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We can't use videos on Persona Paper - or can we?

YES WE CAN - and it turns out to be stunningly simple! As some of you will know I have just returned from a few days hiking and camping in the Scottish Highlands during which I took lots of still photographs and some video. I have already shared some of the photos with you on my LAST POST (and will be sharing more in the near future) but I got to thinking that it would be great if I could also share some of the video clips I took.

So I sat down and thought about it - and the answer is blindingly obvious! Although we can't embed video directly to Persona Paper we can link to an outside URL - and that URL can be a video clip on YouTube (or Facebook or several other places).

I was originally wary of using just any old video from YouTube. There are potential copyright problems there - not everyone understands how YouTube works - but then I realised that we aren't actually downloading videos, we are simply linking to them. Unfortunately, if anyone wants to use their own videos they will need to have their own YouTube channel - but that's easy to create. Or, of course, if you are on FaceBook you can link to one of your videos from there.

Videos can be another way of enhancing a post but their use must be judicious. Bubble Ooze has recently reintroduced video embedding but not too many people are using them - but Bubble Ooze is a different type of site from Persona Paper and I can envisage PPers like tinamarie using video to illustrate recipes or Scorpie sharing with us his tips on vehicle maintenance.

None of the videos I shot on my holiday are ready yet - they need to be uploaded to my YouTube channel and edited and that takes a bit of time so I have chosen to show you a short clip of a 60th birthday present given to me by my children last year - a full day experience in learning to fly a glider! This is my first ever take off. I am not very visible in this clip (I'm in the front seat in the cockpit) and the voice you will hear is that of my son (my Wingman). The take-off is aided by a gliding club member.

Kasman

CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

So, with all this in mind, this post is somewhat of an experiment. I know it works but what I want is your reactions and opinions. elitecodex has previously stated that Persona Paper will, at some time in the future, have the ability to embed videos directly into a post and I would value his opinion on the matter.

Video by Wingman and used here with his permission.

PS: Since writing this post I have discovered that I am not the first PPer to use video. bestwriter (and some others) have been using video clips for some time. Go take a look at some of them.

By the way if you do include a video link in a post don't forget to choose the 'New Window' option in the link when you write the post. That way viewers will be returned to your post when they close the video window instead of wandering off somewhere else!

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Comments

Ellis wrote on October 2, 2014, 3:19 PM

Is it a plane? Is it a bird? Nah...it's a glider...

I have been experimenting this week with gif. files which seem to play on here...if it's possible to convert avi. files to gif. and bring it in under 2 mgb it may work directly in a post.

Kasman wrote on October 2, 2014, 3:23 PM

That is yet another way we can enhance our site! We should really run all this by elitecodex but I'm sure that if it's a no-go we will get to hear about it! :)

SLGarcia wrote on October 2, 2014, 3:39 PM

Well that is very nice to know. I'm looking forward to seeing video clips of your trip.

Kasman wrote on October 2, 2014, 3:45 PM

A quick search online indicates that converting avi to gif is possible - in fact there are free programs online to do this but, as you say, the file size may be a problem.

Ellis wrote on October 2, 2014, 3:50 PM

I may fire up another computer later with Pinnacle Studio on it and see if I can save video in gif....if so, more experimenting..

Kasman wrote on October 2, 2014, 3:54 PM

That would be too much trouble for me but interesting as a technical exercise - we can never know enough about computers!

BarbRad wrote on October 2, 2014, 5:47 PM

Nice take-off! I've got hundreds of videos on YouTube, but many of them are pretty long tours.

Kasman wrote on October 2, 2014, 5:52 PM

That could be a problem. My experiences elsewhere have told me that no-one is going to watch a 20-minute video. Best to keep them short - two or three minutes max. We do have the option of using more than one video per post so a tutorial on a recipe for example could be split into two or three short clips.

bestwriter wrote on October 2, 2014, 8:18 PM

I have been uploading my video clips here for some time now but there are no takers even for those that are less than minute. I have a movie making software from youtube where one can edit movies captured on camera.

bestwriter wrote on October 2, 2014, 8:31 PM

Youtube has software that you can use to clip your vidieos.

bestwriter wrote on October 2, 2014, 8:32 PM

Just watched your video. What exactly are you doing there?

