We've just finished a big update to the video standards! From here on out, it should be a little easier to skin your videos. Also, you can start hosting your videos and their files on your own servers again.

The process of posting a video will start out the same as always: You make a video. If your video meets the requirements for DOE's YouTube channel, then you're good. You can forward your video and a Word file with its captions to DOE. And then you're done!

But if your video can't go up on YouTube, you'll have to ask your designer to convert your video to one of our approved formats (FLV, F4V, MOV, or MP4) and, if possible, get it to meet our best practices for compression, formatting, length, and branding.

And once your video is fully formatted, you're ready to put it into the EERE skin—the outer shell that includes the play, pause, stop, and closed captioning buttons. Previously, you'd have to find a designer who knew Flash to put your video into the skin. That's no longer the case!

Now an HTML developer can upload your video, caption file, and banner image to your site. Then they'll need to update the code in our video embed code to match your files. Once you put that code onto your site, your video will be loaded up fully-skinned, captioned, and ready to go live.

There's one other change in here: EERE Programs are no longer required to host their videos at eere.energy.gov/multimedia/. So feel free to start uploading your videos and all their parts to your own /media/ folder.

And that's it! As always, leave a comment here or on the Communication Standards webmaster if you have any questions.