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Visio diagram of the Video content management test server topology. The test server topology consists of a single computer hosting SQL Server and a single computer hosting SharePoint Server service applications running as a front-end web server.We tested two scenarios in our video capacity and performance testing. The first scenario stores videos in a location that is not part of the SharePoint deployment. The second scenario stores videos in a SharePoint asset library. We look at the performance characteristics for both scenarios.

Videos in SharePoint Server 2013 use a new content type named Video, much like a document set. When you create a video, SharePoint Server 2013 uses one of the following methods to store it:

  • Store the video content as a Binary Large Object (BLOB) in the content database
  • Store a reference to a URL for the video
  • Store an embedded code that contains the reference to an external video and player

The following advantages and disadvantages can help you decide where to store videos:

  • If you store videos in a SharePoint asset library, we recommend that you turn on BLOB cache for the computers that run as the front-end web server role. The BLOB cache size must be appropriate to ensure a smooth streaming experience for users.

    Excel line chart showing video streaming experience with additional users and front-end web servers. At 2 servers the video streaming slowed at 600 users, and at 650 was unacceptable. At 3 servers, streaming slowed at 1050 users, at 1100 was unacceptable.This option increases the size of the content database as more videos are added.

  • If users are in the same geographical region, and the total sizes of the videos are large (such as HD videos), or you have many videos, consider hosting the videos on a web or file server instead of the content database to reduce your SQL Server storage costs.
  • If users are geographically distributed over long distances, you can store the videos in a content delivery network so that users who are farthest from the SharePoint farm do not have to stream videos over a high latency network connection.

When you store videos outside a SharePoint deployment, ensure that the videos are correctly secured so that unauthorized users cannot access them.

If you find that you can't upload files larger than a certain size, you can change this on the Web Application Settings page of the SharePoint Central Administration website. Note that you can also change the Web Page Security Validation to use a larger time-out value if users upload videos that take more than 30 minutes to upload. This is also done on the Web Application Settings page in Central Administration.

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