File Format Selection and Uploading
Unlike podcasts, which should be uploaded in .mp3 file format, videos can be uploaded in one of several different formats. The format you choose depends largely on how big the video file is, the player that you are using the call the video on the server, and of course on your personal preference. There are easy ways to get your video to display on your blog, and hard ways.
Obviously, you want the easiest possible method, so that is all we are going to cover here. The easiest possible way to display your video on your blog is to first upload the video file to a site such as Google Video at http://video.google.com or YouTube at http://www.youtube.com.
Install a video plugin for your WordPress blog. There are numerous plugins to choose from, and they can be seen in the WordPress Codex, which is located at http://codex.wordpress.org/Plugins/Video.The one that seems to work the best is call WordPress Video Plugin. You can choose any file format that is supported by the site where you are uploading the video initially. We've mentioned Google Video and YouTube, but other possibilities are Clip Fish, Daily Motion, Vimeo, Video Tube, Uncut, Grouper, Revver, Blip TV, Metacafe, My Video Break, and Seven Load.
You simply save your video in a supported file format, upload it to the external site that you have chosen, navigate to the control panel for your blog, and use the WordPress Video Plugin to get your video to appear on your blog. You can then edit the blog post, where the video appears, to include your text.
Again, this is the easiest possible method. Furthermore, you won't have to worry about using up your server disk space to store your videos, as they are stored externally. However, this only works if you are using a WordPress blog, with the WordPress Video Plugin.
If this is not the case, you will have to use a harder method. First, let's discuss file format. Choices are MPG (Moving Picture Experts Group), RAM (Real Audio, Real Video), MOV (QuickTime Files), AVI (Audio Video Interleave), ASF (Advanced Streaming Format), WMV (Windows Media Video), SWF or FLV (Flash).
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