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In December 2018, we released version 1.1 which contained some moderation tools requested by instance administrators.
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Its development is community-based, it can be enhanced by everyone's contributions.
In early August we finalized the work on the moderation tools: accounts and comments reporting, improving the administration and moderation interface, reporting logs, messages between the moderation team and the reporter…
There are two important angles to storage: disk space usage and sustained read speed. To make a rough estimate of your disk space usage requirements, you want to know the answer to three questions:
What is the total size of the videos you wish to stream?
In early August, we entered a new stage in <a href="https://joinpeertube.org/roadmap/" target="_blank">the development of PeerTube v3</a>.
In early june, we released PeerTube 2.2 and less than two months later we are releasing this 2.3 version. We are proud to move forward so fast on PeerTube development! As we continue to follow <a target="_blank" href="https://joinpeertube.org/en_US/roadmap">our roadmap</a>, this release incorporates the features we told you about in the latest news. Let's look around and see what it brings us...
Do you want to enable transcoding? If so, do you want to provide multiple resolutions per video? Try this out with a few videos and you will get an idea of how much extra space is required per video and estimate a multiplication factor for future space allocation.
Which sharing mechanisms do you want to enable? Just WebTorrent, or also HLS with p2p? If you want both, this will double your storage needs.
In terms of read speed, you want to make sure that you can saturate your network uplink serving PeerTube videos. This should not be a problem with SSD disks, whereas traditional HDD should be accounted for: typical sustained read rates for a well tuned system with a 7200rpm hard disk should hover around 120 MB/s or 960 Mbit/s. The latter should be enough for a typical 1 Gbit/s network uplink.
In January, we released version 1.2 that supports 3 new languages: Russian, Polish and Italian. Thanks to PeerTube's community of translators, PeerTube is now translated into 16 different languages!
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In mid-july, we released PeerTube 2.3 and now here is the 2.4 version. This latest release implements features we've already told you about in the last news as we still follow our <a target="_blank" href="https://joinpeertube.org/roadmap">roadmap</a>. Let us present you in details our latest innovations!
A rough estimate of a traditional server's video streaming network capacity is usually quite straightforward. You simply divide your server's available bandwidth by the average bandwidth per stream, and you have an upper bound.
In order to make this channel idea more understandable, we have changed the sign-up form, which from now on consists of two steps:
Storage: we may implement <a target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://github.com/Chocobozzz/PeerTube/issues/3661">S3/Object storage</a> in the future
In other news, we are going to change the moderation policy of the public instances index we maintain on <a href="https://instances.joinpeertube.org/instances">instances.joinpeertube.org</a>. The new moderation terms are stated in the header and will take effect on Monday September, 21.
Take a server for example with a 1 Gbit/s uplink for example pushing out 1080p60 streams at 5 Mbit/s per stream. That means the absolute theoretical upper capacity bound is 200 simultaneous viewers if your server's disk i/o can keep up. Expect a bit less in practice.
But what if you need to serve more users? That's where PeerTube's federation feature shines. If other PeerTube instances following yours, chances are they have decided to mirror part of your instance! The feature is called "server redundancy" and caches your most popular videos to help serve additional viewers. While viewers themselves contribute a little additional bandwidth while watching the video in their browsers (mostly during surges), mirroring servers have a much greater uplink and will help your instance with sustained higher concurrent streaming.
In September 2019 when <a rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" href="https://joinpeertube.org/fr/news#release-1-4-0">PeerTube v.1.4 was released</a>, we announced the creation of a plugin system. This system allows PeerTube instance administrators to create and/or install plugins depending on their specific feature needs, without having to rely on our small non-profit for this creative work.
If you want to store many videos on your PeerTube instance, you may want to store videos externally using <a href="https://docs.joinpeertube.org/admin-remote-storage" target="_blank">Object Storage</a>.
No it doesn't. You can't deploy multiple PeerTube nodes behind a load balancer.
In terms of interface, the video report window has been greatly improved by @rigelk. As a reminder, the video reporting feature is accessible if you have an account and are logged in. It is therefore only possible to report videos that you see from the instance where you are registered: either because this video is hosted on your instance, or because your instance is federated to the instance where the video was uploaded.
As far as we know, there are 3 limitations to handle a large amount of users in PeerTube:
Bandwidth: can be mitigated using <a target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://docs.joinpeertube.org/admin-following-instances?id=instances-redundancy">PeerTube redundancy system</a> and cache servers that serve video static files in front of your PeerTube instance
In the <a href="https://framablog.org/2021/01/07/peertube-v3-its-a-live-a-liiiiive/" target="_blank">PeerTube v3 release blogpost</a>, we announced that we wouldn't resort to crowdfunding to finance PeerTube's development in 2021.
Storage: can be mitigated using <a target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://docs.joinpeertube.org/admin-remote-storage">S3/Object storage</a>
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You're right. PeerTube 1.0 is not the perfect tool, far from it. And we never promised that this version 1.0 would be a tool that would include all the features corresponding to all cases.
In the different tests we've had, we have managed to keep lag between 30s to 1mn. To our knowledge, peer-to-peer live broadcasting will induce an incompressible lag between the streamer and the audience. Ultimately, this lag will depend on the server charge (how many live streams are happening at the same time) and bandwidth.
