WordPress is a fantastic blogging and content management system but there are ways to make it even better by using the right plugins. The ability to upload video and other multimedia is becoming a necessity for many and whether you are just looking for a quick and simple way to embed a Youtube or Vimeo video into a post or need a more complex solution for your WP video goals, there’s probably a plugin that can help you achieve the desired results. The following list of free and premium plugins should give you a heads up in your search for the best WordPress video plugin for your needs:
A great plugin, probably one of the the best YouTube integration plugins available. Smart YouTube Pro allows you to very easily embed and also customise YouTube videos and/or playlists in your post, and also in your comments and RSS feed. If that wasn’t enough, it also works on the iPad & iPhone, produces xHTML valid code (unlike YouTube embed code) and allows you to view videos in fullscreen mode.
– Plays YouTube, Vimeo, Metacafe
– Supports latest high quality video protocols (360p and HD quality 720p)
– Supports video deep linking (starting at desired point with &start=time parameter, use &start=num parameter)
Video Player WordPress Plugin – £13.50 for a regular licence
This plugin doesn’t come free but is affordable enough at $21 for a regular lience. Aimed at the user who needs a more featured packed solution, this plugin will help you administer the entire video player via a client friendly control panel. As an added bonus for your money, you can customize the look & feel, the playlist and CSS file if required.
– Supports FLV /H.264 encoded video : MP4 , M4V, M4A , MOV, Mp4v, F4V
– RTMP (using FMS or RED5 ) and RTMP live streaming
Cool Video Gallery has an option to upload videos and manage them in multiple galleries. It also has an automatic preview image generation for uploaded videos and the player can be customised.
– Supports H.264 (.mp4, .mov), FLV (.flv) and MP3 (.mp3) files
– Option to show single videos in page/post content using embed feature
– Google XML Video Sitemap generation feature integrated.
VidEmbed – £13 for a regular licence
Vidembed allows you to easily add videos to pages, posts, and widget areas. It supports both self hosted videos and those from external sites.
– Supports .mp4, .mov & .flv files
– Embed YouTube & Vimeo videos.
– Supported sites: Youtube, Vimeo, Yahoo Video, Dailymotion, Metacafe, Viddler, Blip.tv, Twitcam, Livestream, Ustream
This plugin will allow you to embed directly from one of 12 video publishing platforms rather than bother with all that tedious copy and pasting 😉
– Supports .mp4, .mov, .wmv, mpeg, avi & .flv files
– Supported sites: Youtube, Vimeo, Veoh, Google Video, Dailymotion, Metacafe
There are also other plugins that may suit your needs:
Lightbox Evolution for WordPress – £11.50 for a regular licence
Have a play around with the plugins and find the one that suits your needs – there’s really no point in going for the full bells and whistles option if all you want to do is embed a YouTube video once or twice a month. However, those of you who are more comfortable with extra features will appreciate some of the customization that the more advanced plugins can offer. Above all though, don’t forget to back up any multimedia you upload, whichever plugin you choose.