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posticon New feature: Embed YouTube into posts


By popular request and the programming genius of the mighty Thor, we now have the ability to embed YouTube videos into posts! emoticon

Edit to add link to video how-to.

You may have noticed an "Embed YouTube" button on the posting screen today. Click on it, and you'll see that it asks for a "YouTube ID." As the prompt states, this is not the whole URL, but the 11 characters that come after the v= in the url.

To get the ID, when you are viewing a page that has one video on it (channels don't count — it has to be a video page), click on the address in your browser's address bar. This will highlight it. Then, click again in the address bar to remove the highlight. Finally, click and drag your cursor across the 11-digit ID that appears after the v= in the URL, and copy it to your clipboard.

To do this in Windows, right-click and choose copy, OR use ctrl+C on your keyboard.

If anyone knows the hotkeys for copying in Mac, Linux, or other systems, please let me know and I'll include it here.

Anyway, back to the YouTube ID. Here is the part of the URL that you'll need to use in your posts...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GxGE688sIg

Depending on how you arrived at that page, it might also have some other stuff after the ID, like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GxGE688sIg&feature=channel

or this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GxGE688sIg&feature=channel_page

The ID is the same in every case, which I highlighted in red above. This part in red is the only part you will use to embed a video into your posts.

Enjoy, folks! emoticon

Now, what better way to thank Thor for this new feature than with a video hosted at YouTube?

Rock on, Thor! emoticon



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Re: New feature: Embed YouTube into posts


Excellent feature indeed. Thanks a million Thor emoticon

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Re: New feature: Embed YouTube into posts


Board owners/admins:

If you want to change the dimensions of YouTube videos to fit your board's
layout, choose one of the following, then paste it into your board's CSS:


320x265
.postlistpostbody object, .postlistpostbody embed { width: 320px; height: 265px; }

425x344
.postlistpostbody object, .postlistpostbody embed { width: 425px; height: 344px; }

480x385
.postlistpostbody object, .postlistpostbody embed { width: 480px; height: 385px; }


638x382 is the default here, so there's no need to define it if that's what you want.

You can define other sizes, but use your calculator if you want to get the right ratio. emoticon


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No difference in Mac Lesa, just look in the URL for the piece of code after 'v='






Just a warning, don't copy the 'embed ' code on the right of the video, and post that, all you'll get in the posting block is the code and nothing else.
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Re: New feature: Embed YouTube into posts


Thank you for posting your warning about YouTube's code on the right, MO. I probably should have mentioned that in my first post, but I always forget it's even there.

An alternative to the method I talked about above is to paste the whole url into Runboard's YouTube prompt box (the thing that pops up when you click on the "Embed YouTube" button, then delete the v= and every thing to its left, as well as any ? that is sometimes there and everything to its right.

If I'm not mistaken, using the URL box (not the Embed box, but the URL box) to the right could probably save people the step of deleting stuff at the end of the URL, because I'm looking at a page right now that has ?feature=channel_page at the end of its URL, but the URL box on the right ends with the video ID.


Whatever method anyone chooses, you must only use the 11-character video ID and nothing else. I think it's important to stress this, so I bolded it again.


Mo, my question before was about hotkeys. In Windows, people can use CTRL+C to copy any text that is highlighted.

I found the answer for Mac, though, and their hotkeys for copying are Command+C. Looking at the list on this page, it appears that many of the hotkeys on Mac are similar to Windows, but using the "Command" key instead of "Ctrl".

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Oh Very nice new feature! Awesomeness!

-tests it-


Hmm.. I have flashblock enabled.. but when I enable it just for the video it doesn't show.. but just for mine.. But I think I put it in right? lol.. I just enabled flash for all of runboard and it works.. flashblock is weird like that sometimes.

By the way I have linux.. and the keyboard copy/paste shortcut is the same as windows.




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If people are still not sure and are finding it a bit complicated to digest on how to add this great feature to their posts, I have made a tutorial too over at my board (Computer Solutions) with snapshots on how to place a YouTube Clip into posts

Link: How to add a YouTube Clip
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Excellent! Thanks so much!

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I found the answer for Mac, though, and their hotkeys for copying are Command+C. Looking at the list on this page, it appears that many of the hotkeys on Mac are similar to Windows, but using the "Command" key instead of "Ctrl".



Yes on the old keyboards it used to be the 'Apple' key.

The reason for my smile is that this system has been on Apple since the 1980s, Windoze copied the idea from Apple. Sorry can't resist.
The ctrl key on a Mac is used when you have a one-button mouse for the right-click functions on a PC mouse (and the new Apple two-button one). It seems that Apple copied the right-click idea from Windows in this case.
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Re: New feature: Embed YouTube into posts


Wiz, I was thinking of creating a video tutorial for this, but yours is excellent. Thank you.

Thanks to JJ and MO for that information, as well.

MO, thank you also for that info about using ctrl with a one-button mouse. I have one of those at work.

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