How do you store and deliver pictures and videos on network?
I'm sure our school is like most in that the teachers like to take hundreds if not thousands of blurry pictures and they all need to be saved to a network shared drive so they can access them for lessons - PE department is a prime example!
Now our staff are getting more adventurous and are wanting to use video's for starters in lessons etc. Some are ones they've taken themselves but the majority are of video's from youtube or other dodgy video/tv sharing sites.
So there are a number of problems:
1. Need to have these files stored in school as using links to external sites like youtube are unreliable and if its home made video's they don't want to be on youtube for obvious reasons and usually the video's are over 10 mins.
2. Storing all these pictures and video's is going to take up a lot of space - 1Tb? Backup/not?
3. Teachers always want to put these video's into a powerpoint so has to be an easy way of embedding them and powerpoint prefers wmv files which take up so much more space than flv's
4. Need easy way of copying youtube video onto this server (probably as an flv) but then if teachers want to download the video make it so the flv is converted to a wmv so they can embed it to powerpoint.
Has anyone found a really good way of doing all that or something similar and of course you know whats coming next, it has to free or virtually free?
I look forward to reading any suggestions,