Embed videos into WordPress.com

  1. Create a new post.
  2. Click on the “Add Video” icon on the top of the editor.
  3. Select the “From URL” record.
  4. Paste the URL to your video on http://www.youtube.com and WordPress.com will show you the embed code in the editor.

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Embed videos into Wix.com

  1. Open the page into which you want to insert the code.
  2. Click on “Add” on the left menu.
  3. Select “Music & Video” and choose “Video”.
  4. Click on the “Enter URL” button.
  5. Paste the URL to your video on Youtube.com and click on OK.
  6. Wix.com will instantly show you a preview of the embedded video.

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Embed videos into Weebly.com

  1. Open the page you want to show the video on.
  2. Click on the “Elements” record.
  3. Choose the “Multimedia” folder.
  4. Drag and drop the YouTube Video element onto your page.
  5. Paste the URL to your YouTube video.
  6. Weebly.com will instantly show you a preview of the embedded video.

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Create videos

1. Define the video size

320×240 is a common caption for videos on the web. You can record your video in 320×240 if you are quite sure that you will not have to enlarge the video to a bigger capture such as 640×480.

2. Fix your camera

Try to not move your camera while shooting. Use a tripod if necessary.
If you shoot movements the object you are shooting should move, not the camera.
The closer the shot (close-up) the less you should move the camera.
Never move your camera while shooting with a zoom effect (tele).

3. Shoot

Shoot against a simple plain background.
Shoot enough close-ups and avoid the zooming effects. Instead of zooming, move closer to the object you are shooting.
Make sure the subject appears mostly in the middle of the video and the content is fast-moving and exciting.

4. Open your video in a video editor

Use the online video editor www.youtube.com/editor or www.filelab.com/video-editor to edit your video. Alternatively you can use the pre-installed video editing software on your Windows or Mac machine – they are also very good:

5. Cut and arrange the clips

Cut your video down to single clips and arrange them into a linear sequence to tell a story.
Use hard cuts between the shots. Avoid the transition effects offered by video editing software. They will make your file size larger and they don’t work well on low quality videos.

6. Add audio

Video editors offer a special track for the audio. You can add some music or edit the voice you recorded together with the video. Be aware of copyright infringements if you use music in your video. The YouTube Video Editor offers audio tracks for free.

7. Capture it

If you shot your video in a bigger size, capture it now down to 320×240. If you want to use a bigger size you can capture it to 640×480.

8. Save and export

Save or export your video as a QuickTime MOV.
Use WMV if it’s not possible to export your video as a QuickTime. Mac users will not be able to watch your video if you publish it as a WMV.

9. Publish it on YouTube.com

The easiest way to publish your video online is to upload it to www.youtube.com. YouTube will automatically convert your video while uploading and make it accessible for almost everyone. You can also edit your video with the YouTube Video Editor.

10. Copy the URL

Click on the “Share” button under the video you uploaded on www.youtube.com and copy the URL.
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When to use video

It’s a challenge to deliver video via the web. The file sizes are still large and motioned videos with details are not displayed well on low quality videos. Nonetheless some videos are already presented in HD and soon this will be the expectation for online videos.

Do’s

  • Use videos to show things that move in real life (animals, hurricane).
  • Use video to give your audience an impression of something (dancing class, concert).
  • Use videos for software demos.
  • Use videos for informative movies which the user can use to learn about something like a product or a service.

Don’ts

  • Don’t use videos with single persons staring at the camera.
  • Don’t use videos that are created for televisions or movie screens.
  • Don’t automatically launch videos on your website.

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