After reading some comments on threads today and in the past few weeks I am going to try to help save Seth some time and give detailed instructions for those of you who want to post pics/videos but don't know how to do it correctly. This will also include how to make sure the image is sized properly.
First, do yourself a favor and create an account on photobucket.com so you don't make the mistake I've made with hot linking (The title of this post has the URL for photo bucket). You will store all your images/videos in your photo bucket account and will use that account to paste links to your images/videos here on DTN. It's free and easy to create this account...took me about 5 minutes.
Second, locate whatever pic/video you want on the internet (For example you can google "Funny wipeouts .gif" for videos as that is one of the file extensions used for videos and then click "images" on the left side of the screen after google returns it's find). After finding the right pic/video for your posting pleasure right click and copy image address.
Third, open a second tab in your browser and login to your photo bucket account. Click the green "upload" tab. There is a grey drop down box next to the words "Upload From" that you need to click. This drops down 5 or 6 options of what type of file you are uploading. Choose "The Web".
Fourth, after choosing "The Web" from the drop down box two fields will appear with the words "Paste URL to a photo" in italics in the field. Click the top field to activate the cursor in that field. After seeing your cursor in that field right click and paste the copied image address from your chosen pic/video. After pasting the address click the big green "Start Uploading" button. When your upload is completed click on "View Album" to open up your "album" that was created with your account creation.
Fifth, once you're in the album page locate the pic/video you want to post on DTN and place your mouse over the pic/video. Leave your mouse still over the image and a drop down box will appear with four fields titled "Email & IM", "Direct Link", "HTML Code", and "IMG Code". I prefer to use the "Direct Link" address that is created. I use a mac so I'm not sure how the PC will work in this step but when I hold my mouse over the object I want to post on DTN and click the address in the "Direct Link" field it automatically copies that address for me and a message blinks in the field that says "copied" in italics. You're ready to post on DTN now.
Sixth, click on the original tab in your browser with the DTN thread of choice opened up that you want to post the pic/video on. Hit "reply" to the message you want to post to or use the new post box at the bottom to post the pic. Insert a title in the subject line but don't paste the image address in the subject line. After creating a title in the subject line click the message box to activate that box. When you see your cursor blinking in the message box it's time to paste the image address. This is where it can get tricky with the sizing so I'll do my best to not make this gibberish. Please see below for the exact symbols/spacing/wording that has to be followed to be successful:
Like this...img height="300" src="http://i1083.photobucket.com/albums/j391/ttu04/1307a459.gif"...but be sure to use the "<" symbol directly in front of "img" and the ">" directly after ".gif" or it won't post correctly.
After typing the code above click "Preview" and see if your image appears. If your image appears like you want it to then click "Post" and you're finished. If you click "Preview" and your image is still really big or it's really small you can change the "300" to "200" for a smaller image or "400" for a larger image. Make the changes needed and click "Preview" again for as many times as you need to until you get the right fit. If you click "Preview" and all you see is the code that you typed like what I typed up above then you need to see if your symbols or spacing is off. One inverted < or > or no " before/after the image address then your image/video won't post. Hope this helps.
Feel free to ask any questions below and I'll try to answer as much as I can.