EZS3 Review – Host Media Files From Your Amazon S3 Bucket With Ease

by Michael

When it comes to hosting media files on your website, the most obvious choice is Amazon S3. However, when you choose S3 to host your videos, it can be tricky to play the video on your website, to do so you need your own media players etc.

This service, EZS3, combines Amazon S3 with media players so that you’re able to play those videos on your website. If you go to EZS3.com you will find that the cost of this service is $20 per month. Also, to be able to sign up for EZS3 you need to have an Amazon S3 account. Amazon S3 uses a pay as you go system so there is no fixed monthly fee.

When you log into your EZS3 account you will be presented with various media player options as shown below…

As an example; let’s pretend that we want to embed an .FLV file on our website. If you click the red ‘Create Quick Player Template’ button (as seen in the picture above), you will then be taken to a new page where you can see all the folders that are available in your Amazon S3 account…

Once you’re on this page (picture above) you have to select the folder where your video file is stored. Once you’ve selected a folder, you will be taken to this page…

On this page (picture above) you will see the folders where there’s an .FLV file available. It will also show you the folder size, the content inside the folder and what the Amazon S3 bandwidth cost would be per 1000 views for each file. After you have selected a folder you will be able to see all the .FLV files that have been hosted on your Amazon S3 Bucket…

Once you’ve selected an .FLV file you will see that there are a lot of different player styles available…

You can choose any player style you want. After you have done that, you will be taken to a page where you can customize your video by selecting between lots of different options.

You can customize things such as the player width and height, whether it should allow fullscreen playback, the colours of the player etc. (see all the different options in the picture above).

You can also easily watermark your videos. A great thing to do (most of you are probably already doing this) when you’re watermarking your videos is to put your web address into the watermark. By doing this, more traffic will be directed to your website if a person watches your video on another location on the Internet.

There’s also another feature called ‘Player Security’ which you can use if you have a membership website or a blog and you feel that others shouldn’t use your file and bandwidth, you can enter the URL of your domain and the video fill will only be available and able to be played on your domain and not only anyone else’s domain.

Once you’ve selected the right options for your video, you will be taken to the next page…

On this page you can see the JavaScript code that is available. You can just copy the code and embed it on your website.

Here you can see that I’ve embedded video on my blog. I’ve tested it and it works very well.

Another great thing about EZS3 is that there are no limits to the amount of players you can create. The costs also don’t increase if you are generating more and more embed codes. It is always $20 per month. However serving more videos means higher bill from Amazon S3.

EZS3 also lets you track how many times each of your videos have been viewed. And also lets you add widgets to your videos such as a comments box, social bookmarks, ratings, banners etc.

Another great feature that is available is called The Overlay. This feature is very popular. What it does is that it basically lets you embed an opt in form into your video that can appear at any time that you want during the video.

The name EZS3 means ‘Easy S3’. Amazon S3 provides a great service but it can be a bit difficult to use. The whole intention of EZS3 is to make it easier to host media files on your website. Many of the things that you have to do manually when using Amazon S3 can now be done automatically for you.

Do you use this service or plan to use it in the future?

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

ganhe dinheiro online September 12, 2010 at 10:36 pm

Awesome tutorial Deepak.

I am just now learning about the power of video marketing, and your site is full of great information.

Thanks again, and I just bookmarked your site to keep coming back for great tips.

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John October 20, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Hey Deepak, I would like to talk to you regarding business. Please email me back. My Skpye ID is paragone23. Thanks!

John

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Fred Golvin January 5, 2011 at 4:59 pm

That’s really great. I thought about that but only here you made me understand enough to start! Thanks a million, Deepak!

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VideoCustomizer April 8, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Video marketing offers so much potential to any business, but like everything people need to understand the technical process for putting together and marketing a video

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More Customers Online September 30, 2011 at 3:40 am

Nice and indepth review deepak,

you said:
EZS3 also lets you track how many times each of your videos have been viewed.

is the tracking live?

and 2) are you able to block your own views so it doesn’t skew the viewed data?

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