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Howto: posting photos and videos

Postby Jeroen » Fri Sep 02, 2011 12:22 pm

Part A: posting photos

Basic forum requirements for photos:

Images in posts:
Max size 1024x768 pix, forum resizes to this max size automatically but please keep pictures compact for faster loading (in case of auto resize still the entire large image needs to be loaded first!). Please add a 56K warning to the thread subject if you're posting more than just a few pics

Avatar:
Max size 150x150 pix

Image as (part of) signature:
Don't use too large images there either as this might mess up forum layout and also requires more time to load. Please stick to a maximum heigth of 100 pix and a maximum width of 500 pix.


1. Make sure the photos are uploaded to the internet
Because of limited storage space for the forum it is not possible to upload pictures here. This means you'll have to upload them to the internet somewhere else.
The following websites are free and user friendly and do not require programming skills or additional software: http://www.photobucket.com ; http://www.flickr.com ; http://www.mijnalbum.nl or http://www.picasaweb.google.com . On these websites you can easily upload a photo step by step or even a whole series at once.
Ideally: upload photos to your own webspace so photos will remain available for later reference or enjoyment! As soon as you remove a photo, or rename a photo or folder, the link is broken and the photo is lost (unless you update the link in the original forum post of course).


2. Find the photo and copy the address (url)
Suppose you'd like to share this photo with us :wink:

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Then there are 2 ways:

a) use the hosting website's own option screen (copy direct link to the image)
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b) not always is this option shown but you can also right click an image and choose 'properties'

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and there you will find the address (or url) as well, select and copy

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3. Check the address
By pasting the address you just copied, in the address line of your internet program (browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Silverlight) you can check if you copied the right data. If correct, only the image will be displayed and not an entire page with text, links, ads, etc. The copied image address usually has the extension .jpg ; .gif ; .bmp ; .png and should not have an extension like .html ; .doc ; .pdf which indicates you copied an entire page or file.

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paste the copied address should give you the following result, without the entire layout that was shown on the original page

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Mission accomplished!


4. Compose your forum message
Got it working? Good, time to use that address in a message here on the bmwe21.net forum!

By clicking the img button once you generate the following tags automatically. Between the two sets of brackets you post the copied address which probably still is in the computer's memory. Use "paste" or ctrl + v to paste here as well, usually your cursor is already blinking at the right location.

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See: photo address pasted. Type your text, use 'preview' to check if all went well and if ok click 'submit' at the bottom of the message once to post your message, with photo! Good luck and enjoy!

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Regards/groeten, Jeroen

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Howto: posting photos and videos

Postby Jeroen » Fri Sep 02, 2011 12:41 pm

Part B: posting videos

The bmwe21.net forum has an option to play Youtube vids within the forum. This means that the video's starting screen will be shown in the message and if clicked it will play within the message as well. Want to see in larger format? Just click the movie once more. How to get this done:

1. Find the Youtube video and copy the address

Only copy the unique video code, usually shown in your browser's address bar after "v=" but there are more ways. The unique address consists of a funny combination of digits making it easy to identify. Make sure to copy that code only

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2. Compose forum message

By clicking "New topic" or "Reply" you open the compose message screen to post a new subject or reply.
Hovering your mouse over the "youtube" button also shows you this instruction:

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Click this "youtube" button once and then paste the unique code between the two sets of brackets as follows:

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3. Checking and posting your message

You can check your work using the "Preview" button and then click "Submit" to actually send it off and post the message

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And you're done!


Other video sources, like Vimeo: just post the link to the movie, it will convert to an embedded video automatically. Please use http:// (not https)
For example: [*]http://vimeo.com/93002372
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Don't post the link to a page, it won't embed the video!
Regards/groeten, Jeroen

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Re: Howto: posting photos and videos

Postby Jeroen » Mon Jul 13, 2015 9:01 am

A friendly request to all. In several topics, especially on events, we see that photos have disappeared. No longer available. Some sites tend to remove photos after a certain time, in other cases the user removed the photo or broke the link by renaming photo or folder.

A pity as this causes that we are missing more and more photos on events, tech topics, etc. I personally always try to leave photos on line and in the same location. Ideally you post your photos on your own webspace. It can be useful to set up a clear structure of folders for example by year/name/date.

Anyway, we cannot force you but please help us to keep useful photos available for later reference and joy! Thanks in advance for your cooperation!
Regards/groeten, Jeroen

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