"Introducing VideoPress for WordPress.com"

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  • #689608

    5700words
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    I clicked New Post and then clicked the Media Link so I could post a YouTube video. When I clicked that Media link, a page came up: “Introducing VideoPress for WordPress.com”

    I thought I could bypass this and just post the YouTube video, but it seems that the VideoPress is the only way. It might be a better way, but I am unsure of what to do next.

    Please, could someone explain this new VideoPress, and is it no longer an option but the way that YouTube shows YouTube videos?

    -Peregrine

    The blog I need help with is peregrine5700.wordpress.com.

    #689715

    5700words
    Member

    Forgot to say:

    I tried closing out the window, thinking that this paid option would go away, but then when I clicked the Media link again, that same VideoPress message appeared.

    VideoPress charges for its use, according to the video (and I did not view all of the video).

    #689716

    timethief
    Member

    The paid annually renewable Videopress upgrade is not a new thing. It’s for people who make their own videos and want to display them. You have posted Youtube videos before and the instructions have not changed.

    #689719

    5700words
    Member

    Yes, I know that VideoPress is not new. I inquired about them in the recent past. I knew that it was a paid feature.

    However, when I try to insert the URL for a YouTube video, that VideoPress message comes up, and closing out that message doesn’t then clear the road to inserting a YouTube video the old fashioned way.

    Something glitched up, maybe??

    -Peregrine

    #689722

    5700words
    Member

    Below is a screenshot of what I see after I click the Media link. If I click the close-out buttons, the message does disappear, but when I then click the Media link again, the VideoPress message/video reappears. This makes it impossible to post a regular YouTube video in the old fashioned, free way. -Peregrine

    <img class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-31231″ title=”Add New Post ‹ Pesky Emotional Republican — WordPress” src=”http://peregrine5700.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/add-new-post-e280b9-pesky-emotional-republican-e28094-wordpress.jpg” alt=”” width=”529″ height=”689″ />

    #689724

    timethief
    Member

    You do not need to click the media button in the editor at all. I never do. You can simply type in the youtube shortcode in either the Visual or HTML editor and the video will display. Have you tried that? :)

    #689737

    5700words
    Member

    I have always done it the way that I was told to do it and it has worked for me for years. I have never used shortcodes because as far as I know, they were never a part of the basic WordPress set of essential things to know. :-) :-) :-)

    So my question remains: Why is it that the way I was instructed to insert videos and the way I have always done so, does not work any more but instead yields a VideoPress commercial?’

    -Peregrine

    #689743

    5700words
    Member

    Now I remember something. Some months ago I was using those YouTube codes, the ones that are shorter and in bold print. Then all of a sudden doing that did not work. I took the question to the Support Forum and you told me that we had to use the URL at the top of the page in the Address field because the short codes did not work any more.

    At that point, whether I was copying and pasting the short code or not, I was following the procedure taught by WordPress: Click the video media button, then click “By URL” and then paste in the YouTube URL.

    If this procedure has changed and been announced, then I have not read it or found it.

    However: If putting the brackets around the short code without clicking the link button will assure that an actual picture of the YouTube video shows up, then I will do it. In the past, when I just (accidentally, due to bad memory) typed the URL in the text field, then that showed up, but it was not nearly as attractive as seeing the YouTube video with the picture in it.

    I will go and check it out now and see if it works. I will revert to using the YouTube short code and paste it in, surrounding it with brackets, which I guess fools the system into thinking it has to show the YouTube picture box.

    (I think maybe I got one extra silver hair out of this. :-) :-) :-) :-) )

    -Peregrine

    #689745

    5700words
    Member

    OK, I have tried going back to the ShortCode and it works! After months and months of using the URL because I was told that the Short Code no longer worked, the short code is now working again.

    That’s ok. Just as long as it now works.

    So I will go and post the video now. :-) :-) :-) :-)

    -Peregrine

    #689758

    timethief
    Member

    I found another thread further down the forum > same issue > https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/cant-seem-to-embed-youtube-videos?replies=4
    I’m glad using the shortcode resolved your issue.

    #689770

    katiewinn
    Member

    The videopress advertisement is extremely annoying though because I can’t close it and if I try and click the media button again, another one appears. I’m fine using the short code but it was more convenient when we could just insert the address or url into the converter to be inserted on our page. So is this videopress thing going to go away anytime soon? Is the media button not gonna work ever?

    #689773

    timethief
    Member

    @katiewinn
    Please send you feedback on this directly to Staff as posting here is not effective. Volunteers don’t have any role to play in the process. We simply answer questions.

    Here’s the link. After you use the searchbox, under the search results, at the bottom of the page there will be a section that says “Have you found the answer to your question?” You can choose either “Yes I found the answer to my question.” or “No I didn’t find the answer to my question and I would like to contact support for help.” The no option will reveal the contact form.

    You do not need to click the media button in the editor at all. I never do. You can simply type in the youtube shortcode in either the Visual or HTML editor. Then you won’t see the advertising and experience the annoyance, but the the video will display. Have you tried that? :)

    #689778

    5700words
    Member

    Dear KatieWinn — here is what I figured out, and it works:

    …..When I began years ago, I was told to use the URL of the YouTube video, and then later on, told to use the ShortCode for the YouTube video.

    Now, after fiddling around, I see that the Insert Video link is not a good idea, because doing so makes the VideoPress ad appear.

    So instead, I put the cursor in the spot where I want the video to show, and unlike as I was doing it till a few days ago (Paste the URL into the Add URL line), I now paste in the ShortCode straight into the text field. I don’t even click the Media link, which is a sure way to get the VideoPress ad.

    Maybe there could be a notice to everyone, to avoid confusion for a lot of people.

    -Peregrine

    #689781

    5700words
    Member

    Note: WordPress instructions for adding videos says to click the Add Media icon but since they now use that Media Icon button to automatically bring up the VideoPress ad, then you might just avoid clicking that media button.

    If you avoid the Add Media icon but paste in the URL of the YouTube video, then you will get only the URL showing up on your text field.

    To get a picture of a YouTube tv box, you have to change your old ways and revert to using the Short Code.

    -Peregrine :-) :-) :-)

    #689783

    timethief
    Member

    Will you please mark this thread as “resolved”?

    #689811

    5700words
    Member

    One last thing, for those new to adding videos, it is fine to say, “You do not need to click the media button in the editor at all,” but the thing is, a lot of folks who have been doing it exactly that way forever should be told: “It used to be the prescribed way, but don’t do it any more unless you want to get a VideoPress ad.”

    Earlier I mentioned how this added a silver hair to my head … then I realized how wonderful it would be if this issue were to be the most serious one in my life! Today I actually considered getting my cane out of my car and using it also in the house. I fought against it, though.

    -Peregrine
    Now I will mark this thread “Resolved.”

    #689812

    timethief
    Member

    Thanks and have a great rest of the day. :)

    #689831

    mfotion
    Member

    still bullsh*t though.

    #689833

    timethief
    Member

    Posting your sentiments here is ineffectual. Please feel free to send you feedback on this directly to Staff. Here’s the link http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact/ After you use the searchbox, under the search results, at the bottom of the page there will be a section that says “Have you found the answer to your question?” You can choose either “Yes I found the answer to my question.” or “No I didn’t find the answer to my question and I would like to contact support for help.” The no option will reveal the contact form.

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