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embedding a video

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9:49 am on Aug 31, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Hi

I know that it's not everyones cup of tea, but I'd like to have one of those videos of someone introducing the website with tips for the visitor.

I contacted someone who produces videos with a transparent background and he mentioned hosting the video.

I thought that all I had to do was get the MP4 video, FTP it to my server and come up with some PHP that anchors it to the bottom of the screen (no idea how to do that yet!).

Would what I think I have to do actually work or is there more to adding that type of video to my wordpress site?

Thanks

Mick
12:12 pm on Aug 31, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Yes, hosting must be a consideration as the files are usually quite large compared to other images and files on your server: Think of is bandwidth that may be required.
12:19 pm on Aug 31, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Thanks engine.

Would hosting it on YouTube then embedding the 'share' URL be a possibility?

Mick
11:10 am on Sept 2, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Videos are a bit tricky. Because they are quite large in file size, they need to download entirely before they will play. Most people in the US on at least DSL connections, and those in urban and more affluent areas, likely to be on cable modems with faster download speeds. So a 3-5 MB file won't take terribly long to download but still, you don't want to make them wait.

Streaming services like YouTube and Vimeo allow you to embed code within your website that calls back to their service when a visitor visits the page the embed code lives on. Their service doles out a small part of the movie and starts the player so the visitor can begin watching while the rest of the video downloads.

So all you need to do is to upload your video to YouTube, then get the embed code and paste it into your webpage (use text view or the < > will turn into &#lt; and &#gt;
11:18 am on Sept 2, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Thanks lorax. Food for thought.

I'll give it a test tomorrow.

Right now I'm on Kao San Road in Bangkok drinking beer.

Isn't the web a great thing.