Posts Tagged ‘Video’

Adding Videos to Your Website and Blog

June 4th, 2009

Summertime is all about family barbeques, pool parties and road-trips, and nothing captures all the special moments better than the good old home video. But how do you add these videos onto your website to share with family and friends?

The Free and Easy Way

There are many ways to add videos to your Doteasy website or blog. The easiest and more affordable way is to use a free video hosting service, such as YouTube.

Some other video hosting service providers include:

Advantages of using a free video hosting service:

  • they take care of all video conversions for you
  • your video is hosted on their server (you don’t have to worry about bandwidth usage)

Disadvantages:

  • you don’t have control over logos, ads and other videos they place on your video

How to Proceed?

Let’s use YouTube as an example.

1. Signup for an account on YouTube.

2. Upload your video. YouTube will convert your video into web-friendly.

3. Once your video is converted and added onto YouTube, you will be given two codes: URL andEmbed.

  • To create a link from your website or blog to your video on YouTube, simply copy and paste the URL code to your webpage.
  • If you want to embed the video on your website or blog, then copy and paste the Embedcode onto your webpage.

YouTube

The Do-It-Yourself Way

The Free and Easy way might not be the best solution for you if:

  • you do not want to promote another company on your website
  • your video doesn’t fit the guidelines or limits of the free services
  • you just don’t want to look like an amateur

If this is the case, you may want to look into using a Flash video player on your website to play your videos. With these options, you will be hosting your videos on your web hosting account, so we recommend upgrading to the Doteasy Unlimited Hosting plan – it offers unmetered monthly bandwidth usage!

Some of the Flash video players you can check out:

a) Free

b) Commercial (purchase required):

You Tube – The dark (yet delightful) side of the Information Age

September 4th, 2007

As a C-list internet celebrity, I am perhaps more conscious than most of the growing phenomenon of online amateur (or as I prefer to call it ‘semi-professional’ – not that this term has any meaning whatsoever) broadcasting. Sites like You Tube and its nefarious imitators are allowing anyone with a camera and an internet connection the ability to sing and dance for the world to see (often all too literally).

Living in these modern times, one can often lose perspective of how completely without precedent this is. Even the ancient days of public-access cable still required a considerable amount of effort to reach an extremely limited audience. Now broadcasting is as simple as a 30 second upload, after which people from anywhere in the world can see what you choose to present – and people choose to present some pretty bizarre things.

The impact on culture has already been profound; every embarrassing celebrity moment from the infamous comments of Michael ‘Kramer’ Richards to presidential candidate Howard Dean’s ‘I have a scream’ speech are put up on the site, often edited for the sake of humour, and watched by tens if not hundreds of thousands of people. An entire culture has grown up around sharing funny or interesting videos.

If this has demonstrated one thing, it is that people, as a whole, are considerably weirder then you’d expect.

For example; if not for You Tube, I would never have seen a pelican eat a pigeon whole. I feel my life would be somehow less meaningful if I had not seen that, that’s for sure. Click if you dare!

Seeing what it is like even now, I speculate about the future of this sort of thing – constantly expanding, a million people all showing each other every silly thing they can possibly find. It is the very hallmark of the information age, the free sharing of data with the entire world. Endlessly. Even if the world doesn’t want it.

Like the fact that pelicans eat pigeons. Or that frat guys like to do stupid things while drunk!

All valuable data. My suggestion – do not fight it. Pick up your camera, remove your shame and show the world what you can do. Pile your contribution onto the glorious information rich goo of the post-modern world.

Who knows; one day, it might make you famous (it’s happened). Or infamous – in the end they work out about the same anyway.