Major announcement - HubPages Video is now live!
You can upload Videos - which will be similar to popular YouTube and Vimeo videos in that they autoplay and can be embedded on other sites.
HubPages Video is better than YouTube or Vimeo, though, since: (1) you can begin earning through Videos via our Ad Program (the ads are currently served up through Google); and, (2) you can embellish them with all the Capsules we provide on HubPages, so your Video will be a much richer resource to viewers. HubPages Videos are automatically embedded with hidden microdata that enables your Video to show a thumbnail in Google search results.
To start, just start a new Hub, and select the Video layout in step 4 of the Hub creation page. Then, when you enter the editing tool, you'll see a button in the new HubPages Video Capsule to upload your video from your computer. Once your Video is fully uploaded, you can begin outfitting your Hub with other complementary Capsules, and when you get an email saying your Video is processed and ready to go, you can publish it!
In the Learning Center, we have 2 new entries:
How Videos on HubPages Works
How to Publish a Video on HubPages
Have fun with this new feature, and be sure to check out Simone's blog post about HubPages Videos, and Norah's on Video moderation standards.
wow,so wonderful. People can see interesting videos in hubpages now.
The First time I tried to Post my New Video about the Batman
Tv Show back in the Sixties, it failed but I finally got it uploaded, thanks.
@ Jason, I was wondering we could have it so that the video could be edited, such changing the video or reloading similar to the regular video capsule.
After uploading a video the other day I wanted to change the music but when I logged in I realize that it was a done deal. It would be nice to be able to do minor changes like that.
You can re-upload with the new music and then 'change' the chosen video in the hub.
@Jason, if we have already started a regular hub, is there a way to change it into a video hub? Also, I uploaded some videos and received an email notification that they have been processed, but when I got to /my/videos/gallery, I get the message 'No videos found'.
Thanks for your help!
I'm afraid not yet. You can create a Video, and copy-and-paste over elements from the Hub that you had created, though.
That's odd. Sorry about this. I'll check with engineering to see what happened.
Veggie-mom: It looks like the videos are now (belatedly) available. Engineering will have a look to see why you got an email saying the video was done processing, when in fact it hadn't yet.
Thanks so much for following up, I actually am working on my hub right now, so I just re-uploaded the videos. I thought maybe they would be available after I came home from work today from earlier this morning, but they were not. Please let me know if there is any troubleshooting/testing, I can help your team with. Thanks!
How well do the HubPages videos rank in SERPs, in comparison to text hubs?
A great feat indeed thank you HP team. Now, just got to learn about making video's
Jason, is their a certain format we have to use for videos to upload?
I like to use powerpoint in different ways and have made a video before with ppt.
I also read the blog and the articles in the Learning Center. Please clarify whether we actually can upload a video and then add it to a hub or is it Only when we create a hub with a video?
I have a hub I have been working on and not yet published that I would like to add one or more videos to. I would like the video located down the page to add to the article, not have it on top of the hub.
Also...will Adsense Ads be used with videos or just the Ad Program?
Ads on HubPages Videos (i.e. prerolls & overlays) will only be served through the Ad Program (although our primary partner now is Google). However, other ads shown on the page will depend on what affiliates you have enabled.
Most video formats in common use are supported as of now. I'll try to get a comprehensive list.
You must start a Video from the very beginning; you can not currently convert a Hub into a HubPages Video, or add it to a Hub you've begun working on.
Also, since HubPages Videos are primarily video, the video shows up full-width at the top and can not be changed (much like in a YouTube or Vimeo video).
Thanks for the clarifications Jason. I will upload the vdeos I want to YouTube and then use in a video capsule for hubs already published or started.
Thank you for explaining those important points. Thus, we won't see the option to create and insert a video unless we begin a brand new Hubpages.
Would it be possible to get a list of codecs that are supported for conversion as well?
Oh. Well, since I'm still in the baby-steps process of even learning to work with and edit digital video (I'm from the old-school VHS tape editing process, which for me, was easier), I doubt I'll be uploading much in that realm;
I don't even use my video camera very much, since the VHS format went away. ...
However, I'm "kind of" disappointed that we won't be able to use our own videos as an embedded item in a video capsule, as we now do with relevant You Tube or Vimeo ones that we find to share. ...
