Many teachers and Students wonder how to embed video files into their blog posts. This post is going to explain how to do it, and most importantly how to choose the right plugin to do it.
“Why?” you might ask. Because in the real world we live in, video formats are plentiful. Almost every video camera brand has tried to force consumers into their own, even if many different formats already exist. And some of them are even standardized.
This is why there is no “one-size-fits-all” plugin for embedding videos.
Our WordPress server currently offers you the ability to use two different plugins:
- Embedded Video can handle video from video portal such as: YouTube, Google Video, dailymotion, MyVideo, Clipfish, Sevenload, Revver, Metacafé, Yahoo! Video, ifilm, MySpace Video, Brightcove, aniBOOM, vimeo, GUBA, Garage TV, GameVideos, vSocial, Veoh, Gametrailers. It can also manage the following video formats: flv, swf, mov, qt, wmv, mpg, mpeg, mpe, asf, asx, wax, wmv, wmx, avi
- Video Embed & Thumbnail Generator can manage the following video formats: ogv, mp4, m4v, webm
Using Embedded Video
To use Embedded Video, simply click on the small TV-like button when you write your post
You can then choose how you want to use the plugin:
As you can see, you can not only use a video sitting on a remote video portal, but you can also upload a video from your computer, hence making it a local video to be used.
Using Video Embed & Thumbnail Generator
To use this plugin you will have to set it up first.
From your Dashboard, go to Settings->Video Embed & Thumbnail Generator.
Then make sure that the settings are as follow:
and don’t forget to “Save changes”.
Then you can use the plugin when you write your post. Simply click ont the “Add Media” button
A new tab has been added to the usual window:
This is where you’ll go to embed a video of one of the formats that this plugin handles. Once again you can upload the video file when you’;re about to use it or use one that’s been already uploaded before, from the Media Library.
Copy the File URL for that video file
Then paste this File URL to the plugin:
- Choose a title
- Paste the URL
- Generate then choose the thumbnail for this video
- Tick the “Generate DownloadLink…”
- Insert Into Post.