Below is a video which not only demonstrates the Private Streaming feature of S3 Amazon, also the Download Distribution of the CloudFront service. We used it for the poster image of the video. As a result, the poster image is downloaded from the server closest to your area. The very first visitor of a Continent will have to wait a bit before the poster image downloads, but the next visitor will have a quick display. This video has been set to expire in 10 minutes.
Video info: 1280×720 pixels HD Video, H264, ACC 128Kbps 16bit 41.1Mhz stereo
Introduction to the Wooden Dimensions art project.
And here is a Progressive download video set to expire in 20 minutes. When you get an error if you try to play the video, this means the link is expired. Just reload this page and click again. Sometimes, you may have to reload twice in Firefox.
Video info: 640×388 pixels Video, H264, ACC 128Kbps 16bit 41.1Mhz stereo
Testimonial from Matt Welch about S3Media Stream for WordPress.
Expiring not always on the dot
Expiring time is not always exactly the time you set. There might be a slight difference, depending on your server time. So, if my server’s clock runs a bit behind, the video will expire quicker and vice versa. Just make sure your server’s time is more or less correct.
We mention this because recently we had a problem with this in a sense that our server was running one hour ahead. Thanks to an observant customer we could correct this when she found out that the videos in this example did not expire in time.