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Upload video directly to your Blogger blog

You don't need to publish videos on YouTube, Instagram or other site to embed them in a Blogger post. You can upload videos directly to your blog, and then manage your videos in your blog's settings. 

Why would you want to upload video directly to your blog?

  • You may not want to manage a YouTube channel or use other social media.
  • Blog post visibility can be limited to blog authors, or specific invited readers.
  • Uploaded videos must follow Blogger's Content Policy. However, Blogger allows non-commercial videos with nudity or sexual activity (with some limitations), as long as the blog is marked "Adult" in your blog settings.

This is a video I recorded and uploaded directly to this post using my phone. It took just a few minutes. 

On desktop, the player can be expanded to Theater Mode (which expands it inside the post) or Full Screen. Viewers can adjust the quality and playback speed. 

On my Android phone there is also an option to cast the video to a Chromecast device. That option may not be available on all mobile devices.

Note that there isn't any option to select or add a custom thumbnail. That's why you may be seeing a funny-looking thumbnail on my inserted vertical video. 

Watch for instructions on how to insert a video in a Blogger post on your phone: 


Read on for detailed instructions.

Upload a video to your Blogger blog

1. Sign in to Blogger and open the post editor

2. Click the Insert Video icon (you may have to scroll to the right through the buttons to find this)


3. Select Upload from computer


4. Either drag the video file into the uploader or click Choose a video to upload

If you are using a mobile device, you will also see the option to record a video with your camera. 

Click Camera Video to record a video

5. The video will upload and process, which may take a few minutes. 


You can continue writing your post as the video processes.

Adjust the dimensions of the embedded video player

You can adjust the dimensions of the embedded video player.

1. In the post editor, switch to HTML View 

2. Click the Format HTML button on the toolbar to tidy up the HTML

3. Edit the height and width of the embedded video player

When you get the embed code for a YouTube video the default is width="560" height="315" (those are the dimensions of the embedded videos at the top of this post).

Manage your Blogger videos

You can delete and download videos in your Blogger account.  

1. Sign in to Blogger and click Settings on the left menu
2. Scroll down to Manage Blog

3. Click Videos from your blog

4. On the video management page for your blog, you can either Download or Delete the videos. 

If you are signed in as an administrator, you can delete or download any blog video.  
Blog authors can only delete or download the videos they uploaded. 


Comments

  1. Peggy, this is really well done—even by your standards.

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    1. Thanks Adam! I'm glad you found it helpful.

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  2. Great post, Peggy. The video upload is one of Blogger's secrets. I have a website on WP, for educational purposes (Geography), but I intend to transform my blog on Blogger on the website channel, because I don't like YouTube.

    Remember that videos up to 15 minutes do not count against our amount of storage in Drive.

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    1. That's a great point about shorter videos not counting towards storage!

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