You may wish to upload your own property videos onto your website, but before you can do this you will need to upload your video to either Vimeo or YouTube.
There are dedicated companies who can do this for you, and they can create extremely professional-looking Spielberg quality presentations, but you may wish to do this by yourself and in a more cost-effective way.
Below is a very simple guide on how to achieve this using Vimeo and YouTube once you have taken a video with your phone or camera. We hope you find this useful.
Step 1: Log Into your account
The first thing that you should do is visit the Vimeo website www.vimeo.com. If you already have an account, log into it by clicking the login link. If you don't have an account, then you will need to register with them: to do this, follow the instructions and enter the necessary information to create your account.
Step 2: Uploading the video
Click the "Upload Video" button which is located on the home page of the site, which is usually located in the top right-hand corner. You will also be able to find the same link in the navigation bar which is under the Upload heading.
Step 3: The upload page
Once you click the upload link, you will be taken to the upload page. This can be confusing at times. You need to read through this and follow the directions. You will need to ensure that you are permitted to upload the videos you are interested in.
Step 4: Selecting the file
Click the "Choose a File to Upload" button and this will launch an upload dialogue box. Choose the file that you want to upload and then click on "Select". As soon as you click the button, the video will start to be uploaded straight away. The progress bar should estimate how long the video will take to be uploaded.
If you are using a slow Internet connection, then you will find it takes longer to upload. Just be patient and allow the video to be fully uploaded. If there are any problems with the uploaded video, then you will need to repeat the process and upload it a second time.
Step 5: Conversion
As soon as the video is uploaded, the video will then be converted automatically. You can close this page if you want, and Vimeo will handle the conversion automatically. Once the video has finished converting, the service will then email you a confirmation.
Step 6: Using the desktop uploader
If you are interested in uploading lots of files, then you will need to use the desktop uploader. This is optional but will make uploading files much simpler.
Click the download button to download the uploader to your computer. Accept the license details, and save the file on your computer. Follow all the instructions to install the application on your computer. This will then walk you through the process of uploading files to the service.
Step 1: Log Into your account
The first thing that you should do is visit www.youtube.com. If you already have an account, log into it by clicking the login link. If you don't have an account, then you will need to register with them: to do this, follow the instructions and enter the necessary information to create your account.
Step 2: Uploading the video
Click on the video icon at the top right-hand side of the window, which can be found next to your user icon, messages, apps, and notifications. Click 'Upload Video'. You will need to click on the Camera + icon then select Upload video from the drop-down menu.
Step 3: Uploading the video
Then, press ‘select files to upload’ to find the video file saved on your computer. Or, you can drag and drop it into the window. While the video uploads to your channel, you can see its progress on a status bar. Once uploaded, the video then has to process. You can see the progress for that in the status bar as well.
Step 4: Select privacy settings
An optional step is to choose the privacy settings on your video. If you choose to stop after this, you will technically have achieved what this article is all about. Namely, your video will now be on YouTube. That said, it will be lacking a proper description and tags, which are crucial if you want your content to be found by the community of viewers. Also, if you don’t change the name of your video, it will automatically be using the same file name as when you uploaded it from your computer. To avoid that (and to properly finalize the process), you’ll need to fill out the following sections:
Add an SEO friendly title so that it’s more easily discoverable via search engines.
Add a description of the video, so people know what your content is about before watching it.
Add tags, which act as tools to help the discovery of your video.
The above instructions are a simplified version and both systems/players have a vast number of options and settings to help you optimise and create better videos.
Adding the video to your property on your Homeflow website
Step 1: Get a shared URL link
To do this you will need a URL from either Vimeo or YouTube: both of these can be obtained by clicking the share button once you have uploaded the videos. Two examples can be found here: Vimeo = https://vimeo.com/9360832 and YouTube = https://youtu.be/VtF2AgFSLAw
Step 2: Adding these videos to your website:
Enter the Homeflow CMS system and click on the properties menu at the top of the page and select Property List.
Use the filters to find the required property.
Edit the Property details and select Remote assets.
Step 3: Add the video details
Whilst in the Remote assets tab, copy the following information
- URL (this is the link from step one of this section i.e. https://youtu.be/VtF2AgFSLAw
- Select Category "Virtual Tour"
- Add Caption "Virtual Tour"
Step 4: Click save
Click the blue-button at the bottom right of the page which shows "Save remote property asset"
Once you have done this your video should appear on your website shortly. If you have any problems please feel free to contact Homeflow Support.