Q about Inserting Video Code

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Q about Inserting Video Code

Service: Hoop.la

Hey Hoop.

Two things related to inserting URLs to post MP4s....

Lately I've been putting MP4's in our web space and then inserting their URL in the "insert/edit media" field in the toolbar.

(1) Why is the default dimension 300x150 ? That's tiny.

So I set it to something like 600 x 400 and it seems to fill the field nicely. (I really don't know the dimensions of some of the videos, and does the dimension include the 'play' toolbar with it? Or is that "in addition to" the dimension of the video clip?)

(2) When I insert a video, the EMAIL notification of that post is BLANK where the video is supposed to be. This has led some to think I posted nothing and they have received blank message. Like to suggest a placeholder graphic or text.

Other than that, we're fat, dumb and happy.

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Hi Neil,

Glad to hear all is well 

Thanks for the feedback! Here are responses to your questions:

(1) The dimensions apply to the entire player, including any play controls. You make a valid point, if videos are defaulting to 300x150. We'll take a look into this in a future release.

(2) If your post only contains a video embed and your notifications are configured to include the full post body or extract, then many email clients will likely not display the video embed (since most mail clients aren't full fledged browsers with video players built-in). I'd recommend you add some intro text in these kinds of cases if it's important to you to include some text in the body of those notifications.

Hope that helps!

Brian

Hi Neil,

You can certainly edit the HTML to include whatever other attributes you'd like in the embed. It will depend on the type of embed whether alt will work or not (e.g. HTML iframe elements don't support an alt attribute). HTML object elements will display the body of the object element when the object isn't displayed. Support for these types of alternatives will be conditional on the email client being specified, so you may need to play around and see which option works best for you.

Regards,

Brian

I'll report back on that. Would assume what works in gmail is the de facto standard. 

Editing the HTML would be tedious. Easier to have Mr Wizard add default alt tag "video" to the insert form in your spare time

Since there's no way to universally make this change (not all elements support it) and given the fact that this is a pretty rare scenario (where the only contents of a post are an embedded video), I think it's unlikely we would make a platform change along those lines. Many sites that want to share a simple embedded video with no other content would use clips, which are more well suited for sharing videos without any additional commentary/thoughts/discussion. Your best bet is to add some kind of introduction to the post rather than putting nothing other than an embed in the body of the post.

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