For anyone who is looking for an easy option to publish high definition video on your WordPress blog without depending on others like self-hosted video services (like YouTube) look at VideoPress. Owned by Automattic it offers awesome video service. Unfortunately, it is not free but for only $60 a year they will convert your video to the highest quality and give you a great video player making it really easy for anyone to embed the video on another WordPress blog, or on any other website.
How do I start?
Quickly register a free account on WordPress.com. On the dashboard of your new Wordress.com account click the upgrade link and select the VideoPress to add on for $60/year.
Your free account comes with 3GB of free storage but if you are planning to publish quite a lot of videos, I recommend that you also purchase some extra storage (extra 5GB = $20; 15GB = $50; 25GB = $90).
When your purchase is done you can go back to your self hosted blog. On your dashboard click on add a new plugin and search for the VideoPress plugin. When it’s all installed- create a new post and you will notice a new icon along with the Upload/Insert tab.
How do I add a video to my post?
After clicking on the VideoPress’s icon you will be automatically synchronized with your video library on your WordPress.com site. Just select the video you want to publish. In the video, info window get the given shortcode and simply copy and paste into your post editor.
Shortcode setting option:
- [videopress xyz w=640] specifies the width of the video to be 640px while preserving the aspect ratio.
- [videopress xyz w=640 h=360] specifies both width and height
- [videopress xyz h=300] specifies the height of the video to be 300px while preserving the aspect ratio.
How to upload my video?
Simply click on the VideoPress’s icon and upload your video (Support mp4, mov, wmv, avi, mpg, m4v) and select your video on your desktop with the browser uploader. The maximum video file size recommended is around 1GB.