So, I guess if we still want to do things that way, then we must first upload our own videos to one of those other sites, then share it back to our articles from there.... ... (seems a bit convoluted...)
Interesting! I am so excited. Thank you Jason Menayan! Take care.
So funny - I just found this thread, after creating a new video this evening, posting it to YouTube and coming back over here to check things out before I started the Hub it was intended for.
So now I've gone back and deleted the one on YouTube. It was there for all of 11 minutes. I hope it didn't get indexed in that short time!!! (no, I'm not really worried - just laughing.)
I've been wanting to write a review of my new digital camera, and while I have the photos taken (of what the camera is capable of) it would obviously be a big selling point if I can show the quality of videos it can take.
My problem is that I have nothing to take a video of (at the moment) so can I just upload a 'sample video', if you like to call it that, of nothing in particular, just to show the picture quality?
Also, can I choose 'video hub', write the hub, then add in the video when I have one I am reasonably happy with. I mean, the quality is great of all the videos I've taken so far, but they are exceptionally boring and It would be quite nice to leave off publication until such a time when I have an interesting clip to share.
Everytime I go outside, the dogs follow me, and one is on heat and the other keeps trying to hump it which isn't going to happen seeing as the bitch is far bigger than the dog. I don't suppose any of those clips are going to be acceptable lol, but they keep getting the way of the camera!
Without the dogs we are only looking at moving photos really because there is no other life to talk of.
Yeah you can do that Izzy. I've got some video hubpages just waiting for a video to add to it,
Also you can edit videos from different files and do intros or anything, even mash up separate video and photo files together and don't forget you can usually add audio after you have shot the video footage and showing all the main features of the video camera would make a great lead in video.
What software would I need to edit videos, Wayne? Any you could recommend?
IzzyM: I use Microsoft Video Editor - it's free and pretty decent. Allows you to add effects, text and combine several videos together!
I use Windows live movie maker which is just great...free download from microsoft if you have the old version....the timeline is easy enough with drag and drop or uploading your files in order to create a sequence!
Hi Jason, I was just wondering if I'd be allowed to make videos of me solving some problems (maths and physics based?) I have another website that I use text (takes long to type equations) and it gets google hits. So, if I use videos it would be better I guess. Just wanted to know if it would be fine
PS: - Forgot to mention, there would be text as well along with the video and not just a video
I never liked uploading to youtube so refrained from making any videos.
Quick Question: what format should I post my video in? Should it be widescreen?
I note that some videos I upload get 'smaller' when played in IE - and for some reason do not play on Firefox - there's an example of this on my recent World of Tanks Scouting Video Hub...not sure if I'm the only one with the problem?
Though I am already approved in the youtube partner program and integrated adsense into it but I always dreamed if HP can have a direct video upload system. You have made my day today HP. Thank you so much. We love you. Muuuuuuuuuuuuaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh.....
Thanks you both! I went to download it, but then found it was already on my computer in a folder called Windows Live. I'm playing around with it now, and just found out one of my dogs can talk..wow!
I had this short clip of them fighting over a stick, and right in the middle the wee dog said something. It sounds like "(yum yum) no digame", which is Spanish for "don't talk to me", or "you don't say" (depending how it is said). I've subtitled it LOL
Now...Youtube or Hub video?..decisions, decisions!
I mean a talking dog for selling a camera? Seems a waste unless he said "Buy this camera now because it's great"! In which case...
I have an upcoming Hub that uses both... no reason not to!
Well, I meant why not also post the video on YouTube.. obviously you would only do that when the video doesn't need a lot of explanatory text and other images.
I guess HP will argue the same as posting your content on here and on other sites - while it's not against HPs TOS, it tends to not get shown in Google - not sure if the same logic applies to Videos as it's harder to tell if a video is a duplicate....
In the beta thread, they said it's ok for now.
Someone else pointed out that visitors are likely to repost good videos without permission and it could be harder to find those.
I would think the extra text/pictures etc. would make it stronger here for general searching but I'd hate giving up revenue from people searching YouTube directly.
I don't see a problem with it - however, when I search for videos my 'HP' video comes up along with Youtube videos - so I could essentially see my video twice - not sure how that would be perceived by someone searching?
