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


Photo booth software at home use…

February 11, 2010

I kind of wondered if photo booths would become a thing of the past (sigh, polaroid…) but at least one company is trying to move them to the home market. It does make you wonder a little if anyone will buy this….

http://www.partyboothapp.com/


85 reasons to love your librarian

December 30, 2009

heh heh… some of these are actually well thought, while others are clearly humorous…

1. Librarians take care of libraries, which are still invaluable today.
2. Not all information is on the internet.
3. Older books still hold great cultural significance.
4. Libraries are still repositories for some of the most valuable works of literature in the world.
5. Even with the internet, the library is still the best place to do research.
6. Girls with glasses can still rock the “sexy librarian” look.
7. “Sexy Librarian” is still a popular costume at Halloween.
8. You can’t exactly find periodicals like The New England Journal of Medicine in Barnes and Noble.
9. For that matter, looking at turn-of-the-century National Geographics is still pretty entertaining.

Love LOVE no. 15: Somebody has to help lazy people find what they want.
…and wait, there is more!


bookbinding and strange things you find in youtube

December 16, 2009

This is actually pretty well done….
the infamous uga “book bound in human skin”


rainy day haiku

December 1, 2009

I do not think my
umbrella is big enough
to tackle this rain

--funny, how facebook status updates turn out... I had no clue that a created a haiku until a literary friend pointed it out.


Blue beanie day — support the semantic web

November 21, 2009

Arches @ noon. Nov. 30.
The 3rd annual Blue Beanie Day will be celebrated on Monday, November 30th, 2009
see http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=136079874938

On Monday, November 30, 2009 thousands of Standardistas (people who support web standards) will wear a Blue Beanie to show their support for accessible, semantic web content.

Join the fun!

The 2009 event page is here:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=136079874938

It’s easy to show your support for web design done right. Beg, borrow, or buy a Blue Beanie and snap a photo of your mug wearing the blue. (Or get creative with Photoshop). Then on November 30, switch your profile picture in Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, (and any other social network) and post your photo to the Blue Beanie Day event page.

For more information:
see http://www.zeldman.com/2009/10/25/toque-o-the-morning/
and http://vvn.net/wp/2009/11/10/3rd-annual-blue-beanie-day/

Upload your Blue Beanie photos to the Flickr group:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/bluebeanieday2009/

Follow Blue Beanie Day 2009 Festivities on Twitter:
http://twitter.com/BlueBeanieDay or search #bbd09

Watch a BBD09 video on YouTube (tell your fiends):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4G2hgioLFk

Want to help with planning the 3rd Annual Blue Beanie Day? Organize a group photo in your city? You might qualify to win a free copy of Zeldman and Marcotte’s (brand new) Designing With Web Standards 3rd edition.

Contact Douglas Vos


In case you think I don’t have a life (a real life video)…

October 28, 2009

Hanging some artwork at a gallery in the ATL.

Yes, I do re-hang the same painting about 50 times. It weighs about 50lbs (embedded shells & mixed media) and the nails would not hold it up.