BarbRad wrote on October 2, 2014, 10:30 PM

So do I, but these were made long for a reason.

Scorpie wrote on October 2, 2014, 10:40 PM

Video requires enormous disk space. It would be better to allow embeded video apps.

bestwriter wrote on October 2, 2014, 11:20 PM

You can retain the long one and the one you will be clipping could have a new name.

bestwriter wrote on October 2, 2014, 11:21 PM

If the server is slow that will be another problem. I have that issue at the moment.

BarbRad wrote on October 2, 2014, 11:58 PM

I'll think about it.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 3, 2014, 12:45 AM

If they're used properly, videos can enhance a post. I'm with you, though. I prefer to use my own material. Now that I have the ability to record good video, I plan to do a lot more of it in the future.

Kasman wrote on October 3, 2014, 3:56 AM

Maybe but we don't have them yet and I'm not talking about downloading video or creating our own on our own device, I'm simply linking to a video on YouTube.

Kasman wrote on October 3, 2014, 3:57 AM

That isn't me who appears in the video. I'm in the cockpit of the glider!

Kasman wrote on October 3, 2014, 4:05 AM

YouTube has an excellent video editor which I also use although the clip shown in this post isn't edited - it was deliberately filmed as a short clip. You are correct about the number of people who watch video clips; it is never high. This clip has received just five views since I published this post. I think much depends on the subject covered and the manner in which the video is presented. It may take a rethink of how we write posts which include video to get the best viewing figures.

Kasman wrote on October 3, 2014, 4:07 AM

Can't wait to see Guiness in action!

bestwriter wrote on October 3, 2014, 4:54 AM

How do we know you are in there emoticon :grin:

Kasman wrote on October 3, 2014, 4:55 AM

Can't you hear the screams of terror? LOL

poddys wrote on October 3, 2014, 9:21 AM

I tried to use the embed code from YouTube the other day and it worked on preview, displatying the video in the post, but on publishing it lost it. I ended up adding a link to the video on YouTube.
It ought to be easy to add code allowing embedding of a video from YouTube, Vimeo etc within the post, which would look better than having to take people off site to watch a video.
It would also hold them here more and might hopefully encourage them to click on more articles.

I have been uploading my videos to YouTube and linking to them there.

tinamarie wrote on October 3, 2014, 9:22 AM

Nice video! I watch a view others while I was there. I have a youtube account and my husband and I have been talking about doing that. I have one video that I may post with a little story.

poddys wrote on October 3, 2014, 9:22 AM

You can also create short clips and link them as a playlist (chapters?).

bestwriter wrote on October 3, 2014, 9:33 AM

Linking a video to youtube is simple. I have two accounts there with quite a number of video clips. I have also downloaded a free software that allows editing our movies up to a duration of 5 minutes. More than that we need to buy

Kasman wrote on October 3, 2014, 9:56 AM

There is more than one way to do it. bestwriter simply copies and pastes the URL into her posts, which works fine but doesn't look neat. If you put the URL into a link when you are writing the post and choose the 'New Window' option then viewers will come back to your post when they close that window - thus keeping them on the site.

Kasman wrote on October 3, 2014, 10:00 AM

I look forward to that. I certainly plan to use videos on my posts in future - not every post, just where I think it would enhance the message I am trying to get across.

tinamarie wrote on October 3, 2014, 10:29 AM

Ok, I gave it a try, lets see if it worked.

Feisty56 wrote on October 3, 2014, 2:25 PM

I am light years behind most of you in understanding the technology of just about everything! Right now, if I use a video, I create a link to the URL. For anything more complicated than that, I have to wait until one of you figures it all out and explains it step-by-step.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 3, 2014, 2:49 PM

This is Guiness the Cat. I am a sight to behold! I'm still waiting for Debbi to get her act together with the new camera and video me coming to get my shots. I don't know why people don't believe me when I tell them I love shot time.

Kasman wrote on October 3, 2014, 3:53 PM

The way you are doing it is just fine. It is best to put the URL into a link when you write a post and choose the 'New Window' option, not the 'None' option (which is the default). That way viewers will be brought back to your post when they close the video window.

Ruby3881 wrote on October 3, 2014, 6:20 PM

I think I'll be waiting for elitecodex to add the ability to embed videos in our posts. I believe it's on the to do list, though it's not a priority.

