VdoCipher Review & Tutorial – AppSumo Limited Time Offer 2019
As a young man, I knew it was wrong to illegally download episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm from bittorrent.
Today, I’m on the other side of the fence as I build membership sites and help keep those file sharing monsters from illegally downloading my clients’ courses and redistributing them to hoards of free loading slackers.
But — how big of a problem is this really?
Well, big enough for Google to develop Widevine DRM, the solution that none other than Netflix, Hulu, and yes…HBO have chosen as their DRM to protect the billions of dollars they spend on creating content.
Sure it would be nice to protect the files on your membership site with that kind of top shelf encryption, but if you want to get that level of protection, you’ll need to take CWIP Training, or Certified Widevine Implementation Partner training, so you can “confidently and successfully install and configure Widevine system for clients”.
That is… until today.
The glorious taco loving sumos bring us VdoCipher – a video player with, let’s face it, one reason to use it. It provides Widevine when you playback a video through it.
Sure, I mean the player is great…it actually works well on my iPhone, something that competitor VooPlayer has really struggled.
Uploading videos is easy. Hit the upload button and choose your file. Of course you can also link to a file you have stored on Dropbox or Google Drive as well.
The video will upload and go into a processing mode, just as you find on YouTube. During processing, the file is being encoded for playback on multiple device types. When the video is ready for playback, VdoCipher will send you an email to let you know. For me it only took a few minutes.
This is a good time to talk about storage size. With the AppSumo deal, we get 20GB of storage but remember that your file will be duplicated multiple times for iOS, Android, and different resolutions.
To put some concrete numbers to this, I uploaded my recent WP Time Capsule review, which came in at 637.9MB. After it completed uploading to VdoCipher, it had used 1.1GB of storage, almost double.
You also get 150GB of bandwidth with your deal, and no that’s not per month. That’s lifetime, never renewing.
Now hold up — like you are probably also feeling in this moment — I too was offended at this offering. I mean this is an LTD! I want terabytes of free bandwidth every month…
Wait, no I don’t.
See, bandwidth and storage have recurring costs to them.
So for VdoCipher to stick around for the long term, they can’t be paying all of collective bandwidth bills for the next decade.
Instead, I actually love this plan because it shows the founders can actually maintain a profitable business.
They’ve given us 20GB of storage for life, and 150GB of bandwidth, but when that runs out, it’s dry and I’ll have to buy more.
Now this isn’t just some podunk hosting – this is Amazon CloudFront, one of the fastest, most reliable CDNs on the internet.
So VdoCipher is going to make money by reselling Cloundfront bandwidth at a markup. Extra storage is priced at seventy cents per gigabyte and bandwidth is .18/GB.
Yep, that’s a markup of almost double, but heck if I can pay an extra dime and have someone else take care of providing the cutting edge file encryption and even a shortcode to embed the video on my website, I say it’s worth it.
Installing VdoCipher in WordPress
Getting the videos on my WordPress site was super easy.
I just installed the VdoCipher plugin and then used the shortcode supplied in the VdoCipher dashboard.
After I entered in my API secret key, I had some really basic options to set the default resolution and add a watermark if I needed.
Of course you can also install via Script or iFrame if WordPress isn’t your bag.
There is a built-in Analytics, but I didn’t have enough data to try that out.
What’s really missing here is any way to style the actual player itself, so that you can add your own brand colors or have unique play/pause buttons.
I guess VooPlayer still wins when it comes to marketing features, but what about stealing your content?
Well, I tried two chrome extensions — Stream Video Downloader and Video Downloader professional as well as PullTube, an LTD I got on StackSocial last year.
PullTube displayed an error, Video Downloader professional found no videos on the page, but Stream Video Downloader found the video.
Defeated? Hardly. The files that I downloaded were only 9mb and they simply played back a gray screen.
Nicely done, VdoCipher.
VdoCipher Final Thoughts & Rating
So, while I’d love to see them enhance the video player with some styling options and maybe add a chrome extension for easy access to embed codes, VdoCipher works as advertised.
I bought this deal to review and then promptly return it, but now I’m not quite so sure.
$79 seems like a pretty fair price to pay for a player of this caliber. Considering I only need to pay for storage and bandwidth, I think it’s a fantastic option for anyone who is SERIOUS about online courses.
No, you don’t need this if you’ve never sold a course before. But if you already have a profitable online course business and piracy is a problem, then VdoCipher might just be the antidote to your troubles.
Rating: I give VdoCipher a 9.2 out of 10. Nicely done.