PHP Video Upload

Posted on 2007-03-27
Last Modified: 2008-03-08
I just need some links to tutorials showing how to upload videos with PHP.  In the past I made a Flash/PHP upload system for audio files, but I am not 100% sure on how to convert this to video and make it so that I can play the videos in flash video players.

Also, if anyone knows how to get 3 snapshots from the video when it is uploaded that would be helpful as well.
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I have done a similar thing, but have used a cms, xml output, flash video file--flv, and php.  Basically what you want to do is encode your video with flash 8, then take a screenshot of a decent frame--this also ensures that you get the best perspective for the video--and then enter it via cms.  In flash, program it to read xml, which you can create on the fly using database queries, XML header encoding, and xml output, and hey presto, you have a totally dynamic, cms driven video player using flash and it's cool video streaming capabilities without using streaming servers.

Hope this helps.

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Right, but I am making a video section on my site like a YouTube type thing (although nowhere near as big or complex), and I just need to get the actual automatic uploading of the videos working, the playback isn't a problem.  How can I make a script that automatically does what you said when the user uploads a video?

This is on a Linux machine by the way if it requires any open source converting software like I had to use for my audio upload system.
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Well this tutorial handles the upload and even mentions security which isn't a bad thing.

I'm a little stumped on the snapshot issue though.
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Possibly this SourceForge project is what you are looking for. Convert videos to FLV with PHP.
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That tutorial for an upload script is just a generic one, I need one specific to videos.  I will have to take a look at that video to FLV one tomorrow and see if that is what I am looking for.  Also I am still wondering about the screenshots.
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>Also I am still wondering about the screenshots.

Sorry, I can't offer anything specific about that.  Maybe another expert has some experience with that. I can see why you would want that.
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the script I recommended, although very complex and includes a player will meet your uploading and auto-thumbnailing needs.  You can easily scale down the site and keep just the upload section.  As your site progresses, you can re-enable sections.

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