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August 15, 2010
I’m also redoing my Picasa Web albums to YouTube. After downloading an album from Google Photos, I have to get them back into order. For a large number of pictures, I use my desktop Picasa 3.0. Then select all, use Make Video icon to keep them in the numbered order. From there I use Movie Maker. On some I have gone crazy and made a title, transitions, even music – upload to YouTube – and insert into my Blogger. For an album with just a few pictures, I can skip the Picasa 3.0. Or just insert the pictures individually into the blog post. The downside of YouTube is at the end where they insert their popup ads or recommended videos, and they have removed any way to disable this. I don’t know the limit on the number of YouTube videos one can post for free, but I have nearly 30 Picasa Web Albums to replace, and not even halfway through yet. I’m also not sure of YouTube settings so that there are not any strange messages coming up on a computer other than mine. I did follow your suggestion to remove the “flash” video from the HTML of the post. Thanks for the push to get this done before they all go away on August 1st, as you said. Some of the Picasa Web Albums have already disappeared from my blog.
You know, it’s been so long since I’ve used Picasa to make a movie from pictures – I never thought about that as a replacement for the embedded slideshow. Maybe I’ll make that my next tip! It’s so easy … select the pictures, click Make Movie, click Upload to Youtube. Wow. To my knowledge, there is no limit to how much you can upload to Youtube.
One other issue, however, is that movies can’t be printed and the end result of my Blog is a printed book for each year. So, although I love having movies in my blog posts, I make sure that they don’t replace having photos. I put a reasonable number of photos in the blog posts, then I give a link to see all my pictures by going to Albums. So, I am now making a link to each month’s album.
By the way, there is an option to tell youtube not to play recommended videos at the end. When you’re looking at the Share->Embed code, look down below the video and you’ll see a “More” link. Click that and you’ll see the options. The first one is the ability to UNcheck “Show suggested videos when the video finishes”
August 15, 2010
I can’t find the embed code for videos already published, but I remember seeing it for the new videos just put up. I’ll look again.
Noticed that the original captions from Picasa Web Albums showed up in Movie Maker, but not seen in Google Photos. I like your idea of putting at least some pictures on each post instead of relying on videos because I think I’m going to order at least the PDF of the book(s). It’s a good thing we’re staying home this summer (medical issues) so that gives me the time to get all this backfill work done – tedious, and learning as I go along. I’m already thinking of changing some of the things I’ve already done (must be really crazy).
To get the embed code, open the video you want, click the share button, and Embed will be the tab to the right of Share. Here’s a screenshot.