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Sharing video so it can be previewed but not downloaded?

Sharing video so it can be previewed but not downloaded?

Jasmine D.1
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I was trying to work out if I can share videos through Dropbox so people can preview but not download? Does anyone know if this is possible?

I have over 100GB of video uploaded and want to share it with someone so they can see it but only be able to download it until I change their shared abilities.

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Rich
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Has anyone found a way around this yet so we can share a video - view only - but not download 

You can't. That's not how the Internet works. If I can view it, it's already on my computer.

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Mark
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Thats impossible I'm afraid.

The internet simply doesnt work like that,

ANY link from ANY provider will make it downloadable - thats how the web works.


 


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Sandy A.3
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Has anyone found a way around this yet so we can share a video - view only - but not download 

Rich
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Has anyone found a way around this yet so we can share a video - view only - but not download 

You can't. That's not how the Internet works. If I can view it, it's already on my computer.

scott2
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Short answer is yes you can - sign up for a free Wistia account at wistia.com.

You can then allow them to play only, or change the settings so they can download it.

...and no I am not connected with Wistia, but dropbox could also learn from their customer service.

Simon K.15
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Short answer is yes you can - sign up for a free Wistia account at wistia.com.

 

Streaming = Downloading.

So any video that is viewed is at the same time downloaded. You can't prevent users from downloading videos, but Dropbox could make it harder to download at least.

 

mgasperl
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You can share video securily and free (1 hour/month and 5$ per every additional hour) via api.video. The video is streamed and can't be downloaded via any usual method an a PC. The only way would be a hdmi grabber. I described how it works in my blog: https://www.gasperl.at/videos-sicher-einbinden-mit-api-video/

Another (easier) method is using servces liek vdocipher (currently 99$ per year). It will do all the work for you and protect your videos from being downloaded.

However, there is no 100% secure method. But you also won't find a way to 100% secure your bicycle. It's just about the effort you do to a potential thief.

 

 

 

 

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