How To Fully Leverage Amazon S3 For Video

by Steven Washer on February 9, 2015

S3-Pt.-2a-225-thumbIn the last video we saw why we need Amazon S3 to protect your videos, your message and your business.

In this lesson we’ll show you how to make the 3 video types that fully leverage the power of Amazon.

You’ll see how to upload them to Amazon, and more importantly, how to get them out.

Then we’ll configure your hosting space to show those videos fast…anywhere on the planet.

It may sound like a lot to do. Maybe even a little grandiose. But that’s OK, because it also happens to be extremely easy.

Still have doubts? Understandable.

So just watch now and see how quickly this all unfolds.

The link to the settings for your MP4 video using Handbrake

If you’re looking for the 1st video in the series, it’s here.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Michael February 10, 2015 at 12:17 pm

WTG Steve – very well explained. BTW, for those who regularly use S3, I love the S3 Browser which will simultaneously upload SEVEN concurrent threads/streams (really a time saver for moving several large video files, which it automatically fragments and recomposes).


Mike February 10, 2015 at 1:05 pm

Hi Steven,

Thanks for the great video!!

2 quick questions:

1. What size do you make the thumbnail
2. With EVS and Wistia the different video types are created “behind the scenes” and the viewer is fed whatever version is compatible with the device he/she is using.

Question: If we make our 3 versions, who now decides which version to feed to the viewer?
Perhaps this will be answered in the next video but just in case it isn’t going to be. (-:
Again, thanks a ton! This stuff really helps!!


Steven Washer February 10, 2015 at 1:17 pm

1. Make the video thumbnail the same size as the video.
2. Sort of.
3. The player decides which version to show. We’ll cover that next time. 🙂


James Stuart February 10, 2015 at 6:38 pm

Hi Steve,

Would you provide the link to the first video.

Thanks in Advance,



James Stuart February 10, 2015 at 6:39 pm

Never Mind I see it!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Michael February 11, 2015 at 5:49 am

Hi Steve,

great video – thanks.
With the cloudfront you talked about in this video, what is the
difference between it and RTMP streaming using cloudfront.
Is it as secure as RTMP?
And are you going to cover protecting your video content
at any stage?



Steven Washer February 11, 2015 at 8:46 am

RTMP is the streaming protocol. I didn’t talk about it in the video because it’s only used for live streaming. Most of our folks don’t have a need for that. Maybe in the future, but right now it’s mostly a distraction.

The security features of any form of display are fed more by marketing than reality. 🙂
I’ll talk about this in the next video.


James February 11, 2015 at 11:31 am

Hi Steve,

Compliments my friend. This video and it’s precursor are superb.
Your contemporaries have frustratingly alluded to the case for S3,
but you’ve once again made the case and explained how beautifully.

Value both you and your work greatly.

~ James


Steven Washer February 11, 2015 at 11:42 am

Thank you for the very kind words, James. Happy you found it helpful!


Mel Hardman February 17, 2015 at 4:54 pm

I add my praise also for your fine work. I’m wondering if you plan to show us how to create and install the social media buttons (like above)? I really have a need for that bit of help ASAP (for this new web site I’ve just put up). I’ve had a little gal in way-off Nepal create them and install them for me….but, every time I do an update (add something to the web site) it erases the coding she has put on the site for the buttons and I have to have her redo it. If you are going to show us how…and I have the code for each button, I should be able to do it myself, right?

Looking forward to your webinar session tomorrow….



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