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Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

An update from Brian Gil, in this thread regarding the YouTube issue:

We've researched this topic further and reached the following conclusions:

  • Utilizing web objects is the proper approach to add a YouTube video because it is supported in all output types. More details on that process can be found in this article for Storyline and this article for Presenter. Please note the various optional parameters you can set to tune how the video functions within your course.
  • As noted elsewhere in this thread, YouTube videos in projects published prior to Google's API change are NOT impacted. Therefore no action is necessary for that content to function properly.
  • Google is not going to reverse their actions so we are going to stop advocating for that approach.

For those of you who must use the embed code option, we did find a workaround. It requires a few steps and isn't an officially supported approach but nonetheless I thought I'd share.


  1. Take the original embed code
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/TrcT7sseLZI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  2. Grab the URL: https://www.youtube.com/embed/TrcT7sseLZI
  3. Go to www.tinyurl.com
  4. Create a short URL from the URL in step 2
  5. Replace the tinyurl with the new one in the embed code like this:
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://tinyurl.com/p9gm4d5" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  6. Insert that code as video from site

You'll need to ensure that the video is properly sized prior to grabbing the embed code from YouTube as it can't be resized on the stage within Storyline or Studio.