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 instead of a right-column "YouTube Widget" follow these simple steps.

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.