Dean's Video Posting Guide
If you have someone who is creative with a camera in your group, there's nothing better for showing what your group does than live action. With today's web technologies it is easy to take a homemade movie and post it on the web for others to see.
The camera will probably be the highest cost of the project. Based on your preferences and budget, you can spend anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars on a camera. There are consumer grade cameras that can handle just about any amature video. To figure out what you need start with this Beginners Guide
. You can also use a digital photo camera to take the video if the camera is capable and has enough memory. However, due to compresion during uploading, it is recommended to use a video camera.
Video Editing tools
After you have shot your hours of video, you need to narrow it down to those selected scenes that will make your short movie. Try to keep your movie under 5 minutes long. The longer the movie, the bigger the file and the longer it will take to start up and play. Having the right software will speed up your video editing process and get your movie posted in no time flat. A recommended consumer grade software is Pinnacle Studio
. This software will allow you to add background music and even special effects. You may also have to buy hardware to hookup your camera to your PC.
Video Site Account
There are several "approved"
Video sites available to select from.
The site used for this demonstration is Google Video
. An account
The frame rate should be above 12 frames per second.
The bitrate should be above 260 Kbps.
Video format should be in AVI, ASF, QuickTime, Windows Media and MPEG formats. For example, .avi, .asf, .mov, .wmv, .mpg, .mpeg, .mp4, .ra, .ram, or .mod.
If you are unsure about any of these requirements, look at the help you video editing program to see if your video file will work. In order to play videos on Google Video, you must have the Macromedia Flash Player 7.0+ plug-in installed on your computer. Google will compress the video size when it is uploaded so that it can be streamed through their servers. By streaming the video, the playback is quicker.
Adding the Video
Step 1 - Upload the Video
Upload the video to your Google Video Account. You should enter in the video name and description. There are category choices to make, but you might have a hard time finding one that will fit. Once you click the button to upload, it will take you to a status page. The size of your video is determines how long this page will be displayed
Step 2- Create the code
After the upload is complete, then you have the option to send the video to your friend. Below this e-mail option is a link labeled "Embed this video on your website or blog". Click on this link and you will see the embed code for your video. It should look something like this.
<embed style="width:400px; height:326px;" id="VideoPlayback" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=7146114475201743252&hl=en">
Copy this code.
Step 3- Add to page
The embed code will only work in static pages on the Meetup site. Basically that means, only the pages you add to the About area can have videos. Open one of these pages and paste the code where you want the video displayed. After you save the document, then the video should be displayed. You may consider using some formatting
to postion the embed tags in your document.
There is now a button on the toolbar that you can click to paste the code into the page.
The video displayed in this demo was created over a few hours. The person who took the video used a Sony HDR-HC3
to capture the video in High Definition. He used a commerical grade video editing software called Avid Liquid. The video was reduced in size to load faster upto Google Video, which is why the aspect ratio is not in HD. The music and titles added to the video could be done using in the recommended consumer grade software. The editor rated this video project as easy
. By adding a link to the Meetup site, you have potentially increased your visibility. Anyone who browses through Google Video may come across your video and then see the link to your group's site.