To post a video on the site, you one of the three buttons on the toolbar above the textarea where you enter your posts.
Those are for Youtube, Google and other Flash videos, respectively.
Clicking on the button will insert the appropriate code that the forum needs to embed the video; you just need to put the appropriate identifying information between the tags. For Youtube and Google videos, you just need the video's ID, as shown below; for other Flash videos you will need the video's URL (web address.)
Example video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-8Xrv_FYno&feature=related
The video's ID is the part after the ?v= and before the ampersand (&). In this example it is R-8Xrv_FYno
. Copy the ID and paste it between the Youtube tags, as follows:
You can change the size of the video when it's displayed by changing the dimensions in the Youtube tag (which defaults to the standard 425 pixels wide x 350 pixels high.)
Example video: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8301874778398374631#
The video's ID is the part after the ?docid= and before the pound sign (#). In this example it is 8301874778398374631
. Copy the ID and paste it between the Google tags, as follows:
Like the Youtube tag, you can change the size of the video when it's displayed by changing the dimensions in the Google tag (which also defaults to the standard 425 pixels wide x 350 pixels high.)
3. Other Flash
Example video: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2ne4i_three-stooges-busy-buddies_fun
For other Flash videos you will need the actual address for the video file, which can usually be found in the embed code that most video sites provide to allow bloggers to display the video on their sites. The embed code for the example video above looks like this:
That is a lot to look at, but the part we want in this example is near the beginning. We want the value
of the param tag named movie (<param name="movie"...) In this case we want everything from the "http" up to the question mark, which should be copied into the flash tag as shown in the example below. Different sites will vary on how this value is written, so you may have to experiment a few times by previewing your post to see if you got it right.
Again, you can change the size of the video when it's displayed by changing the dimensions in the Flash tag (which for some reason defaults to 200 pixels wide x 200 pixels high.)