Uploading Inserting Video

If you just need a link to a video, you would use the second icon from the left on the Upload/Insert menu. Clicking it brings up a window that looks exactly like the one for images. The From Computer tab is always the default so we'll begin with that.

Click the Select Files button and in the popup window locate your video file on your computer. When you're done, click Select and the file begins to upload, with the regular progress bar. Video files can be quite large, so the upload could take a while.

Servers vary on the file size limit for uploading and although WordPress attempts to set that limit at 64MB, it does not always work, so depending on your server, you might get an uploading error. You could try getting your host to raise the limit or you can try resaving the video at a smaller size or different compression to reduce its size. Or, make the video shorter.

When the upload is complete, the popup window changes to look as shown in Figure 16-1.

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It looks similar to the images window, but without options like alignment or sizing (WordPress doesn't make different sized copies of videos). You can enter a title, caption, and description; at the very least you need to enter a title because that's the text for the link that appears in your post.

You also need to click File URL or else there won't be any link to the video, just the words of the title, and the whole point of this is to allow visitors to click and see the video.

So what happens when visitors click the link? That all depends on the type of video file you uploaded and how their browser is set to deal with that type, but in the case of a Flash file, for example, the link should open a new browser window and start playing the video at the size of the browser screen.

This is the first difficulty with the Upload/Insert method when dealing with video files: because many different video standards exist and a plain link puts everything in the hands of your visitors' browser/ computer, you're really leaving it to chance whether or not they can view your video.

You'll run into the same difficulty using the From URL tab and pointing to a video file somewhere else on the Web, unless you're pointing to a video on a sharing site like YouTube, where videos are contained in standalone players that will work in virtually anyone's browser. Though this may solve the first difficulty, it raises the second difficulty of the Upload/Insert method, which is that you're taking visitors away from your page in order to view a video.

The answer to both these problems lies in using the Embed Media button on your Visual Text Editor.

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