Where Should You Host Your Course Videos & How Tutor LMS Handles It

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Videos are everywhere nowadays. So whenever a person is browsing through an LMS site they want to enroll, one of their first priorities are video lessons. So it is more crucial than ever to have videos on your LMS site.

A 2015 study conducted by Kaltura found out that about 93% of teachers believe in the use of educational videos to improve the learning experience for students[1]. So from that, you can imagine video in an eLearning environment is going to have a big impact. In this regard, today we want to share with you the importance of video hosting platforms for your LMS site and how Tutor LMS is handling this mechanism. Let’s get started.

Should You Natively Host Your Videos or Use a Video Hosting Platform?

Now that you have decided you want to be prepared for the future and are considering adding video tutorials to your LMS platform. You have two options. One is to host the videos yourself on your own server, or choose one of the video hosting platforms out there.

Both have their advantages and disadvantages. For instance if you choose to use your own server to host the videos, you have full control. But these videos will put a huge load on your server and not to mention, increase the cost. If you upload a single 720p video, it can be over 100 megabytes or even more. So just ten visitors who will watch your LMS video will require one gigabyte of server bandwidth!

And since the web hosting platform that you have used may put a restriction on bandwidth, just a single video could exceed your limits within a few days. That’s why it’s usually better to use a third-party video platform.

If you opt-in for a video hosting platform, you can minimize that cost and still have all the customization capability you will need. Not to mention, most of them are already being used by your peers and audiences.

Different Types of Video Hosting

There are many kinds of video hosting platforms to choose from. You might already know some of them. Most of them offer free solutions along with paid options. So you can easily get started with the platforms without paying any money. Below we will try to list out some popular options on the internet.

YouTube

With over 2 billion logged-in users, YouTube is the number one source for video consumption for all ages of people; and 81% of 15-25 year olds use Youtube[2]. So it’s safe to assume that most of your students are already on this platform.

YouTube offers both free and paid options. There is no limit for the data storage or bandwidth even in the free tier and you can upload single videos of up to 128 gigabytes.

Video Upload Guidelines and Specifications of YouTube

  • Max file size that you can upload: 128 GB.
  • Max video length that you can upload: 12 hours.
  • Minimum dimension for video uploads: 240p (426 x 240).
  • Maximum dimension for video uploads:  4K (3840 x 2160).
  • Aspect ratio for video uploads: 16:9 (YouTube adds a black frame for 4:3 videos).
  • Total file storage that you can use: Unlimited.
  • Video formats that YouTube accepts: .MOV, .MPEG4, MP4, .AVI, .WMV, .MPEGPS, .FLV, 3GPP, and WebM.

Vimeo

Vimeo is another popular video hosting platform that is a little different than others. While YouTube and other popular platforms cater for the social users, Vimeo is known to offer specific features for professionals. It is the go to solution for video professionals. There are no ads. Customizable video embeds make it the perfect choice for website owners who are looking to add videos to their web pages.

Video Upload Guidelines and Specifications for Vimeo

  • Minimum dimension for videos: 240p (426 x 240).
  • Maximum dimension for videos:  8K (8192 × 4320).
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9 (adds black frame for 4:3 videos).
  • Max file size of videos: 500 MB for free users (up to 256 GB for pro users).
  • Max length for videos: The length is restricted by file size.
  • Total file storage for each user: 500 MB/week for free users (20 GB/week for pro users).
  • Video formats accepted by Vimeo: .MOV, .MPEG4, MP4, .AVI, .WMV, .FLV, .MKV, 3GPP, etc.

You can get started with Vimeo for free while the pro plans start at $7/month.

Facebook

Facebook is the most popular social media platform right now. Though it is not a video hosting site, many people are using it to share their videos which makes it attractive for LMS admins. So it is no wonder many instructors choose to host their course videos on this site. Almost 1.62 billion people visit Facebook daily[*] which makes it easier for the instructors to reach students, both new and existing ones.

Video Upload Guidelines and Specifications for Facebook

  • Recommend dimension for videos: 720p (1280×720) px to 1080p (1920×1080 px).
  • Recommended aspect ratio: Landscape (16:9), portrait (9:16), vertical (2:3, 4:5), square (1:1).
  • Max file size of videos: 4 GB.
  • Max video length: 2 hours.
  • Total file storage for each user: Unlimited.
  • Video formats accepted by Facebook:  .MOV, .MPEG4, MP4, .AVI, .WMV, .FLV, .MKV, 3GPP, etc.

Wistia

Wistia is little more than just a video hosting platform. They like to call themselves a video marketing platform and they live up to their name. Along with the option to host your videos, you will also get the system to add CTA right within the videos themselves to capture leads. Wistia caters to mainly those who are looking for a data-driven approach for their hosted videos.

