Since June of 2015, I've been working on creating a web-based alternative to uploading videos through FTP. Until now, FTP has been the only option for uploading a video. While FTP works, it's not the friendliest to use, and required you to download and install another program.
It took a lot longer to complete than I had expected, but I'm now pleased to announce that web uploading, requiring nothing but your web browser, is now available for all members to use.
With this, the org takes its next step towards the future. Well, the future relative to where we were at least.
There are a few reasons why this took me the better part of 6 months to complete. Besides the boring stuff (working a full-time job, and a part-time job on top of it, family medical issues, etc...), there were 2 main reasons why this took as long as it did.
- The web server needed to be updated for my code to be able to run
- Writing reasonably secure code, and writing code to work within the constraints of our servers, takes time
Features of the Web Uploader
- It doesn't require any other programs to use
- It will tell you if your file is too large to upload, before you start uploading
- It will stop you if you try to upload a project file rather than the video itself
- It accepts UTF-8 file names
- It has a progress bar, and shows your average upload speed
What the web uploader does not (currently) support
- Large upload requests. For these, you'll still need to use FTP
- Pausing and resuming uploads
That is, you will
- Enter your video information
- Request upload permission
- Upload your video via the web uploader, or FTP
- Confirm your upload