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Web Lab 3b – Adding video

Video files are especially large in size – much larger than high quality photograph files. To deliver these files they must be exported from video editing software in a Web-friendly format. After that is done you will upload your file and place it in a post, much as you would an image, except that no image will show. Instead, a link will be displayed. When followed, the link will open a separate browser window that plays your video.

Note: Normally, news sites will embed the video. This means that the Web page will display a still picture of one of the frames of your video when the page loads, and when you click on the image, the video plays from within the Web page.

For Web Lab 3 you are creating one post into which you add the video you created in the video segment of this class. First, start a new post and assign it to the category “Web Lab 3.” For the text part of this lab document, tell the story of how you did your 30-second video package and describe a few things you learned in making the video. Somewhere in the middle of telling your story, insert the video in 426 x 213 dimensions in your post, using the instructions below.

  1. The first thing you have to do is to take your 30-second video and optimize it for the Web. You do this by following the instructions here. Don’t forget: you want your video dimensions to match either 4:3 aspect ratio or 16:9, based on your camera settings.
  2. With your video saved as an mpeg-4 (.mp4) or a .mov file from step 1, you now create a new post in the class lab Web site. In that post you explain how you created the video.

    Add video

    The “Add Video” dialog starts here.

  3. Now insert your video (as you would an image) by placing your cursor where you want the video to appear. Make note of the file URL that is created at the conclusion of the upload process. The easiest way to do this at this step is to use the Media Library’s “Add Media” utility. At the final step of uploading, you can copy the file URL to your clipboard.

As you are filing your post, tag your post with “video” and “Final Cut” tags. Now, publish your post and send the instructor the P number of your two posts for this lab. Because of security considerations, WordPress does not allow you to actually embed the video, but it may try to embed the video for you. If, when your post displays, only a link shows where you inserted the video, then your video is not embedded. Instead, it is linked, and when you click on the link a new window will open to display the video.

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