Making and Embedding Videos for Wikinut Articles

Phyl CampbellStarred Page By Phyl Campbell, 8th Jul 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3nk750k7/
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If you aren't sure how to use a Youtube video in your Wikinut article, or there's a video you think you'd like to use, but aren't sure you are allowed -- you're not alone. Let's create some together!!

Using Youtube in Wikinut articles -- With thanks to Steve Kinsman

Steve Kinsman wrote a great article about How To Embed Youtube Videos to Wikinut sites. I am constantly referring to it, so allow me to link it here for all of us to use. It may seem complicated, but let me see if I can help his article with some screenshots and other explanations.

at the front of the video link, type the following keyboard keys without spacing between (see photo):
"open block parenthesis", y, t, "closed block parenthesis"

type this at the end of the video link:
"open block parenthesis" /yt "closed block parenthesis"

Block parenthesis keys are next to the letter "p" on the keyboard. "Open" is closest to "p" and "Closed" is on the other side.

Creating your own videos -- Free and Easy

For Contents of a Growing Boy's Pockets, I wanted a video of inappropriate objects in the clothes dryer. I wanted people to be able to hear the sounds I hear when I KNOW something is in the dryer that shouldn't be. I searched and searched, but didn't find what I wanted. In the end, it was pretty easy to make my own video. You can tell that I am NOT a professional -- I'm not even that good!! -- but that's just more proof that if I can, you can!

So I made the video with my phone and saved it to my computer.
Then, I logged into YouTube. Go to: http://www.youtube.com/. You can create an account (it's free).

Uploading Videos to YouTube

There is a place to "upload new video" near the top of the screen, next to a search box. Click on that.

Now you can take the video from your phone (or your webcam, if you have one) and bring it to this page. You can open a file or "drag and drop." (If you click on "Select Files to Upload", just below the up arrow, YouTube will automatically open a file folder that may contain your videos. Then you just have to find the one you want and click on it.)

Once you have done that, the upload will start automatically. You can change the name (highly recommended, and something I often forget) of your video to something more memorable than the random letters and numbers your phone or recorder named the file.

It takes a few minutes for YouTube to process, but when it is done, you will receive a link to your video. We'll use one of my "Contents..." videos to describe what happens next.

Figuring out what to copy to embed a video

"-0xjSmZoMYU"
That's the code on the side of the = sign that must be copied in order to embed video.
Sometimes there are two = signs. In that case, copy the code between the signs.

Embed it!

"open block parenthesis", y, t, "closed block parenthesis" -0xjSmZoMYU "open block parenthesis" /yt "closed block parenthesis"

As Steve pointed out, when you actually want to embed, you leave out all the spaces -- before the "y", after the "t" and on either side of the block parenthesis. I have put the spaces in so that you can see EXACTLY what to type, because the word description (though Steve was 100% right) is confusing. He was also right that, because the block parenthesis is used for formatting and embedding, it won't show up like text in Wikinut articles. So please refer to the first and last picture. So sorry. I tried and tried to get it to work in these text boxes!!

Finally, when the keys replace the words and when the spaces are removed, you won't see the link, you will just see:

Aha!! Now you can see the code!!

Aha! Give me long enough and I will figure something out!! If you look at this screenshot, you will see exactly how "open block parenthesis", y, t, "closed block parenthesis" -0xjSmZoMYU "open block parenthesis" /yt "closed block parenthesis" should look.

If you don't know how to do screen shots -- try this:
At the bottom corner of your keyboard, you should have a Fn (Function) button. Press and hold. Then, above the Backspace button, there is Prt Sc (Print Screen). While holding down the FN button, press the Prt Sc button. Then, you can "paste" (CTRL+V) this into your clipboard, Microsoft Word (or generic equivalent) or Microsoft Publisher (or generic equivalent). When I used Publisher, I pick a landscape page and save the file as a .jpg so I can upload it as a picture. There may be better ways, but that is an article for someone ELSE to write (and if you know those ways, that person is YOU, so get started:http://www.wikinut.com/in/wjejeh/ )

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Content, Ebedding Videos, Embed, Experience, Royalty Free, Sounds, Upload, Uploading Videos, Using Videos, Utube, Videos, Wikinut, Youtube

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author avatar Delicia Powers
8th Jul 2013 (#)

Very helpful!...thanks Phyl-:0)

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
8th Jul 2013 (#)

This is an excellent guide to show people how to add a video to their Wikinut article.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
8th Jul 2013 (#)

well done Phyl...very well done...

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
8th Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks, Mark, for the quick publish, the STAR, and the great comments. Delicia and Carolina -- thank you a always for being so quick to jump on here and offer support and encouragement. I am beaming ear to ear right now!!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
9th Jul 2013 (#)

What a share but it is not going to be a cakewalk! I would rather pass but stars are made of these! Thanks Phyl - siva

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author avatar Connie McKinney
9th Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks for sharing, Phyl. Great advice. I wish I was more tech savvy. One of these days, I will try to get a video in one of my pieces, and I will use your piece as a guide.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
9th Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks, Siva and Connie. Do it a few times, you will be pros! Do you know how to have two tabs open at once? When I was referring to Steve's article, it was a big help to have two tabs open, one for the article I was writing and one for the one I was referencing.

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author avatar Johnny Knox
9th Jul 2013 (#)

An excellent guide, simple and easy to do, Phyl. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
9th Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks, Johnny Knox!

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
10th Jul 2013 (#)

May be more user friendly software would be evolved in time...Thank you Phy for sharing.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
10th Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks, Md Rezaul Karim! Always nice to see a new face!

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author avatar samsul55
11th Nov 2014 (#)

Helpful! Thanks....i'm successful.

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