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


Good use of social media (Charter)

March 26, 2010

Okay, I am neither endorsing or denouncing Charter Cable (I’ll leave that to you!), but I do use it (have to have the high speed, you know). A few days ago I posted (tweeted) about how bad my network/reception was in my area. I had considered calling, but I just hadn’t gotten around to it — end of the day & too tired. I wasn’t expecting anything — it was just a vent.

Within a day(!) , I received this tweet back from
Umatter2Chtr2
:@georgiawebgurl (yep, that’s me @twitter and also google buzz) What’s been going on with your net connection? If you DM your Name/Phone# we can take a look at it for you.

He even followed up the next day (although my connection was fine by then). Now, I don’t know about you, but I think that is kind of a cool use of technology and it seems much better than the 1-800 service!

You can follow @ http://twitter.com/Umatter2Chtr2


Happy BD to my robot!

March 23, 2010

Okay, so it’s not really my roomba’s birthday, but it IS the 20th anniversary of irobot. irobot started out as military kind of robot proj and now, it’s cleaning my floors… LOL I need a scooba though! 😉

Anyhow, I wandered over to the irobot site and discovered this popup “warning” (I’m still laughing, what doesn’t it cover? the weather?)

The press release that you are about to view contains certain forward-looking statements that are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statement. Those risks and uncertainties include, among other things: the risk that our business could be adversely affected by changes in the policies and spending priorities of our customers, which include governments and governmental entities; the risk that the commercial robot market does not experience significant growth or our products do not achieve broad acceptance; the risks associated with our dependence on government contractors and third-party retailers; the risks associated with competition; the risk that our products become obsolete; the risk of errors or defects in our products; risks associated with our reliance on skilled personnel; and the risks associated with the protection and defense of our intellectual property and other proprietary rights.


What happened to tr.im (& reviews of URL shorteners)

March 22, 2010

Wandered over to shorten a URL @tr.im and found this:

tr.im is no longer accepting URL shortening requests via its website. May we respectfully suggest that you choose one of the many other wonderful alternatives available.

Please understand that this does not affect any software that has tr.im available within it. tr.im‘s API is available, and redirections are working normally.

Found this article about it:
http://thenextweb.com/us/2010/03/22/trim-small-app-problem/

Oooh, sounds like some political intrigue, hand wringing, and possible hurt feelings (not twitter’s favorite child?) I know that I’m not the only one who used tr.im beyond twitter posts, though….

I know about tinyurl and bit.ly, but I thought I’d check out other options. I found this review of URL shorteners. Probably more info than you’d ever want about them, but there ya go.

http://blog.watchmouse.com/2010/03/url-shorteners-make-the-web-substantially-slower-facebooks-fb-me-is-slowest/


end of books? (video)

March 20, 2010

this is kind of nifty.. Just about the time that I was feeling that I was about to click off, it actually changed direction. So stick with it — lots of stereotypes about ‘net users and millenials (altho’ never called such):



Drupal Basics for Libraries

March 15, 2010

I had a great time teaching my Drupal Basics for Libraries class for Lyrasis. It includes a good grounding in CMS basics, including how those differ from what many of us think of as traditional web design. Anyhow, the class will be repeated in June, so, just keep an eye out. This is not content that I can share, but I do remind you that I write (and share freely) on Drupal quite a bit. You can also email me questions and I will answer them as the question of the day, as I am able. I do love ♥ Drupal, although, I confess, I will always love the straight up blank notepad and coding. In terms of maintenance though: Drupal wins hands down.