A company I'm affiliated with provides product and business videos for potential prospects. Up until now, they offered invidual links for these videos. However, they are now providing a site with all the videos on it. The problem is propsects are not going to go to a site, navigate to the media tab, check through a list of menus and if they should locate the proper menu, then open the playlist and look through a list of 20 videos.
So I had found the videos I wanted and then went to Netvidhunter to extract the URL's. I then went to tinyurl.com to reduce these massive links to manageable size with names people could identify. Well, the links worked . . . at first. Two days later, when I tried to open these links in the address bar of my browser, the link URL came up but didn't activate. When I tried to open a bogus tinyurl.com link, I correctly got a message back form tinyurl.com's server that that link wasn't viable. But I didn't get that message with the links I had created. I got nothing back. The link simply hung in the address bar and no action took place.
So I had assumed maybe the code in my company's site wasn't somehow compatible with tinyurl.com compressed links but didn't think that would be the case because the link worked for two days then stopped. I assume it had something to do with my company's server no longer accessing that URL. The video works from their global site but not from extracted tinyurl.com URL's.
So I then tried the same process with bit.ly. and the exact same thing had happened--the link worked for a day and then stopped and hung when I had placed that link in my browser's address bar and clicked on it.
Aside from this company making a horrendous business decision by making it impossible for potential customers to view videos, I can't fathom why the tiny url and bit.ly links stop activating after a day or two yet the same embedded code is shown for these videos on the company's site and that opens the videos.
If I can extract the URL's, why can't I run them from compressed site links if the URl's from the company's site show the same embedded URL's? Is there a workaround? I'm at a complete loss.