Display a YouTube video on your page in a custom player.
Videos can be displayed singly, using this component, or as a
gallery using the Video
Gallery component. They can also be given descriptions. The
Video Player settings include options for Auto Play, Full Screen
Mode, Including Related Videos, Looping, HD Quality, Video
Annotations and Pop-up display.
YouTube Video Link: Identify your video in one of these
- The ID that YouTube uses itself to identify a video (e.g.
- The long URL seen when the video is viewed on YouTube's site
(not embedded on a Web page). You can remove additional characters
from the URL — all you need is the
VVNJbqnijc8 is the ID for your video.
- The short URL that YouTube generates for its videos in the
Share tool (e.g.
Alt text - Your video is automatically given a thumbnail
image with the play button.
- Add a description of the thumbnail image for users who may have
difficulty seeing it.
- Alt text is required by New York State policy for images that
have a function such as this.
- Blanks or a carriage return are not in compliance and will be
- See webaim.org for tips on writing alt
Play in Popup - Not recommended (can be distracting).
Video Player Options - Select any additional
- Auto Play: Not recommended (can be distracting).
- Allow Full Screen Mode: Recommended.
- Include Related Videos: Not recommended (undesirable
content may be shown).
- Loop: Not recommended (can be distracting).
- Video Annotations: Recommended where available.
YouTube is cracking down on copyrighted materials and is
removing videos and even shutting down channels that use music (or
other assets) without clear authorization from the copyright
This is affecting virtually all videos on YouTube. Many UB
channels and videos, including the most highly trafficked, are at
risk. Channel owners can dispute claims if they believe copyright
infringement claims are invalid.
It is important that all UB communicators who use YouTube
videos take immediate action and in future act with care to avoid
losing their channel or having their videos blocked by copyright
University Communications is reviewing all videos that we manage
directly (those placed on the UBCommunications YouTube
channel). For these videos, we are taking appropriate action,
- Working with our video production providers to file disputes
- Replacing music in the videos.
- Removing videos from our webpages and YouTube channels, as
necessary; e.g. the 'UB Points of Pride' video will be removed as
of May 19, 2014.
Additionally, starting University Communications will contacting
UB owners of videos that are embedded on or linked to from
UB’s top-level web pages to affirm there are no copyright
flags on the videos.
Each unit in the UBCMS should take similar steps to ensure that
any communications assets (e.g., videos) they own, manage or have
placed on their pages are not in violation.
If those videos are in violation, we expect channel owners to
resolve any copyright disputes, replace video soundtracks with
authorized or licensed music, or advise us that the video will be
taken down and is no longer available for syndication. UB cannot
afford to be associated with copyright infringement.
If your department has a YouTube channel or is the owner/manager
of videos on YouTube, University Communications strongly recommends
that you take these steps, as soon as possible:
- Go to your YouTube page and check for Copyright Notices in
“Video Manager” (see screen shots below)
- Remarks to the right of the “Edit” button will
detail the infringement
- If you see a copyright notification, please contact your video
production provider for help
If your web pages link to videos owned/managed by other UB
- Contact the owner of the video or YouTube Channel to confirm
that their videos are not in violation of copyright
- Work with them to either:
- rectify the violation,
- replace unauthorized music with licensed music, or
- take the video down from YouTube and remove any links that
appear on your web pages.