17 Replies
Sayuj Ravindran

Hi Nathan,

You can always insert the youtube video link as a web object into presenter. I really link this feature.

But note that this will only be a link (the viewer should be connected to the internet while watching the slide and if the video is removed from youtube, the course wont have it either) - http://www.articulate.com/blog/articulate-101-bring-the-web-to-your-e-learning/ 

To insert youtube videos in .flv format, you may refer to this link here -

http://www.articulate.com/blog/articulate-101-how-to-add-flv-video-to-your-presenter-slides-elegantly/

Jeanette Brooks

Hi Nathan, and welcome! Sayuj shared some helpful resources. Adding YouTube movies via a web object is a great way to go. I'd recommend checking out the great series of screencasts in this knowledgebase article, where David Fair describes all the different customization options that you can add to your web object to make the movie look and behave exactly like you want. It's a really neat way to incorporate video!

Here's an example of a course where a YouTube video was embedded as a web object. Click on the TV screen to play the movie.

Nathan Weaver

Thank you guys.

The "knowledge-base article" seems to hit the nail on the head.  First chance I get, I'll try this out in Presenter.

Our Professional Development courses are video heavy, and we're currently exploring ways to incorporate the videos without bogging down the file size of the overall package.  We like the idea of using our YouTube account, because of the universalness of it.  Made a new word there.  And because of the ease of use:  user choosing quality playback settings, closed-captioning and so on.  Plus it may help streamline our process just a little bit more, and the thought of that makes us smile.

I'll let you know if I fall flat on my face, or soar to the clouds with this.

Michael Dempsey

I've got a youtube-in-presenter question:  is there any parameter we can specify (as we do for autoplay, etc.) that prevents youtube from displaying that final screen with its internal menu?  In the context of my courses it seems pretty jarring.  I'd much prefer the video to end on its final frame or loop back to frame 01.

Thanks in advance,

Mike

Michael Dempsey

Hello again, everyone,

I've successfully embedded my videos using a number of the parameters mentioned in the Knowledge Base article.  Only one issue remains:  the videos are letterboxed, and I'd like to get rid of the black bars that appear above and below the video content.  None of the parameters listed in the Knowledge Base article speak to this (as far as I can tell).  Has anyone had luck getting rid of the letterboxed look?  Even changing the bars from black to white would solve my problem.

Thanks in advance,

Mike

Jeanette Brooks

Hi Michael, unfortunately it's not possible to recolor the black bars or make them transparent, but you should be able to hide them from view by changing the aspect ratio of your web object. See if this helps: when you insert your web object, specify custom dimensions of 640x390. Then you can hold down your shift key and resize as needed to fit the space you have in mind. Does that give you the result your looking for?

Michael Dempsey

Hi Jeanette,

Thanks for your reply.  640x390 helps some.  So far my best results are 717x410.  FYI, I notice that when I return to the web object panel, Articulate has added 3 pixels to both height and width.  So if I specify 717x410, I return to find 720 and 413.  

That 413 is pretty close to what I need.  So I'll keep tweaking.  Does the fact that I'm embedding these on a slide set to "Slide Only" view make any difference?

Cheers,

Mike

Nathan Weaver

It certainly does work with YouTube, but we had to abandon it as a possibility, as their 3-level privacy settings didn't provide enough security for our courses.

After much testing with different options, we went the Netflix route, and are working on developing a Silverlight delivery for our videos.  It's pretty exciting.