I use a couple of WordPress plugins to assist in displaying multimedia content on Impolite Company and blogan.net.
- Audio player. Audio player creates an inline player for mp3 files. Using it is simple:
The filename after “
audio:” is either in a defined directory on your web host or can be an absolute web address to anywhere on the Internet. Remember, hot linking to someone else’s mp3 file is bad form.
- Easy tube. Easy tube embeds a YouTube video in a post. Using it is similar to audioplayer:
[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXAH3WVhhwg]Tab Benoit & J.Thackery – "Nice and Warm" – LRBC 06
The web address after “
youtube:” is the YouTube address of the video, that is, the address that shows in your browser’s address bar.
Both plugins can be used in WordPress’ visual editor or HTML editor — neither converts the square brackets to anything else.
What plugins do you use to help display multimedia content on your blog?
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Update. I’m now using Viper’s Video Quicktags to display YouTube and other videos.
Update 2. Embedding of videos is being added to the WordPress core for version 2.9 — no plugin needed.