Kasman wrote on October 3, 2014, 7:03 PM

I don't see that we actually need it given that the current method works just fine.

Ruby3881 wrote on October 3, 2014, 9:48 PM

I can think of one excellent reason: embedding video keeps the reader on Persona Paper. If the user has to click over to YouTube, we've lost them to more dynamic content.

Kasman wrote on October 4, 2014, 6:38 AM

I don't understand how that happened. I used the YouTube embed code for the video on this post and as you can see it works fine.

Kasman wrote on October 4, 2014, 6:42 AM

Not so. If you choose the 'New Window' option in the link when you write the post then no matter how many videos a viewer watches on YouTube they come back to your post when they close the video window.

Ruby3881 wrote on October 7, 2014, 2:46 PM

You're assuming they will close that window and return to the current one. And that they haven't set their browser to override the opening of links in new windows...

Anything that keeps the reader on my content is better for the site where I publish, and hopefully for my earnings too. If I publish a link that says, "check out this video" it may get overlooked, whereas the reader will automatically see the video preview when the page loads. So my post looks neater and I have a better chance my reader will watch the video as intended (instead of skipping it, because they can't be bothered to click.) And I'm keeping the reader with me, so the video is seen as an essential part of the post and not an outgoing link.

A very small part of this is mechanics. The larger part is pure psychology.

FreyaYuki wrote on October 16, 2014, 4:36 AM

It would be great if we can embed videos on our Persona Paper articles as it can help illustrate what we're talking about or show people how to do things, etc. In the meantime, I guess adding links to YouTube can work too.

Lemark wrote on October 17, 2014, 6:35 AM

So we are allowed to link to a YouTube video? Sorry for a newbie question.

By the way - how do you include a tag in your article? Another newbie question :)

Kasman wrote on October 17, 2014, 5:05 PM

If you wish to tag another PPer then you place the & symbol in front of the name - like this ' Kasman ' - but without the quotation marks!

Lemark wrote on October 17, 2014, 5:37 PM

Thanks a lot Kasman !

Feisty56 wrote on December 3, 2014, 6:58 PM

I've never created a video myself, but I occasionally put a YouTube link in a post where it seems to make sense.

Ruby3881 wrote on December 4, 2014, 1:26 AM

I agree that embedding makes the video more integral to the content. It makes the difference between it being part of the post, and an outbound link.

nbaquero wrote on December 8, 2014, 4:46 PM

Kasman thanks for your comment, and for sharing this amazing video. Nice takeoff, btw.

Glenn wrote on December 31, 2014, 11:42 AM

Interesting glider take-off in your video. I've made some YouTube videos too. I can't wait till PersonalPaper includes the ability to embed them, as it will be better than just including a link. But we can always edit and change the link to an embed later when it's available. So you gave me the motivation to post one or two myself.

Brenda wrote on January 3, 2015, 1:35 AM

This was really great! Smooth gliding and will see more tomorrow I have to go to bed. Again thank you for the http.

RikRavado wrote on January 3, 2015, 5:58 AM

Thanks for the information. Will give videos a try. PS: Will put glider flight on my bucket list!

AngelSharum wrote on January 16, 2015, 12:17 AM

I would like to post my video about my chipboard journal I made, but my youtube videos are monetized so I'm not sure I can put them here. Do you know if it's ok? I couldn't find the answer anywhere.

Kasman wrote on January 16, 2015, 12:59 PM

AngelSharum - I don't know. I suspect not but elitecodex is the one to ask.

AngelSharum wrote on January 16, 2015, 4:29 PM

I believe I've saw a few that were but I don't think it is ok. I think people just don't know.

Kasman wrote on January 16, 2015, 4:48 PM

AngelSharum - I think that as far as YouTube is concerned it's fine (it's your video) but it would depend on the rules of whatever sites you were placing them on.

AngelSharum wrote on January 16, 2015, 5:18 PM

Yeah, I don't think they would like it here is what I mean. It's not a referral link, but you make money from it. That's why I don't link to any of my blogs either, cause I have Google adsense on them.

bleekley wrote on January 20, 2015, 2:35 PM

Thanks for this information on linking to a You Tube video in a PP post.