New QuickTime Audio/Video Posting Plugin for WordPress

I just finished up a slightly different/easier QuickTime Posting Plugin for WordPress. This one differs a bit from my original QuickTime Posting Plugin in that it has a GUI interface and uses JavaScript to dynamically embed the audio/video instead of directly embedding them. This has been a common request amongst people using the original version as pages with many videos could take a long time to load. This solves that problem..! Yay!

Please give it a shot and let me know if you have any comments or further requests (the comments section below would be a good place to post those).

Download Version 1.2.2a (now with LOOPING!)

Quick Instructions:

1: Download the qtAudioVideoPosting.zip file and extract the files (keeping the folder in place).
2: Upload the folder, including the files inside of it (qtAudioVideoPosting.php and qtobject.js) to your WordPress Plugins folder (wp-content/plugins).
3: Go to the “Plugins” tab in your WordPress console and click “Activate”.
4: Now when you write a post, you should see a new section called “QuickTime Audio/Video Posting”.
5: In the “Audio/Video URL” field, enter the full URL to the QuickTime audio or video file (something like http://myhost.com/avideofile.mov)
6: Enter in a “Width” and “Height” in the appropriate fields.
7: Optionally include a URL for an image to display otherwise the text in the “Text link” field will be displayed.
8: Click publish and check it out on your blog.

Thanks go out to John Schimmel as well as those using the original plugin for all of the help and suggestions.

Oh yeah: Below is an example..


Windows Media Embedding Plugin

T-Mobile recently started converting my mobile videos to WMV (without consulting me, I might add). This prompted me to create a WordPress plugin to allow me to easily post those videos to this blog. The plugin is based on my seemingly useful QuickTime Embedding Plugin.

Download the Plugin

To install, download and extract the zip file. Upload the two files to your WordPress plugins folder (not including the directory). Once it is there, you can activate it from the WP administration pages.

After it is installed, you can us the following syntax to embed a Windows Media movie in a post:

[WINDOWSMEDIA http://www.xxxx.com/movie.wmv 320 257]

Always start with a bracket “[" followed by "WINDOWSMEDIA" then the path to the file, the width and the height. End with a closing bracket "]“.

Also implemented the ability to specify whether or not the video should auto start/autoplay and/or have a controller. To use these two options you would form the tag as follows:
[WINDOWSMEDIA http://x.com/movie.wmv 320 257 true false]

The first “true” or “false” value is whether or not it should auto play and the second is whether or not a controller should be visible.

If you like this script or are having problems with it, let me know, leave a comment below. It should be noted that I really haven’t had a chance to test this on a variety of browsers/operating systems so it probably does have some issues.

Of course, updates and additions to the script are appreciated. If you are interested, I use it at: MobVCasting and Open Vlog.

Last, if you are looking for a similar solution that will work with Flash and Windows Media as well as QuickTime and not only WordPress but Blogger and other places, check out Enric’s videos Playing In Place

QuickTime Embedding Plugin

I got tired of my XML-RPC posts with QuickTime movies messing up the design of my blog. WordPress automatically adds paragraph breaks embed and object tags. This plugin corrects that behavior and doesn’t require the user to know how to create those tags. Additionally, starting with version 1.3b, this plugin uses JavaScript to get around the ActiveX alert on Windows versions of IE.

Download the Plugin

To install, download and extract the zip file. Upload the two files to your WordPress plugins folder (not including the directory). Once it is there, you can activate it from the WP administration pages.

After it is installed, you can us the following syntax to embed a QuickTime movie in a post:

[QUICKTIME http://www.xxxx.com/quicktime.mov 320 257]
or to use a poster frame or movie (in version 1.1b and above):
[QUICKTIME http://x.com/quicktime.mov http://x.com/poster.mov 320 257]

Always start with a bracket “[" followed by "QUICKTIME" then the path to the file, the width and the height. End with a closing bracket "]“.

A couple of notes about “poster frames/movies”: It should be the case that you can just use a jpeg or other image file as a poster movie as QuickTime can handle those formats. Unfortunately, this confuses several browsers so it is best to stick with using a movie as a poster movie.
Here is the one that I have started to use Here is a page that you can see it in action on.
To create your own, create a JPEG or GIF or PNG file and open it up with QuickTime Pro and “Save As” a “Self Contained Movie”.

One other thing to be conscious of regarding poster movies is that WordPress may be confused by them and not put the appropriate “enclosure” in your RSS feed for applications like FireAnt. This may or may not be a problem but is worth being aware of.

Starting with version 1.2b, I have implemented the ability to specify whether or not the video should auto start/autoplay and/or have a controller. To use these two options you would form the tag as follows:
[QUICKTIME http://x.com/quicktime.mov 320 257 true false]

The first “true” or “false” value is whether or not it should auto play and the second is whether or not a controller should be visible.

One thing that you should note is that it doesn’t really make sense to use a poster movie with movies that don’t auto play and it doesn’t really make sense to not have a controller for movies that don’t auto play.

If you like this script or are having problems with it, let me know, leave a comment below.

Of course, updates and additions to the script are appreciated. If you are interested, I use it at: MobVCasting and Open Vlog.

Last, if you are looking for a similar solution that will work with Flash and Windows Media as well as QuickTime and not only WordPress but Blogger and other places, check out Enric’s videos Playing In Place

You might also be interested in the latest tool that I have been working on for WordPress, a video commenting plugin

Last, here is a new version (actually, not a version of this but a complete rewrite with different capabilities, meaning don’t remove this plugin when you install the new one, your original videos will probably stop working): New QuickTime Audio/Video Posting Plugin for WordPress