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How to upload a video with our WordPress plugin

Here's how to upload a video to SmartVideo using our WordPress plugin and the standard WordPress editor
Written by James Christensen
Updated 2 months ago

If you have the SmartVideo plugin for WordPress installed and want to learn how to upload a new video to SmartVideo and add it to a page on your site, then you're in the right place.

If you have installed SmartVideo using another method and want to learn how to add a video to a page, take a look at our How to add a video to your non-WordPress site article.

How to upload your video

While editing a page on WordPress, click on the SmartVideo logo to add a SmartVideo block. A placeholder video will be shown in the live preview.

Click the Select video button.

Click Upload Files, then drag and drop your video file from your computer.

Once your video finishes uploading to WordPress, click Select.

The video will now be processed and encoded by Swarmify. This may take up to 30 minutes during peak usage (depending on the video length and resolution), but it usually only takes a minute or two.

While SmartVideo is processing and encoding, the video will be delivered by your site host as a raw, uncompressed video file. You'll know it's finished and is being delivered by SmartVideo when, while hovering over the Video Acceleration icon on the player, the popup box says Video Acceleration: On

Here are some things you might want to do after your video is uploaded:

Change the accent color of the player 🎨

Set a custom poster image 🖼

Change the width and height of the player 📏

Turn on autoplay ▶

Mute the video by default 🔇

Make the video loop 🔁

Turn off player controls 🎮

Make the video play in-line on mobile devices 📱

Force the video to maintain fixed dimensions 🔒

How to add a video from a third party source

While editing a page on WordPress, click on the SmartVideo logo to add a SmartVideo block. A placeholder video will be shown in the live preview. Next, choose your source (in the gif below, the WordPress Media Library is shown).

If your video is on YouTube, select YouTube  from the source dropdown menu. You can then insert your video's YouTube URL.

Similarly, if your video is on Vimeo, select Vimeo  from the source dropdown menu. You can then insert your video's Vimeo URL.

If your video is available publicly stored elsewhere on the web, select Another source from the source dropdown menu. You can then insert your video's publicly accessible URL.

If you're using Beaver Builder, Elementor, or Divi on WordPress, the process will be very similar.

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