So I didn't actualy have to remove my new video from YouTube, then? I guess I'll just go and put it back there too. But what does the "for now" part mean, really? How soon might that be likely to change?
It never occurred to me to use both. I forgot this isn't text so doesn't have to be exclusive.
Off to open a youtube account!
Ooo how exciting! Videos can add so much to an article Can't wait to upload something!
I think it tells you when you begin a 'video' Hub - I seem to remember it says no more than 35 minutes long - not sure what the MB requirement is though - pretty big I think!
Whoah - that's a big video!
Well, maybe not with HD, but still..
Let's see, the one I did just now was 5 minutes and just under 50 MB - so I could produce an epic hour and a half of gripping video..
Well, an hour and a half of video, anyway
I don't think my recording software can do more than 25 minutes anyway..
If you use Windows live movie thingy - you can join multiple videos together!
I don't use Windows except under protest
But yes, I can join videos together with iMovie on my Mac - add in stills, etc. But seriously, I can't imagine making a video longer than 20 minutes - even that it a bit much to ask the average viewer to sit still for. My plan is to stay under ten minutes (I think).
I agree - I thought about doing long 'tutorial' videos - but then, if someone is interested in the tutorial it would benefit me to split it up. So I could essentially do several 'chapters' to the video tutorial - also this would allow me to create a main article and allow the user to go directly to the Hub they are interested rather than looking through a long video!
Just been and looked at a few of these new 'Video' hubs. For some reason they are not playing for me, I just got a black box where the video should be. What am I doing wrong?
Are you using Firefox? I have this problem at home - have to use IE9 to view them...thought it was just me!
Can you share as much information as possible? What OS you're using (specifically), what browser version, what you're experiencing (how long you're waiting), etc.
Hi Jason. Im using Windows 7 and IE 9 although also tried using firefox and had the same result. The page loads up and the box at the top that I assume is the video just displays as a large black box. I left it open for around ten minutes and nothing happens. When I hover over it I get no messages, it just a black empty box.
I have the same problem when I try to view the video in Firefox. It works fine on Chrome. I checked Pcnuix's video. Gave me a black box with error #2032
I use windows 7 if it helps.
Just checked on Opera it loads but doesn't play.
Just had a look on Crome, it plays over there fine. But not on IE or firefox
I just checked my first effort with Firefox (I usually use Chrome) and it came right up..
So I guess this means that any video uploaded directly to Hubpages must be pre-edited before uploading.
Then this would exclude using any online video editing service, like OneTrue Media.....?
I'm bumping this up so maybe somebody can give an answer....
The online service doesn't give you the option to save the file locally?
That OneTrue Media she mentioned certainly says it can "Download to your PC/Mac or iPhone/iPod" but only with a "Premium" membership. Apparently with the free version you can't - but the free version only does 30 seconds worth of video anyway, so it seems unlikely you'd be using that for this.
http://www.onetruemedia.com/otm_site/su … n_benefits
Wow! Hub Pages just impresses me more and more! The videos work on Chrome and IE browser no problem! And on the Mac! Not tested the iPad yet bu I will!
For anyone making a "How to..." Hub with videos attached will just love this brand new format addition! This is a first! I don't believe any other websites offer a special video format that we can earn from like this!
Many thanks, Jason and everyone at Hub Pages for another great innovation! I intend to make good use of it!
Addendum: also works on Firefox 11 on MS Vista OS - (I am on the Firefox Beta program). I watched Simone's videos and they look and sound excellent! I am very impressed at how big the video screen size is too. Full marks for a brilliant feature!
Am glad you guys have added this feature. That shows you really care about increasing our daily income and yours in general. Let me give it a try to see how awesome it is.
Videos not working in Firefox 10.0.2
Kinda sucks - I just accidently published my 'next week's' entry for the contest and it has a video - defeats the object of a video hub if no one can view it!!!
Simey - I loaded up your recent Skyrim Video on a PC with Firefox 10.0.2 and it loaded and played completely normally, even without loading any plugins (the computer is very rarely updated, and I think is still on XP). Can you share what you're specifically seeing? Maybe it's a plugin conflict?
Found the problem - I had Adobe Flash v10 - updated to Flash v11 and all seems to work!
