Videos are now supported within SharePoint 2013 via a new content type (to add video support to your site collection see this post). This means that video files may be uploaded to SharePoint and playable within a SharePoint site. However, the actual files do not need to actually live in SharePoint itself. A Video library can be populated simply from links to video content.
After returning from the Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2012 in Las Vegas, we downloaded most of the videos of the sessions and content. This collection of videos (as well as any collection of videos) takes up gigs and gigs of disk space. So if we uploaded them all into SharePoint, our content database would bloat to an unmanagable size. So where did we save them?
We saved the videos and content to a network server such that people can access them from there, however, we thought it would nice to access the videos through SharePoint 2013 since it now supports the streaming of videos.
IIS Web Site
On the SharePoint 2013 box in a staging environment, we cracked open IIS and created a new web site named "Videos":
Adding Videos to the Videos Library via Links
When you intially navigate to the Videos Library and click on "new item", there is an assumption that you are uploading a file. In our case, we did not want to upload video files but simply add links to those video files.
We accomplished this by using the New Document menu from the Files top ribbon and selecting Video:
Selecting Video provides several options. We selected "Provide a link to a video" and then entered the http:// path of the video using our new Video web site in IIS:
We continued this process for all of the videos available on our network share and loaded up the Video Library:
You may also do something similiar with external videos (such as YouTube) using the embed option. An example of this is shown here.
An example of search results from embedded videos:
You may Enhance your Video Search Results very easily. The details are here.