A new native video player is coming to Reddit—and that means you will now be able to upload your footage directly to the website. This is a departure from what was obtainable in the past where you could only do that via an outside service.
As a Redditor, you will be able to upload videos up to 15 minutes in length, and 1 GB or less in size to the website. There is even more; you will be able to do this either on desktop or on mobile. As soon as you start playing a video, the footage will remain pinned to a corner of your screen while scrolling. TNW reports that the video won’t stop playing while you are scrolling.
In addition to this, Reddit will also be rolling out a GIF-making feature that can be used along with video. As a Redditor, you will now be able to capture, upload, and share videos and GIFs with your favorite communities.
Prior to this announcement, Redditors were heavily constrained by time and the rigors of posting their videos with the help of “third-party hosting platforms, copying URLs, and sharing them as link posts.”
The process has now been simplified and made easier with this addition—and everyone can now upload their videos without going through the long and stressful process of doing it through a third-party platform.
“With native video, we’ve streamlined this process dramatically, allowing both content creators and commenters to focus on the conversation taking place on Reddit. No third-party uploads, new tabs, or back arrows necessary,” Reddit announced.
For desktop, below are the step-by-step guide to uploading your video:
- Click “Submit Link” on a Reddit video-enabled subreddit
- Click “Choose File”
- Select an MP4 or MOV video file to upload
- Choose a thumbnail for your video
- Add a title
- Click “Submit”
While those who want to upload via mobile can follow this step-by-step guide:
- Click “Post something interesting” at the top of your “Home” feed
- Or, on a Reddit video-enabled subreddit, click “Post to r/___”
- Select “Image/Video”
- Click “Camera” to record a new video or “Library” to select one you’ve already recorded
- Add a title
- Click “Post” to submit
The beta version of this feature is an extended one, and more people will be able to try it out before the full version is rolled out for everyone probably in the next coming days or weeks.
Last June, Reddit added a cool feature that a lot of users were happy about—ability to add a location to any mobile post. With that update, you can now let people know where you took those colorful photos by adding location. Built in partnership with Foursquare, the new feature is only available as opt-in; an indication that you or any other user will not be forced to add a location tag to your post if you don’t want it.
Perhaps, the only issue for me as well as other Reddit users out there is that it poses a big question on privacy. Geotagging gives away your location, and enables people to know where you are posting from. However, the fact that it gives you an opt-in option solves that problem.