Never a good idea to ignore Adobe updates. Very poor security record at that company. Best to keep current .
http://www.informationweek.com/news/sec … /229401422
For me the video just keeps loading and loading whereas I started it on Chrome 5 mins later and it worked fine.
As much as I like this format now available to us, I will have to use HubPages video in one instance and YouTube in others for the following reasons;
HubPages - For when i am happy for autostart videos when someone first views a hub of mine.
YouTube - For when I need the first or second text module on a hub read before a video is started at veiwers descretion. If a video starts before reading, context on the hub is lost.
I still wish they weren't autoplay though.
I read a hub of Maddie Ruud's this evening about spots. I only read it because I wanted a close look at at how a video should be presented.
No offence, Maddie, but I don't suffer from spots LOL
I watched about half of the video before I turned it off as it was running away with my limited bandwidth, which my company always cuts about half way through the month as I've usually reached my limit by then.
After its cut, I can't watch a video at all unless I am prepared to wait half an hour on it downloading.
Obviously it was my decision to click on a hub that had a video sign beside it. I know, because I am here, that the video would autoplay.
I just feel that HP have become elitist, in assuming that everyone has broadband and that videos autoplaying is fine.
I suppose people will learn that a video sign beside a search icon means it will autoplay and make their own decision as to whether they can click on it or not.
But it's not something I have seen on the web much. I hate when I open a site and a video autoplays.
It happens a lot on news sites.
I want to put a video hub up for others, but I doubt I'll be able to edit it much, so it better be good the first time lol
Hey great feature one question though:
Is it possible to add it as a capsule once writing the hub as an additional option? Like the video capsule? I wanted to upload more than one video on my hub that I had made.
I have been waiting for this!
One of the issues I have had with YouTube is they choose the thumbnail for you.
Will I have the option of what photo is the leading thumbnail?
Do you have a place where can I find more details and ask more questions?
Yes thats good news .... i am having few of my hubs will post them on hubpages ............
I made a video that I want to use in a hub. It pertains only to a small portion of a long hub. I don't want it on autoplay, and I don't want it full-width at the beginning of my hub. I also don't want to put it up on Youtube.
So I guess I can't use it in my hub.
I'll have to find some stranger's Youtube hub and borrow theirs instead, correct?
Do I have any other options?
Hubpages Video module supports: BlipTV , Metacafe , Revver , Vimeo , Yahoo! Videos, and YouTube
I was hoping to upload it straight from my computer and publish it only on my hub. Oh well, not a big deal I will work something out.
All except Revver as they went out of business long ago...it's a shame as I had a few videos uploaded there myself.
Me too .... I have posted there in about 100 + videos . I earned from it but it stopped paying to its a video publishers. I am excited to post on hubapages ....
Methinks HP needs to change the description on the Video Module!
I'm afraid you can't for the time being. You could also check out Vimeo, if you don't want to use YouTube.
Sounds great going to give video making a whirl, thanks HP.
I posted a video today. And the article following it is completely original. But my hub has been unpublished with the message-
"Not English – Primarily written or recorded in a language other than English"
I am shocked!
The video is not English but it contains subtitling in English.
I don't know what to do. I don't even know how to remove the video from the article. Hubpages makes some things so complicated!
Why is a video in any other language not allowed? Why is there no button to delete an uploaded video??
Please have a look at Norah's blog post on HubPages Video content standards for more details:
http://blog.hubpages.com/2012/02/video- … standards/
I need help with videos. I've tried twice to upload a video I took with my iPhone. It is in .mov format.
Both times, I get an error message -- after a very long upload time -- that says ERROR: The following is not valid JSON.
Once I tried from the hub itself (layout 4 with a video).
The second time I used the "my videos" section of my account. It said uploaded but then when the screen refreshed, it said no videos.
(I'm on MS Vista; Chrome)
JimmieWriter: This was just a video you shot with your iPhone using the standard camera app? This is really unusual. It looks like something was making it unrecognizable to our video processing algorithm. Anything you can share about how you shot the video, and transferred it to get uploaded, would be really helpful.
I am very much excited to post one video on hubpages .... Is there any restriction regarding the content ...... If i place only videos than do they will be marked as low content hubs or i need to add some content also to it .......
