Putting Video on a Site

Putting Video on a Site:

The process of inserting a video is virtually the same as that of inserting audio or Flash. With the growing popularity of videos on the Internet, the use of video is becoming more common and can be quite effective for Christian ministries as they present their mission. A word of caution is in order, however, Video can use a tremendous amount of bandwidth, so be sure your hosting package can handle the bandwidth before you insert video. Also, not all video formats are viewable by everyone, so, if you have a choice, choose your video format carefully.

To insert a video file, in the page editor, select where you would like the video file to be located and click the "Insert / edit embedded media" icon. Under the "Type" section select the type of file you are going to use (Figure 1). Then click the folder icon next to the "File/URL" field (Figure 2) to access your Asset Manager.

(Figure 1)


(Figure 2)

In the top, right hand corner of the Asset Manager make sure that "Media" is selected from the drop-down menu. This will allow you to select the desired file from your upload list. Press "OK" button to return to the Media dialog box.

You can further adjust setting for your file by clicking on the “Advanced” tab in the Media dialog. There are two sections under the “Advanced” tab, the “advance” section and the “options” section.

Under the “Advanced” section you can adjust the follow:

  1. ID – The ID is the name of the file that is displayed within the coding. The ID is generally not seen by visitors; however, some screen reader software will let blind visitors know what the ID is. The ID can allow you to indicate to visitors using screen readers what the flash file is.

  2. Name – This is the title of the video that you are uploading (Figure 3)

    (Figure 3)

  3. Align – This option will NOT control how the media player aligns within the page but how it aligns with the text around it. There are 4 options:
  4. Top: This will align the media player at the top of the text.

    Right: This will align the media player to the right side of the text.

    Bottom: This will align the text to the bottom the media player

    Left: This will align the media player to the left side of the text.

  5. Background – This controls the background color behind the media player. (Figure 4)

    (Figure 4)

  6. V-Space / H – Space – HSPACE sets the horizontal space (buffer) between the image and surrounding text. VSPACE sets the vertical space (buffer) between the image and surrounding text (Figure 5).

    (Figure 5)

The second section is the “options” section. The options under this section will change depending on the type of file you selected under the “Type” section under the General tab.

The most common options under the “options” section are (Figure 6):

  1. Loop –Checking this will make your file restart once it is finished. If check it will keep replaying until a view leaves that page.
  2. Auto Play – Checking this option will make your file start playing as soon as the page opens. Tip: The Auto Play feature can be helpful when you have only one media file playing on a page. If you have more than one media file on a page, be careful to either have only one or none of the media files Auto Play. Otherwise, multiple files will start playing at the same time.
  3. Show Menu / Controller – Checking this option will show the menu or controls for the media player that the file is playing in. This allows the visitors to the page to control the media player to stop, pause, start, fast-foward or rewind the audio as well as control the volume. Tip: Most visitors like to be able to control media on a page. Having the controls displayed for the media player can make the visitor's experience more enjoyable.

    (Figure 6)

  4. Note – Other options are available under the “options” section; however, we recommend that you not change those options unless you are familiar with them.
Once you have selected the settings you wish to use, click the “Insert” button . You should now see the audio player in the page editor. Click the “Save” icon in the top, left corner of the page editor.

*Tip: You can quickly edit your media file by right clicking on the file within your page and selecting “Edit embedded media”.