The budding videographer

I was cleaning out my digital camera today and found there was a whole collection of videos on it.  Thing is, I’ve never shot any digital footage with the camera.  So I watch, and as it turns out, I guess we’ve got a budding videographer in our midst.

Actually, this is more of a test of video handling in WP 2.5 and frankly, it’s not without issues:

  • File size limits appear to be in affect and I don’t know where to change them.  Anything over 1mb, which is pretty much any video, is too large and will error.
  • A link?  The standard is a Youtube-like embed.  Anything short of that is unacceptable to any user.
  • I couldn’t upload any of the decent videos, like the “Documentary of My Parents Bedroom” which features an introduction to “computie” her computer.  Just a 3 second video…

The verdict, nice bid, but more is needed to meet the basic functional spec for video.  But then why would we ever want to store video on our sites, where we pay for storage space when Youtube gives it to us free?

(update: yeah, you can embed.  Just upload then link to the file via the embed media button in the second row of the advanced editor.  The media library should do this for us, or at least offer the option though…)

Live on WordPress 2.5

A very nice step forward for WordPress, but not without it’s issues.  Basically I’m liking what I see, but I think it’ll be another release before they really can sort it out and deliver on the real promise.

What I like:

  • Finally an integrated photogallery that works.  Click my gallery link above.
  • The ability to put a photo gallery in a post.
  • Admin works nicely, and is a whole lot better to work in.
  • Tagging and categories that work.
  • They finally make it readily apparent that you can schedule posts.  I work with lots of people who really know WordPress and none use this feature save me. 
  • More widgets…

What I Will Live With:

  • I’ve had trouble with posts getting hung up in the tube, typically when I add tags. I literally have to open another browser and pull them out of draft mode.
  • It’s nice that we have a gallery, but it needs a way to sort the photos, etc.  Also for some reason the default for the post page where you go to view the full size photo shows the image name as the title rather than the caption I gave the image.

Stuff That’s Got to be Fixed:

  • Video posting is hobbled by file size and no embed feature (more  on that tomorrow).
  • Photo Gallery has file size issues, but it won’t tell you.  If you upload images that are too large, it won’t thumbnail them.  Hello, Youtube has set the spec for this type of operation…
  • Your sidebar is either widgetized or not widgetized, unless you want to rewrite the whole thing.  Not a huge deal, but this should work better than it does.

Things they missed:

  • The time is here for widgets everywhere.  Not just admin, not just in sidebars, how about homepage widgets.  They  ones that let me pull an rss feed from here, show stuff from flikr there, or show my last 5 blog posts here, or my last 10 pownces there.  They do that and I’m out of a job…

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