Youtube has rapidly became one of the most popular website on the web. With more than a billion unique users every month and more than 100 hours of video are uploaded to Youtube every minute, clearly no one can argue on Youtube supremacy.
But well, it’s might not be the platform you are looking for… Although you can have direct exposure from Youtube, you can also “drown” into the massive numbers of videos there. And also, you may prefer to have full control on what is being done with your videos (Ads and co).
If you are looking for a selfhosted application to host your own Youtube-like website, several alternatives exists, of which CumulusClips sounds to do a good job.
Easy to install,CumulusClips is Mobile ready, Theme Based, and can be linked to your Google Analytics through an official addons.
Translated in 7 languages (Spanish, German, French, Portuguese, Italian, Russian and Turkish), CumulusClips does not need much to work (FFMPEG, MySQL 5.0+, PHP 5.2+ and Apache2).
On the downside tho, it’s recommended to have 1GB Ram and is based on flash to display videos (No HTML5). The latest release is from Feb 2013, but they are working on a V2 and will be available hopefully by end of this year.
Let’s see know how to install it.
1) FFMPEG and Apache mod rewrite
To install CumulusClips, you will need to have FFMPEG and the apache mod rewrite activated.
In root, (or with sudo), simply run:
apt-get install ffmpeg
2) Download the latest archive in your /var/www
3) Change the owner of the cumulusclips folder for Apache web user
chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/cumulusclips
4) Proceed to web based installation
Simply go into http://YourIP/cumulusclips to access to the web installer.
– You will be able to check if you passed all the requirements. If you have some PHP Warning on the post_max_size, upload_max_filesize, and max_execution_time, it’s normal as these value are quite low per default (2mb and 30s). We will modify these values later directly into a virtualhost.
And you’re good to go!
Now you may want to force the SSL connection or/and create a dedicated subdomain name (like vid.freedif.org) and also ensure the PHP value are set per your needs.
To do so, we will setup a virtualhost.
What you will need:
1) Create a A redirection in your DNS server/registrar with vid.domain.tld to your IP
2) Have SSL certificate ready. If not you can read this tutorial. (Optional)
3) Create your virtualhost as following:
In /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/, create a file called cumulus (In root):
and paste the following content:
Redirect / https://vid.domain.tld
php_value memory_limit 200M
php_value post_max_size 200M
php_value upload_max_filesize 200M
php_value max_execution_time = 1500
Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
allow from all
Adapt the content (Servername, webmaster, SSL certificate, phpvalue and directory).
When done, save the file (CTRL+X then Yes) and reload apache: (In root)
Now your CumulusClips should be fully working.
If you have any technical questions on the project, not related to this short tutorial, they have a dedicated forum.