PHP MySQL/Folder - Protected file system

Hello Experts,

I need an advice.

I know that the best way to upload and save files in a website is to upload them to a folder and save the file and link information in the database. Is simple and cheap when come to web-hosts (disk space is cheaper than paying for big database).

But i need to upload and protect video files. The website i'm building for my client will have files as the product do sell so.. i can't leave them open to download.

What's the best approach? store the files inside a blob field in mysql right?
.htaccess will not be practical or possible for this i think..
Or maybe there is a good service for this kind of features i don't know?..

Thx in advanced
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Julian HansenConnect With a Mentor Commented:
store the files inside a blob field in mysql right?
Not necessarily

Store them outside the webroot and stream them with script

Your request would look something like

mydomain.com/?video=0c241b1f-ec3e-1031-bf66-32903d7ec359

The key links to a DB record that contains the path to the file

You do your validation and check the person has the right to access the file and then do something like this

// construct $filepath here
header('Content-type: video/mpeg');
header('Content-Length: '.filesize($path)); // provide file size
header("Expires: -1");
header("Cache-Control: no-store, no-cache, must-revalidate");
header("Cache-Control: post-check=0, pre-check=0", false);

readfile($filepath);

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More info here on how to construct streaming / download code
How to use the Apache x-sendfile module
http://www.jasny.net/articles/how-i-php-x-sendfile/

A sample file streaming script
http://www.devshed.com/c/a/PHP/Video-Streaming-PHP-Script-Tutorial/3/

A very comprehenisve file streaming script with range checking
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/157318/resumable-downloads-when-using-php-to-send-the-file
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justaphaseAuthor Commented:
Thank you :)
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Julian HansenCommented:
You are welcome - thanks for the points.
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