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dev.to video uploads not transcoding

Hi all. I uploaded my first video a few days again, and that worked fine. I uploaded another video a couple days ago, and it is still transcoding. Same with a few others I tried since then. They are all transcoding.

Am I doing something wrong? Did I stumble into a bug with my specific account? Are video uploads / transcoding down or timing out?

Thanks for the help!

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Andrew Brown πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

DEV videos have more exposure in the feedback they thumbnail is always visible.
If you can always have a video + article combination for maximum viewership.

The transcoding rarely fails so this is just a blip of the week.

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Ben Halpern

We're looking into it. This must be a bug.

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lusen / they / them πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ₯‘ Author

Thanks Ben!

BTW, I recently found the github repo... should I repost this bug in the issues tracker? In the future, would you prefer that I report interface bugs like this here on #help or in the issue tracker? Thanks for everything you and the whole dev.to team and greater moderator community do!

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lusen / they / them πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ₯‘ Author
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Andy Zhao (he/him)

Awesome, thanks! To answer your previous question, issue tracker is best. :)

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Sahil

I used Vimeo at production scale, upload there and reuse the links they provide. You can also add iframe form Vimeo.

Since you already uploading on youtube channel, just embed the youtube iframe.

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lusen / they / them πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ₯‘ Author • Edited on

So make a blog post, with the video at the top (or bottom)? This is my current backup strategy.

However, here's what I'm trying to sort out:

(A) I like dev.to's community more than Youtube's, so what is the best way to support dev.to's product work and be part of the dev.to video community? Seems like uploading videos directly is the best way to show love for using these features and interacting with other dev.to video lovers.

(unless dev.to outsources video "source-of-truth" in a similar way that blog posts are meant to be written and scheduled elsewhere, and then uploaded via API, to be found and interacted with in a community sense on dev.to. The difference is that these videos wouldn't (be required to) get uploaded to dev.to, but the "video post" would be the same object that is found and discussed in the same way.)

(B) What is the difference between blogs and videos on dev.to? They both show up in a tag's feed... but they have different upload and dashboard pages and aren't interchangeable or findable in the same way:

  • If I go to the "videos" page, I only see uploaded videos, not blog posts with a video tag at the top.
  • When I look at a user's or a tag's feed, I see a big, inviting picture for video posts (I'm a visual person), whereas blog posts don't even show the cover image.

(C) Would the dev.to audiences prefer to see videos on video pages and non-video blog posts on blog pages? That is, regardless of the product plan and user interfaces, is writing a blog post with a video at the top annoying to people who came to read something? And vice versa?

Sahil, you interacted with my video post not blog post, which as a new poster really made my day.

All of this makes it seem like for now that uploading videos is an important (and fun!) feature to make use of right now.