Adding video clips to your site
There are two ways to add video to your site.
Each way has advantages and disadvantages. You can use either (or both!) depending on which you think is more suitable for your site. The differences are described below and there are links to instructions at the bottom of the page.
Using your assets library
You can add a video to your assets library and then link to it from your pages. Your visitors will click on the link to view the video (depending on how their computer is set up, they'll watch it either in their browser or in a separate program).
Example: Sample video link
The advantages of this method are that it is ready to use as soon as your site is created and it is reasonably easy to do. Also you are not dependent on another website for your videos to be available.
The disadvantages are that the maximum size for a video in the assets library is 20Mb. If your video is larger than this, you'll need to add it to a site like YouTube (see below). Another disadvantage is that the system doesn't automatically convert your video into a format that is suitable for the web. You have to decide on a suitable format and prepare the video yourself before adding it to your assets library. The system does allow you to provide each video in up to three different formats (Quicktime, Real Player and Windows Media) but this can be time-consuming and may require some technical knowledge to prepare.
Using sites such as YouTube
You can store your video on sites such as YouTube or Vimeo and then either link to it or embed the video on your page. Visitors to the other site may be able to watch your video there. This may give more exposure to your video but can also mean that people can watch it without visiting your site.
The main advantage is that it is usually easier to prepare your video. You can upload your video in nearly any format and YouTube (or whichever site you are using) will convert it into a format and size that can be watched by most people.
Many video sites also allow you to upload high definition (HD) videos (which can be higher quality).
If you embed the video, visitors can watch it whilst they are on your page (which makes it more likely that people will watch it than if you just link to it).
The disadvantages are that you'll need to register with the site that you upload your videos to (it is free to register on many video hosting sites) and that you are dependent on that site for your videos to be available.
An example of an embedded video is below:
Find out more
- Instructions for using your assets library to store video
- Instructions for embedding a video from another site
- General advice on preparing video for the web