Web hosting and the youtube conundrum

After being with my last web host for a number of years, I recently started the search for another host.

My previous host had been OK, I had no real complaints, but nothing to sing from the rooftops about either. They were simply no longer able to provide me with what I needed.

As a webmaster of several sites, providing professional web deployment for a variety of clients on a very personal service basis. I was looking for a high value low cost hosting solution, that was flexible, and that would allow me to control every technical aspect of my needs. This includes, hosting multiple sites with totally separate domain names I.E http://www.site1.com, http://www.site2.com, http://www.site3.org , etc. The instant creation of multiple email addresses, email and web forwarding etc , etc. In short I was looking for a host that would allow me the flexibility to be my own mini ISP so that I could deal with my clients needs quickly and efficiently. Without having to spend ages in a phone cue, only to talk to someone who invariably couldn’t speak fluent ‘geek’…. “I’m sorry sir I’m afraid I don’t have the answer to that question, Ill have to put you on hold and transfer you to a ‘Level 2’ customer service representative”

I was starting to work on a non-profit project that has big ideas but not bottomless pockets. Part of this brief has a large video media based element so I was also looking for unrestricted access to an ffmpeg encoder to facilitate large scale user based video deployment and server side conversion of a wide variety of video codecs to flash å lå YouTube©. The search was painful and the quotes and associated costs sometimes laughably astronomic, but after some serious surfing and comparison shopping I finally found my match at Cirtex.

A high value low overhead host, Cirtex provide an exceptional service, offering a variety of packages to suit every budget. Offering, a clean and easily navigable CPANEL control, one click installation of a wide variety of CMS, Blogging and forum packages via an easy to use Fantastico interface. They are also one of the very few hosting companies that provide, PhPMotion hosting (an open source YouTube© Clone) for large scale user based video uploading, conversion and deployment, at an almost unbelievable rate.

And if I ever did feel so inclined to get into the reseller business they also provide that too.

My experience to date has been excellent,  and I can throughly recommend them.

I have seen the future of film making and its color is RED

The other night I went to the LAFCPUG ‘Red’ event that was the best attended meeting I have ever seen for LAFCPUG.

The Red One has obviously come along way from its announcement and speculations that it was ‘vaporware’, it most certainly is a long long way from that.

The Red One

The images which were shown were stunning and the camera itself looks mean and lean with an array of I/O. Many of the features of the camera are not yet enabled, but will become so as the software development progresses.

The work flow in Final Cut seems beautifully integrated, so the possibility of acquiring 4k images and editing them, with almost limitless output possibilities is upon us.

I specked up a system at the Red web site, and by the time I’d finished window shopping a cool system and filling my cart I was at $45,000. $45,000 Bucks! (23,000 Pounds at the prevailing rate). Wow! I remember the list price of a Digibeta when we we doing side by side comparison shoots with S16 was 75,000 Pounds Sterling or $150,000

It reminded me of those days gone by listening to the BBC engineers discussing the emergence of the new digital system….

“Well, its OK, but it will never replace film’……(Exit Stage Left, Pursued by a Bear)

Click here for Red’s website

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Flock 1.0 The Social Web Browser is released! Its a pretty cool experience and I am finding ways to use it creatively all the time. It is based on the Firefox Mozilla engine and suffers from the lack of real speed that you experience with Opera, however its functionality, ease of use and graphical appeal do go some way to make up for this. Its really has the potential to be THE browser of the future. Download a copy near you now and take it for a spin!

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