Add video clips

How to use embed and iframe codes to display video:

WordPress allows users to copy and paste the link of any YouTube video directly into their page/post. This link will automatically be turned into a viewable video.

If you want to use an embed code to add video, a calendar or photo album to your posts,  please make sure that you have gone through the process to get your site upgraded to “Student” “Teacher” or “Power User”.  A free/basic site will not allow embed codes to be entered.

If your site has been upgraded, you should be able to click on the “TEXT” tab and paste your code.

How to upload student created video into your site:

It is possible to upload most file types to our WordPress server but the limiting factor with video is size.  The upload limit size on our server is 256mB / upload.  This means that your  ipad videos will need to be very short ( around 1 min) or encoded and compressed to a smaller file size. There are several app’s that can simplify this process.  Check out  “Video Slimmer” as a possible solution to file size.

After you upload a video, starting with WordPress 3.6 you can simply copy and paste any “.MP4” video url into its own line in your post. This will allow the video to be viewed from an embedded player.  All other movie codex (ie .mov, .wmv, .mV4) will only appear as a link to the video and no player will be launched.  Our SchoolBlogs server also has a built in video encoder that will process your videos into a viewable standard.  If you find that your video’s are not playing within the post and can only be downloaded, then try the Video Encode function….

Since ios devices create movies with the extension .mov , you will need to convert them into the .mp4 format. A recommended app that compresses video and changes the format to .mp4 is EasyBlog and EasyBlog Jr.

Possible Solutions for video taken on ios devices:

Option 1 – directly publish to your site with the EasyBlog app.  The app requires the user account to have admin or editor status on the WP site.   This app compresses video, encodes video to .mp4 standard and publishes directly to wordpress. Longer videos that are stored on the camera roll can also be uploaded with this app.  The easyblog app also has settings within the main ios settings area that control video capture time for your device.  I believe the default standard to 90 seconds.

Option 2 – if the videos are still on the ipods, use the Google Drive App and upload the video into your “drive”. (use the file upload option from camera roll)  After the video renders in your drive, take the embed code for the video and paste it into your post or use the ” add Google File” tab on the top of the post/page.

It is a good idea to use “video slimmer” to reduce the file size of any file that you are uploading to google drive within the school network.  Google uploads the “RAW” file and then encodes it with multiple viewing rates.  These “RAW” video files preserve video quality but place a large demand on the wire infrastructure.
Option 3 – use a desktop encoding tool,  and encode all of your student videos that are larger than 256MB and then post on WordPress (this could take up to 10 minutes/video on an older machine)