Design And Create A Custom Embeddable Video Widget For Easter

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Everyone loves special occasion themes for various holidays.  Did you know that you can design and create custom embeddable video widgets and apply them to all, some, or just one of your videos?

Since many people are celebrating Easter today, we've created a short 4 minute demo video that shows just how quickly and easily you can make a one-off Easter themed design for a video widget. The video isnt edited at all and is captured in real time. The possibilities are endless for you and your business as there is no limit to the types of designs that you can make using our system.

(Click To Watch The 4 Minute Video)

The custom widget design process is simple:

- Upload a video using

- Register as a member and enter the Vidlisting member area

- Click on the workspace link and find your video there after it is done processing

- follow the instructions in the video

You can alternatively apply a design and your logo to youtube videos, Real Estate Shows, or documents that you have added to your member workspace.  Be sure to choose "this widget only" for the scope of your design changes or all of your widgets will have the same design.  Although we think that it works properly, please note that this functionality is beta - there may still be a bug or two in it.

Once created, you can embed the video player into blogs or websites. Have fun creating new designs and enjoy your Easter holiday!

EDIT: Just for fun, I'll change the design of the widget every time I answer in comments... :)


Have content on your hard drive that buyers need? Want a sneak peek at what we are releasing on Monday? see the 4 minute preview video of how you make documents available along with your property videos. You'll be able to syndicate your non-video content anywhere on the web just by dragging and dropping items into and out of a workspace folder...coming soon...

See Also

Are You Giving Away Your Branding To Your Video Provider
The Future of Real Estate Video
Things YouTube Cant Do: Upload Video Directly Into A Online Listing On Your Own Site
Defining "Enterprise Ready": A Guide To Online Video Platforms For Brokers, Agencies, Associations, And Listing Portals
How To Use Local Video To Drive Traffic To Your Own Neighborhood Pages And Not Your Video Provider's Site
Videographers: Why Limit Yourself To 100MB Uploads?
Monetize Your Organization’s Content With New Premium Platform Features
Understanding The Real Estate Video Space

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Tony Grey is a software developer and online media specialist working for a real estate video site that builds cutting edge real estate video and content solutions in multiple languages for use in real estate websites and operates multimedia-enabled websites for real estate brokers and associations. He just launched an Real Estate Educational Media Library website which is a collaborative online real estate education site between MediaDev, S.A. and the U.S. National Association Of REALTORS®. He also is focused on bringing a set of multimedia programming interfaces (APIs) to website developers through his online multimedia and marketing platform site.

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Mara Hawks
First Realty Auburn - Auburn, AL
Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL

Nicely done video---sort of like coloring eggs with lots less mess---and no leftover egg salad! My egghead seems to need more wiring to get this wonderful stuff connected... but I can dream---in color!  Wishing you a happy Easter day, Tony!

Apr 12, 2009 01:35 AM #9
A. Grey - Bremerton, WA
Real Estate Video Mentor -

Mara:  You are the best.  Egg salad would be perfect right about now  so pass some my way please  :) Have a most blessed day!

(Changed the widget to a reddish brown and back to rounded corners on the title box)

Apr 12, 2009 01:43 AM #10
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Very nice -- what a great tutorial.  I will be back to vist when I have a bit more time.  Happy Easter.

Apr 12, 2009 01:56 AM #11
A. Grey - Bremerton, WA
Real Estate Video Mentor -

Joan: Thank you so much.  What I think is cool is that embed code NEVER changes. The widget just knows what design it needs to have.  I'm looking forward to seeing your custom widgets.

(Changed the widget to a pink...errr...umm...salmon color with rounded corners)  :)  

for the next comment I'll add a logo as well and start moving that around to various places on the widget.

Apr 12, 2009 02:19 AM #12
Janeen Fisk
Fisk Real Estate LLC - Bloomsburg, PA

Thanks I was looking for a site like this.

Apr 12, 2009 02:59 AM #13
Christianne O'Malley
RE/MAX Realty Affiliates - Reno, NV
Exceptional Service - Delivering Results in Reno!

Tony - Thanks for the lesson and the great post. I have only put on widget in a blog post thus far, and don't know much about it. I really appreciate the tutorial :-)

Apr 12, 2009 03:40 AM #14
Robin Dampier REALTOR®
Coldwell Banker King - Hendersonville, NC
Hendersonville & Western NC Real Estate Source

Gosh -- today is a bonus tech gift day!!  A great link from Chris on easy to create graphics and now a nifty video widget.

I've put this blog post and your website into my Favorites to return to at a later time.  Your widget seems multi faceted and easy to use for adding a little pizazz to video's -- which I hope to get into in the not toooooooo distant future.

I purchased a JVC Everio Hybrid mid last year and I look at it every day as I have it sitting next to me on my desk next to my laptop which I spend most my day on.  Currently I'm in the process of trying to learn some xhtml and css to redo Robin's website (which I had done years ago in FrontPage as a WYSIWYG).  It's woefully missing proper mark up and I hope to redo it using Expression Web.

