SWFPut is a plugin for WordPress that provides easy placement of flash or HTML5 video in posts and pages and the widget areas (sidebar, etc.). The plugin adds setup forms in the editor and widgets pages, and hopefully they will make the plugin easy to use. There are two main components: the actual WordPress plugin, and the video player programs. The flash video player has been developed to work well with the Free (GPL) Gnash flash plugin, as well as the closed plugin. The HTML5 video player should work well with the major graphical web browsers.


The first sample  is a small clip of Sita Sings the Blues, a public domain work. The clip is served from this host, but the whole feature length animation is available at Archive.org. There are several formats available, including a prepared DVD Video filesystem ready to burn on a single layer blank.

Sita Sings the Blues (2008) one minute clip

The clip here was encoded at a low bitrate to reduce data transfer, and some compression artifacts are visible. Be assured that those artifacts are not present in the original available at Archive.org. Video to be displayed with SWFPut doesn’t need to be hosted on the same machine as the WordPress site. You can use an off-site URL (provided, of course, that it is your privilege to link to the material).

Duffy the Mascot at Archive.org

The second sample is a short stop-animation film served from Archive.org. The animation is done very well, and the film is amusing. And cute too. Watch the detail.

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