I second the opinion that the videos should not be autoplay.
This could put some people in difficulties if they open a hub and have a video start blaring out inappropriately.
Although that particular problem does not affect me, I want to have 100% control over whether to view a video or not, not have it imposed on me regardless. I reject 95% of pages with videos that come up in my search results, unless I am looking specifically for a musical/theatre performance. I greatly prefer to obtain factual information in written form than to be forced to listen to someone droning on many times slower than I can read.
We already have the option of adding video in a capsule. I did this on two of my hubs using videos I posted on YouTube; they directly relate to the hubs' topics.
What is the advantage of directly loading video to hubpages, and not using the capsule to add a video to the hub?
If you upload directly to hubpages, the content would, by necessity, need to be original content, yes? Would the videos be monetized separately from the text? Or is it just adding video to bypass the capsule -and monetized videos from YouTube? Or is it that some copyrighted material ends up here on hubpages via YouTube?
This sounds like a great idea, and if the goal is to increase traffic by providing readers with a multimedia experience, it could work. But does this mean the capsule for adding video from YouTube is going away?
The video capsule we have is not going to change, so no worries on that front!
Like I said, it's OK to have duplicate video (at this time) though we strongly encourage original content.
One compelling reason why folks may want to upload video directly to HubPages is that the videos will be monetized separately, and provide a new revenue stream.
ALSO, HubPages-hosted video Hubs will have video icons in search results, which gives your Hubs a leg up amongst tough competition (that does NOT offer video and look particular compelling in search results).
Shelly has raised some interesting points. That said, is it possible to upload only audio? I have some original material I would like to use, but only as audio files so far. I suppose I need to learn how to add the video portion, now... any hubs on that? I just checked out livelonger's hub and his video does NOT auto-play. Very cool!
We don't have any audio-only options as of yet, but you can always find a nice image and just put that in the video layer of a simple video editing program and add your audio to the audio portion, then export and upload the whole thing as a video
Shelley simply go to to www.youtube.com search for the video you want. You will get search results go down the search results until you find a video that will suit your needs. Watch it all the way through because you don't want it on your hub if it has something bad on it. Then cut and paste the address in your address bar into the video linking feature on your hub. It should appear after that. I can't recommend enough that you watch the whole video. Also try to use videos that have some ads so you can see that it's a commercial video and not someones personal stuff. That way you know they won't mind the extra views but if you show a video of grandmas latest birthday the owner might not like that. However if someone is showing ads on their video then they won't mind extra views.
We've gone with autoplay because it is common convention on all major video sites, and we want to make viewers experiences as good as possible.
When autoplay really sucks is when you don't expect it. Folks clicking on video Hubs from search results SEE that they're clicking on them (and autoplay is turned off for people visiting video Hubs from mobile browsers). Right now, we're not so good at distinguishing video Hubs from normal Hubs, which is totally annoying, because then the autoplay is a surprise. We're actively working on that. It should make a big difference!
Thank you for your quick reply, Simone. It does indeed sound like uploading videos with accompanying text directly to a hub will prove advantagous. That they create a revenue stream is an important aspect, and you are spot on in your assessment that a video icon will give the hubs a distinct advantage. I'm looking forward to this option. Thanks again for your fast reply, and for the opportunity to further the reader experience.
I'm confused. I'm not a part of this test group, so I don't know what test group members are seeing. Do you mean that if I just upload a video, it becomes a Hub? Like uploading a video to YouTube is just a video? Then I can add tags, maybe categorize my video in the HP structure? If so, that's a really interesting concept.
Here's where my thoughts are going...publish a video under these rules I'm imagining, put no words to it, bring no depth to it. Is HP wanting to be YouTube2?
Sally's Trove, lobobrandon is right. The video appears first in the hub but it compliments what ever it is that you are writing about. For example, a recipe hub may have a video demonstration with the recipe and some other explanation or information involved. But it doesn't have to be "instructional." I have done one that has a video about something interesting I saw in my yard last summer and used the video and wrote about it.
Also, as far as using more than one video, I had several videos that I wanted to use in some of my video hubs. I simply edited them to strung them together so that it was one video and then added some subtitles to the video. Hope this helps.
Thanks Simone! That helps. @Cardelean, I tried to string my videos together, but didn't have any luck. I am still working on figuring out how to do it. At the moment, I have too many people using my computer to understand what they are doing to it to cause me to have issues. Hopefully this will be fixed soon. Thanks for the help!
@IzzyM, I had trouble viewing videos at first, but switched to Firefox (it was really easy and took only minutes) and bada-bing! I could view videos like crazy. I was using Internet Explorer (XP) which had difficulty with the HP videos. All is good in video viewing land now though! Hope this helps.
Videos are so fun to watch and to make! Cheers~ K9
I too have recurrent problems with videos. It makes no difference whether I use Chrome, Firefox or IE. Some videos only play a few seconds at a time, and then I have to wait several minutes for the next burst.
I supposedly have fast broadband where I live; it is currently at 4.6 Mb. When I bought my laptop 2 years ago, it was one of the most powerful ones I could buy, and has 3 Gb memory. Nevertheless, even that is not good enough because people just keep making bigger and bigger files, presumably assuming everyone upgrades their computer at least once a year.
That makes sense now that I think about it. Late last year I upgraded my laptop w/ 2Tb external and 2GB internal memory. This may help with the change in video experience for me as well. I forgot about that. Thanks for the reminder WA, it also make editing videos MUCH faster. Over all it only cost me about $100 for the upgrade and the results are spectacular!
