17 May 2012
Posted by Jennifer Angell
YouTube did everyone a huge favor not that long ago by releasing a new shortened URL for each video.  If you are familiar with tinyurl or bit.ly, it works in a similar way for YouTube videos.  We've made recent modifications to our newsroom platform to support the shortenened URL when embedding video inside your press releases or adding a new video to your Video Tool.

It can sometimes be confusing to grab the correct URL from YouTube as they tend to tack on a few variables to the end of the URL such as channel specific info, featured video info, related video info, etc.  If you are not careful to strip out those extra variables when plugging the URL into the content editor or Video tool, it can cause issues with playing the video on the frontend.  The new shorted YouTube URL will prevent any video mishaps with it's ease of use. 

Using Shortened YouTube URL Inside the Content Editor 

  1. Position your mouse inside the content editor where you want your video to appear.
  2. Click the “flash” icon in the editor’s toolbar 
  3. Head over to the YouTube site and find your video.  Click on it from the search result list so you are on the video display page of your video.
  4. Click the “Share” button below your video.  YouTube will offer up their “shortened” URL to the video – click Ctrl-C to copy it to your clipboard.  It should look something like this:
  5. Ok now that you’ve got your URL copied to your clipboard, head back over to the newsroom’s Video popup and paste the URL into the URL input box.  Clicking into the box and hitting Ctrl-V is a quick way to do this.
  6. You’re almost done – but first we need to specify the height and width you’d like video player to size to.
  7. The width and height boxes represent pixels.  The best size depends on the resolution of your video, but generally speaking, something along the lines of 480x360 or 560x315 would work.
  8. Click the OK button to close the popup and take you back to the content editor.
  9. Don’t be alarmed when you do not see the video player appear inside the editor.  This is normal.  You’ll see a placeholder graphic instead.  You can be confident that when being viewed on your newsroom, the videos will appear in their place.

Using Shortened YouTube URL Inside the Video Tool

  1. Follow Steps 3 & 4 above to nab the shortened URL from YouTube
  2. Click on the Video link from your left rail to load the Video Tool
  3. Provide the minimum required form data ie: Photo Title, Section, etc.
  4. When you get to the Video Upload portion, paste the YouTube Shortened URL into the URL input box as seen here:
  5. Continue filling out any other pertinent video information and click the button at the bottom of your tool to save your changes.

Sample YouTube Embed:


Using Vimeo Videos:

  1. Everything rings true as discussed in the first two topics above except you'll be grabbing the URL for the video from the popular Vimeo website instead of YouTube (duh).  Therefore, I will only cover how to grab that URL here and you can follow the steps explained above when using it inside a piece of content or adding it as a video to your media library.
  2. Head over to the Vimeo site and find your video.  Click on it from the search result list so you are on the video display page of your video.
  3. Vimeo keeps things pretty simple.  All you need to do is copy the URL up in your address bar.  It should look something like this: 

Sample Vimeo Embed:

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Jennifer Angell
Client Service Manager
TEKGROUP International

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