August 5, 2009
VideoPress brings high definition embeddable video to WordPress.com and beyond. In this tutorial, we look at how to make use of the service using your self-hosted installation of WordPress.
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I am not getting the embedd window when I log in to my wordpress.com account.
Instead the whole window changes to become the wordpress.com dashboard and my self hosted blog dashboard is gone.
Not sure what I am doing wrong but I have deleted and re installed the plugin and logged out of the .com and changed password to try and reset everything.
Still not getting this to work.
Hi Philip – I’ve let folks know about the issue you’re having here – hopefully this is something we can reproduce and resolve in due course. Thanks for making us aware of the problem.
I’m having the same problem Philip is having. Please help.
What browser & version are you using? I’d like to find a way to reproduce this so that it can get fixed.
I am using Firefox 3.5.2 on OSx 10.5
I’ve got the same setup here and so far haven’t been able reproduce it. Do you have any Firefox plugins that might be causing problems? The only two I have installed are Delicious and Firebug.
Needs an ‘insert into post’ button from within the newly opened videopress plugin window. Having to copy the code then pasting is outdated. Kaltura’s video plugin provides a great template for how to do a video plugin correctly. Hope you don’t mind constructive criticism.
@Robert — I agree re: the “insert into post”. We are working on improving the plugin and your feedback is super helpful.
Just amazes me that they’d be selling videopress and it’s not working for self-hosted sites. We’re having the same problem and hope this is resolved promptly. We just bought the videopress upgrade today. Uggh.
You can still embed VideoPress videos on your site, the plugin was made to make that and video management easier.
So far I haven’t been able to reproduce this and I need to find the right pieces that are causing this so that I can fix it. What browser (and version) are you using? What browser plugins do you have installed?
We’re definitely paying attention to your requests here; thank you all for your patience and for reporting your issues to us.
It’s a nice presentation.
We’re having the same issue as Philip.
Tried with OS X 10.5.7, WPMU and both Safari and Firefox.
Does it work with “WordPress MU 2.8.1.”. We have installed the plugin, but the Videopress-button in the Dashboard doesn’t show up. Our is it only for the “normal” WordPress, not Multiuser.
I am having the same problem that Philip is having. Do you expect this to be corrected soon? I just purchased one year’s subscription to VideoPress and, as raisingharvest mentions, I am wasting my money on a service that does not work.
The plugin is to help making embedding easier, you can still embed videos without use of the plugin.
That said I would like to get this resolved but so far have not been able to reproduce the problem, which makes it very hard to solve. What browser (and version) are you using and what if any browser plugins do you have installed?
Is it just me or is anyone else having difficulty putting videos into your “self-hosted” site. I’m wanting to sell simple videos and use wordpress to do it. I’m wanting a site similar to this: http://www.floodgateproductions.com/v2/store/featured_products.php but can’t seem to get videos to show up. I installed 2 plug-ins “embedded Video” and “Flash video” and can’t seem to get either to work. Is there a tutorial out there? I’m new to wordpress and it seems that there’s not really a set way to do things, well some things unless you mess with the code. Any ideas?
Especially since you’re working with self-hosted WordPress and a couple of plugins on top of that, you’ll be much better served by asking your question in the WordPress.org support forums.
Throw me in the ring for the self-hosted VideoPress not working. Does the exact same thing as all the others.
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I know you’ll get it. Thanks!!
Nice work, Mr. Pick. Looks like you needed to upgrade to 2.8.3, though. Teehee!
Can’t get your How to Video to play – I have used both IE and Opera. Am I to use only a certain Brower for it to work. I want to upload the plugin but would love to view the HOW TO video to make sure I install and work it properly.
The video should play as long as you have the most recent version of Flash installed for your browser of choice. If you’re running into issues playing the video, you might want to clear your browsers’ caches and then try reloading the page. If you’re still having issues with it, let us know what type of problem you are seeing so we can make sure others aren’t affected by it.
I’ve just updated this theme to fix the problem people were having with getting redirected outside of the iframe to their WordPress.com dashboard taking up the whole window.