Video Upload Guidelines and Specifications for Wistia

  • Recommend dimension for videos: 4K (3840×2160 px).
  • Aspect ratio: Any.
  • Max file size of videos: 8 GB.
  • Max video length: 2 hours.
  • Total file storage for each user: 10 videos in pro plan ($99/month), $0.25/month for each additional uploaded video.
  • Video formats accepted by Wistia:  MP4, .MOV, .AVI, .WMV, .FLV, .MKV, 3GPP, etc.

There are many other popular videos hosting platforms. They offer basic features along with options that are unique to each of them. We suggest you go through their individual plans and make your decision on research & your needs. Some honorable mentions we want to share with you are vooPlayer, Dailymotion, etc.

How Tutor LMS Handles Course Videos

You might be wondering how are you going to use these platforms for your LMS site built with Tutor LMS. Our goal is to make future proof products that fulfill our users’ needs. So we have added a separate section for videos in our course builder for easy video adding options for you.

From the video section you can easily add your desired videos from virtually any source to your Tutor LMS course. Currently Tutor LMS has the following options.

HTML5 (MP4)

This setting uses your LMS website’s hosting storage to store your course videos. Upload the MP4 format video of your choice using the Upload Video option. You can also upload the video poster for your video. The video poster thumb size should be 700X430 pixel and .png/.jpg/.jpeg format.

External URL

This option allows you to add your videos from any external source. Just copy and paste the link inside the External Video URL field. You can add video from any sources such as vooPlayer, Dailymotion, Wistia, Jetpack, Facebook etc. that support external linking options.

YouTube

This setting allows you to add YouTube videos just by inserting the YouTube link to the field. Just copy-paste your youtube video URL and it will automatically be added to the course.

Vimeo

If you are using Vimeo to host your videos, use this option to add your Vimeo videos to your Tutor LMS course.

Embedded Video (Add Video from Any Platform)

If you are looking to embed videos using iFrame to your courses, use the embedded video adding option. Place your embed code in the form and it will be added to your site.

If you are looking to add videos from sources such as Dailymotion, Facebook, Jetpack, Wistia, vooPlayer, etc. you can use the embed option of adding videos to your course. Copy and paste the embed code from the platform you are using to host your videos. After you have added it, update the course and the video will be added to your course.

Final Output

Once you have added a video to your course from the Course Builder and published it, the frontend would look something like this.

Conclusion

Videos are going to play a huge role in making your LMS site successful in the long run. So it is better to make sure you are using the right tool i.e. Tutor LMS to create your eLearning website.

If you have any questions, comment down below. And keep an eye on our blog for more articles like this!

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Notes:
1. Kaltura’s “State of Video in Education” report

2. “23 YouTube Statistics that Matter to Marketers in 2020″ – Hootsuite

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4 Comments

  • Jonathan Sakala October 8, 2020

    Very insightful article. I want to suggest something on HTML5 (mp4) option. This option is really causing a lot of problem , especially for us who are operating a multi instructor sites and are using third-party video platforms to host course videos. Some Instructors are still uploading video using this option – HTML5(mp4) even after guiding them not to.

    How would you advise we do to prevent instructors from uploading their videos onto the web hosting server using the HTML5(mp4). I would suggest, that you guys at Themeum create an option to disable this option whenever we don’t need it.

    This is a very serious problem for me especially that am just starting and i keep on deleting those videos and guiding every new instructor – (not good for business, instructors are not easy to find ) – we have given out guidelines on the issue, but you know some people just don’t read. Kindly do something about this.

    Thanks.

    • Christiane Hartramf October 10, 2020

      Hi,

      how does it work with multiple instriuctors and eg Vimeo or Youtube ? The instructors need to upload the videos to our Vimeo account – but i don’t wanna give them my credentials to Vimeo – additional i don’t know they are able to upload and put the embedded code in the Course? It would be better we are able to put the credentials from Vimeo to the settings and the instructor could upload the video through tutor lms to Vimeo ?^^

      • Rizvi October 12, 2020

        Hi Christiane Hartramf,

        Thank you for your question. Currently, Tutor LMS doesn’t support the specific feature you are looking for Vimeo or Youtube. It is also not in our roadmap as we didn’t get any user requests for this setting in our public Tutor LMS Feature Request Trello board.

        You can join using this link: Tutor LMS Feature Request Board

        You can add your feature request in the public Trello board, vote for other people’s requests, and so on.

        As for a solution, you can use AWS(Amazon Web Services) to host your Tutor LMS videos. If you want to learn more, send us an email at support@themeum.com. Hope this helps.

        Thank you

    • Rizvi October 8, 2020

      Hello Jonathan Sakala,

      Thank you for appreciating our efforts. We have a plan to include your requested feature in our upcoming update and hope you will get it by the end of this month.