Video Hosting (Classic Editor)

Jetpack’s video hosting feature allows you to upload videos from your computer to be hosted on WordPress.com, rather than on your host’s servers. You can then insert these on your self-hosted Jetpack site. 

Note: this page describes how to use Video Hosting when using the Classic Editor plugin or a Classic block. You can find instructions on adding a Video Block here.

If you are looking for Video Hosting support, please visit Troubleshooting Video Hosting Issues.

For general features and FAQs, please see our information page.

Jetpack includes unlimited video hosting for all users with Jetpack Security and Complete plans. Please note that there is a 2TB soft-limit on storage. If this limit is reached please reach out to Jetpack support and we can increase it for you.

Enabling Video Hosting

Once you’ve purchased the plan, go to Jetpack → Settings → Performance and activate the “High-speed, ad-free video player” option.

Uploading Videos

There are two ways to upload your videos:

  1. From WordPress.com, go to My Site(s) → Media. Drag the video file from your computer into the media library, or click Add New and select the video file from your computer.
  2. From the WP Admin dashboard, go to Media → Library and drag the video file from your computer into the media library. Note: Clicking Media → Add New and selecting the video file in WP Admin will not upload the video to Jetpack. In order to upload video, make sure the grid view (Grid View) in media library is selected, and then you can drag the file into the WP Admin media library, or you can click Add New. Clicking Add New in the list view (List View) in media library will not upload the video to Jetpack.

Once your video has finished uploading, you’ll see a placeholder image in your media library while the video is being processed:

When it’s finished processing, you can select the video in your media library, and check the video url. If it’s uploaded to WordPress.com the video url will begin with https://videos.files.wordpress.com rather than your site url.

Note: Videos can only be uploaded to Jetpack video hosting through the Classic editor in the above two ways. It is not possible for people to upload a video from the front-end of the site, and have that video be automatically added to Jetpack video hosting.

Video Sharing Settings

Jetpack’s video hosting makes video playback and sharing a simple experience for your viewers through our default sharing options. Using the share links your viewers will be able to easily download and embed your videos. By default, clicking on the Share button in the video player reveals the following sharing options:

videopress-share-embed

This will give anyone viewing your videos the option to download the video file in a variety of formats, and options for sharing the video permalink or iframe embed code.

If you would like to disable sharing, you can do that in the video settings in the Media Library. You can also turn off sharing while you are adding a video to a page by unchecking the option to display sharing options in the video player.

Note: Disabling sharing removes functionality, but it is still possible to download the video from your browser. We take reasonable steps to prevent embedding on other sites by hiding the sharing options, and that will stop most attempts.

Video Stats

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

Additional Information

Jetpack’s video hosting supports MP4 (.mp4, .m4v), QuickTime movies (.mov), Windows Media Video (.wmv), Audio Video Interleave (.avi), MPEG (.mpg), 3GPP ( .3gp ) and 3GPP2 ( .3g2 ).

Video hosting also allows you to retrieve a video’s [wpvideo xyz] shortcode, and insert it into your post. You can then modify the video by adding these parameters in the shortcode:

  • 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
  • loop=true/false to automatically play the video over and over
  • at=x to specify a time offset in seconds that the video will start

Video preview elements and HTML5 video are directly inserted into your WordPress post or page, enabling custom styling through CSS or inclusion in your site statistics. All files are optimized for progressive loading, enabling viewers to play your video while it downloads.

Troubleshooting

If you’re having any trouble uploading videos, please refer to Troubleshooting Video Hosting Issues.

Privacy Information

This feature is deactivated by default, and activating/unlocking it requires the purchase of a Security or Complete plan. If you ever need to deactivate the feature, you can do so at any time by toggling the Fast, ad-free video hosting setting in the Media section from Jetpack → Settings → Writing in your dashboard.

Data Used
Site Owners / Users

In order to track video plays for your stats, we will send the site ID, post ID (on which the video is played), and domain name of your site with these events.

If Google Analytics tracking is enabled, some video information (size, quality, format, file name, ID, etc.) will be sent there, as well.

Please refer to the privacy documentation for WordPress.com Stats and Google Analytics for more information on the data used to record video play tracking.

Site Visitors

Please refer to the privacy documentation for WordPress.com Stats and Google Analytics for more information on the data used to record video play tracking.