Opps -- I digress!  When I half way get an acceptable site (to me) up and running I intend to jump into the video learning.  It's very important for me to grasp the fact that while learning new thngs I just need to jump in and can master some steps along the way and things don't need to be "perfect" starting out!!  A hard lesson for some of us to learn.

Hope your enjoying Easter Tony and thanks for sharing.

Sue of Robin and Sue

Apr 12, 2009 04:52 AM #15
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I loved Mara's comment about coloring eggs. That was my most favorite thing to do at Easter, and it makes me want to use the widget.

Apr 12, 2009 06:11 AM #16
Geri Sonkin
Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103 - Merrick, NY
Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert

I took a quick look at your tutorial and will bookmark it to visit later when I have time.  Thanks for the link.  It looks interesting.

Apr 12, 2009 06:25 AM #17
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Thanks Tony.. I'll bookmark for I m preparing Easter dinner.

Apr 12, 2009 06:50 AM #18
A. Grey - Bremerton, WA
Real Estate Video Mentor -

Janeen: plenty more unique things coming....and lots already done.  You can see what is different about just by perusing the tabs on our real estate video features page.

Christianne: Hopefully the tutorial was clear enough and easy to understand. The best part about today was being to "exercise" the functionality.  I see how we can make several improvements to make things easier for our members.

Robin and Sue: Just let me know if you need any assistance with your sites.  We love video but also love real estate. You can see how one REALTOR is seeing the advantages of real estate video and using a good chunk of our functionality (profile video, blog post integration, and such). Vidlisting is releasing a new feature every working day in April.

Joe: Mara is the best, isn't she? Wraps up an entire complex concept into something that is really easy to understand.  I wish I had that gift. :)

Geri:  Thank you for stopping by.

Rebecca: Have a joyous and wonderful Easter day.

(changed the widget again - decided on a darker green this time with rounded title bar. The big difference with this widget is that we placed one of our website logos in the upper right hand corner.  You'll see that we can move it around the widget)






Apr 12, 2009 08:33 AM #19
Thom Abbott |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living - Atlanta, GA
Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale

I bought a Flip Video camera Thanksgiving weekend, and have been carrying it around in my bag ever since, and NOT using it! Why? Because I thought the only video editing software I could use was Mixpo via Active Rain! Little did I know that I have Windows Movie Maker right here!

Now video is back at the top of my "learn to do and increase my business" list, and you've just given my yet another tool!

Thanks and Happy Easter!

Apr 12, 2009 12:37 PM #20
Marian Gregor-Ann
Keller Williams - Ann Arbor, MI
Arbor area Real Estate

Hey Tony, Thanks so much for the tutorial. I'm very interested in video. Need to bookmark this...the dinner for 30 wiped me out!

Apr 12, 2009 02:21 PM #21
William James Walton Sr.
WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group - Waterbury, CT
Greater Waterbury Real Estate

Bookmarked for a more thorough later read. I was wondering about how to add video content to a number of things.

Apr 12, 2009 02:22 PM #22
Mark MacKenzie
Phoenix, AZ


I just said it and I will say it again, I am amazed at the amount of great information that Active Rain bloggers can continually pump out.

Apr 12, 2009 03:33 PM #23
A. Grey - Bremerton, WA
Real Estate Video Mentor -

Thom and Ray:  It will feel good to get a return on that investmemt. Our real estate video upload page is just a short click away.

Marian: Glad to be of service.  I went to bed early - too much food as well :)

William: Right now, most hosting services primarily keep your video content on their own site (at least how Google sees it).  We ask the question, "why shouldnt Google find your video on your own site and why should you be able to mix all sorts of non-video content with your video?" 

At Vidlisting, we are working to change that so that content gets back in the control of the person that uploaded it. 

Mark: Thank you for the kind words.  Vidlisting is releasing a new feature every working day in April.

1 April - we boosted our video quality without losing the instant start and non-buffering videos that we are famous for

2 April - Integrated agent profile videos with property tours.  Add a video in the member area and it's automatically linked on the player page

3 April - added an unbranded capability for MLS videos on upload. You can also link unbranded videos to the standard video for the same property.

4 April - Added the ability to attach community ir neighborhood videos to property videos. 

The list goes on and on....there is lots of new and useful stuff coming this month. That said, we think some of the lder stuff like custom widgets and custom players are pretty useful for REALTORS as well.




Apr 12, 2009 10:51 PM #24
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thanks for the post. I will bookmark this and try it some day. Sounds great.

Apr 12, 2009 11:26 PM #25
A. Grey - Bremerton, WA
Real Estate Video Mentor -

Gita: looking forward to seeing your videos!


Apr 13, 2009 12:06 AM #26
Steve Graham
Inactive - Atlanta, GA

ActiveRain is always filled with little tips and ideas that can expand our marketing. Thanks.

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