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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Testing video upload in Blogger

Recently, Google's Blogger added the ability to upload video. While the video is uploaded you can continue working on your blogpost. Neat.
Here is the result:
video

This is a screenshot of how the post appears in Google Reader:

Also in Netvibes, the video appears (but twice ;-)).

This is the code generated (with long encoded URL's edited out):


<object width="320" height="266" class="BLOG_video_class"

id="BLOG_video-c97b748c29cea499"

classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000"

codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0">

<param name="movie" value="http://www.blogger.com/img/videoplayer.swf?videoUrl=LONGVIDEOURL&nogvlm=1&thumbnailUrl=LONGTHUMBURL">

<param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF">

<embed width="320" height="266"

src="http://www.blogger.com/img/videoplayer.swf?videoUrl=LONGVIDEOURL

&nogvlm=1&thumbnailUrl=LONGTHUMBURL&

messagesUrl=video.google.com%2FFlashUiStrings.xlb%3Fframe%3Dflashstrings%26hl%3Den"

type="application/x-shockwave-flash">

</embed>

</object>
<a href="rtsp://rtsp-youtube.l.google.com/video.3gp?fmt=13&cid=c97b748c29cea499" type="video/3gpp">

<img width="320" height="266" alt="video"

src="http://video.google.com/ThumbnailServer2?app=blogger&contentid=c97b748c29cea499

&offsetms=5000&itag=w320&sigh=f52nsu-i5tuyLzJ7tEY1Q8a5Y2M"

class="BLOG_mobile_video_class" id="BLOG_mobile_video-c97b748c29cea499">

</a>

So if the Flash object can not be rendered, at least a link to a RTSP server with a 3GPP video is presented. The latter is probably the case on mobile browsers (Iphone?). The movie size is 320x266. Probably this corresponts to a default 4:3 aspect ratio and 320x240 pixels video surface. So there are 26 lines at the bottom for the controls. So if the the original footage has 16:9 format, black borders are added automatically so that aspect ratio is maintained.

Conclusion: Google Blogger upload works well, uploading goes fast and allows continuing editing while uploading goes on. Nicely done!

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