Create High Definition(HD) Videos for WordPress Blog with VideoPress
Nowadays, video in WordPress is a common thing for bloggers and blog readers. It is because through video, the information will be easier to be communicated and in a more interactive way.
Most of the time, WordPress bloggers will get videos from YouTube or Vimeo which has HD video function. However, although it will help to consumption of our hosting resources, it will probably not blend really well with our blog and we will not able to bring our WordPress blog’s brand further. This is because the video will have its original website’s logo – not ours.
At the moment, to boost the WordPress blog branding, WordPress bloggers have turned to JW FLV Media Player which provide an open sourced media player and supports playback of any format the Adobe Flash Player can handle (FLV, MP4, MP3, AAC, JPG, PNG and GIF). This player has been used extensively as before this, it is the only media player that let WordPress bloggers to embed their own videos without YouTube or Vimeo logo on it.
Unfortunately, this player lack of something – a well designed media player which requires minimal tweaking especially for beginners and HD video capability as you have to buy the HD module add-0n first.
Automattic, the company who owns WordPress do realise with this situation and therefore, they have came out with VideoPress – an upgrade for WordPress that makes it easy to upload, embed, and share video on your WordPress blog or any site around the world, even in full HD.
With VideoPress, you just have to upload your videos and VideoPress turn it into several different formats just right for sharing on the web: DVD quality, HD quality, and even formats optimized for iTunes. Then, you can get the preview of the video and when you are satisfied, you can publish it.
VideoPress is being developed to cater the need of WordPress bloggers. Rather just being the platform for your home-made videos, VideoPress has also statistics attached which will help you to know how well your video performed and from where the visitors came.
However, something great will not come for free. VideoPress is actually an upgrade for WordPress.com. The upgrade costs $59.97 per year and per blog, and is available for purchase from the Upgrades panel of your WordPress.com dashboard.
Are you worried that the upgrade not applicable to self-hosted WordPress blog?
There will be no problem. WordPress TV has made a video on to make use of the service using your self-hosted WordPress.
Below are few screenshots of VideoPress :
Uploading and Previewing Video
The video statistics:
If you want to know more about VideoPress, you can head to its site through below links.
What do you think about VideoPress? Does it looks and works great? Will you have it as it comes with a pretty high price tag? Is it a wise decision to host own videos as it will definitely consume huge chunk of our hosting resources? Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions.