Thanks. This was my web guy's response (below). Our current videos (SD) are around 450kbps. I'm testing out exporting an H.264 720p (8 mins long) at 1.3 Mbps and the file size is only about double and looks pretty good. How should i respond? agggg
Using the HD option will eat our servers alive.
- HD is typically delivered on blueray, not dvd, and your talking about 25 gigs on a blueray dvd… The web servers use more expensive hard drives to where the amount of space needed and cost would triple the hosting that we use.
- With increased file size comes with increased bandwidth. Again, we use around 500-750GB a month during the busy season , if the video is 10 times the size, we will use 10 times the amount of bandwidth.
In all reality, we pay about $500 a month for our current hosting environment. If we wanted to upgrade to an environment that we can stream hd video, we’d be looking at no less than $2000-3000 a month, maybe more.
Are you the person in charge of this, so you may make spending decisions?
If not, show your boss both SD and HD of the same subject, and let him/her decide if the increased quality is worth the (potential) increased cost
How should i respond?
You say this: "Well, if those are the costs of delivering HD, then that's what we have to pay if we want to deliver HD."