We've recently revamped our video standards to better help you with some of the big questions about hosting and embedding videos.

The Video page now includes an explanation of how to use videos posted on the U.S. Department of Energy's YouTube channel. Basically: It's OK to embed videos from DOE's YouTube, but please make sure TAO has a copy of your video, too, so we can integrate it with the EERE media collection. (That said, embedding videos from any other YouTube channel is still an open question. Please contact the Standards Webmaster if you have questions about that. We'll also have a post about some new social media guidelines in the next few weeks for other YouTube-related questions.)

Additionally, a few other changes were made to the video standards:

  • You're now allowed to post your videos in MOV and MP4 format. Previously, only FLV files were allowed.
  • All videos need to have captioning and a text version.
  • All videos should live in eere.energy.gov/multimedia/media/ and be embedded on your Program sites. How to send over your files is explained on the page.

If you have any questions about the new standards or how this might affect your site, please feel free to leave a comment here or send an email to the Communication Standards Webmaster!