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EditVideoBot Fund

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I created @editvideobot on Twitter in August 2020, after being inspired by the original VideoEditBot that became so popular in the months before. In early November 2020, that bot was sadly suspended by Twitter :(

I made mine just as a personal project; a challenge for me to have a go at during quarantine.  It just sat there for months and months, maybe being used once a week at best.  Since the suspension of the original bot, the number of people using my bot grew ASTRONOMICALLY.  I gained well over 3000 followers in less than 15 days (since I last updated this, I now have well over 23,000 followers!).  It was good to see my bot get some recognition.

Since I first made this fundraiser, I now run EditVideoBot on both Twitter AND Discord from my laptop!

Unlike the original bot, I don't actually have a proper server.  It runs on a LAPTOP in my room, with 158GB of storage (compared to the original's 13.5TB).  The original bot's server has about 16-20 CPU cores, while mine only has 4. Storage is essential (so users can download their videos), but with the number of people using the bot, I have to clear it out every few days.

Here is a photo of my current 'server':

CPU power is even more  important - processing videos uses a huge amount of power, and while the other bot could handle processing multiple videos at a time, mine can only handle one (and it takes a VERY LONG time). Certain commands also require lots of RAM too.

Did I mention I also run my website for the bot on the same laptop too?  Everything operates on my typical below-average Australian internet speeds (20mbps upload)

Anyway, now to the point of this GoFundMe:

I really enjoy running this bot for everyone to use for free, and I know heaps of people love using it, but running it on a laptop is no longer sustainable, especially now that the bot is also operating. I want to keep being able to run it independently, but I can't afford a more powerful computer, let alone a server.

I plan to buy my own parts to build and host my own server.  I've weighed up all my potential options for nearly 2 months and building and self-hosting a server works out cheaper than renting out a VPS or something like that, due to the sheer amount of resources this bot requires to operate properly.   In the long term, a custom-built server has it's advantages as I can always upgrade any of its components.

This $600 should hopefully be enough to buy all the computer parts I require!

Even if you could just spare $5, it means a lot, and all of it will go towards the bot.

I'm not trying to make a profit, and I don't want to; what I want to do is be able to keep this project running so you can keep enjoying editvideobot :)

Organizer and beneficiary

Pigeon Burger
Stuart Dall

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