Embedding Video Code from a website

May 28, 2013

We've recently started using an LMS and hosting any and all videos through Bright Cove.  Is anyone familiar with taking this type of output to add videos using Articulate Presenter 09?  I"m trying to update a module with 14 videos that should each play automatically on different slides.  We sent our .flv files to Bright Cove and now I have video code for each one.  When I embed the video code using insert>video>from a website, I get a black box/video play inserted into my slide.  I can preview it in powerpoint, but it does not play when published, instead advances to the next slide after 5 seconds or so.   I"m not familiar with code, so I can only speculate on the problem - is it within the code, is it about the type of source file etc. etc.. 

9 Replies
Christine Hendrickson

Welcome to the community, Lisa!

I honestly haven't used Bright Cove, but it sounds like you're embedding from their site, so the videos are being treated as web objects

It sounds like you may be viewing the published content locally, but I'm not quite sure. If you do view the presentation locally, you may not be able to see embedded videos. 

If you view a published Studio '09 presentation on your local hard drive or send it to someone else to view on their local hard drive, you'll encounter security restrictions from the computer, web browser, Flash Player, and network that'll cause various features of your content to fail.

To properly test your published content and share it with others, upload it to the environment for which it was published. Please review the article below for more information:

Publishing and sharing Studio '09 content

If, however, you're viewing the content after you've published and uploaded the content to the LMS, it may be due to how the content is loading in the LMS. 

If you could share a little more detail, or clarify on how you're viewing the content, I'd appreciate it :)

Thanks and welcome again, Lisa!

Christine Hendrickson

Hi Lisa,

Unfortunately, email responses aren't posted on the forums.

I agree, it sounds like it may be a problem with the code itself. You could try spacing it out (if there are brackets included), I have seen some cases where certain code has crashed the forums, so it may be something set in place to avoid that.

You could also try inserting it into a .TXT or .DOC file and attaching it, if you'd like :)


Lisa Hubley

OK, let's try this again!  I'm attaching the code as you suggest.

I’ve tried publishing to web  and publishing to LMS which is ultimately the one I need to work.  I have to send the output to a peer to test for our LMS and he’s getting the same result as I am when I publish to web – we see the box/player but nothing happens and then the slide advances.

I did ask my peer since he’s also the one who can access our Bright Cove account if there is an option to give me a URL instead of code.  He was able to and so I embedded this as a web object from the Articulate menu and it seems to be working for me but still giving him trouble on the LMS test side.  The only thing wrong that I noticed is that I need to adjust the size of the web object because I got a scroll bar, the video did not fit in the window within the slide I'm having some trouble with this, but I'm hopeful this can be resolved.

Any thoughts on best practices or pros/cons between the two approaches?

1.       Insert video from a website (code)

2.       Insert a web object (URL)

Christine Hendrickson

Hi Lisa,

No problem! I hope you enjoy your afternoon and evening, Lisa :)

My primary concern is that one (or both) of you may be viewing the content locally. You mentioned that you send over the output files to your colleague - are either of you viewing the presentation after it's been uploaded to an LMS or web server? Or just the published files?

Try to make sure the presentation is being uploaded to a host - if you open the HTML file, or use the option to view the presentation before its been uploaded, you'll run into issues.

Also, thanks for the file! That makes it much easier :) 

I inserted the embed code in a test project and uploaded it for testing. It does play/preview in the presentation pretty well, but I run into the same issue after publishing - I only see the black "box" for the video. I believe this is because of the method being used - from your original post you stated you used the "Insert" tab - this is PowerPoint's insert option. 

You should be able to use the link that your colleague shared with you, and provide some additional parameters, similar to the ones outlined in the following article for YouTube videos:

Articulate Support - Add a YouTube video to Presenter

I tried to view what I thought was the link for the video, but I received a message from Bright Cove that the video isn't currently available. 

Might still be worth trying out, when you return to the office tomorrow though :)



Lisa Hubley

Thanks again Christine.  I'm waiting to hear from my team mate today about next steps and to confirm he tested in a hosted environment (I believe he did, using a hosted SCORM Test Environment).

It sounds like the web object/URL will be the best solution for me.  I believe I still need some help beyond the article you shared (thank you).  My videos show in the corner of slides that contain other text, so they fill just a portion of the screen.  As I mentioned, I seem to be getting a scroll bar no matter how I size the web object (custom size from the menu or going full screen and then manually shrinking the box down).  She is off-center and the player controls are hidden. I'll attach a picture of one of my slides.  Any suggestions?

This is the URL I am using -->  http://bcove.me/q6nygxru

Christine Hendrickson

Hi Lisa,

Right, it looks like the scroll bars are going to come in if you resize the object down to a specific point. 

For example, I've played around with the video and there's a certain point where the object sees that the video isn't fitting. Once you pass that point, it'll add the scroll bars.

If you don't want to display those scroll bars, it may be best to keep the video in the slide a little bit larger. It may take some manipulating, but you should be able to get it to fit in with your content, without displaying the scroll bars. 

Here's a quick example:

Web Object Video - Lisa

Now, I know the example isn't fancy - but if you look you can see that I was able to scale it down without showing the scroll bars. It just takes some patience to get it just right :)

I'm going to attach the presentation file as well, if you'd like to take a look. 

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