Yes, there are standards, which Norah covers in this blog post:
http://blog.hubpages.com/2012/02/video- … standards/
Great minds think alike - I should have checked the 'stream' before asking my similar question!
Are video hubs allowed to be only Video - or do you still have to comform to all the other 'standard' Hub ideals?
Can someone please tell me what I'm doing wrong? Each time I try to load my video to my Hub or to my VIDEO (Account Section), it says, "ERROR." Now, is something wrong when I filmed the thing on my little Nikon, or what??? My video is only 1 minute and 14 seconds and way under the required length. It's in MOV--if that helps. I already tried restarting my computer and refreshing. Nothing seems to help. This was supposed to be my "Big Debut," so I'm really disappointed. I can see the whole thing on my computer, but cannot transfer it to my Hub.
Is there anything except ERROR that you're seeing?
Videos are fine and an accepted part of the HP experience. BUT and it's a big but: Too many hubbers are forgetting about written content as they fill their articles with videos.
Hub pages is primarilly about writing, not downloading something which requires some sourcing but no creative input, unless the video is your own.
Don't upset poor old Diogenes!
"Hub pages is primarilly about writing". I wish, Bob. How I wish that were true.
The site's businesscase has always been about collating a huge no-cost inventory of the creative input/output of people keen (desperate?) to see themselves 'in print / online / published' (ie all of us, I'm not being cynical here) in whatever form appeals most to the audience Google deems 'quality' (read profitable), to generate maximum financial return for HP - (our non-paying employers).
That used to mean written work, which rapidly evolved into words and pictures, is currently at the point where pics outweigh words, (Read Simone Smith's How to prepare a HOTD'), and now culminating in 'vids is it'.
Whatever's next, HP will be at the front, because that's the business they're in. The 'revenue from information sharing' business. Not the 'writing' business.
Like you, I hoped there'd always be a significant place for written work. But as the best (ie most profitable) way to provide revenue-generating information/articles online continues to evolve, writing, as you and I perceive and value it, is in danger of becoming an anachronism.
That's how it seems to me anyway...
(Actually, make that 'Regrets'.)
Excellent work, Jason & the hubpages team! Sure to use this feature.
Awesome. Now we can upload videos to our Hubs. Great work by Hubapages team !
Let me know if you figure out how to do this. From what I can tell, you can only upload a video from your computer or camera if you are making one of the new HubPages auto-play videos. The only way I have found I can get my own videos into my regular written-article hubs is to put it on Youtube first, then copy/paste the Youtube URL into the video capsule.
AN ERROR OCCURRED WHILE UPLOADING THE FILE 120.MOV.
I mean, I tried this 6x, and this kept showing up each time the "bar" filled out over the 120.MOV.
Should I completely give up and try filming something else? Is this common???
Jason, I am having tantrums over this, so I decided to leave it alone for a few hours because I am not in a place known for a good Internet connection. As suggested by SmartandFun, I opened a YouTube account and transferred my video there. Thank you, SmartandFun for the suggestion, because I now have a YouTube video that works, and can be included at the bottom of my Hub.
So I began this Hub with a Hubpages video in mind (and chose that), but now, I can't publish my Hub with my new YouTube video included because I can't get rid of the HubPages video capsule:
YOUR VIDEO HUB MUST CONTAIN A VALID VIDEO. IF YOUR VIDEO IS BEING PROCESSED, YOU CAN SAVE YOUR WORK AND COME BACK AFTER IT'S FINISHED PROCESSING.
I hit the DISCARD CHANGES "X" several times (like I do with any editing I do). NOTHING. That "Your video Hub . . ." is still there.
So at this point, I have a Hub ready to publish, with text, photographs and a YouTube video. I cannot remove the original HubPages video that I have chosen at the very beginning. It is what I had chosen with when I set up this Hub, and the set-up is telling me to publish a Hub video that I don't even have! Now, for some reason, I cannot remove it and publish what I have.
Life is too short. I'm chasing another story right now and deal with the tech end later. Or N-O-T.
I'm afraid if you've chosen to make it a HubPages Video, then that Video can not be converted into a regular Hub, even if does have the same Capsules as a Hub would have.
We're happy to look at your video file to see what's going on, if you want to email it to email@example.com
Otherwise, you can copy and paste the content in your Video to a new Hub and publish it that way.
