Youtube Video/Blog Basics … cool things you can do

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OK …so we have a lot going on right now that is keeping us from posting as often as we would like. That will change soon. Right now we are still tinkering around with the Jetpack plugin and i must say it’s pretty darn cool. Today we added the sharing option for super easy sharing to all the social networks. We only have facebook and Google+ turned on right now, but when it’s time to add more it’s just a matter of drag and drop addition buttons.

Now we are going to work on video. Can you believe it we are just now getting familiar with video applications. That also will change soon. It’s doesn’t take us long once we get in a groove. The last few days we have been cutting home office videos for our VMail application and uploading to youtube and facebook. Never too late to get with the program right.

Here is an mp4 file uploaded through the post editor “Add Media” button. It came out as a link and not an embedded video box…so we determined thus far that there are two methods… the first method here which will require clicking the link and going off page (maybe best if you don’t want to show a youtube video)

1st video for blog


And the 2nd method here, which can be done using the Jetpack “Shortcode Embeds” option, which is the one they use at

Testing the New Camera


Ok now here it gets a little more interesting… you can use what they call a shortcode to change the size of the video.

See examples – Video Customization Options

You can specify the width and height of the embedded video by adding &w=… or &w=…&h=…to the shortcode. It will automatically adapt to your theme’s content length and give you preferred dimensions.

You can disable related videos by appending &rel=0.

The end result might be this…
To specify the width and height explicitly:


… or this

To specify the width only:


Now this is really great. Have you ever wondered how great it would be if you could hide the related videos from appearing after the video is done:Fast forward to the end to see what I mean.


How about this one now…wow! … very cool. To start at a certain point in the video, convert the time of that point from minutes and seconds to all seconds, then add that number as shown (using an example start point of 1 minute 15 seconds):


And it get’s even better than that… To specify a start and end time for a video, do the same as the above but add the end time as shown:

BTW on this one i added at the end the code to hide the related videos from appearing after the video is done… and much to my surprise it worked. HA

Anyway… that a lot of info and enough for today. If you are new here please subscribe top right, and leave a comment…thanks!

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John Russell says July 20, 2013

Looking good Brett. Finally getting into the web casting scene. We should talk soon I have lots of experience in web site productions, video editing and music productions. Perhaps we could share some ideas.

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