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Video Bandwidth Usage Projections

Posted on 2012-03-21
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I have someone who wants me to host his site.  He has a video production company and will be placing videos on my server to show his audience.  His site is new so his current host does not have any video usage reports to show me past history of used bandwidth.  his videos range from 1 minute to 10 minutes on average.

I have a dedicated server with dedicated 10T of bandwidth.

Is there a tool that is out there that can tell me how much bandwidth would be required if x amount of users downloaded x amount of videos in a given period of time?

It may be best to stick these videos on youtube and just embed them on his pages.  Your thoughts?
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Hi,

Its an easy math, the length of the video doesnt matter, what matter its the size of the video.

For example you have 1 video of 100MB, and 5 users download/see the video, that means 5x100=500MB of bandwidth.

The YouTube idea its really good since you wont have to worry about bandwidth.
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Breaking that down even further, the choice of bitrate for the video is important.

Usually bitrates are measured in kilobits per second. For kilobits/second, 512 is a reasonable bitrate for online video. 512kb/s = 64kilobytes/s because 1 kilobyte is equivalent to 8 kilobits. 1MB = 1024 kilobytes. That means that you can expect a 60 second video to take up 60x64kilobytes=3840kilobytes=3.75MB

This can vary if variable bitrates are used and lower or higher bitrates can be used too, but it is a good estimate.
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so typically, how much bandwidth should be allotted to a hosting account that has a wordpress site on it and maybe one or two videos on it and get let's than 100 visitors a month.  Just trying to figure out my plans to offer also.

I think the youtube option is best, yes?
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Yes, the YouTube option is the best.

again, it all depends of the size of the video:

lets say, 2 videos = 175mb * 100 visitors = 17,500mb.  So you would be fine with 20,000mb per month.

Thats assuming that 2 videos = 175mb and that the site will 100 visitors per month.

And if you post the videos to YouTube, the 17,500mb will be free since it will use YouTube's bandwidth.
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so if I'm allotted a dedicated 10T of bandwidth transfer per month with my host, I can easily give out 1GB bandwidth transfer per month per account.  Is that normal?
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You can easly give 3GB, and even more, 10GB seems fine.

10TB = 10000GB. if you give 10gb to each user, that means 10000/10=1000.  That means that in term of bandwidth you could have 1,000 clients on that server each with 10gb.
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okay, that seems fair then, thanks!
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