Thanks for the offer, Jason, but through this horrible experience, I will bypass selection of the HubPages Video from now on. It's not worth it that I cannot change my mind when the video meant for HubPages fails. There is no option for me other than to start this particular Hub all over again. Which, has been a total waste of my time for a process that is said to be "easy" on the upload.
I sent you a copy. I could not believe I already found two glitches in this new process of yours, but it certainly is enough reason for me not to use it.
The first time I tried to upload a video I got an error because I forgot to convert to movie file after editing. I just saved it as a project. I was wondering if you converted the file in the format that HP video accepts. Just wondering.
I have had no problems using the video option so far.
I don't think you can add more than one HP video per hub but you can upload more than one though the video link in your account page. There you can choose which one you would like to use. It would be a good idea to have more than one options per hub for HP videos. The second video could be a YouTube. Upload your video to YouTube then paste the link in the video capsule.
I've been getting the not valid JSON error when uploading videos. I have tried three different formats so far. a .WMV, a .MP4 and a .WEBM type file, some of the videos I have tried to reupload in different formats. Every time i get this error in either Firefox or Chrome, however after the error there is a bar that says the video was successfully uploaded and a notification that I will get an email when the video is done processing. As of now, I have tried this more than three times, however when checking my videos tab, I see three videos uploaded that are "still processing" without any thumbnails or additional info to designate which video is which or anything like that. Finally, I uploaded these videos around 1:00 PM, EST, and it is now 2:47 AM on the following day. Should they take this long to process if the upload was indeed successful, or are these likely just remnants of a failed upload.
All files are between 50-112 MB and between 1:50 and 5 minutes in length. The WEBM and MP4 files are videos of mine I downloaded from Youtube from my own account using the keepvid tool. The .WMV was made in Windows Live Movie Maker.
.WMV - 1280 x 800
.MP4s and WEBMs are 1152 x 720
MP4s - Video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC || Audio: mp4a: MPEG-4 AAC LC
WEBM - Can't tell at the moment.
.WMV - Video: WMV3 / WMP v9 (VC-1 Simple/Main) || Audio: 0x0162 (Windows Media Audio 9 Professional)
Going to try a avi upload in Divx/Xvid or x264vfw H.264 MPG-4 AVC and see what happens. Let me know if there's any other info that could be helpful in figuring out whats wrong, if there is something wrong here.
This was my problem too. I think there is a problem with the file itself. I tried to upload the video to YouTube and that didn't work either. So even though the video plays fine on my computer it obviously has some type of essential flaw.
I just gave up. :-( very disappointing. My video was a sewing project. I'll have to make another item to recreate the video.
I have not yet tried this utility, as I'm still struggling on the learning curve with digital editing. However, my first attempt at uploading something to YouTube was such an exercise in frustration that I gave up and went to Vimeo.
It sounds as if this new HP utility has as many or more problems as YouTube, so from what I've seen here, I don't think I'll be trying it anytime soon. I'll wait until they get the bugs worked out.
I'm never the first on the block to leap at new technology in any area--I wait until everything settles down.
P.S. When I visit a site, I do not like it when videos "autoplay." I want to read the article first, and then watch the accompanying video, as a supplement to what I've read. Sometimes, I land on a page, and something distracts me in my real world, and I come back to a video that is halfway through its run time. That is annoying. Can we please have the OPTION to turn off autoplay?
Just an update on my video that won't upload. I finally did get it uploaded to YouTube. But still getting JSON error when uploading here. I'll just use Youtube instead of making a Video hub.
It's probably a glitch in the video file that is causing that to happen. Google Xmedia Recode and use it to recode the video as an avi or something with Xvid codecs. The recode should fix any corruptions in the data stream.
Ok, turns out even though i did get the JSON error, the videos ended up processing fine after 24 hours or so. Also I should point out, its absolutely necessary to hit the finish button after hitting ok on the error pop up, even though it will say completed successfully after. If you don't hit the finish button, the video won't show up in your videos tab.
The autoplay feature sucks. It's invasive. There was a lot that was said about this when the feature was being introduced. Let mute be the default.
I found a few of these "video" Hubs today, topics of interest to me. But the video played with sound, and I exited immediately.
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