PicasaWeb Video in WordPress

UPDATE 01-04-2010: Unfortunately Google has changed the URL scheme for their picasaweb videos so that they expire in 11 hours, making these instructions pretty useless now :-(. Fortunately, videos embedded before this change still work (e.g. the ones on this blog), but I do not know if there is a way to look up these old style of URLs (and I imagine Google wants it that way).

As a follow-up to my previous post about getting the address for a PicasaWeb video, here is an example of a PicasaWeb video embedded in a WordPress.com blog:

Note that I did have to cut the phrase “&autoplay=yes” off the end of the original address so that it wouldn’t automatically start playing.

In WordPress it is easy to create the code for the video; you do it in this format:

[ googlevideo=http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?videoUrl=http%3A%2F%… ]

(Just leave out the space between the brackets and the rest of the text).


4 responses to “PicasaWeb Video in WordPress

  1. christopherwilky

    Is there anyway to freeze frame the initial image rather that just have a blank black box initially and still keep it from autoplaying?

  2. Good question – I haven’t found a way, but if anyone else has, please share!

  3. Elizabeth McCoy

    same question ans the first poster…loved to see it capture any frame to have an image instead of a black box…but no worries…still works FANTASTIC!

  4. Hello!
    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language 😉
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

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