Saturday, 3 October 2009

let me think... try double-clicking....


"I'm channelling Bill Gates.... Now, press Save As... no, go back to Tools... no, maybe it's just that you're stupid..."



Help help! uttered in feeble voice, weakened with frustration and sense of own limitations.

Anybody out there using Blogger who can explain to me the finer points of posting videos via YouTube? I've got a rough idea of the cruder points, I think, after hours of struggle, but what a messy result - overspilling its column, no way of adding text after the URL has been embedded (see? I know the words!), not pretty.

Of course, the risk is that if I become adept at it, you'll be sentenced to a video a day. You can see it all now, can't you, like some horrible life sentence: "Today we will watch Millie eating kitten food. Tomorrow we will watch Scooter chasing his tail and having hiccups at the same time (now that's a cute little thing to see, actually), then we shall watch Lottie sleeping...." Well, what's the point of YouTube or any of the other technological marvels to which we've grown accustomed in recent years if not to inflict them on each other? I promise we won't do Twitter though.

Advice and encouragement welcome, but be warned: I am a bottomless pit of ineptitude and many more questions are bubbling away, waiting to be bleated out to the unwary.

8 comments:

rogern said...

i think you're doing really well :)

Linda said...

You are beating me hands down in being prepared to try to work these dratted things.
Having discussed this with Rupert (17 on Tuesday, which also happens to be my birthday, but I'm much older and creakier), he fancies being in a little video himself - a version of Sam Taylor-Wood's David Beckham sleeping!

Lesley said...

Well, you're beating me! I've not even tried!

liz said...

If I was wearing a hat I would take it off to you madom! When I've posted a video clip here and there I've nearly always resized it - I think what I do is right click on the html for the clip to be cut or copied for embedding, then embed it. Then on edit post instead of in compose mode I switch to html and resize it in there, then save. The measurements seeem to be contained at least twice within the html text for the clip so don't forget to change all of them and to make sure they match. Going down or up in 25 or 50px stages helps get what you want. Sincere apologies from the bottom of my heart if this doesn't work as I've described it. I really don't know half the time how I achieve any of this sort of thing.

rachel said...

Blimey, that worked! Thank you, LiZZie, you're a techno-whizz.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

I have NO idea what you're all talking about . What have I missed ? Was the video in 3-D or something ?

rachel said...

Smitonius - safer not to know.....

judy in ky said...

I'm afraid I am no help, but I can offer empathy. I have struggled mightily with blogger and You Tube myself. I managed to get a couple of videos on my blog, but I could never explain how I did it (and the steps seemed different each time). And I couldn't add text to it, either. I promise to watch each one you post. I love watching your cats!

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