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Blender Foundation YouTube Update:


While the YouTube situation is still unresolved, the Blender Foundation has started experimenting with the Peer to Peer video hosting platform PeerTube (hint: they're doing a crowdfunding campaign right now!)

We are doing a PeerTube test on It is running on one of our own servers, in a European datacenter. Just click around and have some fun. We’re curious to see how it holds!

Here's an embedded video from PeerTube - leave it open to help others watch it too!

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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. Took me 10 min to watch this 1 min animation..... The animation was good so it was worth it.... but unnecessary...

  2. I'm not well versed with this current situation with the Blender Foundation but I've grown very weary of YT ads. It's so ridiculous . . . with pretty much anything you try to watch there now. Entirely out of hand in my opinion. Really angers me to see YT try and bully content creators out because it doesn't meet their 'standards' or can't generate enough revenue to sustain the Google ideals. That type of mentality ultimately flies in the face of 'open source' anyway. Ugh!! The new hosting location appears to work correctly for me. Blender 3D always finds a way to succeed!! :)

  3. There is only one quality/resolution to select (PeerTube supports multi bitrate).
    And based on this adaptive bitrate of course. I think this is a very important for modern streaming. But I don't know I PeerTube already supports this.

    • It does support it, but it is not (yet) activated on the server (maybe they didn't know the option).
      Someone gave the solution on Twitter, they should correct that :)

      • So there is 720p now, too. And it switches automatically. But it isn't flawless. There is a hard cut an pause while switching from 720p to 1080p.

  4. Youtube really becoming something strange these days ! But that's great to see peertube in action, i only saw some test from the team for now, but video worked perfectly for me (with only 1 pairs) and player seems really responsive ! for these kind of "users" (meaning the blender fundation/cloud...) seems to me that is a really great solution (open source, not big company depended, on its own server...)
    Anyway good luck with the problem !

  5. Lots of stuttering and buffering for me, beautiful animation but presentation format is essentially unwatchable. My connection is not the best, however.

  6. comeinandburn on

    I believe that the more people that sign up for the hub, and therefore distribute the load, the better playback will get. Just like a Torrent that only has a few sources. I was only getting max 4 at a time so it wasn't seamless. However I'm super glad that Blender is making this move:) I'm willing to deal with some growing pains. Don't forget this is Beta software.

  7. I would recommend using youtube-dl at this point for Peertube videos.
    Step 1: install youtube-dl

    Step 2: Update it regularly (it changes often in response to youtube, etc, interface changes)
    sudo youtube-dl -U (Linux)
    youtube-dl -U (Windows)

    Step 3: Place practically any video URL at the end of the youtube-dl command

    Pre-downloading Peertube videos to your drive will entirely eliminate any p2p network latency issues.

      • Perhaps (I admit I never noticed ellipsis) but youtube-dl is a powerful tool in one's arsenal if your managing video from the Internet. For example, what if no 3-dots are to be found?

        • Very true, but it means the provider never wanted you to save the content. That's another reason to support Peertube in this case.

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