Had the same problem and now always make sure I have the latest versions of Adobe flash player and any updates for that! It helps to clear temporary files and all that jazz too.....other than that, some browsers are just pants!
That sounds to me as if the videos are buffering which is a bandwidth problem. You can go to a bandwidth checker site and check that you are getting the speed you are paying for. Sounds like you aren't. They tend to say something like "only £14.99 a month for UP to 8Mb" or whatever is the maximum speed the fibre optics can carry. If your line can only carry 1Mb, then that is all you get, maximum. Of course the other potential problem, could be that you are getting fast internet but half the hackers in your area are stealing your bandwidth. There is a new thing out now, you plug this little box into your laptop and it scans for any wifi signal in the area, open or not, and runs a little program to bypass the encryption. If that port gets closed it just scans again and automatically reconnects to the next one. Hackers no longer need to be in cars outside your door either. They can buy a roof antenna that will pull in every signal inside a 30 miles radius. I strongly recommend a small program called Netmeter. It allows you to see your downloads and uploads, connection speed, and bandwidth usage.
The 4.6 Mb was what I measured just before I replied. I'm not sure about hacking. This is quite a small community, and I would probably have heard about any such problem, but I'll check Netmeter.
My house is another factor. I need to use a booster thingummy that works through the electricity supply as the signal upstairs from the router downstairs is very weak otherwise. I do notice huge differences with the weather. It gets very slow when the weather is very overcast. Don't know why that should matter, since I get the broadband through the phone line!
The other thing is that my laptop sits with the HD churning so much and memory and CPU usage is almost always above 80%. It has no viruses or malware, but I do have to have some resource-heavy software running most of the time in order to do my work.
We do recommend including text with the videos people make Hubs of, because it gives them leg up to all the other videos that folks might come across online (which, at their source, are rarely presented with detailed text, let alone photos, tables, and other features which might be included in Hubs)
I dislike autoplay videos (and popup ads). That is enough motivation for me to close any webpage immediately... otherwise the direct upload video feature is good. I think we should leave it to the viewer if he/she wants to watch the video or not.
I dislike autoplay videos too, even when I am expecting them. I prefer to be able to look at the page visually first and then start the video when I choose.
If a video starts on autoplay when I open a page, I usually will click Pause to give me a chance to look at the page first; then, when I - the human being in this picture, the one with an actual brain - make the decision, I will click to start it again.
I agree that the video should not be auto-play. Too many times I am working into the wee hours of the morning and if I forget I have my volume turned on it wakes the wife and the cat...and either are not too pleasant when that happens! I have applied to be a tester and have listed videos I have created... which are posted on YouTube and another site of mine. Video can add much to a hub, with no doubts.
At first I was wondering about the "unique" quality that was discussed. I can see where that would help out on many levels, so I think that would be okay. However, unique videos here can be copied with RealPlayer or other software and uploaded to YouTube or other sites, by anyone, so then we lose our ability to have unique videos. There is some software out there that will not allow video copying, but I have no idea what it may be, however, someone else may have that knowledge.
Ad revenue would be generated, I presume, much like my videos on YouTube? There, once you opt in, the ads will pop up at the bottom of your video.
I am struggling to get my head round the fact that a company like HP, who we thought knew what they were doing, are choosing to go down a self-destruct route like auto-play videos when everyone in the whole world is against them.
It's proven good on such-a-such company! Oh yeah?
Was that a site for under-30-IQs?
I LOVE the idea of offering our own videos with direct upload. I see our competition do it very well.
I don't see autoplay being compulsory there. I chose to look at their video, or not.
I can read what they say, and watch the video if I choose to do so.
If they had made viewing, or downloading, of their video compulsory, I would have clicked on the little X button top right of screen.
I use MY bandwidth when I CHOOSE, not when some-one else says I should.
Thanks, once more, for the feedback, and for filling out the form! We'll be onboarding a new wave of beta testers soon, and while we might not be able to accept everyone who applied, we'll do our best!!
Sorry if I missed it, but is there a list of supported video formats? Simone's Rosemary Biscuit video didn't play on my iPad, though it was fine on my laptop. There are formats that can be played on both.
I would also like to see auto-play as a configurable option.
OK I am one of the beta testers and I have some questions. I have been very interested in getting into video because I plan on using it in a few E-books. I have a video that is getting good views on YouTube that I took of our pitbull having puppies. Now I would like to take that video and add a hub to it. So how do I do that? Do I need to unpublish it from YouTube and how to add it to use the video with ads feature that we are beta testing? I'm a wee bit confused.
I have mixed feelings about video. There are places where it is very useful and places where it annoys me greatly.
One feature I'd like to see is a full screen option for videos that need it or just because the user wants it. Currently the user has to first go to Youtube before they'll see options for full screen. It would be nice to have that right in the imbedded video.
I have been trying to play with the video feature. I am disappointed that we can only upload one video from HP per hub. Is there a feature where you could do more than one without going through YouTube?
tlpoague, I hear you, I thrive on my playlist on YouTube. Multiple videos when the subject changes slightly within a longer hub would be useful. The content must support it of course but just as multiple photos work so should multiple videos.
I got a email a while back that I'm part of the new set of beta testers. But, the links I got still don't work. Any news about when the new group will be able to try out the videos? I'm pretty excited to try them.