The Digital Video Professionals Association (DVPA) is launching a “wholesale broadcasting service” today known as DVPA.TV.
“This is for members and non-members alike (although members save a LOT of money),” DVPA President Rod Harlan told MacCentral. “We’ll be setting a whole new price-point for the industry coming in well under what others charge for professional video hosting services. For example, Media 100’s StreamRiver Networks charges US$250 for 200 MB of space. We’ll charge just of $50. That’s a savings of 500 percent.”
The DVPA is an organization that operates as a community of new media enthusiasts. It provides membership to all who are involved as visual communicators using digital media including producers, animators, videographers, advertising agencies and design studios. The purpose of the DVPA is to provide members with technical resources, training, and discounts on hardware and software, to further expand their understanding and appreciation for the field of Digital Video.
The DVPA.TV Wholesale Broadcasting Service was created to help DVPA members broadcast their content (and that of their clients) across the Internet at wholesale prices. To broadcast your content on the service, you digitize and encode your video/audio into any of the major streaming media formats (Real, QuickTime, Windows, MP3), upload to the DVPA.TV service via FTP or Internet Explorer, and wait for an e-mail to arrive with your HTML code. Then copy that code into your Web page and you’re done. The video/audio streams will broadcast off of DVPA.TV’s highly optimized servers, but will appear on your Web site or that of your client.
The pricing costs for DVPA members, for non-members, the amount of storage space included, how much data transfer is included, and more can found at the
DVPA Web site. There’s even a “Streaming Media Calculator” to help you determine how much storage space you might need.
This calculator provides two types of calculations. First, it will calculate file sizes for each of eight major bit rates (from low end 28.8k dial up modem to high end 450k DSL/Cable modem). If you check any of the bit rates, it will also calculate the “Intelligent Stream” and “SureStream” file size for those bit rates. (“SureStream” by RealNetworks and “Intelligent Stream” by WindowsMedia enable you to combine multiple bit rates into a single media file for streaming over the Internet.)
For users who don’t have a clue how to compress/encode a video file for the Web, there’s a DVPA.TV Encoding Service to assist you. You just fill out an online form and send in your tapes. Your content will be digitized, encoded, and uploaded to the DVPA.TV service for streaming.