Best WordPress Video Plugins For Video Blogs

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WordPress bloggers are hosting and showcasing their video and audio files on their blogs in as many ways as possible. It is possible due to the availability of many plugins for the WordPress. The process of adding video, audio and other multimedia files to your WordPress blog can be very simple or complex, depending on what kind of results you want. Choosing the right plugin is up to you and your media needs. It is always advisable keep backup of your audio and video files you want to post in your blogs as some of the multimedia sites may go out of business anytime.

For your ready reference I’ve tried to provide some of the popular video plugins available for the publication of video using WordPress and their source. One more important thing all plugins described below can be had without spending money as they are FREE for download.

Video, Audio, and Multimedia WordPress Plugins

These plugins will handle audio, video, podcasts, and just about every multimedia format.

  • Anarchy Media Player WordPress Plugin – This plugin offers a wide range of video and music formats including QuickTime, Flash, and Windows Media. Many video services and file types are supported by this plugin. This plugin can be downloaded from- http://an-archos.com/anarchy-media-player.
  • Viper’s Video Quicktags WordPress Plugin – This plugin allows you to add quicktag buttons for fast linking the video files. This plugin can be downloaded from- http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/vipers-video-quicktags. The plugins I am going to name here allows you embedding of variety of video files and allows you really simple way of customization.
  • VPIP WordPress Plugin – This plugin allows dynamic embedding of a video after the visitor clicks on the video link. It works with QuickTime, Windows Media, and Flash. For large video files, this is an alternative to avoid the waiting period. This plugin can be downloaded from – http://wiki.vpip.org /index.php?title=Wordpress_Install.

Video Gallery Plugins

The Following Video WordPress Plugins below are capable of displaying a gallery of videos.


Flash Video Plugins

WordPress Plugins for producing Flash or Flash videos are described below. These plugins are also available for free as the video plugins:

  • WPvideo – This plugin allow you to insert flash videos (YouTube, Google Video, Metacafe) in your own post or pages in an easy way, can display more info about video (Title, author, description, etc) and let users download the video using DownThisVideo (http://downthisvideo.com). http://www.skarcha.com/wp-plugins/wpvideo/
  • WP-FLV Flash Video Player Plugin – this plugin simplifies the process of inserting Flash video files (.flv) inside a WordPress post or page. http://roel.meurders.nl/wordpress-plugins/wp-flv-video-player-plugin/
  • Kimili Flash Embed – The Kimili Flash Embed is a plugin for popular open source blogging systems that allows you to easily place Flash movies on your site. Built upon Geoff Stearn’s SWFObject javascript code, it is standards compliant, search engine friendly, highly flexible and full featured, as well as easy to use. – http://kimili.com/plugins/kml_flashembed
  • SatayTube WordPress Plugin – Flash Satay is a method to embed flash movie into HTML document. It is not only W3C valid, but also supported by almost all browsers. SatayTube is a wordpress plugin which can automatically transfer the codes provided by Youtube, Google Video, Yahoo Video, or Brightcove.com into Flash Satay format. A custom alternative picture would be shown up if the adobe flash player is not installed. http://jerome.zh-tw.org/archives/151

Self-Hosted Video WordPress Plugins

Supports video files on your blog’s server. To use these, upload the video file to your blog’s site and then link to the file with the options found in the Plugin.

  • Windows Media Embedding Plugin – For adding WMV’s to wordpress. The plugin is based on my seemingly useful QuickTime Embedding Plugin mentioned below. http://www.mobvcasting.com/wp/?p=380
  • QuickTime Embedded WordPress Plugin – This plugin corrects the problem that occurs wehn adding Quicktime movies to wordpress whereby wordpress automatically adds paragraph and breaks the embed and object tags. http://www.mobvcasting.com/wp/?p=118

Off-site Hosted Video WordPress Plugins

Videos hosted off your site from YouTube, Google Video, or one of more than a dozen different video hosting services. The following video WordPress Plugins are designed for the most part to only handle video files not hosted on your site, only videos hosted off-site on one of the many video hosting services. Some will host many different video hosting services, while others are limited to only one specific service.

  • WPVideo Plugin – is considered by many to be the easiest Video Plugin to use for embedding video hosted off your blog. Once installed, just add the tag snippet with a link to any YouTube, Google Video, MetaCafe, or other hosted site video file into a post and the video automatically displays. Configuration includes display of additional data such as video title, duration, and a download link. http://www.skarcha.com/wp-plugins/wpvideo/

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