Testing a Vimeo Embed

As I mentioned recently, due to a change at my hosting provider, I ended up switching my self-hosted WordPress.org blog over to a WordPress.com blog. The transfer itself was very smooth and easy using the great built-in function in WordPress.com, which copied over all my posts and custom CSS (although it did not do as well with some images, but that’s a separate story).

However,  because I am quite used to the freedom of a self-hosted WordPress.org blog (I administer several), I was a bit surprised to learn about some of the limitations of WordPress.com. In particular, the ability to post JavaScript or embed Flash, etc..

Realistically, I completely understand why Automattic places such limitations on users: just like Steve Jobs and his stance on the stability of Flash, they want to control the environment and ensure that everything functions smoothly across a shared platform.

So, as I get used to my new home on WordPress.com, I still need to test out a few things: one of them is embedding Vimeo videos, so that’s today’s post. I don’t produce that many videos (I’m obviously much more focussed on DSLRs than video cameras), but I am still on the fence between YouTube and Vimeo: I like the interface of the latter, but, obviously, the former is much more widely used and, therefore, means more people are likely to see a video and there is better compatibility with other services (iPhone/smart phones being one: you have to sign up for Vimeo’s paying service in order to be able to switch on mobile versions of your videos).

Anyway, today’s test of a Vimeo embed – this is 15 minutes of cloud movement after a typhoon condensed into 2 minutes. It was shot last year with a Canon iVis HF21 HD video camera on a tripod (from my balcony):

(turn off the sound if you don’t like techno…) 😉

Embedding the video is really easy – WordPress.com’s instructions are here. However, oddly enough, they neglect to mention that the URL/Video ID can be pasted into either the “visual” WYSIWYG post-writing window or the HTML post-writing window.

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  • For whatever reason, that video looks like it’s being played in reverse. The clouds should come towards us. But that’s silly since the camera is sitting still and the clouds go wherever the wind takes them 🙂

  • Well, as you say, that’s the direction they were actually moving. I know what you mean, though – it’s interesting that the brain “thinks” they should be moving towards us…there’s some cognitive research to be done there…