink to the files. Should work OK!

Dave Mitchell Lenovo Z570 laptop, iPhone, dodgy old Sony Hi8 handycam

Ting Bibby
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Thanks for your help guys. Much appreciated. The website is now up and running and the video downloads are all linked up properly! Here's a link if you'd like a wee look:
Freddy vs Jay and Silent Bob

Cheers,

Ting Bibby
(you know, from A Better Tomorrow).