VideoPress, included with the WordPress.com Premium and WordPress.com Business plans, allows you to upload videos from your computer for hosting and playback directly within your blog.

Uploading a video

You can upload a video by going to Media → Add New from your dashboard.

Add New Media

Simply drag and drop your files from the desktop or a folder on your computer into the box that appears, or click Select Files to choose a video from your computer to upload. Please keep in mind that the drag and drop uploader only works in browsers with HTML5 upload support such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari. Other browsers will still show the Select Files button or the basic browser uploader form.

upload new media screen

After dragging and dropping the file, the upload process begins. A progress bar on your screen communicates the current status of your video upload. Upload speeds vary by network provider. It may take a while to upload a large video file. Do not close your upload screen while your file is transferred to WordPress servers.

uploading video

When the video has been successfully transferred to WordPress, you’ll see an Edit link.

Edit Link for Newly Uploaded Videos

Clicking the Edit link will take you to the Edit Media page, which displays the details of the video. After processing has finished you will see the preview area and the video’s shortcode.

videopress details

You can copy the shortcode and paste it into your post directly. Finally, the video should be live on your blog when you publish your post.

You may see a message saying “Your video is being processed”. Behind the scenes VideoPress is creating new video files based on your upload for maximum compatibility with popular forms of playback. We also duplicate your video across our many data centers for maximum availability and accessibility.

VideoPress video is being processed

You can also add a video from your post or page editing area by clicking the Add Media button. Just drag and drop the file into the uploader and insert into your post by clicking the Insert into post button.

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VideoPress Stats

All VideoPress videos come with stats tracking which can be viewed from the Stats screen in your Dashboard



Clicking on the name of a video will display a chart showing daily activity for the video. It will also list the URLs where the video has been embedded. Plays are counted when a visitor actually clicks the play button on the Flash video player.



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Frequently Asked Questions

I just want to embed videos from external websites on my blog – do I need VideoPress?

No, VideoPress is not needed to embed videos on your WordPress.com blog from external websites. Read about embedding videos from other supported websites on your blog. VideoPress is a powerful solution for video publishers who upload their own media files.

What file types can I upload?

VideoPress supports MP4 (.mp4, .m4v), QuickTime movies (.mov), Windows Media Video (.wmv), Audio Video Interleave (.avi), MPEG (.mpg), Ogg (.ogv), 3GPP (.3gp) and 3GPP2 (.3g2).

Video files are a packaging format containing multiple files (similar to a zipped file on your computer). VideoPress checks for known video packages before upload and attempts to decode your file’s audio and video compression formats once your file arrives on our servers.

How big of a file can I upload?

We’ve had good success with file sizes up to 1 GB. You can try file sizes up to 1.4 GB, but your experience may vary. Remember, uploading big files can take a long time!

How much space do I get for videos?

You get as much space as is available on your blog. Free blogs come with 3 GB of space. See the Space Upgrade page for options for getting more storage space.

Does this feature cost a lot of bandwidth? Do I have a bandwidth limit for my site?

You don’t have to worry about the bandwidth, it’s on us :)

My upload dies before it finishes.

A slow or unreliable Internet connection can further limit the size of the video you can upload. Try uploading at a different time of day or from a computer with a faster internet connection. Keep trying (don’t worry, failed attempts don’t count against your storage space limit).

Can I drag and drop video files directly from iPhoto?

Yes, you can drag your videos directly from iPhoto into your media library, posts, and pages. If the file generates an error or doesn’t fully upload, make sure you have the most recent versions of iPhoto, your browser, and your operating system installed. Alternatively, if you have trouble with the upload, try dragging the file from iPhoto to your desktop, then from your desktop into your media library, post, or page.

Can my videos be viewed anywhere else?

Yes, you can copy the embed code from the “Share” tab (if it’s enabled) and embed the video on another WordPress blog or on any other Web site.

VideoPress player share menu

Can I change the size of the VideoPress player?

Our player chooses the best video for your blog’s content column based on your theme’s content_width. If your default content width is 400 pixels the following video is displayed:

If you like, you can specify the video player’s width inside the shortcode. Example:

[wpvideo 6nd4Jsq7 w=640]

You may set video width to a larger or smaller size, as long as it fits the width of your theme’s post column. There are other attributes you can use too.

Can I set up my video to play automatically?

Sure you can. Just add the autoplay=true parameter to your shortcode like this:
[wpvideo w0MiG12E autoplay=true]
There are other attributes you can use too.

Can I change the default thumbnail image for my video?

Yes. Navigate to your individual video’s Edit Media screen (Media Library –> click the title of the video of interest). Find the preview in the lower-right column, and click to play that video. Wait till you find a desirable frame, then click “Capture Thumbnail” button. The video will pause and display “uploading…”. Then it will display “Thumbnail saved”. Click the “OK” button and your thumbnail image (also known as a poster frame) is updated automatically.

What happens to my videos if my plan expires?

You will not be able to upload any new videos unless you renew or re-purchase the VideoPress upgrade. Videos that you already uploaded will remain accessible.

Can I remove watermark or title that appear before the video starts playing?

Yes, you can use a little bit of Custom CSS to do both of those, or either of them individually. Note that you’ll need the Custom Design upgrade in order to modify your site’s CSS.

To hide the watermark on the video, add this snippet to your custom CSS:

.videopress-watermark {
    display: none;

To hide the title of the video, add this snippet to your custom CSS:

.videopress-title {
    display: none !important;

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Technical Details

What is the format of video being played?

VideoPress converts your uploaded video file into MP4 and Ogg formats. Our MP4 files are encoded with H.264 video and AAC audio lossy compression codecs. Ogg files are encoded with Theora video and Vorbis audio lossy compression codecs.

All files are optimized for progressive loading, enabling viewers to play your video while it downloads.

What is the bit rate of the video?

Audio tracks are encoded at a 128 kb/s bit rate across all videos.

“Standard” video has a 400 pixel width and a 668 kb/s video bit rate.
“DVD” video has a 640 pixel width and a 1400 kb/s video bit rate.
“HD” video has a 1280 pixel width and a 3000 kb/s video bit rate.

A “standard” video file is created by default for all uploaded videos. If the width of your uploaded video is greater than or equal to 640 pixels we will create a “DVD” format video. If the width of your uploaded video is greater than or equal to 1280 pixels we will create an “HD” quality video. We always preserve the aspect ratio (width related to height) of the original video.

Our Flash video player intelligently selects the best quality video based on the specified or default embed width. You may trigger higher resolution videos by choosing a pixel width greater than or equal to the video widths listed above. The “HD” is best viewed in full screen mode.

What attributes does the shortcode support?

The shortcode can accept a number of attributes to modify the default behavior. You can use the ones you’d like in this format [wpvideo w0MiG12E attribute=value], so for example [wpvideo w0MiG12E w=640 h=400 autoplay=true html5only=true].

  • w=X for width in pixels, do not include units
  • h=Y for height in pixels, do not include units
  • hd=true/false to force HD playback
  • freedom=true/false to force only use open-source video formats
  • autoplay=true/false to automatically play the video when it loads
  • html5only=true/false to use HTML 5 only (no Flash)
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