A Watershed Year for Online Video
In 2009, YouTube saw a 56 percent increase in traffic and finally hit a new benchmark – users are uploading 20 hours worth of video per minute to the site. This remarkable statistic may have something to do with the improved functionality of the webcam response tool that now allows users to start recording video with one-simple click.
And although online video is not quite ready to dethrone the venerable TV set, online video is almost a must-have element to any good online destination.
Here are three potent and easy to install plugins that will help transform your WordPress blog into a video-ready CMS:
wordTube for WordPress:
Per the developer site’s description: “This plugin manages the JW FLV MEDIA PLAYER 4.3+ and makes it easy for you to put music, videos or flash movies onto your WordPress posts and pages. ”
Well, let me say that “easy” is a relative term.Â Compared to Viper’s Video Quicktags (see below) wordTube is not so simple.Â It requires you to create an .flv (Flash video) file to begin with, or yes, you can link to an existing Flash video file (for example a YouTube link) and then drop a line of code into your post manually that looks something like: [media id="media id"]
That in itself isn’t so hard, but it can become a bit tedious when you just want to copy and paste something from another site into a post.Â The adantages of wordTube, however are the extended power you get from integrating the JW FLV player into your WordPress installation; everything from building video jukeboxes, to custom skins for your player to integrating LongTail ads becomes available.Â There is also a long list of plugins that add further functionality to the player available from the site at www.longtailvideo.com
Another cool thing about wordTube and it’s ability to work with audio or images alone, is that you can create a jukebox for music or images and thus build a radio station or photo gallery to your liking.Â Or even a music jukebox with cover art.Â To see an example of this, visit the Streaming Indie Jukebox at LA music blog MusicZeitgeist.com
It supports .flv or .swf, sound files as MP3 and JPG, GIF or PNG grafic files.
This delicious little dish makes serving up video from a wide variety of media sites as simple as copy and pasting the appropriate video link into an input field.Â The plugin does the rest.
Sites currently supported include:
- YouTube Stay video (including playlists)
- Google Video
- Vimeo Son of Rambow
- WordPress.com Video / WordPress.tv NEW!
- Flickr videos
Highly recommended for ease of use and selection.Â Furthermore you can use the plugins WYSIWYG backend to alter the player’s behaviors – from disabling related videos, to offering high quality options to the color of the frame.
A relative but powerful newcomer is Smart Video Plus which is very different from any other WordPress video plugin you will find on the net as it’s not dependant on using any [tokens] or [tags] to embed media, nor does it need a list of supported video sites for you to choose from as this plugin allows video embedding from absolutely every video site online that supports embed code.
It can be used as a standalone plugin or integrated with a free custom optimized theme available from the developers site.
Some of the plugins features include the ability to:
- Search Videos From Over 30 Top Video Search Engines!
- Choose Videos From Over 100 Million Pre Cached Media Files!
- Mass Embed The Media You Choose Directly to Your WordPress!
- Change All The Video Meta Titles, Descriptions & Keywords!
- No Downloading, No Uploading, No Copy & Paste, No Duplicate Media!
So there you have it – three ways to start becoming your own online broadcaster.Â I’d love to hear from you if you have tried any of these and how they worked out for you.
About the Author:
Keram (follow him on twitter @ConstantChange) is a new media consultant, music producer, actor and writer who opines on SEO at blogging-fool.com and society at theculturepin.com. Listen to his podcast at KeramCast.com