Open Source Video Sharing Scripts & Video CMS

Two years ago, I published an article about open source social networking scripts, which, I admit, does seem stale now and I believe needs updating. In the same course of thought, I have decided to publish this series of articles about open source scripts for various applications in different languages, mainly PHP and Ruby on Rails. Indeed node.js is increasing its presence and influence on the web due to its advantages over PHP, however no strong framework is yet developed in it.

So, chit-chat aside, here I start.


CumulusClip is a free video CMS. This video sharing script produces HTML5 videos which work with iOS, Android mobile devices and all the major browsers supporting HTML5 markup for embedded media. It has a small online documentation and a couple of plugins and themes, none of which, unfortunately is available for recent version. Script is out with version 2.0 and does have an active support forum.
Price: Free


PHPmotion is a script for media sharing including videos, audios and images. It advertises itself as YouTube clone and has all the basic features you would expect from a video sharing script. PHPmotion also provides free and paid installation service and paid powertools like white branding etc.
Price: Free

PHP Melody

PHP Melody was released in 2007, a year after Google bought YouTube. It is search engine optimized, secure and fast. It seems the most feature filled script and comes with in built support for monetization, live theme customizer and widget customizer. Besides uploading, videos can be imported from YouTube and can be embedded from other services with built in presets for 40+ video sites.

PHP Melody comes bundled with FlowPlayer and JWPlayer which enable Live broadcast. Apart from videos, you can also publish blog and pages and collaborate with the team with basic social networking features.

Price: $49 for standard license.


Clipster is a premium video sharing script with social networking features with features like Family Filter. Other features include member channels, various Ajax features, in-video text and image advertisements, different channel section.

Clipster comes with 2-pass video encoding, MD5 encoded passwords for security and search engine optimization. You can also ask for paid server setup and script installation on your server.

Price: $24 onwards


Developed by MediaSoft, ASP.NET YuClone is written in C# and in latest web standards. YuClone’s technical features include Bandwidth throttling, secure streaming, advance http progressive streaming engine. It supports flash and HTML5 players with in built support for JWPlayer. It uses MediaSoft’s VUploader for uploading, processing and generating multiple formats of videos.

General features include embedded videos from other services, cache management, dictionary management, email subscriptions, PayPal subscripts and support for YouTube SDK. ASP.NET YuClone Script provide professional SDK for customizing the script. Basic requirements are IIS 6.0 or 7.0, .net framework 2.0, SQL Server 2000 or later, Visual Studio 2005 or later. Detailed configurations can be found in the documentation.

Price: $299 for advanced, $499 for enterprise

This list doesn’t debate between the scripts mentioned and there are other scripts not featured like Rayzz Channel and Clipshare. While best script is none, for more features, you need to pay more. Choose a good framework in which language you have expertise.

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