Activity Tracked
Site Owners / Users

Video plays.

We track when, and by which user, the feature is activated and deactivated.

Site Visitors

Video plays.

Data Synced (Read More)
Site Owners / Users

We sync a single option that identifies whether or not the feature is activated.

Site Visitors

None.

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Video Block

Jetpack’s Video block enhances the existing WordPress Video block and allows you to upload videos from your computer to be hosted on WordPress.com, rather than on your host’s servers. You can then insert these videos into posts and pages on your Jetpack site.

Note: this page describes how to use the Video Block when using the Block Editor. You can find instructions on adding a Video on the Classic editor here. For general features and FAQs, please see our marketing page.

Requirements

To use the Video block, your site should have an active Jetpack Security or Complete plan.

To enable the block, go to Jetpack → Settings → Performance and activate “Enable high-speed, ad-free video player”.

Video Block will be disabled if video sharing setting is turned off. Shortcode block can be used in this case.

Adding the Video block

You can add the Video block by searching and/or selecting it from the Jetpack section of the block selector:

Be sure to select the Video block rather than the VideoPress block as these are different.

See Jetpack Blocks for detailed instructions on adding blocks.

Adding a Video

You can add a video directly within the block itself by dragging the file to the block or using one of the three buttons: Upload, Media Library, and Insert from URL.

Upload will allow you to upload a new video file from your computer.

Media Library allows to you select any video file that’s already been uploaded to your library, including those that have been uploaded to our servers.

Insert from URL allows you to insert any video URL, both from Jetpack’s video hosting and third-party services. If you insert a URL from another supported block type, such as YouTube, the Video block will automatically transform into a YouTube block.

Links added to the video block from external services will transform into their respective block.
Links added to the video block from external services will transform into their respective block.

Once the video is embedded in the page, you can add an optional caption if desired.

Block Toolbar

The video block toolbar supports all alignment options.

As with the image block, the Video block can be inline-aligned with the paragraph below it by clicking the left-align or right-align icons.

Edit Video

The edit option in the Video block’s toolbar will allow you to select a new video file for your block. Use this if you need to replace the video file in your block.

Block Settings

Every block has specific options in the editor sidebar in addition to the options found in the block toolbar. If you do not see the sidebar, simply click the ‘cog’ icon next to the Publish button.

The block settings can be found in the sidebar.
The block settings can be found in the sidebar.

Autoplay, Loop, & Muted

These options let you set your video file to autoplay when someone visits the page or post. Looping lets you choose if the video file repeats after it’s finished. You can also choose to mute the video if your circumstance requires it.

Note: some browsers do not respect the autoplay settings, so that setting may not work in all browsers. You may need to enable mute for autoplay to work in those instances.

The block settings include Autoplay, Loop, Muted, Playback Controls, Preload, and a Poster Image.
The block settings include Autoplay, Loop, Muted, Playback Controls, Preload, and a Poster Image.

Playback Controls

Toggle this option to show or hide the playback control overlay on the video.

Preload

This option allows you to select how much of the video file is downloaded when the page or post is loaded. While it may be tempting to go ahead and have the whole file download automatically, keep in mind that this can slow your page’s load speed down.

There are three settings:

None – Nothing about the video file is downloaded automatically. The download of the video file only begins when your visitor clicks the Play button. This is the fastest setting.

Metadata – Only basic info about the file will be downloaded automatically. Like the None option, the download of the video file only begins when someone clicks Play. This setting is also very fast, as the only thing downloaded is text. On a fundamental level, there’s not a big difference between None and Metadata.

Auto – The entire video file is downloaded, regardless of whether the visitor clicks the Play button or not. This makes the biggest impact on your page or post’s load speed, especially with larger video files.

Poster Image

Optionally, you can choose a poster image that will be displayed before a video is set to Play, this can be useful if the first frame of the video isn’t necessarily appealing or indicative of the video content.

Advanced

The advanced tab lets you add a CSS class to your block, allowing you to write custom CSS and style the block as you see fit.

The advanced section lets you add a CSS class to your block.
The advanced section lets you add a CSS class to your block.

Troubleshooting

If you’re having any trouble uploading videos, please refer to Troubleshooting Video Hosting Issues.

