VideoPress Flash/HTML5 embed

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    We have purchased VideoPress video hosting.

    We would like to embed our uploaded VideoPress videos on a self-hosted website using the VideoPress plugin.

    I have noticed that video embedded on correctly use the correct format dynamically (either HTML5 or Flash) based on the browser capabilities but when they are embedded on our self hosted site they must either use the HTML5 format OR Flash. Is there a way to use the dynamic embed (that works on on our self-hosted WP install?

    The blog I need help with is



    As long as you’re using the latest VideoPress plugin and the shortcode to embed the videos, they will play with the HTML5 player whenever Flash is not installed.


    On a self-hosted blog?

    When using the shortcode [videopress xyz] to embed the video:

    -the Flash format is displayed by default… when viewed on a device not supporting Flash, for example iPad, you get the message ‘This video requires Adobe Flash for playback’

    -if ‘Only display videos in free software formats’ is selected in media setting then it serves up HTML5 but does not revert back to the Flash format when viewed on browsers that do not support the HTML5 video element (ie8 and below).



    Yes, you’ll need to have “Only display videos in free software formats” unchecked if you want it to rollback.

    Are you using an iPad 1 or iPad 2?

    Only the iPad 2 supports native HTML 5 playback in Safari.


    iPad 2.

    It appears the issue is that swfobject.js and videopress.js are not showing up in the header but is showing up in the footer of the custom theme.

    how might i force the required .js files to do the feature detect to show up in wp_head() instead of wp_footer() like in the default theme that comes with wordpress?



    There’s something in the theme that’s forcing them down, and unfortunately we can really only support blogs here.

    A theme issue on a self-hosted blog is a bit outside our scope.

    To clear up any confusion, and are two different entities. has complete support and documentation sites for self-hosted/installed versions of WordPress via their Codex and Support Forums.

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