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We’re writing this article to commemorate the 100th issue of our Geeks on Tour Newsletter! The first issue, back in July of 2007 included an article on Adding Video to your Blog. This article today is an updated version of that same topic.
Blogger and Google Photos
We use Blogger to make our Blog, and adding video is quite easy. If you took the video with your smartphone or tablet, and you use Google Photos to upload that video to your Google account, it’s as simple as 1-2-3:
- clicking the Insert Video button on the toolbar:
- Choose “From Your Phone” (this doesn’t mean directly from your phone! It assumes you have your phone’s photos and videos backed up to your Google Photos)
- Click the video you want and click Select
Blogger and Youtube
Every method of displaying video is subject to some quirks and problems. Since Youtube is the biggest provider of video worldwide, we find it has the least problems. Therefore we recommend uploading your videos to your Youtube account and using that for your blog. What’s that? You say you don’t have a Youtube account? If you have a Google account (a firstname.lastname@example.org address), then you have a Youtube account! If you really don’t, then it’s easy and free to get a Google account. Just go to Accounts.Google.com and click “Create Account.”
Upload to Youtube: go to YouTube.com and make sure you are logged in with the account you want to use for your videos (it should be the same as you use for your photos.) Click the Upload button in the upper right corner of the screen. Now you’ll have two choices
Insert into Blog: Here also you have two choices, the super simple way is to use the Import from “My Youtube Videos.” The other way is to view the video in Youtube, click the Share button and then Embed – here you have some options if you click on “Show More” right below the video preview.
This shows you some HTML code, copy that code and paste it into the HTML view of your Blog. That’s it! When you publish your Blog, you will see your video.
Here are some tutorial videos that go into more detail. You must be a Geeks on Tour premium member to view them.
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Here is the third in our series of Review Questions from our “What Does This Button Do?” show. These can’t be graded, but if you want to see the discussion of our answers to these questions, you can click the link provided. The link will take you to the time in the specific episode where we start the discussion of review questions. Since we have produced 68 episodes so far, this “Test Your Smartphone Smarts” will be an ongoing series of posts here.
|Click here to watch our answers|
|Episode #9: Camera Basics Show Notes
|Episode #10: Google Calendar Show Notes
|Episode #11: Siri and Google Now Show Notes
|Episode #12: If phone is lost or stolen Show Notes
If you click the time link, you will be viewing the YouTube video for that episode. The link takes you directly to the end of the show where we discuss the review questions. You can always drag the video playhead to the beginning to watch more of that episode. And, if you are a premium member of Geeks On Tour, you have access to the show notes for each episode. You will find all show notes on the Weekly Show page. So, how did you do on the questions? Leave any comments below! See previous “Smartphone Smarts”
- Test Your Smartphone Smarts #1 (Home Button, Sleep/Lock, Multi-Tasking, Home Screens)
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There are show notes below which document what was covered in the show and include timeline links, so you can watch just the part of the video that you want. If you are not a Geeks on Tour member, you can watch Episode 60 video on YouTube, but you won’t get the show notes. Become a member here. This episode covers:
- Tip o Week: Youtube Playlists (especially for these shows)
- Beginner’s Lesson: What Can You Do With an Old Smartphone?
- Gadget/App of the Week: Google Wi-Fi Router with OnHub
In order to put a video into a blog post, it must be on the web somewhere and we think that Youtube is the best place. They host millions of videos and they know how to make it work. It’s free, all you need is a Google account. This tutorial will show you how from scratch.