Here's what I've learned.
1. Take video - Most (if not all) digital cameras take small videos. Since this video is internet-bound, it doesn't have to be hollywood quality. Even a 640x480 video is overkill for embedding into a post. It helps tremendously if you use a tripod or some other stable base to film. This will avoid the dreaded "home movie shakes".
2. Edit video - All Windows XP machines should have Windows Movie Editor. This is an excellent program for beginners. There are a host of fancy transition and editing functions in this free program. This is important to me, since my camera only takes 30 second videos and the video I needed was 45 seconds long. WME allowed me to trim excess video off each clip and splice them together. If you don't have this on your WinXP machine, you can get it by upgrading (for free) to service pack 2.
3. Create a YouTube account - YouTube allows you to post videos for free, and it has html code for embedding the video in your post.
4. Upload the video - YouTube has easy to follow instructions for this.
5. Embed in your post - I use blogger, which had a cow with the HTML code. Don't worry, it's fine. Just check "Stop showing HTML errors for this post" and save as draft or publish. The video won't appear in your composer, but it'll pop up on the preview.
Voila! Video in your blog. Here's the finished product.
This sounds really complicated, but I went from idea to internet video in less than 30 minutes. Once you get good at it, I'm sure it'll take considerably less.
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