Posted on 27/8/09 by Felix Geisendörfer
Today we are very happy to announce our new startup transload.it.
Transload.it is a video uploading & encoding service that is designed to make developers happy.
You might have had a client before that said something like: "Oh, and it would be cool if you could upload videos in the application.". And he is right, it would be cool - regardless whether it is a client project or something you were working on yourself.
However - implementing a feature like this means work. Hard, tedious, frustrating trial & error kind of work to be exact. I'll spare you the details, but just trust me when I say your average client could not repay you for the suffering.
But jQuery can't encode videos you might say. This is where the XSS part comes in. Whenever somebody uploads a file on a transload.it-enabled form, the plugin actually takes this file and sends it to our cloud service. Even better, it also shows your users a nice upload progress bar - no flash involved! Try it out.
The uploaded files are encoded in FLV, iPhone, iPod or PSP format (you can configure that) and finally stored in Amazon S3. We will add an option for you to use your own S3 buckets as well as your own FTP, SFTP or CDN servers as the final storage targets.
Anyway, enough good stuff. Let's talk about a few sad things. This is an alpha version. We have only a single server online right now, so as people will simultaneously upload their adult video collections (not you of course) things might really fall apart.
We will bring more boxes online over the next week, promised. However to be able to diagnose & debug issues as fast as possible, we opted for a single-box launch.
Now it is your turn to go out there & break things, mention competitors who already launched a product like this 2 years ago or contact us about investment opportunities.
-- Felix Geisendörfer aka the_undefined
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