VideoPress: Video Privacy

With Jetpack VideoPress you are able to select your privacy settings whether leaving your videos to your default site privacy settings, public, or private. You are also able to determine whether or not all of your current and future videos are private.

Requirements

Jetpack VideoPress is available to anyone with a Jetpack Complete, or VideoPress plan. The Video Privacy feature is available on either of these plans.

Video Privacy settings are accessible in the Video Block settings panel.

Setting Your Privacy

You can access and change your video privacy settings directly from your Media Library or within a post or page that you are adding a video to.

Change Privacy in the Media Library:

  1. Go to WordPress.com.
  2. In the top left corner, click Switch Site and select the Jetpack-connected site you’re working on.
  3. Go to Media.
  4. Click on the video(s) that you want to change privacy settings on or upload a new video by clicking the Add New button.
  5. When you click on the video(s) you’ll then click the Edit button, this will open a pop-up with your video and all applicable settings.
  6. Under the Privacy setting you’ll see options for Site Default, Public or Private. Select your desired privacy setting and then click Done.

Change Privacy in a Post or Page:

To get started access a post or page that has an uploaded VideoPress video or create a new one. Once you have selected your page or post add a video and allow the upload process to begin.

Check out our Uploading a Video to Jetpack VideoPress for help with uploading videos.

Accessible by selecting the video block.

In the right sidebar under Block Settings, scroll down to Video Privacy. Here you will see that privacy will default to your site privacy settings.

By selecting the dropdown you can select Site Default, Public, or Private. Select the option you need for your video.

When you choose Private only members of your site will be able to view the video on your post or pages. Non-Members will see a video block that looks like the image to the right.

This video uploaded does not have a poster image. If you selected to show a poster image that image would be displayed with the private overlay message.

Both videos have post images selected.

If you have multiple videos within a post or page that you’d like to be selective about privacy you can change the privacy settings for each video. For example, to the right, you can see two videos that are set as Public.

When you change the block settings for one of these videos to be Private instead of public a non-member of your site will see this instead:

One video is public and another is private.

Advanced Settings

If you prefer to be selective about which videos are private or public you can manage each block’s settings through the steps above.

If you prefer all of your videos to be private except to members of your site you can change those settings into perpetuity for your site.

  • Go to Jetpack Settings > Performance
  • Scroll down to Media > VideoPress > Video Privacy
  • Toggle “Restrict views to members of this site

Once that option is toggled your videos will now be restricted to members of your site and no longer visible to non-members.

Still having trouble?

Please contact support directly. We’re happy to lend a hand and answer any other questions that you may have.

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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.

To add HD, ad-free video hosting to your WordPress site, check out Jetpack VideoPress.

This page describes how to use Video Hosting when using the Classic Editor plugin or a Classic block. You can find instructions for the standard block editor here.

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

Inserting a Video

In the post editor, position the cursor where you’d like the video to be displayed. Then click the “Add Media” button to bring up the Media Library view. From that view, select your video.

Adjusting Video Settings

After embedding a video, you can adjust a few settings that will affect how it behaves on this page/post. Select the video, click the pencil icon, and then update the settings as needed.

Adjusting Sharing Settings

Jetpack 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 the sharing icon in the top right of the video player reveals the following sharing options:

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.

Note: Disabling the sharing options removes the functionality from the video player, 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, which should stop most attempts.

Video Stats

All videos come with stats tracking, which can be viewed within the WordPress.com stats. You can scroll down and find the “Videos” stats:

Clicking on “Video” will take you to the page that shows more statistics:

Impressions: The number of times a video was loaded on the page.

Hours watched: The total number of hours that the video has been watched by all viewers.

Views: The total number of how many times the video was played.

Additional Information

The VideoPress seekbar automatically changes color for a better video-watching experience. The color-changing effect can be activated and deactivated by appending the useAverageColor parameter to the VideoPress video URL and setting it to true or false.

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

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

Still having trouble?

Please contact support directly. We’re happy to lend a hand and answer any other questions that you may have.

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.

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.

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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’s video hosting, your site should have an active Jetpack Complete or VideoPress plan.

If you have disabled sharing on your video, you can still use the video block or the shortcode block to insert your video.

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.

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 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. You’ll see a progress bar where you can pause and resume the upload. 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 Jetpack’s video hosting.
  • 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 allows you to change the video’s alignment on the page and edit the video 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 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.

Add Text Tracks for Subtitles and Captions

You can add Text Tracks (subtitles, captions, etc.) to help with the accessibility and engagement of your video.

To add a Text Track, create a .vtt formatted text file, then click the Text Tracks button in the video block’s toolbar. Add your .vtt file and enter the label, language code, and kind of the track.

Click Save and your track will get added to the video. Preview your post, and the subtitles menu will be available in the video player with your text track available as an option for a viewer to select.

Note that viewers can use the captions settings menu to customize the appearance of the subtitles or captions text to their liking.

Block Settings

Every block has specific options in the editor sidebar and 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.

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 through. 
  • Muted: This option allows you to choose if the video has sound when it plays. Users can still 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 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 video file download 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, downloading 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.

Please note that the video player is embedded in an iframe, meaning it’s not possible to style the video player with CSS.

Only the <div> which contains the video player and can be styled with CSS.

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

Video Stats

An overview of the overall video stats can be found within the WordPress.com stats. You can scroll down and find the “Videos” stats:

Clicking on “Video” will take you to the page that shows more statistics:

Impressions: The number of times a video was loaded on the page.

Hours watched: The total number of hours that the video has been watched by all viewers.

Views: The total number of how many times the video was played.

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.

Still having trouble?

Please contact support directly. We’re happy to lend a hand and answer any other questions that you may have.

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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