How To Embed FLV Video Files On Your Blog Without Using Services Like YouTube

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Gideon Shalwick is a YouTube and video marketing expert, and has figured out how to get a TON of attention using online video (with one YouTube channel reaching 10 million views!), and today, he's built a following of over 100,000 people for his business ventures, and 60,000+ people on this very blog, where he shares some of his most powerful video marketing strategies.

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24 Responses to How To Embed FLV Video Files On Your Blog Without Using Services Like YouTube

  1. Thanks Gideon, I’ve been wanting to do this for a while now but just never got around to it.

    I’ll give this a shot and thanks for the heads-up about the Amazon S3.

    Best regards,


  2. Thank you Gideon! I can only imagine how long it would have taken me to work it all out on my own! I really appreciate you sharing the tools you’ve dug around for and no doubt you had to go through much trial and error to arrive at the most workable solution too.

    Now I feel confident I have the technical side of things at least ‘doable’ in my mind, I’m off to buy some green material tomorrow and some lights! Lucky I have a great little digital video recorder already.

    Thanks again, you are very generous with your knowledge and time. :)

    • Gideon Shalwick

      You’re very welcome Michelle!

      With the green screen stuff, I hope you have a good enough camera (HD is recommended), and also the right software (Sony Vegas for PC and Final Cut Express for Mac).

      All the best!


  3. Gulp, I think I’ve skimmed too many tutorials and don’t know enough about the software side of things Gideon. My camera is a JVC Everio GZ-MG330 which has four recording modes, the highest is equivalent to DVD Movie, does that sound good enough do you think?

    I have a Mac but wrongly assumed there would be sufficient software included with the machine…I can only find iMovie at the moment although I believe the video camera itself came with a program for editing which I’ve not looked at yet.

    I might need to take a few hours to go over some of your tutorials and check what I’ve missed in my haste to get a move on! :)

  4. mark

    Hey Gideon, thanks for the two videos. I have a couple questions:

    Who would you say Amazon’s S3 service is right for? Anyone with a closed membership site?

    I found their pricing info hard to interpret if you’re not a really techinical person. Any idea what something like 10 videos about 20 minutes each would cost?

    Thanks again, solid stuff.

    • Gideon Shalwick

      Hey Mark

      The Amazon S3 service is right for anyone who want to host their own video files for whatever reason, as apposed to hosting it on free sites like for example.

      The Amazon S3 service is particularly useful if you want to run a video membership site, because it means that you’re videos are then not freely available as they would be on sites like

      Amazon S3 is the cheapest hosting you’ll find anywhere, and you only pay for what you use. So, it really depends on what kind of traffic you’re expecting. Either way, it will be cheaper than most hosting packages for getting the same amount of bandwidth and space.

      Gideon Shalwick

  5. Maggie

    Thank you Gideon, one more question, what if you used a static web site…like my old site is. how do you put the video on one of those?

    iMovie would be okay to get started with? I’ve spend WAY too much already:)

    And… when I looked at getting the plugin, it said it works for 2.7 and I’ve got 2.8 installed on the blog I wanted to run it on, do you think that would still work? Would you use the beta version or the older one?

    I SOOO appreciate the time your saving me!


  6. Thank you so much for putting these tutorials together Gideon. I’ve been searching around the web like crazy too, and it wasn’t until I searched twitter & found Michelle’s link that I was saved!

    You are pointing me to all the best resources, thank you so much!

    • Gideon Shalwick

      Hey Natalie

      No problem at all!

      Just let me know if you have any specific questions you’d like me to answer ok?

      Talk soon!

      Gideon Shalwick

      PS: Just checked out your website – looks real cool! Do you know my friend Fran from You guys might be able to share some stories :)

  7. Hello Gideon,

    I find your tutorials very informative! Since you are very interested in online video, I want to suggest our service called Nimbb. Here is the link:

    Our service allows recording short videos using a webcam and embedding them in any site. For advanced need, you can program the Nimbb Player using HTML/Javascript and use our API. Tutorials and documentation here:

    If you are interested in testing our service to create a screencast for your readers, please contact me back.



    • Gideon Shalwick

      Hey Benjamin

      Cool! Thanks for the resource. I will check it out…

      Gideon Shalwick

  8. Mike James

    Gideon, I want to find a plug-in to create a video gallery on a wordpress blog. However, I want to use flv files on my server (HostGator) I have a site where we want to use a password protected page to demonstrate syndicated Commercials to prospective clients and do not want the videos on a public site like YouTube. Most of the plugins seem to support a YouTube embed code as a link. Do you have any suggestions

  9. Hi Gideon,
    Thanks so much for this video. I has helped me a lot.

    Do you know a way to ‘mask’ the path of the video so that people can’t potentially steal/download the video by just entering the URL?

    I’m not using Amazon S3 services. Just uploaded the flv video file to my server.

    Thank you,

  10. Gideon I’m referencing your instructions for the umpteenth time, lol. Each time I need something clarified I panic that you might have taken down all the gold you’ve shared here! :)

    You’ve helped me so much and I really just wanted to sincerely thank you again.


    • Gideon Shalwick

      Awesome stuff Michelle!

      So glad you’re finding the info useful!

      Just let me know if there is anything else I can add…


  11. jose luis alvarez

    Hi Gideon!
    I would like you could help me, I’m using Thesis v1.7 but I don´t really understand where I need to insert the code that runs the player, that´s why I´m asking you your help sending me an example; I need to put a video in the home page, only. I’ll appreciate your help and I´ll thank you in advance for your attention to this post. I´ll be looking forward to hearing from you.
    best regards

    • Gideon Shalwick

      Hey Jose

      Most of the information for the plugin I use for my flv videos can be found here:

      The basic format for getting the player to work on your blog after installing the plugin, is this:

      [flashvideo file=LINK-TO-YOUR-VIDEO.flv /]

      You just add that to your blog post or page and it should work.

      Hope this helps!

      Gideon Shalwick

  12. Nicole Charles

    Hi Gideon,

    Thanks for a wonderful post, very helpful indeed! Can I ask your opinion on what you feel is the best option for hosting the videos on your blog either YouTube or using the Flash plugin, the reason why I am slightly concerned about using the YouTube embedded code is if YouTube closed down your account for any reason then I would lose all the video content on my blog. Your opinion would be great.