Privacy Information

This feature is deactivated by default. It can be activated/deactivated at any time by toggling the Enable high-speed, ad-free video player” setting in the Video section at Jetpack → SettingsPerformance in your dashboard.

Data Used
Site Owners / Users

 

 

In order to track video plays for your stats, we will send the site ID, post ID (on which the video is played), and domain name of your site with these events.

If Google Analytics tracking is enabled, some video information (size, quality, format, file name, ID, etc.) will be sent there, as well.

Please refer to the privacy documentation for WordPress.com Stats and Google Analytics for more information on the data used to record video play tracking.

 

Site Visitors

 

 

Please refer to the privacy documentation for WordPress.com Stats and Google Analytics for more information on the data used to record video play tracking.

Activity Tracked
Site Owners / Users

 

 

Video plays.

We track when, and by which user, the feature is activated and deactivated.

Site Visitors

 

 

Video plays.

Data Synced (Read More)
Site Owners / Users

 

 

We sync options that identify whether or not the feature is activated and how its available settings are configured.

Site Visitors

 

 

None.

 
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Photos and Videos

Jetpack provides everything you need to embed high-resolution photos and videos on any page without slowing down your site.

For general features and FAQs, please see our information page.

Use Jetpack to add some fun to your images. Tiled Galleries let you display multiple photos — choose from five layouts! — and Carousel makes it easy for your visitors to view individual images.

Have videos? Jetpack’s Video Hosting allows you to upload videos from your computer to be hosted on WordPress.com, rather than on your host’s servers. You can then insert these on your self-hosted Jetpack site in their very own video player. And if you need extra help getting those pictures to load fast, we’ve got you covered too: Jetpack’s Image CDN helps your images fly onto the screen.

  • Changing a Video’s Thumbnail - Jetpack VideoPress allows you to choose a frame or upload an image to use as the thumbnail of your videos. Using a Video Frame Thumbnail To use a frame from your video as the thumbnail for the video: Go to WordPress.com. In the top left corner, click Switch Site and select the Jetpack-connected site you […]
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  • Uploading a Video to Jetpack VideoPress - Videos hosted via Jetpack VideoPress use WordPress.com’s servers rather than your host’s server, allowing them to load more efficiently. There are two method for uploading videos into Jetpack VideoPress: Upload via WordPress.com Upload via the WP Admin We generally recommend uploading via WordPress.com. This should ensure that no hosting upload limits or site upload limits […]
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  • Classic: Tiled Galleries - Tiled Galleries with the Classic Editor: allowing you to display your image galleries as a thumbnail grid, tiled mosaic, square tiles, circles, tiled columns or as a slideshow.
  • Story Block - The Story block allows you to combine photos and videos to create an engaging, tappable full-screen slideshow on your site’s posts and pages. Stories published on your site won’t disappear after 24 hours and you can edit or add to stories after they are published.
  • Troubleshooting Video Hosting Issues - How to resolve common issues with Jetpack Video Hosting.
  • Image Compare Block - The Image Compare Block allows you to display and compare the differences between two images side by side (or above and below) thanks to a slider.
  • Pinterest Block - The Pinterest block is the easiest way to embed Pinterest content to your site: it allows you to embed boards, profiles, and pins.
  • Slideshow Block - The Slideshow block lets you insert an image slideshow into a post or page.

Need help with any of Jetpack’s photo and video features? Feel free to contact us for more personalized assistance.

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Add a Video Using the Block Editor

The Video Block allows you to insert your Jetpack VideoPress videos into posts and pages on your website. To use the Video Block with Jetpack VideoPress videos, your site should have an active Jetpack Complete or VideoPress plan.

Note: If you have disabled sharing on your video, you will need to use the shortcode block to insert your video instead. If you are using the Classic Editor plugin, you will need to see our article on how to Add a Video Using the Classic Editor.

Insert the Video Block

You can add the video block by searching and/or selecting it from the block selector, or you can type /video on the page/post and select it from the drop down that appears. Be sure to select the Video Block rather than the VideoPress block as they function differently.

Select a Video

You can add a video directly within the block itself by dragging the file to the block or using one of the three buttons: Upload, Media Library, and Insert from URL.

