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A little vague here, but looking for some pointers.
One of our depts shoots video to teach staff and other stuff. They would like to stick it on our 'Y' drive; this is Sharepoint running on Server 2003.
The videos are massive, but I can find programs to reduce it.
Where would you put the videos so only staff and remote staff could view them?
Would you use your website and set up authenticated users somehow?
I'm not sure if I want video running on our document server through Sharepoint, or am I worrying about nothing.
I'm thinking about bandwidth etc.
Long and short, how would you show staff, who also might be remote, vidoes.
These cannot be seen by general public.
Cheers
John
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Hi Jason

It is not recommended to store files bigger than 100MB in SharePoint.  Bear in mind that your files will end up being a BLOB field in your content database, and that you should be backing up your content database regularly.  Therefore (and this is just one reason why storing video in SharePoint is not a good idea) your backups will quickly become enormous - even though your video files probably never change once they've been stored.

Here are a couple of articles that discuss what to put and what not to put in SharePoint:

http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/blog/Pages/BlogPost.aspx?PageType=4&ListId={72C1C85B-1D2D-4A4A-90DE-CA74A7808184}&pID=844

http://office12.blogspot.com/2007/06/sharepoint-and-large-files-1gb-in.html

You'd be better putting your video files in a file share, and securing that - and then creating a hyperlink column in a custom list that links to where each file is stored.
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Just thinking about the last part of your question - how to show the videos to staff particularly if they're remote.

You could stream video over your network using Microsoft's Streaming Media Services (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/dd448620.aspx)

But if you have bandwidth issues between sites you'd be better off hosting the videos at a specialist hosting company.  Googling for providers in the UK, you could try http://www.streamingvideoprovider.co.uk/ or http://www.planetstream.net (these are not recommendations, just examples!)

Or you could even consider using creating private content on YouTube (http://www.google.com/support/youtube/bin/answer.py?hl=en-GB&answer=157177)
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Hi John

Out of interest, what could I have done differently to earn an "A" for my answer to your question?

http://www.experts-exchange.com/help.jsp#hs=29&hi=403
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Hi Hairbrush,
Sorry if I've upset you, but I thought links to possible solutions was classified as a 'B', if this is wrong, let me know.
I haven't decided which route to go down as I need to put the suggestions through.
Possibly though, one of your suggestions will be the way to go. I f you feel I have graded incorrectly, let me know and I will change it.
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Hi John

I think my answer to your question was as complete as it possibly could be.  You now need to decide on what alternative to SharePoint is best for your staff videos - I can't make that decision for you.
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Thanks thermoduric
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