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    Darius Aleksas
    I recommend downloading and putting them in your online storage. From there you can pull them to your presentations with the Video Widget. Theme are many different programs for downloading Videos off YouTube; I am using ClipGrab.
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    S3 Office Manager
    Ok, thank you. So, do you recommend doing it that way? Or should I download and then convert it into a webm video?
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    Darius Aleksas
    Yes, I am recommending to do it this way because you are making sure that video does not get removed or blocked, you do not need to deal with YouTube ads, and it is free. I do it this way myself. You also do not need to convert videos to WebM format. Using ClipGrab (that is what I use) you download videos as MPEG 4 and these work just fine with the Video Widget.
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    Ashleigh
    Thank you Darius!

    Aimee, if the path to conversion and pulling off of Youtube is too much of a hassle, we do provide a Youtube Widget.

    Thanks!

    Ashleigh
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    S3 Office Manager
    Ok, Thank you!
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    Darius Aleksas
    You are welcome Ashleigh, but I must say it sounds more complicated then it really is. There is no hassle at all, and no conversion is necessary!
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    Robert Cruse
    We use YouTube videos inside a HTML widget because we needed closed captioning. And a lot of our college created media is hosted, and closed captioned, on YouTube anyway.

    I agree, playing videos from RV storage is a better solution for dependability, but the video player that RV uses doesn't playback closed captions. Using the HTML widget for this, and amending the embed code in the HTML source to include caption was the best move for us.  And it doesn't require the purchase of the YouTube Widget!

    Example:
    To play a YouTube video with closed captioning  add "&cc_load_policy=1" to the iframe tag from the HTML widget source code, such as this:

    https://www.youtube.com/embed/zrxnSy3zV78?autoplay=1<b><u>&cc_load_policy=1</u></b>&rel=0&amp;controls=0&amp;showinfo=0

    To see what a YouTube video presentation using the HTML widget looks like, see this example presentation:

    http://bit.ly/20r3WpL

    Hope this helps you (or someone)!

    Robert
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    Darius Aleksas
    This is what I was doing for individual videos and playlists, but the ads over the video... how are you dealing with that? Does that not bother you at all?
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    Robert Cruse
    We don't see any ads. If the video runs, say 376 seconds, I enter 377 seconds for the duration of the video presentation that 'holds' this single video.

    After this single video presentation completes, the schedule moves onto the next presentation in the queue. I haven't seen any ads yet anyway. Maybe it is a timing thing ...

    If you can preview schedules, then you can see it action here in my "test" schedule:
    http://preview.risevision.com/Viewer.html?type=schedule&id=11439083-c0e9-4170-a9f4-2baff69edafc

    Robert
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    Robert Cruse
    Sorry, the code should for CC insertion should be:

    "https://www.youtube.com/embed/zrxnSy3zV78?autoplay=1&cc_load_policy=1&rel=0&amp;controls=0&amp;showinfo=0"
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    Robert Cruse
    (This editor really gets really wiggy when you try to insert actual HTML. It automatically truncates the address, or adds more tags  for formatting for this editor that shouldn't be in the actual HTML.)
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    Darius Aleksas
    Robert,
    I am talking about the ad-bar at the bottom that appears over the video during the play-back. maybe you do not get it because of those CC :) 
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    Robert Cruse
    I've only tried 5 videos this way, and saw no ads. Maybe it was the CCs, or I'm just lucky so far ...

    But then again, when I watch this video directly on YouTube's site:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrxnSy3zV78
    there aren't any ads that appear there either. Maybe educational videos such as these are exempt from ads?
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    Robb Price
    rcruse, 

    Is it possible that monetization has not been set for these videos?

    Here is what I am referring to: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/94522?hl=en
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    Robert Cruse
    I hadn't even heard of that. But maybe so. We have many departments that upload video to YouTube, as we have no college-wide hosting of our own.
    I doubt they would choose to monetize though, if they knew about this option.
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    S3 Office Manager
    I tried adding a YouTube video to a new presentation using the video widget and it doesn't work. The video doesn't play.
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    Darius Aleksas
    Aimee,

    Just tried it myself and it works: http://preview.risevision.com/?type=presentation&id=07c09b2e-7654-47f1-94f5-0f1b79abb149&sho...

    Can you explain in details how are you doing it and what are you using to download the video file off YouTube.

    Or wait a bit and after lunch I will post the step-by-step instructions.
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    S3 Office Manager
    Darius,

    Step-by-Step might help but I will also explain what I did as well:

    -I downloaded the Youtube video using clipgrab.
    -Saved to my computer.
    -Uploaded to my RV storage.
    -Made a new presentation.
    -Added a playlist and added the video widget.
    -Added my video from storage.
    -Saved and tried to preview but just a black screen.
    -I went back and made sure I clicked all the right boxes but maybe I missed something.

    Thanks
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    Darius Aleksas
    You did everything right, but I am using 'custom url' even if the video file is in RV storage. Did you set it to start playing automatically? Check the file name for any spaces between words, make sure that placeholder is the same size as your video.

    I am posting step-by-step anyways because I just made it ))))

    -          Install this first (this is what I use, but there are many others including online downloaders): http://clipgrab.de/update/en

    -          Go to YouTube and find your video, copy share link that looks something like that: https://youtu.be/_gyvipBs6Vs

    -          Open ClipGrab and paste that link in there, keep MPEG4 format, but select one of available sizes to download... 1080p... 720p... 360p (based your needs)

    -          “Grab This Clip!” and save it some place on your computer

    -          Go to your online storage and upload it (I recommend Rise Vision storage)

    -          Copy the link of uploaded video file

    -          Start making your presentation: insert placeholder, make it the size of your video,  select Video Widget content from the store

    -          In the video settings select “Custom URL” and paste the link from your storage, adjust all the other setting based on your needs

    -          Save it! Should be OK now

    Looks like much, but literally it takes only 2 minutes to do all that, of course if the file is appropriate size.


    Also, if it would not play anyways, could you give me the link to that YouTube video?

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    Keydi OHagan
    We do not have the RV Storage.  How do we do it if we do not have the storage.  
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    Darius Aleksas
    You do not need RV Storage, but you need to put the video some place, so it could be accessed by the link. For example it can be hosting such as GoDaddy or iPage.

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