It seems a few of you have been successful at getting the self-hosted VideoPress up and running, rather than using wordpress.com the paid upgrade. I have completed all VideoPress install instructions successfully from here including loading all of the WPMU utility set and testing ffmpeg:
I've noticed a few things and made a few assumptions since there are no "use instructions", only "install instructions":
1) I'm assuming I'm supposed to upload content using WP-Admin | Media Library. When I do this, the video uploads to the proper folder, but no shortcode is generated and the preview window says "error this video doesn't exist".
2) I didn't see anything in the WP-Admin | Plugins area. So I zipped up everything in /var/www/wp-content/plugins/video, moved the zip, removed the 'video' directory, and then re-added .zip Plugin through WP-Admin. Still nothing showed up in Plugins but this time it told me it was because there was no header, so I edited video-upload.php and put a header into this file. Now the VideoPress Plugin shows up in WP-Admin. I also had to 'apt-get install php5-curl' to get it to 'activate'. I have no idea if these were proper steps, or if the self-hosted VideoPress Plugin is supposed to remain invisible and operate in the background.
3) Finally, what calls these scripts to work? Is it a completed upload through WP-Admin | Media Library? At this point, I'm just not sure how to tell if I'm using the Plugin correctly or if it's working. It doens't seem to be doing anything. I've uploaded an .AVI to the Media Library as described above. Where are the media files and thumbnails stored?
Unfortunately, there are no 'use' instructions in the readme.txt linked above so I'm a bit stuck.
Thanks in advance, your help is greatly appreciated.