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Can we embed HD videos in wordpress?

  • Hi,

    Just a quick question, can we embed (and play) high def videos through our blog?

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  • Clayton James


    Quicktime plays hi-def, and is embeddable. The difference in file sizes for the same vid in 480p and 720p are 44MB and 80MB (853×480 and 1280×720) respectively. (2:20 runtime… information courtesy of apple.com… thank you apple.com). Using that as a perspective for file size, viewing size, and bandwidth requirements, my knee-jerk reaction to your question is yes… If you can handle the bandwidth, and can serve it in a reasonable resolution relative to your blog. Just for a real feel for what it takes, go by hulu.com and test drive a high def video on your own machine. I have found that even in a small resolution, I sometimes have buffering and playback issues with a cable connection.

    Best wishes.

    I have this same general question. However, to be more specific, is there any way to utilize the WordPress video player (which allows for HD playback) if we’re privately hosted. So far, from everything I’ve read, this player is only there for people who have a paid wordpress.com account.

    Embedding from other sites hasn’t worked for me. YouTube hardly ever encodes my 1280×760 HD videos as “HD” and Vimeo will only let you do one HD video a week unless you want to pay $60. My best solution for now has been flickr, as long as it’s no longer than 90 seconds. So, if that works for anyone, I recommend looking there.

    Since I have unlimited space on my hosting (dreamhost), I would love to put up HD clips (longer than 90 seconds) for FREE. All of the open source FLV players I’ve come across are just standard definition. I hope this elaboration helps… but really the question still stands:

    how can I put HD video on my wordpress?

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