Guide to Independent Video Hosting

Aggregation of Video

The process of 'aggregation' in this context refers to different ways of bringing together disparate sources of videos and presenting them in one place. Aggregation also often indicates a degree of automation to this process.  

Examples of Video Aggregation Websites

Commercial Video Aggregation Services: These sites can be a useful way of finding video on subjects you are interested in.  

Videosift is one of the few remaining commercial video aggregating services driven by users:

Community Video Aggregation Services: Some services (including Miro Community) provide a simple way to pull together and present the videos of you and your partners.  

An example of an aggregator site using Miro community:

Set Up Your Own Video Aggregator: Frameworks like Drupal and Wordpress allow a more flexible approach to what data is aggregated and displayed. This is perfect for a network of video collectives to represent the work of their disparate members.  

An example of a video aggregation site for social justice at

The Mechanics of Aggregation

Aggregation can work in a number of different ways.

RSS Feeds & Video Podcasts: An RSS feed is a simple and standard way of getting content from A to B on the internet. Originally very popular for news, it has been adopted for multimedia in the form of podcasts.

APIs: Many modern website have an API as a way of allowing outside sites to interact with the core site. While there are advantages to APIs, they are not official web standards and, as such, they may change in the future.

OEmbed: OEmbed is a useful way to aggregate video by making it easy to use 'embed codes' remotely. OEmbed does this in a standard way so it is unlikely that unexpected changes made by video-sharing sites would cause problems for your aggregator site.  

This page details how to use the YouTube APIi / RSS feed system to output
a custom feed to import into your website -