  • Upload will allow you to upload a new video file from your computer. See our article on Uploading a Video to Jetpack VideoPress for recommendations on file size and format for your videos.
  • Media Library allows you to select any video file that’s already been uploaded to your library, including those that have been uploaded to our servers.
  • Insert from URL allows you to insert any video URL, both from Jetpack’s video hosting and third-party services. If you insert a URL from another supported block type, such as YouTube, the Video block will automatically transform into a YouTube block.

Once the video is embedded in the page, you can add an optional caption if desired.

Block Toolbar

The video block gives you the ability to change the video’s alignment on the page and edit the video being used in the block.

Change Alignment

By clicking the Change alignment button, you can change the video’s alignment to Align left, Align center, Align right, Wide width, or Full width.

Edit Video

The edit option in the video block’s toolbar will remove the currently selected video from the block. Once removed, you will have the option to select a new video from your computer, the media library, or from a URL.

Block Settings

The block settings can be found in the sidebar.

Every block has specific options in the editor sidebar in addition to the options found in the block toolbar. If you do not see the sidebar, simply click the ‘cog’ icon next to the Publish button.

Video Settings Toggles

This section of the sidebar lets you control several settings:

  • Autoplay: This option lets you set your video to automatically play when someone visits your page or post. Some browsers do not respect this setting. You may need to enable mute for autoplay to work in those instances.
  • Loop: This option allows you to choose if the video repeats automatically after it plays all the way through. 
  • Muted: This option allows you to choose if the video has sound when it plays. Users still have the ability to unmute the video from the player controls. It’s recommended to use the muted option if you choose to have your video autoplay.
  • Playback Controls: This option allows you to show or hide the playback controls on the video. This option is turned on by default.
  • Play Inline: This option allows ​​your video to be played inline, that is within the element’s playback area. However, not selecting this option doesn’t mean that your video will always be played fullscreen.

Preload

This option allows you to select how much of the video file is downloaded when the page or post is loaded. There are three settings:

  • None: Nothing about the video file is downloaded automatically. The download of the video file only begins when your visitor clicks the Play button. This setting will make sure that your page loads the most efficiently.
  • Metadata: Only basic info about the file will be downloaded automatically. Like the None option, the download of the video file only begins when someone clicks Play. This setting is also very fast, as the only thing downloaded is text. On a fundamental level, there’s not a big difference between None and Metadata.
  • Auto: The entire video file is downloaded, regardless of whether the visitor clicks the Play button or not. While it may be tempting to go ahead and have the whole file downloaded automatically, keep in mind that this can slow your page’s load speed down.

Poster Image

Optionally, you can choose a poster image that will be displayed before a video is set to Play, this can be useful if the first frame of the video isn’t necessarily appealing or indicative of the video content.

While there isn’t a minimum required size for your poster image, we recommend that the image be at least the size of your video. For example, if your video is a 1080p video, you should use an image that is 1920 by 1080 pixels.

Advanced

The advanced tab lets you add a CSS class to your block, allowing you to write custom CSS and style the block as you see fit.

You can also add an HTML anchor to the block, which lets you link directly to that section of the page.

Troubleshooting

If you’re having trouble with videos, please refer to the article on Uploading a Video to Jetpack VideoPress or Troubleshooting Video Hosting Issues.

Need Help?

Feel free to contact support for more personalized assistance.

Privacy Information

This feature is deactivated by default. It can be activated/deactivated at any time by toggling the Enable high-speed, ad-free video player” setting in the Video section at Jetpack → SettingsPerformance in your dashboard.

Data Used
Site Owners / Users

In order to track video plays for your stats, we will send the site ID, post ID (on which the video is played), and domain name of your site with these events.

If Google Analytics tracking is enabled, some video information (size, quality, format, file name, ID, etc.) will be sent there, as well.

Please refer to the privacy documentation for WordPress.com Stats and Google Analytics for more information on the data used to record video play tracking.

Site Visitors

Please refer to the privacy documentation for WordPress.com Stats and Google Analytics for more information on the data used to record video play tracking.

Activity Tracked
Site Owners / Users

Video plays.

We track when, and by which user, the feature is activated and deactivated.

Site Visitors

Video plays.

Data Synced (Read More)
Site Owners / Users

We sync options that identify whether or not the feature is activated and how its available settings are configured.

Site Visitors

None.

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