PastPerfect-Online Tech Tips 8
EMBEDDING VIDEO FILES IN YOUR PPO RECORDS
Many organizations wish to provide the web visitor with access to related video
files. By design, PastPerfect-Online exports just your data and web quality
images to your website. However, there is an easy way to make many video files
accessible through your PastPerfect-Online site.
**Important** While this is technically possible, you’ll want to be absolutely
certain that the content contained in these files is appropriate and secure before
you upload your documents.
To get started, you will need to upload the video file that you want people to see
to a website or server that will host it for you, and then in the PastPerfect record
you will need to create an HTML link to that multimedia file.
Here are the steps I used to add a video to an Object catalog record set to be
included in my PastPerfect-Online site.
First, you will need to upload the video file to a website that will host it
for you. I chose to use www.youtube.com because they have a video
player that can be embedded into my PastPerfect-Online records. I
started by setting up a free account. Uploading a video file is fairly
straightforward: you will need to enter a description and tags about the
video file (I chose the Education tag), and choose the options that you
want relating to this video. Please note that if you want to embed this
video into your PastPerfect-Online site then you’ll want to be sure to
choose to allow embedding on external sites.
Once the file has been uploaded, youtube.com will provide the HTML
code to embed the video player in your record. Copy that HTML code
(by highlighting the code text with your mouse, then holding down the
“CTRL” key and the “C” key on your keyboard at the same time).
The next step is to enter the HTML code for that file into the PastPerfect
record. To do this you need to paste the HTML code into a field that is
being uploaded to the web in the PastPerfect record. For this example, I
decided to use my user defined field 21.
I typed the following in field 21:
To view a video of this item in action, please click the Play button on the player
Then I hit the “Enter” key on my keyboard and then I pasted the HTML
code from Step 2 into that field (to paste the text, hold down the “CTRL”