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Adding images and videos to a Surf page

Find out how to add images and videos to your Surf pages

Nastja Sodin avatar
Written by Nastja Sodin
Updated over a week ago

Add an image/video

To add an image/video to your Surf page, choose Upload from the Surf tab:

Now choose to upload either an image or video from:

  • Your computer

  • From URL (link)

  • From your library

  • Search for a new image via our integrated royalty-free image library (images only)

  • Upload history

From your computer

  1. Select Upload from the menu on the left of the upload window.

  2. Either drag the image/video from your computer into the area displaying "Drag and drop media or click here to open the file picker" or click in this area to select a file from your computer

  3. Your image/video will be added to your Surf page.

Note: The maximum file size is 20MB.

Tip: The smaller your video is, the quicker it will load for your readers.

From a URL

  1. Select Embed from the menu on the left of the upload window.

  2. Obtain the URL for the image/video that you want to upload and paste this into the link text box.

  3. Press the Upload button.

  4. Your image/video will be added to your Surf page.

From your Library

  1. Select Library from the menu on the left of the upload window.

  2. Click on the image/video in your library to add it to your page

  3. Your image/video will be added to your Surf page.

Note: If you are an Admin, you will see the option to add content to your library. To do this either drag the image/video from your computer into the area displaying 'Drag and drop media or click here to open the file picker' or click in this area to select a file from your computer. Only Admins can delete images in the Library.

From the web (images only)

Turtl is integrated with Pixabay (a free stock images website), allowing you to search for images without leaving the Turtl editor. All images available here are licensed under Creative Commons CCO, which makes them safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist - even for commercial purposes.

  1. Select Royalty-free images from the menu on the left of the upload window.

  2. Type in your keyword.

  3. Click on the image you want to use. 

  4. The image will be added to your Surf page.

Upload history

  1. Select Upload history from the menu on the left of the upload window.

  2. Click on the image/video in your Upload history to add it to your page.

  3. Your image/video will be added to your Surf page.

Note: If you wish to delete any files from your Upload history, just hover over the file and click on the trash can icon.

A few things to bear in mind with video Surf are:

  • Supported file formats are mp4, ogg, and webm.

  • The maximum size is 20MB.

  • Needs to be a direct link to the video file, YouTube, Vimeo, etc. won't work.

Choose a fallback image for your video

If you have uploaded a video you will need to choose a frame for it to fall back to. This image will be used when generating the sharing assets for your Turtl Doc (this includes the animated gif and the website embed code) and the thumbnail image in the contents of your Turtl Doc.

Start by clicking the Cover button.

Then drag the slider to the frame of the video you want to use.

Image Compression

Turtl automatically compresses all uploaded images to ensure that your Turtl Doc loads as fast as possible for your readers. 

Your image will retain its original format where possible but may be converted to JPEG if a small enough file size cannot be achieved any other way.

Please note that the maximum file size is 3MB.

If you find that your image appears blurry or low-quality, you can turn off our compression system by un-ticking the Optimize option.

However, please note when not using compression you should ensure that your image is optimized for web use. Uploading images that are over 200KB can load slowly for readers.

Additionally, you can use this service for optimizing images.

Note: When uploading videos, they are not compressed or optimized.

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