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This series is designed to guide students step by step through the process of learning to blog. The activities can be completed at your own pace and in any order.

The aim of this seventh activity is to:

  1. Learn how to add videos to your posts and pages.
  2. Add videos to posts.

Using Videos in Posts

Videos are another great way to grab your readers attention and encourage them to read your posts.  Videos can also help get the point of your post across while enhancing the look of your blog.

There are two options for using videos in Posts

  • Option 1: Use videos from video sharing websites like YouTube, Vimeo and TED.
  • Option 2: Create your own videos.

Embed From Video Sharing Websites

YouTubeVimeo and TED are good websites for finding video resources and their videos can easily be embedded into your posts using their video URL.

You embed from YouTube, Vimeo and TED as follows:

1.  Copy the Video URL.

For YouTube videos you need to click on the Share link under the YouTube video you want to add.

Copy the Video URL

For Vimeo and TED you copy the video URL from the address bar of your browser.

Copy URL

3.  Go to Posts > Add New

Add New

4.  Paste the URL on a line by itself in your post editor.

The URL will change to a preview of your video in your Visual Editor.

Paste the URL

Troubleshooting

The link must be on its own line without any characters or whitespaces before or after the URL and must not be hyperlinked otherwise it won’t embed.

You can tell if a URL is hyperlinked by clicking on the link. If the hyperlink button in the toolbar highlights and a link box with the option to edit appears, like the screenshot below, it means your link is hyperlinked.

Click on Remove Link icon to remove the hyperlink.

Remove link

Create own videos

There is a wide range of video creation and editing tools and apps that you can use to quickly create and/or edit videos.

Here is a couple of simple ones to try:

  1. Biteable
  2. Powtoon

Biteable and Powtoon are online tools that allow you to make animated videos and presentations easily.  Watch this video to learn how to make a video using Biteable or refer to PowToon’s quick start guide to learn how to create a PowToon video.

Below are examples of animated videos created using these tools:

Australian Animals on Biteable.

Once you’ve created your video you embed into a post as follows:

1. Copy the video embed code.

If you created a Biteable video the embed code is located in the Controls panel when you view your video:

Biteaable embed code

For Powtoon videos you click on Embed when you view your Powtoon video:

Powtoon embed

then click on 640 x 401 and copy the embed code:

Copy embed code

2.  Go to Posts > Add New

Add New

3.  Place your cursor where you want the the video to appear and then click on the Add Media button.

Click an Add Media

4.  In the Add Media window click on the Insert Embed Code tab.

Click on Embed code

5.  Paste the embed code into the Insert Embed code box and click Insert into post.

Paste embed code

6.  When you have finished writing your post click Publish.

7.  You should see your video when you view the published post.

Upload your own video

You can also upload a video you’ve recorded to a post using the Add Media window.  The video must be recorded as a wmv, mp4, m4a or m4v file and can be no larger than 50 MB.  Larger videos need to be uploaded to a video sharing website like YouTube, Vimeo or Google Drive and then embedded into your post.

Always record your videos by holding the phone or tablet in landscape mode with the home button on the right. This ensures that your video is the correct way up when you upload or edit it.

How to hold ipad
Correct way to hold a phone or iPad when recording videos

If you want to edit your video you can use free video software like Windows Movie Maker or iMovie.  Both allow you to combine photos and videos, with audio, to make professional looking movies.

Remember if your video is larger than 50 MB you will need to upload it to a video sharing website like YouTube, Vimeo or Google Drive and then embed into your post.  For example, a video recorded on a phone that is longer than a minute would need to be uploaded to a video sharing website.

Remember to be Internet savvy.  Don’t share personal videos online. Be kind and compassionate. Don’t upload videos that could hurt someone else.

You upload a video from your computer into a post as follows:

1. Go to Posts > Add New

Add New

2. Place your cursor where you want the video to appear and then click on the Add Media icon.

Click an Add Media

3.  In the Add Media window click on the Upload files and then Select Files.

Add media

4.  Select the video on your computer that you want to upload and then click Open to start uploading the video.

5.  While your video is uploading you will see a progress bar.

6. Once the video has uploaded you will see its attachment details.

7.  Select Embed Media Player and then click on Insert into Post.

Insert into post

Below is an example of a video uploaded to a post:

Your Task

Complete one or more of the following tasks:

  1. Find a video on YouTubeVimeo or TED and embed it into a post.
  2. Create a video with Biteable or Powtoon, embed it, and write about the decisions you made when making the video or write a review of video creation tools or use it to share information with your readers.  Check out Thanumi’s review of three websites for creating animated videos and her comment starter video for ideas.
  3. Upload your own video to a post and tell your readers about the video you created.
  4. Leave a comment on this post and tell us how you went adding videos to your post. Remember to leave a link to your post in your comment so we can check how you went adding videos to posts.

 

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  1. videos can show examples because the have different key facts posting videos can help other people get your point , understanding what you want to tell the people and other people can learn more from your blogging and that is going to help me

    • Videos sure are a great way to explain and inspire!

      • Kathleen Morris