Google Video Support PLEASE--for Privacy Reasons!

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Why not add Google Video to the list of video services you support? Here is why I REALLY want Google video over YouTube or Vimeo:

1. Google Video works like YouTube and Vimeo, but you can ALSO select to NOT have your video indexed for searching. This makes it the only service that offers a strong form of privacy protection that would work with TotSpot.

2. Google Video offers a clean interface with NO ads at the end of the video for other people's videos (unlike YouTube). Google Video doesn't place links on the video that shoot you away from TotSpot (unlike Vimeo). My older family members wouldn't know what to do if they clicked on the video and ended up at Vimeo.

3. Google Video provides a mass uploader--so if you have many of your kids' videos on your PC, you can upload them all at once instead of one at a time. New users could really benefit from this.

For all these reasons, PLEASE offer Google Video as an upload option. For the privacy reason alone, I won't be using video on TotSpot until a video solution like Google Video is offered with a non-indexing search. I imagine a lot of parents feel that way.
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We have a lot currently under consideration and under development for expanding video capabilities on TotSpot...lots of different vendors that people currently use, and we'll do our best to support the most popular ones...look for lots of progress on this front in the next couple months or sooner...
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I appreciate it! Just please keep in mind the privacy concerns of parents like me. I want to upload videos, but I don't want them to be indexed on a third-party service where anyone can see them. I know TotSpot will keep them safe, but can I really trust YouTube? :P
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Hey JuryDuty, I looked into your issue and, unfortunately, we can't support Google Video because they don't have an API. With Vimeo and YouTube I can easily access a video's title, description and thumbnail through the API, easing the whole process of importing a video.

In the future, you'll be able to directly upload your original videos to TotSpot without uploading them into Vimeo or YouTube. We'll also continue to explore the other video solutions out there.
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Man! That's too bad. Could you just support the embedding of a google video if we wanted? It wouldn't take any more to embed a google video for me as a user, I wouldn't think.

I've noticed Digg.com has Google Video thumbnails (http://blog.digg.com/?p=37) so I'm sure there's someway to do it though it may not be easily accessible...hmm...

Speaking of which, I'd love to be able to embed other videos, to record some of the videos my kids are watching, or music they're listening to, if they're also on YouTube or Google. Not sure if there are concerns with that, but it's an idea anyway.
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I actually love the idea of adding videos / music that the kids are listening too...very cool idea...might be interesting also to aggregate that type of content for the whole community...what do you think?
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I would love to see a secure feature for videos as well...
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I moved my videos to Vimeo. They have an option to make videos private and password protected. Then I put the password for the video in the posting on Totspot (NOT Vimeo). So what this gives me is something fairly secure.
The private setting in Vimeo makes it non-searchable in Vimeo. Only the people I've invited to Totspot will see the password. AND the videos will still play from within the Totspot page. The password prompt shows right in the video window on Totspot.
Plus I don't use any tags, channels or other features when posting video so that makes it harder for search engines to pick up.
So far I've had good luck with this configuration. (and yes I have Googled for the titles of the videos I have posted)

The benefit is that if I do want to share the video with someone not on Totspot, I can send them the link to the Vimeo site and tell them the password. No one has to set up separate Vimeo accounts to see the video. This is a big plus compared to the privacy settings that YouTube has.

This is what works for me, thought I'd share.
Michelle
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Michelle this is a fantastic solution :)...would you mind if we re-posted this on the TotSpot blog?
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Be my guest!
The only issue seems to be is that there is no thumbnail displayed in the Profile page when you use this configuration. Other than that, I haven't found any problems with using this set up.
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We love really like Michelle's solution for the time-being...we are thinking through and working on a native video solution for TotSpot that we want to make sure is 'just right' :)
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Do you have a timeline on when native video will be available?
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Ninja - not 100% on a timeline yet; will keep people posted as we get closer though.
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Michelle--that's a FABULOUS solution for the time-being. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing!
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Is there a vimeo or youtube user associated with API access that I could add as a contact? Are you using the simple or advanced Vimeo API?
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I get an error message - clip not found or user does not have permission - when i change the vimeo privacy settings to anything other than public. grrr. joined totspot to share baby videos with an overseas grandma, and first i get a message saying file format not supported and telling me i can get more info at what turns out to be a dead link, then I find someone else wit the same problem has posted it here but I have to set up yet another account to click the "I have the same problem" button, now I find this work-around only to find it does not work. Just joined totspot and I don't think I will be sticking around.
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m--this is quite an old topic. Do you realize that TotSpot now allows you to upload videos directly to it? Then you don't need to worry about privacy at all because only those you've invited to TotSpot can see the video. It's MUCH better than using an external service.

This topic was created nearly a year ago when that option wasn't available.
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Hi M - is it specifically with the Vimeo password protected option that you're encountering this problem? Have you given a shot at our direct upload capabilities (that said, if there's a problem with Vimeo; we'd still like to address it asap!)

JuryDuty - thanks for chiming in here; always very much appreciated!