Converting & Compressing your Videos
Before you can upload your videos to the weblog you need to convert them to a “Flash Video File (.flv)” format and compress them for the web. If you do not have a program to convert video to .flv, please click on the link below to download a free converter.

Video files are normally very large, so it is important that you resize the video to [352 x 288], so that users don’t have to wait too long for the video to load. The maximum file size for videos on the weblog is 20 MB. If your video takes too long to load when you test it, try reducing the quality settings. For help with converting and compressing your videos, please read the documentation that comes with your conversion tool.

Add a New Item with Video
Once you have converted your video to an flv and it is no larger than 20 MB, you are ready to post it on the weblog. Make sure you are logged in with your username and password. Click on “Add New Item” in the Navigation panel. In the “Add New Item” pop-up window, enter a title for your article, an introduction and select “Video Gallery” from the category drop down menu. See Posting Articles for help on adding a new article to the weblog. In the tabbed menu, select "Body" [A] and add the main content of your article along with your video. Please do not add images or video to the “Intro Text” box, as this will compromise the layout of the weblog. To add a video, click inside the “Body” box where you would like your video to appear [B] and then click on the "Add Video" button [C] in the toolbar.

Adding Video

Media Console
A new pop-up window called “Media Console” will open. The “Current Collection” field [D] shows you which folder you are currently viewing. By default you will always be in the “Private Collection” folder, which is your own personal folder on the server corresponding to your Member ID. You should see all the files you have uploaded to the weblog here. If you would like to view a particular file type only, you can use the “Filter” field [E] to specify a file type. If you only want to see your Flash Video Files, enter “flv” in the Filter field and click the “Apply Filter” [F] button. Enter “jpg” to see your images only.

To view files in a public folder, select a folder from the "Drop Down Menu" [D] and click the “Select Button” [G]. To add an existing video, click the file name [H] of the video in the list and it will be added to your article. Only select Flash Video Files from the Media Console.

Media Console

Uploading a New Video
If you would like to upload a new video, click on the “Upload New Video” button [I]. In the “File” field, click the “Browse” button [J] and locate your video file on your computer. Choose the destination folder on the server from the “Collection” drop down menu [K]. Use “Private Collection” if you do not want other people to have access to your videos on the server. If you would like to add them to a public folder, select a folder from the drop down menu. Click the “Upload” button [L] when you are ready. Please be patient, as it may take a while for the video file to upload. Don’t close the window until the upload has completed and you are returned to the file display page. You should see your new video file prefixed by the current date in the list of files. If there are more than 10 files in the folder, use the next button to display the next page.

Uploading New Video

Adding your Video
To add your video to the “Body” of your article, click on the file name [H] of your video in the list and the following code will automatically be added to your article:


Do not change anything in this code! Finish your article and click the “Add Item” button. You should see a success message. Click the “Close Window” button and refresh your browser to see your new article.

If your video does not play automatically, check that you have the correct path to your video file on the server, and that you have added a “.flv” and not a “.wmf” or “.mov” file.

Other Video Formats
It is possible to upload other video formats to the weblog which will then play on the user’s local video player. This is not ideal, since the user will only be able to watch a Quicktime video if they have Quicktime installed on their computer for example. If you would like to add a Quicktime, Real or Windows Media Video to the weblog, upload your file using the same method described above, but change the inserted code to the following code.


Copy & paste this code into your article and modify the path between the “ “ to the path of your video file. Also, add < at the beginning and > at the end of the code, with no spaces.

Linking to Video Files on other Servers
It is possible to embed videos hosted on other servers, such as YouTube by adding the embed code, which can be obtained from the service provider who is hosting the video.