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June 22nd, 2009

Cool Video Upgrades (Part 2): Matt Mullenweg on VideoPress

Coming on the heels of WordCamp SF, we bring you a video interview with Matt Mullenweg, the founding developer of WordPress and Automattic.  Matt was kind enough to step away from his speaking platform to chat about his inspirations, memorable moments from other WordCamps, and plans for VideoPress.

And since we’re talking WordPress, here’s a profile of VideoPress, part two of my “Cool Video Upgrades” series. You can also read part one on the new YouTube Beta features and functionality.

What is VideoPress?

It’s WordPress’ new video sharing service that runs on an open source framework.  VideoPress allows bloggers to host and play videos right from their blogs. Videos can be streamed and embedded on WordPress.com or on any site, even in full HD.

Costs

About $5 per month at WordPress.com.

Metrics

Currently limited to the basics such as number of views.  But WP is working to integrate more sophisticated tools.

Technical Specs

VideoPress will convert your video into h.264 MP4 and output to several different formats and bitrates:
  • Standard video has width 400 px, and bit rate 796 kb/sec.
  • DVD video has width 640 px, and bit rate 1528 kb/sec.
  • HD video has width 1280 px, and bit rate 3128 kb/sec.
VideoPress can upload files up to 1 GB each.  It can even be optimized for iTunes and Miro.  Pretty powerful, I must say.

Customization

The video player can be stylized on the CSS stylesheet.

How to activate VideoPress

Available on your WP upgrades page, bottom left of the dashboard navigation.

What else?

WP is continually working to provide viewers with more options for streaming and downloading videos, more in-depth stats, player customization, and easier ways to embed the new player.

Personally, I’m excited to see this video service grow and mature – see more of a community-driven landing page for VideoPress.com, make it more conducive to ‘viral’ push, and dethrone sites like YouTube with video aggregation.

About the Author
Beverly Nevalga brings her tech and creative background to the Voce Connect team in her role as Client Executive. Author of many of the How-To and more technically-focused posts on the Voce Communications Blog you can follower her on Twitter @digbevmo.

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