Video Security In Your Online Courses

video-securityAt some point or another you will need to decide whether video is a good option for your online course.

Depending on the content and the audience, using videos for elearning is often a great way to present the information.

In my experience, video presentation is often well suited for any training that requires demonstrations, but there are many other use-cases.

I’ve seen videos that are essentially audio only, but display the words of the audio (similar to closed captioning). You might be surprised to know that there are a good number of people who prefer learning with this approach.

If you’re selling your online course, then when you create a video you ultimately think about its security. In other words, you don’t want the video to be available for free.

I’ll preface this by saying you shouldn’t spend too much time worrying about the few people who will steal your video content. It’s probably safe to assume that 99.9% of your target customers are going to purchase your course and not choose a knock-off version. If they do, then you don’t want them as customers anyhow.

That said, it still makes sense to secure your videos. While the options below aren’t free, they are worth the investment if this is of high priority to you. Of course, you can always secure your video content for free by using a simple modified .htaccess file, but we’ll save the ‘nerd’ talk for another article.  🙂

1. VimeoPRO – This is my personal favorite for many reasons, but mainly because setting the security for a video is very easy. All you need to do is specify the exact URL that has access to play the video. If anyone attempts to get the direct video URL and play it in another browser or website page, it won’t play. VimeoPRO costs $199 per year.

2. Wistia – A popular choice for many, Wistia has security settings that are very similar to VimeoPRO. Where Wistia shines is that they also make it possible for you to capture emails in exchange for someone to view the video. This makes it possible for you to give away some of your online course content in exchange for the lead. To start getting these features, you’ll need to join at their $25/mo level.

3. SproutVideo – Private video hosting with an emphasis on security. Like many of the other options today, there are useful viewer analytics so you can gain insight into what videos are performing well. Pricing starts at $25/mo, but there is a free trial so that you can have a “look under the hood” before committing.

4. S3FlowShield – This solution was brought to my attention by a LearnDash user. While I don’t have direct experiencing in using it, I have seen it in action on other sites. For a one-time payment of $97, S3FlowShield will protect any video that you have hosted on Amazon S3 servers.

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Justin Ferriman is the co-founder and CEO of LearnDash, the WordPress LMS trusted by the world's leading organizations, such as the University of Michigan, Digital Marketer, WPEngine, and Infusionsoft. Justin has made a career as an elearning consultant where he has implemented large-scale training programs for Fortune 500 companies. Twitter | LinkedIn

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  1. I totally agree for the first one, it’s my favorite too. Interesting feature of the pro version, you can modify the look’n’feel of the player, and you can decide what to do at the end of the video.

    For the 4th one, there are numerous plugin to perform this…

    hxxps://flyplugins.com/s3-media-maestro/ => From 47$ (for 2 sites) to 99$ (25 sites) (it’s the same company who make a concurrent plugin but as yours is better, it’s not a problem)

    and

    Ultimate LightBox hxxp://petitlien.pl/ulbx (affiliate link) => from 40$ for 1 site, 80$ unlimited sites. Could protect videos but also pdf files from Amazon. Could display the video or make a nice lightbox effect.

    Those are really good, specially the second one.

    cEd

  2. Vimeo is being blocked in Indonesia due to porn content in vimeo, so it is not an option for me. I’ve tested wistia and it works pretty well and integration is easy as well.

  3. Paul D

    Vimeo Pro apparently has issues with HTPPS based websites (like mine), and also Vimeo Pro uses iFrames in a way that hinders SEO. So I steered towards Wistia and Im looking forward to using LEARNDASH with it.

  4. Milena

    Hi Justin,

    do you know how the vimeo PRO version is different from vimeo PLUS?

    the site says it offers

    Password protection
    Domain-level privacy

    when the PRO version offers

    Password protection
    Domain-level privacy
    Private, unlisted review pages

    So my question is- do I need the last one (Private, unlisted review pages) to embed videos in courses, or is the Domain-level privacy enough?

    also how is the Amazon S3 different from cloud, and how much does their storage cost..?

    thank you.

  5. Okay – so I’m having an issue – why won’t any players work with LearnDash – and it won’t even play embedded code from YouTube? Help!

    Thanks,

    • Hi Carrie-

      Thanks for the note. LearnDash/WordPress doesn’t have any issue with any of these programs (as well as YouTube). We’d be happy to help with your setup, be sure to open a ticket and provide screenshots of your configuration so that it’s added to the ticket queue.

  6. Durga Prasad

    Hi Justin,
    Actually I was disappointed to know that VimeoPro videos can be very
    easily downloadable irrespective of any setting.
    This was admitted openly by Vimeo support people.
    Any one can google it to ckeck.
    Now I am exploring other options.
    By the way is there any posts by you to help how to integrate ONLINE VIDEO PLATFORM
    with LearnDash.

  7. Justin, do you know if there’s an easy way to protect audio and PDFs inside courses without having to use S3 or Media Maestro?

    I’m hoping to find a way for my students to skip this step bc I think the tech side is just too much for them.

    Thanks!

    PS So great having you on the summit!

  8. tarun

    I have decided to go with a video streaming provider for all these needs and even greater benefits. There is a company providing full encrypted streaming, viewer based watermarking & url hiding + licensing solutions to online course providers. It has free 5 GB trial and claims to have customers all across 6 continents.
    https://www.vdocipher.com It might help to others as well.

  9. Hi Justin! I just started using LearnDash and have looked every on how to upload videos. I’m using Powerpoint and export the presentation using iSpring. Can you help?

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