Thank you for the link. While I cannot guarantee 3rd party software compatibility, I have seen other clients use this package on various systems of our's in the past and based on their requirements, I see no problems with compatibility. At the very most, we may need to install the ffmpeg php extension for you.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please let us know. I don't believe you will run into any problems Chris."
I don't want to move host only to get the same problem again though.
Can any other host do better than the above (highly doubt it) or at least match it plus can guarantee me that all video tools will work correctly?
I have got a lot course work to do. All this trouble I have been getting lately is stopping me from completing assignments on time etc.
I need the right host ASAP (no Resellers pming me please).
How big is your site? Are you sure you need a dedicated server?
Btw, ffmpeg and the other tools are quite easy to install. I know, for experience, that in most cases the problems with the scripts like your comes from a wrong setup of the tools or from a wrong version installed.
The price of the server, considering it's managed, seems ok... You may find something better than an Atom but that would be fine too
I run a DJ music related site for DJs so they can upload and share mixes. Getting more and more traffic everyday and I haven't even setup the video side of it properly yet. I'm not going open the video side of it until I have Mencoder working properly. I don't see why I should accept the way it is, that is I can use Mencoder but not while using Background Conversion at the same time. I could let it go and just either make do with using FFmpeg which I can use FLV Conversion, Video Thumbnail Generation/Preview as well as Background Conversion or can use Mencoder where I can use FLV Conversion and Video Thumbnail Generation/Preview only. If I enabled Background Conversion the videos stop after a second or so. I think I should get this sorted now and get it out the way rather than have to deal with it at a later date when I have more data/site is more busier = will need Background Conversion to help lower server load.
I also run an Internet radio station as a hobby site for a small group of DJs to use to play to their mates etc. Nothing big. I have CentovaCast running of Dedicated Server to run ShoutCast Server + AutoDJ. Has between 2 - 20 listeners a day.
I also have WHMCS to resell a few small shared hosting packages off of the server to help pay for the dedicated server. Well that's why I got WHMCS. No one using any shared hosting accounts yet. Will have a relative using one soon for his Garden website.
Finally, I have a game server installed on server which I setup for my brother although it doesn't get used anymore. Probably start it up every month or so.
That's it really.
I'm currently using 45GB Diskspace and 240GB Bandwidth.
Btw I'm not knocking DedicatedNOW as they are the only host that I have had 100% uptime with. Props to them for that. Plus support team are good too. They just seem to have trouble getting the FFmpeg 3rd party software installed properly, which I paid $80 for already is all. I might stay with them if they can get Background Conversion working for Mencoder. Will definitely stay if they can upgrade connection from 10mbps to 100mbps plus knock say $10 off bill instead of giving me a 2nd 1x 250 GB HD to match above mentioned offer with another company.
Maybe I'm expecting too much. I dunno, thoughts... ?
P.S sorry for all the edits... just had a lot to add.
Any help about whether I have the right Spec Server or not etc would be much appreciated!
What's funny is that you can get about 60GB Diskspace / 300 GB Bandwidth out of shared hosting before you start reaching 20% CPU Limits etc then you have to upgrade to VPS so CPU Limits are no longer a problem. But then with most VPS you can normally only get up to about 2GB of RAM and 100GB Diskspace / 500GB bandwidth. For the little extra I think sod it, just get a dedicated server for a little extra.
For those who having a VPS would be enough though... why do all Dedicated Server start of with diskspace of around 250GB? Why not allow you to have 105GB and then allow to upgrade as you need it? If you are using 100GB with VPS and then move to dedicated server with 250GB that's around 145GB Diskspace your not going to do anything with for what, say a year or two. Same with bandwidth. Say you use around 500GB bandwidth with VPS and then go to a dedicated server with standard 2000GB that's around 1500GB bandwidth not being used and are paying extra per month for nothing.
We need to have dedicated servers that carry on from VPS like VPS carries on from Shared Hosting. Were not paying for daft amounts of extra diskspace /bandwidth that were not going to use for a long time then. The extra money could be used on extra ram, pay for cpanel, 100mbps connection instead of 10mbps. You know : $
So say I just come from VPS and was using 100GB Diskspace / 300GB Bandwidth going to dedicated server. I don't want to have 250GB Diskspace and 3000GB Bandwidth. I'd prefer to have say 105GB Diskspace instead and save more instead. Same with Bandwidth - I'd prefer to have about 350GB Bandiwdth instead of something daft like 3000GB. No point paying for all that extra diskspace/bandiwdth when your not going to use for a long time. Tis a bit of a con that really.
240 GB bandwidth per month is not that much yet (less than 1 Mb/s) - so you have long way to get to the high bandwidth stuff.
I wouldn't recommend VPS since conversion requires high CPU and disk utilization - Disk utilization could easily kill VPS (and the rest VPSes will not be happy with the CPU utilization either).
I would recommend to go with the host that know what are they doing and can help you out not only with the server, but with the application requirements too, but once your site will become popular get ready to pay more money...
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Worth doing? Or will the type of sites I am running work with the Intel Atom 330 (Dual Core) be ok for quite some time? No point paying extra $40 for nothing. Will i even notice the extra 1000 MIPS and 1000 WinBenchMark?
I killed processes and waited half an hour and then started auto dj server back up and got 3 listeners tuned into station plus I uploaded a video at same time and grabbed these results just as the conversion from.avi to flv nearly finished.
Current Time: Wednesday, 23-Sep-2009 15:43:14 BST
Restart Time: Monday, 21-Sep-2009 08:33:54 BST
Parent Server Generation: 7
Server uptime: 2 days 7 hours 9 minutes 19 seconds
Total accesses: 112122 - Total Traffic: 15.7 GB
CPU Usage: u8.27 s9.32 cu416.78 cs0 - .219% CPU load
.565 requests/sec - 82.9 kB/second - 146.8 kB/request
13 requests currently being processed, 6 idle workers
You can disable that, if all your music is the same sample rate etc. That will save you a lot of cpu time..
It looks like your server can handle one or the other quite well. Both might be a push when you start adding lots of visitors to the mix as well...
Thanks for the info.
I will get the E8400 Core2Duo 3.0GHz instead so don't have to upgrade so quick etc.
I suppose I could disable the re-recoding as I uploaded all the music for the AutoDJ at 128kbps. What about when DJs have to stop AutoDJ and start streaming live though? Say if AutoDJ is 128kbps and they start streaming at 128kbps when the actual steam set in CentovaCast is limited to 128kbps only.. doesn't re-encoding need be enabled for that? I wasn't sure exactly so just left the setting set as default.
I don't think it would be much of a problem with E8400 Core2Duo 3.0GHz although if having re-encoding enabled is using unnecessary cpu then it would be good to disable it so that cpu can be used more on the flv conversion side of things when needed instead. As long as disabling the re-encoding doesn't cause any problems...
Do you have AutoDJ + live DJs broadcasting and still have re-encoding disabled?