"It's outrageous and unconscious: you're releasing a PeerTube version that doesn't contain the necessary tools to effectively manage videos claimed by rights holders, or to effectively manage the issue of online harassment in comments, or to effectively manage monetization through advertising, or to (insert here your request to PeerTube). It will never work! What do you intend to do about it?"
Video transcoding: we may implement <a target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://github.com/Chocobozzz/PeerTube/issues/947">transcoding by remote workers</a> in the future
In the last few months, we have created 2 new plugins:
You're right. PeerTube is not the perfect tool, far from it. And we never promised this softtware would include all the features corresponding to every use cases.
If you notice performance problems or a bottleneck at your scale, don't hesitate to <a target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://github.com/Chocobozzz/PeerTube/issues/new/choose">create an issue</a> to discuss it.
In the meantime, if you try and test <a href="https://github.com/Chocobozzz/PeerTube/releases/tag/v3.0.0-rc.1">Peertube v3 RC</a> and its live feature, please be sure to give us some feedback on the code respository issues or <a href="https://framacolibri.org/c/peertube/38">on our forum</a>.
Framasoft tries to make around 4 major releases per year. Releasing a new PeerTube version takes a lot of our time, so we cannot change this release cycle.
In the meantime, the PeerTube federation has grown: today, more than 300 instances broadcast more than 70,000 videos, with nearly 2 million cumulated views. We remind you that the only official website we maintain around PeerTube is <a target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://joinpeertube.org/en">https://joinpeertube.org/en</a> and that we bear no responsibility on any other site that may be published.
There is no LTS version: only the latest stable version of PeerTube is supported by Framasoft.
In the meantime,we hope you will <a href="https://joinpeertube.org/roadmap" target="_blank">share and support this new JoinPeertube roadmap</a>.
If you want to test the PeerTube develop branch, we provide <a target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://builds.joinpeertube.org/nightly/">nightly builds</a>.
In the next version of the software, each PeerTube instance administrator will be able to choose to use one of these index engines to allow specific searches in the search bar of its instance.
We <strong>try</strong> to keep compatibility with the latest minor version (2.3.1 with 2.2 for example). Unfortunately we don't have enough resources to keep compatibility with other versions.
In this new version, we have made it possible for plugins to <strong>define external authentication methods</strong> and developed 3 authentication plugins:
"It's outrageous and unconscionable: you're releasing a PeerTube version that doesn't contain the necessary tools to effectively manage videos claimed by rights holders, or to effectively manage the issue of online harassment in comments, or to effectively manage monetization through advertising, or to (insert here your request to PeerTube). It will never work! What do you intend to do about it?"
Incentives to complete instance/channel attributes (i.e. descriptions, images, terms of service, etc.)
You're right. PeerTube is not the perfect tool, far from it. And we never promised this software would include all the features corresponding to every use cases.
Remember that PeerTube has only <a href="#who-is-working-on-peertube">one full time developer</a> and a small handful of very involved volunteers. It is not a product developed by a start-up with a full time team and significant financial support.
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So if you feel that PeerTube does not currently meet your needs, it's simple: don't use it right now. We remind you that we don't make money developing PeerTube, and if we obviously hope for its success, Framasoft does not depend on it to continue its activities.
<a href="#what-are-the-peertube-features-for-administrators">Yes it does!</a> Since the first stable release of PeerTube in October 2018, <strong>every release</strong> added or improved moderation features:
<strong>PeerTube 1.1</strong> added bulk actions in the admin users table and instance/account muting;
Instance administrators can now <strong>choose how many simultaneous import jobs</strong> they support (whether these imports are realized through a URL or a torrent). This prevents big instances from having long waiting lists.
Linked together, these three features makes it easy to host videos on the server side, while remaining practical, ethical and fun for the internet users.
<strong>PeerTube 1.2</strong> added the ability to unfederate a video on blacklist; the notification system now shows reports, and new users;
<strong>PeerTube 1.3</strong> added the possibility for admins to automatically quarantine new videos for new/untrusted users until a moderator reviews it. The instance's followers management was also reworked: UI is improved, follows can be denied;
<strong>PeerTube 1.4</strong> added a plugin system, and made sure plugins can for instance automatically blacklist videos or reject comments based on any rule (similar to Pleroma MRF);
<strong>PeerTube 2.0</strong> setup now asks the admin to answer questions regarding their moderation policy and dedication to it. Make a feature to automatically follow a public index of PeerTube instances part of core PeerTube, instead of leaving admins to script it themselves. This allows instance administrators to automatically follow instances of a "follow list" of their choice; a list which is self-hostable, so that communities can grow at their own pace;
Interactivity with users is one of the recipes to success on videos platforms. Interacting with Internet users and responding to comments helps content producers to build an audience. That's why this latest version includes enhancements that help video makers to interact more with their viewers.
Introducing SepiaSearch!
<strong>PeerTube 2.1</strong> added an <em>internal</em> privacy mode to videos (such videos won't be shared outside of the instance), and added quick access to moderation tools below the comments and hooks to create registration plugins (geoblocking or captchas for example); some third-party plugins already demonstrate this ability. This release also put emphasis on describing moderation features within the interface: warnings for features that might increase moderation work like autofollow, and descriptions to the action dropdowns.

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