Embedding Videos in Joomla Content

Posted by: twmeier

Tagged in: Plugins , Joomla

Embedding videos inside your Joomla content is easy. There are several Joomla plugins that make it a snap.

The plugin I would suggest is called the AllVideos (by JoomlaWorks), and can be downloaded for free at www.joomla.org.

Once you have installed the plugin, you will need to enable it by going to the "Plugin Manager" in the backend of your Joomla site (/administrator).

Below are some of the plugins features:

1. Dozens of video providers supported, including localized versions of YouTube and Google Video (e.g. es.youtube.com).
2. Stream your own media content, using the most popular video or audio formats for the web (flv, swf, mov, mp4, wmv, wma, mp3, 3gp, divx). You can even use high-definition videos!
3. Easily embed your media content either directly from your server or a remote server!
4. Simple controls inside the plugin's parameters page provide layout consistency on all the videos shown in your Joomla! website. Set your preferences in seconds, publish the plugin and you're ready to start streaming content!
5. Easy, descriptive syntax for media embedding - {format/provider}filename{/format/provider}. You can also use syntax like {format/provider}filename|width|height{/format/provider} (e.g. {youtube}he73js822|600|450{/youtube}) to display videos at different dimensions!
6. Skinnable! AllVideos uses CSS templates to wrap the players, we provide 2 to get you started.

Basically to use this plugin, you must first install and enable it in the backend of you Joomla website (/administrator), then you would simply insert the curly bracket text into your content.
This does not need to be done in HTML, and can simply be text.

To embed an FLV file directly into your content, you would simple upload the video to the folder that the plugin has designated (by default it is images/stories/videos), and use the following text: 
{flv}btodd09|500|400|true{/flv}

From this example, you will notice that you do not need to include the .flv extension. You will also notice that the width and height are determined by the 500 and 400 respectively. By adding "|true", you will can also automatically start your video.

You can get more information on how to use the plugin at their website:
http://www.joomlaworks.gr/content/view/35/41/