How to Embed YouTube Videos on the Corporate Intranet like a Pro
Our team recently created a corporate video as an introduction to Claromentis and we initially shared it privately on YouTube to enable our employees to review it.
As we needed to gain feedback from our staff regarding their thoughts on the video, we wanted to share it on our intranet rather than YouTube and we’ll experience the following issues:
- Quite often after a video is played on YouTube you’ll be presented with “Related Videos” and this can often presents very unrelated videos such as.. a dancing cat!
- There are too many display and share options and as the video is currently under review we’d like to discourage staff from sharing this video publicly
Here are a few tips which we have collected, so you can do it too like a ‘Pro’ and avoid any embarrassment.
1. Get the Right Video Size
Don’t go with the pre-set sizes but find out the exact size of the video which is required then embed it with custom size. You can use a screenshot region capture tool such as snipping tools for Windows or Command-Shift-4 for Mac. Notice the number as you drag the mouse, they are width & height by pixels. Once you have establish the width of the video required, just enter it on YouTube and the height will be calculated automatically.
2. Related Videos
Uncheck “Show suggested videos when the video finishes” because you don’t want random cat videos to be displayed after it finishes.
3. Privacy-Enhanced Mode
Check “Enable privacy-enhanced mode” This small tweak ensures that visitors who arrive on a page that has YouTube embedded, don’t immediately get tracking cookies stuffed down their throat. Unless they play the video or click through to youtube.com, that is.
4. Hiding the black title bar
For a cleaner look, YouTube’s top black bar can be hidden with parameters showinfo=0
<iframe width="550" height="309" src="//www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/VD5tL3XaKzs?rel=0;showinfo=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
5. Minimalist Look
So if you want a minimalist look, you can hide its control completely by using controls=0
This is suitable only for short videos as users won’t get the progress bar.
<iframe width="550" height="309" src="//www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/VD5tL3XaKzs?rel=0;showinfo=0;controls=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
6. Forcing to play in HD
Things look better in HD but also require more bandwidth, so if you are on fast connection here is how to force play in HD using hd=1.
Youtube is intelligent enough to detect the size of the video so use this option if your video size is more than 1280×720
<iframe width="550" height="309" src="//www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/VD5tL3XaKzs?rel=0;showinfo=0;controls=0;hd=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
In some situations you might want to set the video to ‘autoplay’ see our website www.claromentis.com for an example of how a video is displayed in a modal window.
just need to add autoplay=1 at the end of the rest of the options
<iframe width="550" height="309" src="//www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/VD5tL3XaKzs?rel=0;showinfo=0;controls=0;hd=1;autoplay=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
I hope these tips are useful in case you need to embed videos in your intranet’s news articles, learning material or pages. Thanks!
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