Video Showcase is a plugin that uses video links from Youtube and Vimeo to generate thumbnail images for the videos and display those images as video embed links on the front end of your site. When a visitor clicks one of the thumbnail image links the video for that link is displayed in a styled thickbox. The different video links are stored in groups so that the different groups can be displayed through out your website by placing them in widget areas or using shortcodes.
3 Step Process
Step 1. Create a Group
The first step in adding VideoShowcase to your site is to create a group to store the video entries in. The link to VideoShowcase in the WordPress admin area is in the DisplayBuddy section of the menu. When you click the VideoShowcase link it will direct you to the area where you can create a group. The only information requested to create a group is a name for that group, group image width, and group image height.
After you have created a group it will be added to a table that lists all of the existing groups and lists information about them.
Step 2. Add videos to the groups
Once you have created a group then you will be able to add videos to that group. To add videos to a group you can click the "Add Videos" link that is next to the name of the group. There are two different forms for adding videos. The first form can be used for adding a YouTube or Vimeo video, and the second form can be used to add a stand alone video (ex: mp4, flv, and mov).
Adding a YouTube or Vimeo video
This form only requires a title and a video page URL.
Example of what to put in the "video URL" are outlined in red in the images below:
Since the videos are stored on YouTube and Vimeo those sites already have images for those videos that VideoShowcase retrieves from those sites and uploads them to your WordPress media library. If you decide that you don't like the image that is retrieved from YouTube or Vimeo then you can edit the video entry and upload or select an image from your media library.
Adding a Stand Alone video
This form is used for adding videos that stored in stand alone locations (ex: Amazon S3, Rackspace). Here is a list of the required information for adding a stand alone video:
- Video Title
- Video File URL - VideoShowcase can only play mp4, flv, and mov files so it is important to make sure that the video files are in the correct format (ex:http://mysite..com/videos/anyvideo.mp4).
- Select or upload an image - Upload an image or select an image from your media library.
Step 3. Display VideoShowcase on your site
VideoShowcase can be added to your site using two different methods, widgets or shortcode.
Navigate to the Widgets area under Appearance in the WordPress Admin area. Drag the VideoShowcase widget into the widget area that you would like for it to display in and fill out the widget form with the information for the group you would like to show.
The groups table in VideoShowcase will display a list of information for each different group that you have created. In the row of the group that you would like to display there is a "Create Shortcode" link that will bring up a popup form to help create a customized shortcode for that group and settings you would like. If you would like to add a VideoShowcase group to a post or page all you have to do is copy that shortcode and paste it the content of a page or post.