I have a potential client who needs one-hour HD videos uploaded to YouTube within a very short time window. After compressing a test video with the Matrox CompressHD card to 720p h.264 with Compressor (45 minutes) the file size was 2.32gb. Uploading through my Comcast residential connection at about 4Mbps took over 4 hours.
I tried a Comcast business connection which Speedtest.net said was uploading at 9.1 Mbps, but that still took almost 3 hours. I tried at different times of the day but although Speedtest said some upload speeds were faster than others it didn’t make a lot of difference in the time it took to upload.
After an extensive search and posting on several forums for help I finally found a local office building which is home to many non-profit organizations, and which has a fiber optic connection to the internet. Plus they have free public wi-fi. The upload speed is still only 9.9 Mbps, but the YouTube upload of the same file took only 38 minutes!
I don’t know why there is such a huge difference in speed. Is Comcast somehow choking the upload process, or does a fiber optic connection make it faster even at the same upload speed? More research is needed, but at least now I know I can meet the client’s need for speed.