Macromedia Flash, audio and video files may be added to your site in three ways:
1. Inside the Text an Images editor, using the Add Media option. The media files will get embedded in your page and depending on the media file format may or may not stream, and may require specific browser plugins to be played.
- Media files like MPEG and MP3 will not stream, and will require the respective media plugin to be installed in the visitor's browser.
- Flash (FLV) files will stream and will work on any browser with Adobe Flash Player installed (this player is available on more than 99% from all internet connected computers). You can convert most video files to FLV format using any online conversion tool.
2. Using the HTML Snippet option inside the Text and Images editor, or using the stand-alone HTML Snippet functionality. This way you can embed and stream media files hosted with YouTube, Vimeo, etc. Learn more on embedding streaming video with YouTube.
3. Inside a File Area. With this option you need to select the application with which your file should be played, or choose to save the file to your computer.
Add Media inside the Text and Images editor
Adding media inside the Text and Images editor takes a few simple steps:
- Open the editor and click Insert Media icon . An Upload Media panel will open to the right. You can upload a file from your computer or provide the URL for your media if it is available online.
- You can drag and drop the file from your computer, use the browse button to upload it or provide the URL for your media if it is available on-line.
- When the file upload has finished, a placeholder for the media file will appear. The placeholder shows the positioning of your media file on the page.
You can further modify the media properties by clicking on its placeholder. The media options will appear on the right:
- Video Size (available for flash video files) will allow you to specify the width andheight of the media file. If you click on the padlock , this will lock the aspect ratio so changing one of the dimensions will automatically recalculate the other. Keep in mind that if Show Controls is checked (for audio/video files) you need to increase the height with the size of the controls.
- Autoplay (audio/video files) sets the media to play automatically on loading of the page.
- Show Controls (audio/video files) allows you to display the standard Play/Stop/Forward/etc controls of the media player.
- Loop Movie (audio/video files) allows for looping the movie infinitely.
- Flash Size & Quality (flash only) lets you define the size and quality of the flash movie. Clicking on the padlock will lock the aspect ratio. Lower quality will allow playing the flash over slower connection.
- Flash Background (flash only) sets background behind the flash. Click on the color picker to choose color or check transparent if you wish your flash animation to have no background.
- Wrapping Style lets you define how the text will wrap around the media file.
Some media files like mp3 files and movies will show up as a placeholder in Admin after added. To play the files, publish your page and access it in end-user view. Flash files will play both in Admin and end-user view.
The list of supported media files includes:
Video FLV, MPEG, ASF, ASX, WM, WMX, WMV, WMX, WMV, WVX, MPE, M1V, MPV2, MP2V, IVF
Audio MP2, MP3, MPA, WAV, WMA, WAX, AIF, AIFC, AIFF, Flash SWF.
How to Play Audio Files (Podcasts)
Embedding YouTube Videos