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August 16, 2009

How To Load Video to Blogs - And 11 Video Hosting Sites

Many bloggers are starting to incorporate video into their blogs (called "vlogging"). We are excited at Silicon Valley Moms Group to have started a video series called A Byte Out of Life sponsored by Yahoo. Here is a video that I enjoyed participating in - about Moms, Celebrities and Twitter. Here is a link to my post on Silicon Valley Moms Blog that provides a background. The Video is included in the post, hosted on our the Yahoo Video website. Because my post has a video - it is considered a "vlog". There are also great vlogging sites to follow, such as GoToMom.TV.

I am also participating in a fabulous group of fem tech bloggers in a site called "Gadgetspin". While our site has videos (our first was at the exciting Virgin American - Orange County inaugural flight), our focus will be on livestreaming. Livestreaming is when you post video live from an event. Gadgetspin is in beta and will be launching soon.

Because I am starting to vlog, I spent time researching different video hosting platforms to load video to. After the video file is loaded to the hosting site, "embed" code can be generated and loaded to  blog posts. Listed below is a summary of the steps and the video hosting sites I know of. If you know of others, please comment on this post with a link to the website.

STEP 1: CREATE VIDEO FILE: There are many gadgets bloggers can use to record video. Some use the internal webcams of their computer, some an external webcam and some a video camera. The Flip Camera has a pop-out USB drive for one button upload and software for editing. I will post soon with other alternatives for video cameras (a whole other topic!).

STEP 2: LOAD YOUR VIDEO FILE TO A PLAYER: Once you have a video file - you need to load that file to a video hosting site that provides a player (the square and buttons around the video) and the embed code that enables loading to a blog. Here is a list of 11 video hosting sites I know of:

1. Yahoo Video: http://video.yahoo.com/

2. YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/

3. Vimeohttp://www.vimeo.com/

4. BlipTV http://blip.tv/

5. One True Media: http://www.onetruemedia.com/ This service allows you to do all types of editing using photo montages or video - then upload online, send as a DVD or email.

6. Vlog It: There is supposed to be a option for a 15 day free trial but I could not find it. The product is made by Adobe. I purchased the $29.00 version and will give it a test run.


7. PhotoBucket: You can use Photobucket to load and then generate embed code to share with a website:

8. Windows Movie Maker: For Windows Users - you can use Windows Movie Maker for free to upload video to (and edit) - then generate embed code using one of the video hosting partners they recommend:

9. iMovie: For MAC users iMovie does have a function to upload to blogs/websites. If anyone has tried this - it would be great to share:

10. Flickr: With a Flickr Pro acct you can upload a limited number of videos and generate embed code:

11. Brightcove: Used by web marketers and media companies.

12. Update 8/16 - TheGoToMom added a open source video platform to the list - Kaltura: http://corp.kaltura.com/

Update 8/20: Lifehacker published a post asking for the best video sharing site. There are other sites listed on that post including Viddler, Veoh, Megavideo, BitTorrent, Daily Motion, and Exposure Room .

Update 10/6. The GoToMom once again helped me identify another platform: Delve Networks

Each has their own process for loading and then displaying embed code. Some are free and some charge for hosting. Please be aware that video privacy settings need to be "public" to display on a blog. Please make sure your video has all "public" info. For families wanting a private place to load videos to, they should look at sites with multiple levels of privacy such as Vox or Plumkeeper.

STEP 3: COPY EMBED CODE FROM PLAYER INTO YOUR POST: Copy" then paste the embed code into the html section of your post - in the spot that you want to the video to display.

***Check the width of the column you are display the video and change the width in the embed code if the width is too big.

For Example, here is some code that has a video the width of 500 pixels:
embed style="width:500px; height:326px;"

You can just change the width to "480":
embed style="width:480px; height:326px;"


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It's a great list, but you forgot MomTV.com. They are easy to use and you can get points towards rewards.

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