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

VideoPress

The video statistics:

videopress-stats

videopress-stats-individual-video

If you want to know more about VideoPress, you can head to its site through below links.

Homepage | Support

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.

22 Responses to Create High Definition(HD) Videos for WordPress Blog with VideoPress

  1. Ikaro says:

    Great resource. I think that it’s normal invest some bucks for a professional tool live Videopress. Anyway, they should offers a trial

    Ciao
    Dan

  2. yoan says:

    never use video in my blog, it’s too space consume for me while the loading speed of my internet connection so slowly…

  3. Helmi Asyraf (admin) says:

    I definitely agree with you. A trial should be offered and can be a great selling point for WordPress.

    If not, money mack guarantee can also be great idea as it will give more confidence for others who are not familiar with WordPress to give VideoPress a try.

    By the way, I am happy to see you here, Dan. I do appreciate for your time and efforts.

    Cheers!

  4. Helmi Asyraf (admin) says:

    I think it will not effect you much if you use embedding service from YouTube for example.

    For me, it will be nice to see blog that have a blend of pictures, words, videos and free space. It is more interactive and less boring.

    Good luck with your blog.

  5. Apart from the price, I think this is going to be a huge hit. And the price shouldn’t really matter for those who are video blogging. It is a little expensive hobby as it is.

    But nonetheless, this would definitely be something to consider once you got a couple of videos to publish.

  6. Ms. Freeman says:

    Yikes! Although it looks like it is really great product, I am not sure I am willing to spend that much money on a per year basis to utilize it.

  7. Helmi Asyraf (admin) says:

    If you are not willing to spend that much, you can give a shot on JW FLV player.

    It is pretty good media player although the interface and design not as good as VideoPress.

    Btw, nice to see you over here. Hope you enjoy this blog.

    Cheers!

  8. Ben Lang says:

    Once again, great job. Can you email me at: b@langonline.com I have a question/proposal.

    Thanks
    Ben

  9. This might be great for those who want some sort of a paid membership website wherein the subscribers can watch the video.

    If you want a free solution, the best way is to upload on youtube and embed 😉

  10. Too pricey for me. I could see using it if I was a big company and wanted to post video for my clients/members without a cheap YouTube logo. But, for now, I like using YouTube because of the search capabilities.

  11. You can also check out vimeo. Many of the big blogs use that. Otherwise wordpress’s built in video option is decent too.

  12. I would absolutely use this if I had enough money. And if I actually every posted videos on my blog.

    I think I’ll look into Vimeo, instead.

  13. Vimeo is a great alternative to this.

    People prefer it over Youtube mainly because it does not place restriction on the length of video 😉

  14. Anna says:

    Good Job!Thnx!

  15. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment.Nice work!

  16. Helmi Asyraf (admin) says:

    Glad to see you over here. Hope to see you anytime soon

  17. I can see the use for it, for a blog, who posts videos regularly. However, it seems as bit expensive.

  18. labbless says:

    What excellent phrase

  19. Mike says:

    I believe i have mentioned this before but blip tv offers branding if you have an account with them. You can put your website or company name on the player and embed it on your site. No one will know that your video is hosted on a free website. they also do not downgrade your video.

  20. Mike says:

    I failed to mention that using blip tv will also help save space on your server since high quality videos can take up a ton of space. especially if you have a lot of posts with videos

  21. Kushal Chap says:

    A trial would nice too this feature. So i know what it would be like.

  22. ariff says:

    HD video on WordPress? That’s desireable but costly. I’d reckon bloggers would use this.

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