Have a project where we will have plenty of video clips hosted on our site and will be displayed via
JW Player on our XF forum. Anyone has any info on whether this will work? http://www.longtailvideo.com/players/
I presume the reason for your choice to self-host is related to your desire to keep the content on your site. The advantages YouTube and similar services offer is they offer the content in various resolutions so each viewer can watch the video in the best format for their connection speed. Also, they provide a Content Delivery Network so the content is delivered significantly faster.
If you do choose to self host, I would recommend 720 HD, as it is still HD without going to 108o, where the file size will be too large for many viewers. You may wish to host a 360 and 720 version of each file so users with slower connections can watch your video with less issues. Videos which keep pausing are a major turn off for users.
Also, you can look into a CDN. Amazon is pretty cheap for low usage sites.
I have not been able to find anything I can't do that I have wanted to...for instance I can stream a live feed of any vga dvi or hdmi video source in my house to Adobe FMS4 on one of my servers and then embed a flowplayer container displaying the live feed.
If I had to guess ..I see this at jw's site and say they are the same function wise----
Play FLV, H.264, & YouTube Videos on your website!
Generally it is what you are comfortable with. To me JW is an excuse for an ad campaign (stressing to me). I am not saying it's good or bad. I just don't like it. If I wanted to run ads I would just use a pluggin for my player...not get one built to play ads ...again I don't know much about jw except that they love ads... and speaking of those.
I would need to see jw player demos to give you any real answers about jw's functionality but...I can't find them on their site which is the reason when I first started with the web and was interested in remote hosting of video and playback, I moved on to a site where I could actually learn something...mostly because I could find everything.
Literally anything you can do with flowplayer or jwplayer for that matter you should be able to manipulate it's usage to work with bbcode usage.
Think of it this way. If you can create a doc say test.html and on that doc you can make either of these players do something..anything that they can do...there is no reason why you couldn't integrate it into xf.
Realistically it is how ever much customization and how much time you are willing to spend honing it to your needs.
Well I had no real intention of doing it as I really do not enjoy working with jwplayer that and I am trying to completely rebuild one of my other mods currently and have it use admin options in the ACP amongst other things so needless to say I am stupid-busy at this point in time. Your best bet would be to see what jaxel could do for you in this case since jwplayer is his thing and I prefer flowplayer myself. Sorry this time around bud.
I would have recommended them, but if he has a lot of views the price tends to outweigh the benefit. There are quite a few other scripts that allow playlists that are available for free (or not as a service) that tend to be just as good as Sublime.