YouTube Embed Video Fiasco...

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  1. Jun 17, 2011 #1 of 122
    bareyb

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    I don't know about you guys, but I'm sick and tired of seeing posters not able to embed YouTube videos here on TCF. I can do it myself, and many can, but it's needlessly non-intuitive. Lose the silly first screen that asks for a name (unnecessary because the videos already have a name) and just let folks copy and paste the URL like you can other on other sites. Is that so hard?

    There must be some kind of update that needs to be installed here. Come on Jeff... Isn't it about time we fix the YouTube embed process? This has been sucking for years now. ;)
     
  2. Jun 17, 2011 #2 of 122
    MikeMar

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    Yeah I have to quote and look at a video when I do one since I post one so rarely.

    Like you said, just make it a simple copy/paste of the URL
     
  3. Jun 17, 2011 #3 of 122
    Mike Lang

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    Jeff hasn't been here for years, but this is the add-on Pete found that would work with this version of vB. While not the simplest I've seen, really not that difficult either. Paste the title, paste the code, done.
     
  4. Jun 17, 2011 #4 of 122
    CatScratchFever

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    I vote difficult and non-intuitive. I guess the true test is not what you or I think but most of the posters here.
     
  5. Jun 17, 2011 #5 of 122
    Peter Redmer

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    Mike's right--the issue is that I had a hard time finding an add-on to improve this process that was compatible with this version. I know I've looked into this before in an attempt to make it better. It's easy to use, but I will agree that figuring out how to use it is non-intuitive.

    I will see if I can dig around and find a better add-on for this version of vB, perhaps something has come up in the meantime since I last investigated it.
     
  6. Jun 17, 2011 #6 of 122
    bareyb

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    Hi Peter. Thanks. I hadn't realized it was version specific. That explains why it's so different from other Vbulletin sites I visit. On those sites it works the same as any other URL. It's just a simple "paste" of the whole URL. No tags needed.

    I think the main problem with the current add-on is the need to enter a title for the Video. People tend to just paste the URL in there instead and assume they are done. Get rid of that first screen and it would go a long way towards alleviating the confusion.

    I appreciate anything you can do. There are a lot of people who are having trouble with this. :)
     
  7. Jun 27, 2011 #7 of 122
    Peter Redmer

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    @bareyb-- I did some searching around on this today and came up with much of the same results I had found the last time. Everything I could find, and this was with several BBCode add-ons, was using the video tag (or embed code) and not the video URL.

    I did find one add-on that seemed to support URL's for a variety of services, but the feedback was not very good and I'm hesitant to install anything that will become a pain for our users by being unreliable.

    In short, I'm willing to investigate add-ons if anyone has one they have dug up that should work, but I'm having a difficult time finding one for our version that uses the full URL and has been proven to be reliable. Maybe I'm just missing that one post buried in Google...
     
  8. Jun 27, 2011 #8 of 122
    getreal

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    So what is the simple step-by-step process to accomplishing the mysterious YouTube embed? I am trying to post one in a thread right now. ?????
     
  9. Jun 27, 2011 #9 of 122
    Mike Lang

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    Click the button, paste the title, paste the YT code.

    The YT code is the part usually after the "watch?v=" in the URL which highlights if you double click it.
     
  10. Jun 27, 2011 #10 of 122
    bareyb

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    Actually Peter, that would probably be an improvement over what we have now. The big problem now as I see it, is the FIRST screen where you are required to enter a "Title" for the YouTube video you are trying to embed. Most users simply paste the URL or Video Tag in there and then hit enter, not knowing they still have another step to go.

    If the add-on you found has folks enter ONLY the embed tag of the URL, I think "most" people would be able to figure that out. I really think it's that first screen asking for a Title that has everyone confused. Might be worth a try if you have a reliable Add-On. :)

    I will also ask Fofer if he knows of anything. He's one of the go-to guys around here for software solutions.
     
  11. Jun 27, 2011 #11 of 122
    Fofer

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    bareyb

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    That sounds perfect. Auto-parsing would be fantastic for people. We weren't sure if we were going to be able to pull that part off yet. I'll cross my fingers... What do you think Peter? Can you make it work? :)
     
  13. Jun 28, 2011 #13 of 122
    pteronaut

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    Here's another:

    http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=188956 (Passive Video[Lite]) Also parses urls.
     
  14. Jul 1, 2011 #14 of 122
    Peter Redmer

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    [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDj44n5bjWU&feature=grec_index[/media]
     
  15. Jul 1, 2011 #15 of 122
    Peter Redmer

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    Give her a test! Installed Goldbrick.
     
  16. Jul 1, 2011 #16 of 122
    Peter Redmer

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    Vimeo works as well.

    [media]http://www.vimeo.com/25810028[/media]
     
  17. Jul 1, 2011 #17 of 122
    Neenahboy

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    Ooh, shiny!
     
  18. Jul 1, 2011 #18 of 122
    bareyb

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    It doesn't seem to be any different... Still has the first screen and requires the user to parse out the URL themselves. No change for me... :confused:
     
  19. Jul 1, 2011 #19 of 122
    bareyb

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    [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wsih9nUpq2U[/media]

    Maybe just a straight paste?
     
  20. Jul 1, 2011 #20 of 122
    Neenahboy

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    [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7v_pv7YZ23Q[/media]
     

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