How do you create your own video streaming platform? To be able to answer this, you first have to understand which building blocks a video streaming platform consists of. In this blog we describe the 6 most important building blocks with which video streaming platforms are generally constructed.
Storage of videos
First of all, you must store your videos on a server from which they can be streamed. You can use your own server that you maybe have at home. Only if your videos are suddenly viewed a lot more, you will need more server space. Online cloud services are designed for this as standard. Examples of such cloud services are Microsoft Azure or Amazon. They have huge spaces worldwide with servers that you can use and scale with.
To multiple screens
If your videos are stored online, you must ensure that they are made suitable for different screens and devices. We also call this process encoding. This process saves your videos in different resolutions. As a result, users always watch your videos in high quality because your video is played on any screen with a suitable resolution.
If you are not technical you can also use popular video platforms such as YouTube or Vimeo. These platforms do the entire encoding for you by default. You are then bound by the conditions of these platforms. Depending on your objective, this may be a disadvantage. If you are not afraid of technology and you want to figure it out yourself, you can use the aforementioned cloud services Microsoft Azure or Amazon for this. These services have already built standard software for this that you can use for further development.
Stream worldwide with CDN
If you want to reach the whole world with your videos, then it is smart to use a CDN (Content Delivery Network). This is a network of servers that are connected to each other throughout the world. The advantage of a CDN is that your videos do not have to be streamed from your server to an end point every time. The servers in the network remember (cache) your video files and stream this file to the end user. There are several companies that offer a CDN. Examples are Akamai and Verizon.
Choose a player
The next step is that your users should be able to play the videos. In other words, you need a video player. You can use YouTube or Vimeo for this. These video platforms offer a player as standard that you can embed with a code in your website. Keep in mind that if you choose this setup, visitors can easily navigate away from your website to YouTube or Vimeo.
If you do not want this, there are various commercial or open source players available that you can use. An example of an open source Player is VideoJS. If you are going to do this, keep in mind that your player supports subtitles, different audio tracks and DRM. This is especially important if you want to securely stream videos worldwide.
Create your own video streaming platform
Now that your entire video streaming flow has been built up, you can start creating your website. There are different options for this. You can have a website made with your own content management system. You may also choose to use open source software. WordPress is the most well-known open source software that you can use to create a website yourself. Whatever you choose, pay attention that you can embed the video player in your web pages.
Account registration and payments
Now that your video streaming platform is up, you might want your visitors to be able to create an account or make a payment. You can link to that with a payment gateway, such as Mollie or Adyen. You must also be able to actually allow or deny access to the content (eg DRM). In short, you will have to create conditions.