You create a video but aren’t ready to show it to the world yet. Perhaps you’re in the middle of planning a product launch and won’t use it until it goes live.
Do you wonder where to store files? Perhaps you want to keep them safe but private. Or you may just need a storage platform for selling them.
This is a common situation, so I thought I’d introduce you to some storage solutions.
Many platforms that store videos or PowerPoint presentations have a setting that keeps the file secret to everyone or available only to people who have the URL. In other words, they can’t search for and find your video or presentation.
A good example is YouTube’s settings:
- Private videos: When you set a video to private, only you and up to 50 other people can view the video. You have to invite them — use the field under the Privacy Settings menu and you can add usernames or email addresses; they have to have a YouTube account.
- Unlisted videos: When you make a video unlisted, only you and people to whom you give the link can view it. However, if you give someone the link, that person can share it on another website.
Other video and presentation sharing sites have similar settings.
There are a number of sites that you can use to store files for safekeeping, collaborating, or product delivery. Here are a few of the most well-known;
- Amazon S3: This site has a great reputation for safety. You can control whether a file is public or private. It used to be difficult to use, but they’ve improved the interface a great deal. The cost is very low. I use it for many videos and usually pay between $2 and $9 per month.
- Dropbox: This well-known service offers great integration with your computer.
- SkyDrive: This is Microsoft’s cloud-based service and integrates well with Microsoft Office.
- Google Drive: This is Google’s service and used to be called Google Docs.
Are you looking for a storage solution? Or perhaps you have a great solution and would like to share it. Leave a comment!