The updated version is 0.1.1 and it only addresses the issue with the incorrect redirect.
You can download the plugin from http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/video/ or install it via the ‘Add New’ menu option under Plugins on your WordPress.org powered blog.
Works for us now, thanks!
Is there any, or will there be any support to scale the video size?
Something like [videopress dO4pEazG width="517px" height="348"]?
I’m currently a big (paying) fan of Vimeo, and am seriously considering switching! Excited =)
Can this be used if you want your videos stored on the server your self hosted wordpress blog is on? If not then what would you recommend (other than the obvious). Thanks
The VideoPress solution is available as a download and is GPL-licensed, but it requires some dedicated hardware and pretty serious server administration skills to use. It’s intended for large-scale installations.
VideoPress is intended to use the WordPress.com grid to store your video so it’s always served reliably and quickly as part of the service.
Thanks Ryan. I have the server power and techies to run them but your answer makes it seem hard. The key issue is that I want to have the share function link back to the domain that is referencing the video. With the version available now the links would be going to the wordpress.com site? If so then it has no use to me as I can just link to vimeo using another plug in and I dont have to pay the $$$ for wordpress and storage. Thanks in advance for helping me as I’m a noob to wordpress.
Anyone with experience able to help me? I need a video solution that instead of youtube it would have people going to the website itself as the source to link to. Thanks
@Glen – what problem are you having? I have the video framework running with WPMU 2.8.x and have put some tips for techies who need to build the components. Are you getting some particular error?
“The key issue is that I want to have the share function link back to the domain that is referencing the video”
If you host your own WPMU with the video framework, then the “links” would point back to your domain.
If I have to host them on wordpress.com then whats the difference to using youtube and vimeo?
You don’t have to host them on wp.com if you run your own WPMU and then install the video framework plugin and set up the transcoding service. But to get that set up, your techies would need to understand what they are doing.
@Ryan – I would say it’s not super hard — the documentation needs to be improved, of course, but it can be done by someone with good understanding of running WP or WPMU and reading the posts and asking for help if you get stuck
Thanks Robert…as evidenced by someone rating my questions negatively and reviewing tons of questions on forums…it seems that wp.com’ers get attitude and are not as helpful when you talk about .org and such. I appreciate your direction.
The key to our request is to embed code that others use to put on their sites have the domain of the site rather than youtube, vimeo or wordpress.com (only because the site is not on the .com platform). This small difference in where they are hosted makes a big difference in SEO.
Thanks again for you taking the time to answer my concerns.
thanks for best tutorial We love Wp TV .
Is there an option in VideoPress to allow your users to upload videos as well? I am considering WP+BuddyPress+VideoPress as a transitional solution from Ning. I am researching other alternatives as well, but have grown really comfortable developing in WP.
VideoPress isn’t currently designed to do this; no.
Folks on wordpress.org can achieve the same by just downloading a video plugin. I use Viper’s Video Quicktags plugin, you can find it in wordpress.org site or from your self hosted wordpress.org install by going to Plugins –> Add New and typing the plugin name. This is a great plugin and it allows you to configure how the videos are displayed (width, height, colors, alignment on the page) and much more. I’ve added a post on how to get this done and examplles on my site as well (www.foscode.com). Hope this helps the folks out there with .org self hosting (it sure helped me and save me tons of time). By the way, after installing this plugin you’ll be able to embed the video just as easy as this:
encoding.com has a free VideoPress plugin that you install on your WP blog (i.e. hosted on your own server) so you don’t need find someone to install it. The only downside (as far as I can tell) is that you must encode your videos with encoding.com. When the plugin is installed, a small icon appears and asks you a few questions, then the encoding is done on their servers. I’ve checked a few encoding services, doesn’t seem to any others with a Videopress. If there are pls post them.
Thanks so much to Michael and everyone from WP for answering questions.
I just want to make sure that I’m clear: VideoPress, either on WP.com or in the WP.org versions will work with BuddyPress so that community members can upload their own videos.
thanks in advance,
Is there any option or plugins to show the VideoPress video title and description which i have uploaded on my website?
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