Question of the day: How to embed youtube videos & make them fit…

March 26, 2010

Depending on what browser and resolution you are using, you may find that your content (such as blog posts) which have embedded videos are running over your blog post area. You COULD change your stylesheet, but if everything works except for embedded Youtube videos, an easier answer might be to change the width of the Youtube player. This is super easy to do.

First you need to find a video that you want to use. 😉 Not all Youtube videos are embeddable and many copyrighted ones are not. If that is the case, you’ll need to just link to them.

Get the code from Youtube

If you’re looking at the main user channel, you may not see the embed links, but you can get to them in a number of ways.

Underneath each of the videos posted on the channel, is a tab/button which says Info. Click on Info and you will see
View comments, related videos, and more
Click on this get to the video with its embeddable info.


The Embed box holds the code for the embeddable video. If you look carefully in the Embed box, you can usually see what the size is — object width is the width that the embeddable video will be.

If the pre-configured options will work, you can skip customizing the code; just grab a copy (Ctrl + A) of the code from the Embed box. You’ll be ready for the blogger section then.

To customize the embeddable video:
Click on the tiny star icon (whoa, is that easy to miss!). Clicking on this will show you the different pre-configured sizes for an embedded video including size and color for the player.

Below the Embed box you will now see a bunch of options to configure your players.

Note: Include related videos may or may not include videos from the same user or necessarily on the same topic. If you want to create a group of videos, your better bet is to make a playlist, which can then be embedded.

In the Embed box, you will hit Ctrl + A (or right click Select All, if you have that functionality).

Embedding a video into a Blogger post
For Blogger (blogspot blogs) you MUST switch to the Edit Html button in order to embed the video. In any other blog service or product, you will need to somehow get to the html, unless you have embed Youtube functionality.

Edit Html
Find a spot in your post where you want to add your video.
Now hit Ctrl + P (paste) or right click paste if you have that functionality.

It will paste in something that looks
like this. Recognize that stuff? It is
indeed, the code from Youtube.

If you click on Compose, you will not see the video.Don’t worry, the code is still there and if you click Edit Html you will see the code.

If for some reason, you need to edit the width and height even more you can do it by tweaking the height and width even more, directly in the code.

..and that’s how to do it (or at least, one way to do it). I realize this question has probably been answered alot over the ‘net, but it was a question asked to me, so there you go!

If you do it right, you’ll get something like this… yes, I am in this movie… LOL


For you bloggers — National Blog Posting Month

October 26, 2009

Nablopomo runs several blog events to encourage bloggers, too…. well, blog. October’s theme was haunted. November is blog every day. I’m going to give it a try this year.

As you know, November is just around the corner and with it comes the big blogging free-for-all of the “official” National Blog Posting Month. There’s no theme for November, so you’re free to make it into whatever you want it to be!

There’s a new system for submitting your link to the blogroll. If you go to the Blogrolls tab you’ll see a sub-tab right below it that says “Submit Link.” Click on that, follow the directions, and if all goes well you’ll see your link show up on the blogroll within a couple of hours, rather than days. It’s a new system and I fully expect to spend the week ironing the kinks out of it, but feel free to give it a try and let me know what you think.
http://www.nablopomo.com/blogrolls

The Randomizer is back just in time for November! It draws pages from the blogroll, so be sure to sign up for monthly blogging if you want your blog to be seen on the Randomizer.
http://www.nablopomo.com/page/randomizer-1

November HTML badges are up, too:
http://www.nablopomo.com/htmlbadges/november-2009-html-badges
If you’ve made a badge of your own, be sure to link to it in the comments.

And lastly, prize guidelines have been posted, too. They’re a sub-tab under the Prizes tab:
http://www.nablopomo.com/prizes
We’re starting to get a few donations already, and I’ll continue to accept prize queries until the end of November, so there’s no rush.

That’s all for now. You’ll probably be hearing from me a few times during November, mostly just with prize updates and motivational messages that will no doubt inspire you to keep posting every day. Best of luck, everyone!

Eden
http://www.nablopomo.com/profile/toasteroven

Visit NaBloPoMo at: http://www.nablopomo.com


22 startups funded by facebook

September 2, 2009

I won’t list them all here, but backlight looks cool and lots of fun.

I am already using Networked Blogs, which is a social network and blog listing service. It also allows blogs to be pulled into facebook. I’ve had some problems with it truncating my posts from contentdivergent and dropping out embedded video, so I may need to look at my settings… or maybe not. It just may work that way…

RunMyErrand allows you to find folks who will… emmm… run your errands. LOL


Posting by email with wordpress and blogger

January 8, 2009

SO, one of the things I love to do is post by email to blogs (call it laziness, if you want!).

POSTING TO BLOGGER VIA EMAIL

Blogger makes this incredibly easy and does most of the work for you.

Under Settings> Email
In the Mail to Blogger Address, choose an email address you would like to use.

You can also chose if you want to publish or keep them as drafts (for review and publication later).

Now to email a post to blogger from your email client:

In the To: type in the complete name of Mailto-Blogger-Address field. Format exactly as it appears, with the periods and including both the login name, what you typed in the box and the blogger.com, e.g., if your login is mrsmithy, and you used blogme in the box, then your would send an email to
mrsmity.blogme@blogger.com

In the subject of your email, type the title of your soon to be published blog post.
In the body of your email type the post. If you use an email program with html capabilities (links, etc.) blogger should be able to post those correctly.

Make sure to remove any signatures, if you do not want to include those in your posts.

Click send.

Voila! Done!

POSTING TO WORDPRESS VIA EMAIL
To post by email to wordpress, you first need an email mailbox for wordpress. If you use your regular email box, everything sent to your mailbox will be posted to your blog — oops!

>Create a new email just for wordpress

..and then follow these instructions from wp. It is not quite as easy as blogger, but still doable.


wordpress vs. mt (movable type)

July 1, 2008

good overview of wordpress vs. movable type (mt):
http://mashable.com/2007/08/15/movable-type-wordpress/


Web2.0 and your library blog (tools)

April 27, 2008

I finally started loading some of my presentations at slideshare. Hopefully, I will add audio at some point.
This presentation was for GLA 2007 and focused on web tools for blogs.
Sorry, the links work within slideshare, but the movie does not. ;-(

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Brief introduction to Web2.0, mashups, RSS, youtube, flickr del.icio.us, and how those tools can be incorporated into a library’s website or blog. Also includes brief overview of mashups, widgets, and RSS feeds.


Web2.0 and your library blog (tools)

April 27, 2008

I finally started loading some of my presentations at slideshare. Hopefully, I will add audio at some point.
This presentation was for GLA 2007 and focused on web tools for blogs.
Sorry, the links work within slideshare, but the movie does not. ;-(

————–
Brief introduction to Web2.0, mashups, RSS, youtube, flickr del.icio.us, and how those tools can be incorporated into a library’s website or blog. Also includes brief overview of mashups, widgets, and RSS feeds.