Reselling FFMPEG Services for Clients?

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I have some of the clients for which I am doing the web design and App projects. Some clients have the courses which they are hosting with the WISTIA. And those plans are expensive for the client. In such case I am looking for a solution where I can offer the reseller plan of FFMPEG services, so that they can use streaming courses from their business home page. How much budget should I be looking at? And in long term plan is it profitable or may end up burning my pocket?
 

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Hello overcast,
the main issue with FFMPEG, it the CPU resources required to convert videos or to transcode them for live streaming. So you can't just purchase a server and host several website on it, because you will need dedicated resources for each website. With several VPS it may work but it's still a lot of work to setup a platform like this.
 

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In that case, managed dedicated server would do? I have noticed that some of the decoders for online streaming may take more resources and that may not work out in case of VPS with limited RAM. However, I want to know how much RAM would this type of project takes?
 

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Yes, dedicated server will be better, but you will have to limit resources usage for each user. If you are looking for cheap dedicated server, you can check kimsufi.com, it's a part of OVH, their dedicated servers are pretty good, without bandwidth limits, and with the best price available. Hertzner also provide very good dedicated server with powerful CPU for good prices.
 

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I checked the KimSufi. They seem to have very reasonable rate for the VPS and Dedicated hosting. I will pass this along to the client if they wish to switch to them. I am guessing they offer the managed dedicated services. Client is paying 3 times the price of kimsufi to the Synthesis hosting and yet they can't host the streaming media. So thanks for this hosts suggestion.
 

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Just looking for a good hardware provider company, as FFPEG will require lots of resources and that needs good hardware with some fast support to optimize things when needed.
 

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I am not sure about the hardware. But from my earlier posts in this thread, you can guess that the current requirement needs dedicated server. If they are managed plans the better. The reason being some of the plans on dedicated hosting are self managed which can be hard while working with client project. So hardware that meets the FFMPEG configuration and the managed server is the option to go with there.
 

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Managed dedicated servers are always very expensive, so your service will probably be very expensive too. If you are not able to manage an infrastructure or to pay someone to do the job for you, it's not a good idea to try to sell conversion services with ffmpeg because it require several dedicated servers, and a lot of sysadmin stuff to setup the infrastructure.
 
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I would look for providers offering powerful servers CPU-wise and cheap prices. From this point of view, Hetzner comes to mind.
 
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