Video Hubs; Video Inclusions...

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  1. DzyMsLizzy profile image96
    DzyMsLizzyposted 5 years ago

    This isn't really a "problem," just a query.

    I've visited several video hubs, and notice that the video always begins to auto-play, sometimes even before the page finishes "settling down" from jumping around on the screen as things load.

    Is this built in, or is it a setting that can be chosen by the author of the hub?

    I don't especially like it; most of the time, I'd rather read the article first, and then watch the video as a secondary or supplement to the written portion.

    I keep thinking about putting a video into some of my hubs, but I'm not very good at it.  The new digital editing is kind of a steep learning curve for me; and I've had all sorts of trouble trying to upload to YouTube, and finally settled on Vimeo as more user-friendly, but I have yet to try the direct upload to HP.  I don't understand formats, or anything--I come from the era of VHS tape editing, and for me, that was much easier.

    1. Matthew Meyer profile image73
      Matthew Meyerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      The system is designed to auto-start the video as you have witnessed.
      There is currently no option to set the video not to start playing.
      This sounds like a reasonable request, so you may want to suggest adding this feature in the feature suggestion forum.
      If you post it there, we can also get feedback and see if this is something other users would like as well.

      The suggest feature forum is here:

      Related to editing video, it appears you are using Windows XP.
      I think there should be a version of Windows Movie Maker available for XP or there might be a similar program in the Windows Live Essentials bundle.  Both of these should be available for free from Microsoft.

      1. DzyMsLizzy profile image96
        DzyMsLizzyposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Wow!  Your technical skills are way ahead of mine!  I did not even know you would be able to see what OS I'm using!!  I have no idea how to do that!

        But, you are right--I'm on XP Pro, and yes, it does have WMM pre-installed, but I think there is some enabling code I'm missing for a full version (which I can't afford to buy) ... because try though I might, I've been unable to produce a DVD that will play on any device except my own computer, where it was created!  (Yes, I do have a dedicated DVD burner.)

        I also don't know how to add secondary audio, so all I'm able to do is try to make everyone in the house (cats included--LOL) shut up and be quiet while I'm taping.

        1. Matthew Meyer profile image73
          Matthew Meyerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          For video you intend to upload to HubPages, you do not need to author a DVD, but can use many common file formats.

          I believe the default export format for Windows Movie Make is WMV.
          The video uploader supports WMV.

          You can find the full list of supported formats here:

          It looks like this Hub might be a good intro to using WMM, including adding another audio track.
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          1. DzyMsLizzy profile image96
            DzyMsLizzyposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            Great--thank you!

  2. Simone Smith profile image92
    Simone Smithposted 5 years ago

    Hey DzyMsLizzy!

    The auto-play is automatic. We chose to have it run that way because it is a common convention amongst platforms that host video (yes, articles with embedded videos do not have those videos auto-play, but Videos are not Hubs with embedded videos, they're Videos that just happen to come with all the perks of a Hub).

    I do hope you'll consider making some Videos on HubPages. It'd be great to see them! I totally get that there's a learning curve with this stuff. I'm going through the same thing! smile


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