So I’ve gotten requests to add mirroring for the HD trailers for some time, but never found a solution that I like. We can’t host it ourselves since these are large files and would be a huge strain on our bandwidth and given that this is just a hobby of mine, I didn’t have the time, money, nor resources to support mirroring directly.
Our only option was to test out file sharing sites and I had a set of requirements, which previously none had met:
- At least a 200MB file size cap
- Remote uploading (pass in URL and have it remotely download it)
Most file sharing sites capped the max file size to 100MB. Most 720p and 1080p are between 100-200MB, making it unfeasible to support HD trailers. There are a few that go to 300MB and 1GB, but then they didn’t satisfy the 2nd requirement.
The 2nd requirement is support for remote uploads. I don’t have the time nor bandwidth to download all 3 trailer resolutions first and then upload it afterwards. With remote uploading, I can just pass in an URL and it’ll go fetch and download the trailer.
After a small confrontation yesterday, Alex emails me that RapidShare had recently bumped their maximum file size from 100MB to 200MB. They already supported remote uploads, so this was great news!
I’ve tested out a few and it looks like all new trailers moving forward will have a RapidShare Mirror section. Do note that files are only stored as long as there is activity. After 90 days of inactivity, RapidShare will delete it from their servers.
Unfortunately, the IGN trailers that caused all this commotion doesn’t support remote upload. I may eventually upload those manually.
For those who have played with RapidShare Remote Upload, is there a way to clear all those jobs that have completed without manually deleting them one by one?