Archive Videos on Lee.org

I don’t like it when content disappears. I go to lengths to make sure my files are backed up. I love that Lee.org leaves a permanent (-ish) trail of my doings. The notion of archiving videos have been problematic because it is just so easy to point to Youtube or Vimeo and forget about it. And video files are big. But storage is cheap, and when times change and those links eventually go dead, there’s often nothing to do but wonder.

I am now making a special effort to archive videos shown on the site. I was able to download about 100 of the 150 or so videos pointed to on my site. The others are lost, some forever. As I began the archiving task, I thought, “Phht, I’m 50 for 50. Why am I doing all this work?” Then as I got to the older archives, I started not finding videos. And when I say ‘older’, I mean just 2 years old. What do you think the hit rate is going to be in 5 years or 10 years?

A good Youtube Video Downloader was much harder to find than I expected. My final choice: 10youtube.com. All the rest looked very suspicious, like they were going to put malware on my computer.

A good way to embed video on WordPress was much harder to find than I expected. I finally found VideoJS – HTML5 Video Player for WordPress. It is easy to use and open-source from videojs.com.

You and I can now look forward to seeing more content on Lee.org and less of this:

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