Posting tips: attaching photos and embedding videos

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Posting tips: attaching photos and embedding videos

Postby Ulmdorgr » Sun Jan 24, 2010 1:15 pm

This is a guide to help forum members attach their pictures and embed online videos.

Attaching photos
First of all, you need to know that there is a 4 MB limit to the file size, and that the upload feature is available when you make a new thread, a new reply, or edit a post. Alternatively, instead of attaching a photo, you can just post a URL to a photo you have uploaded online. It's better to upload the images here, because online hosts control bandwidth (number of times it can be viewed) and sometimes remove images after a period of time (this applies to imageshack).

Underneath where to type in your message, below the "Save", "Preview", and "Submit" buttons, there will be three tabs: "Options", "Upload attachment", and "Poll creation". Click on "Upload attachment" and follow the simple directions.

Resizing pictures
To meet the 256 KB file size limit, you may need to resize your photo (digital cameras generate pictures that can be upwards of 3200 × 2048 pixels (most people's computer screens range from 800 to 1920 pixels in width).

There are free tools to aid you in resizing your photos.

Online tools
You can go to http://www.imageshack.us
  1. Browse for the photo you want to resize.
  2. Click the link that says "Upload Options / Resizing" and choose the appropriate size.
  3. Upload the file and it will resize.
  4. Save the photo and then you can attach here. Alternatively, you can just post a URL to the image.

There are also websites where you can create an account and upload images that will stay there permanently. Here are some of these:
http://www.flickr.com/
http://photobucket.com/

Offline tools
Offline tools are sometimes better than online tools. They give users more freedom, more ways to customize their photos, and so on. However, you usually have to download and install them.

The best, free, image editing tool is GIMP (available for all operating systems): http://www.gimp.org/. For Mac OSX, see http://www.gimp.org/macintosh/.
A more simple, free tool is Google's Picasa 3: http://picasa.google.com/

Special thanks to unstable; I copied some of his instructions.

Embedding videos
When you make a new post, above the white box where you type is a row of boxes you can click to automatically insert BB code. By hovering your mouse over either the googlevid or youtube= buttons, you will see a tooltip with an example:
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*googlevid: [googlevid]URL[/googlevid]
*youtube=: [youtube=URL][/youtube]

The two do not work the same way, as inferred from the examples. When embedding google videos, place the URL between the brackets of the two tags, and when embedding youtube videos you place the URL after an = sign within the brackets of the first tag.

Example of googlevid embedding
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[googlevid]http://video.google.co.uk/googleplayer.swf?docid=-6088867521723616224[/googlevid]



Example of youtube embedding
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[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NABiXl0IUo][/youtube]

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Re: Attaching a photo to the forums

Postby nothim » Sun Jan 24, 2010 2:06 pm

nice work chaps - very useful --

you, who know computer tricks and stuff,please add them here if useful, cheers!!!!

I got only some food tricks and recipes. lol
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Re: Attaching a photo to the forums

Postby SF » Sun Jan 24, 2010 4:55 pm

Very well put together useful information. thanks a lot for helping out, I am sure this will help all our new members or anyone who hasn't posted pictures yet.

Seems like the image resizing problem comes up a lot. I have helped multiple people out with that problem.
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Re: Attaching a photo to the forums

Postby unstable » Mon Jan 25, 2010 8:56 am

Is it a 2MB size limit? I thought this thing was barking at me for far less than that...I thought it was around 200K.
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Re: Attaching a photo to the forums

Postby Ulmdorgr » Mon Jan 25, 2010 12:11 pm

unstable wrote:Is it a 2MB size limit? I thought this thing was barking at me for far less than that...I thought it was around 200K.

Corrected.
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Re: Attaching a photo to the forums

Postby unstable » Mon Jan 25, 2010 4:00 pm

Actually I think the 200K limit stinks, way too small....but I can understand that the bandwidth could get expensive and then you have to worry about size in the DB.
The alternative would be to use imageshack as a policy...only downside there is eventually imageshack is going to drop the pictures and then if you pull up an old post, you won't have the pics to go along with it.
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Re: Attaching a photo to the forums

Postby SF » Tue Mar 16, 2010 4:44 pm

unstable wrote:Actually I think the 200K limit stinks, way too small....but I can understand that the bandwidth could get expensive and then you have to worry about size in the DB.
The alternative would be to use imageshack as a policy...only downside there is eventually imageshack is going to drop the pictures and then if you pull up an old post, you won't have the pics to go along with it.


your completely right about that unstable and i didnt notice that was the default size. I have changed it, so let me know if you have any more problems uploading larger images. Any other problems just send me a pm
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