Configuring Video

If you have the enhanced video feature, you can set up your community to support videos recorded and uploaded by community members. This feature is different from the ability to embed video from other sites such as YouTube or Vimeo.

With this feature, members of the community can upload their own video (even record if they have a webcam). Videos uploaded in this way are visible only within the community, making this a more secure way to share video that's specific to the community.

Fastpath: Admin Console: Video > Preferences
To configure this feature:

Supported Formats

Allowing or Preventing Embedding from Video Sites

Users can link to or embed videos into the community from video sites such as Vimeo, Veoh, Dailymotion, Google, or YouTube. You can restrict the video web sites where users get their videos by turning off the macro for that site. You can also edit the macro settings to say how to display videos from each site.

Fastpath: Admin Console: Spaces > Settings > Filters and Macros
  1. In the admin console, on the Filters and Macros page, scroll down to the Macros section.
  2. Locate the video macros, then click On next to the video sites you want user to be able to link to from content.
  3. To edit the macros for the video sites, click Settings next to each video site macro, such as VimeoMacro.
  4. Edit the macro settings for how the video displays when content is posted.
  5. Click Save Properties.

Configuring to Allow Flash Video Embedding

You can allow Flash video (as SWF files) to be embedded by editing settings for the HTML post-processing filter. This can be useful, for example, when you want to embed Flash video published on a trusted web site. Keep in mind, however, that by allowing content from another domain, you could be creating a security vulnerability. Flash videos are inherently insecure because they allow the execution of JavaScript code, which opens the security vulnerability of cross-site scripting. Be sure to add only domains that you trust.

You can set up the community to enable Flash embedding by configuring the HTML filter on the admin console Filters and Macros page. There, you can allow access to the domain from which people will be embedding Flash video.

Fastpath: Admin Console: Spaces > Settings > Filters and Macros
  1. In the admin console, on the Filters and Macros page, scroll down to the Post Processing Filters section.
  2. Locate the HTML filter, then click Settings to display the filter's settings page.
  3. In the allowedDomains box, add your domain. Do not include any sub-domain in the list; if your video is hosted at http://flash.example.com/, enter only example.com. For example, after your edits the box might include: youtube.com, dailymotion.com, veoh.com, vimeo.com, google.com, example.com.
  4. Click Save Properties.

Embedding Flash Video

People embed Flash SWF files by adding the HTML markup to content.
  1. While editing content, click the special formatting button (it looks like >>), then click Insert Raw HTML.
  2. Into the content box this command adds, paste HTML markup for embedding the SWF file. Be sure to include your src URL as well as the width and height of your video.
    Here's an example:
    <embed src="http://flash.example.com/myflashvideo.swf"
        quality="high" width="300" height="500" allowScriptAccess="always" 
        wmode="transparent" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" flashvars="" 
        pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer">
    </embed>

Exporting videos

Fastpath: Admin Console: System > Settings > Video > Preferences

As an administrator or community manager, you can export a copy of all the videos you have uploaded to your community and save them elsewhere. To do this, Select Click here to export all videos to export a file containing your videos. Copies of the videos you uploaded will remain on the Twistage site.