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Embedding YouTube Videos

New to YouTube? Learn about getting started with video storage

To place a YouTube video in the main region of a page or a story, follow the steps below. You can also place a video in the right column of a page by creating a "YouTube Widget." 

Before You Begin: Video Requirements

Videos must include closed captions in order to be accessibleYou can use YouTube's auto-generate function, but you must manually review them as they are only about 95% accurate and often incorrectly display proper nouns. You can also enlist the help of a captioning service to caption your videos for you.

Due to YouTube terms of service, all videos on our Cascade websites must be designated "not made for kids" (general audience) in YouTube Studio. Our recommendation is to only embed videos from an official W&M channel to help ensure this practice is followed.

Use the share link in YouTube to get your video id

Step 1: Get the YouTube Video ID
  • Browse to the video in YouTube 
  • Click on "Share"
  • In the provided link, highlight and copy the short string of letters and symbols that follow "http://www.youtu.be/"
Step 2: Choose a video player size - "small," "medium" or "large"

small:  same size as the YouTube Widget
medium: just fits in the page content area when the right column is displayed
large: just fits in the page content area when the right column is not displayed

Step 3: Edit the page where you want to add the video

Within the page content there are 4 video placement options.

Left-aligned, text does not wrap around the video- Type the following directly in the Cascade content editor, substituting "size" with your choice from step 2 and "video-id" with the string of characters from step 1:

{{youtube:size|video-id, video caption}}

Centered, text does not wrap around the video- Type the following directly in the Cascade content editor, substituting "size" with your choice from step 2 and "video-id" with the string of characters from step 1:

{{youtube:size:center|video-id, video caption}}

Left-aligned, text wraps around the video- Type the following directly in the Cascade content editor, substituting "size" with your choice from step 2 and "video-id" with the string of characters from step 1:

{{youtube:size:left|video-id, video caption}}

Right-aligned, text wraps around the video- Type the following directly in the Cascade content editor, substituting "size" with your choice from step 2 and "video-id" with the string of characters from step 1:

{{youtube:size:right|video-id, video caption}}

The vertical bar you see in front of video-id is often called a "pipe" and is located above the enter key on most keyboards. On some keyboards it looks like 2 vertical dashes.

Having trouble?

If your embedded YouTube video is not functioning properly on your page, you could be experiencing one of the following issues:

  • You're not seeing a preview of your embed when you submit your page. Instead you see the curly bracket snippet with a hyperlinked video ID.
    • There should not be any hyperlinked text within your brackets. This can sometimes happen if you copy and paste the video ID from within a URL that is hyperlinked. 
  • You run into other problems, like the span tag getting inserted when pasting in the video ID. 
Things to try if you see the curly bracket snippet: 
  • Highlight the hyperlinked text and select theBreak hyperlinkicon.
  • Highlight the entire curly bracket snippet and select "clear formatting" from the Format dropdown.