Embed a YouTube video in a custom player.
This feature works comparably in both the Classic and Flex UI versions of the UBCMS. In the future, screenshots and language will be updated to reflect Flex UI.
Last reviewed: September 22, 2021
YouTube aggressively removes videos that do not clearly meet copyright restrictions. Suspect videos may vanish without warning. If you produce YouTube videos, be sure to follow their copyright guidelines. > read more about YouTube copyright
As an alternative to YouTube, consider UB's Panopto video recording software.
> embedding Panopto
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.
This component has only one tab.
This component only works for YouTube videos.
YouTube Video Link: Identify your video in one of these three ways:
Alt text - Your video is automatically given a thumbnail image with the play button.
Play in Popup - Not recommended (can be distracting).
Video Player Options - Select any additional features:
Start At - Set an optional starting point partway into the video (e.g. "30s", "20m30s", "3h20m30s").
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 owner.
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 owners.
Alternative text ('Alt text') is a best practice for all your UBCMS images and is often required for accessibility so screen readers can tell visually disabled users what they are not seeing.
Purely decorative images can be flagged "This image does not require Alt text" (when available), which nullifies any Alt text that was already entered, and some components (e.g. Photo) supports a nested Caption which can serve in place of Alt text, with these exceptions:
Alt text can also be added to images in Assets. This is required for images that are then used in the Photo Gallery, while it can also be used as an alternate source for Alt text in some components (e.g. the Photo setting 'Get Alt text from Assets').
Best practice, Alt text should be added whenever an image is uploaded into Assets.
Videos that automatically popup, autoplay, or loop can be confusing for some users, and will probably annoy everyone in general. It is always best to let the user decide how to interact with your website.
Video must also have controls to start/stop and replay, which are standard for YouTube, which is why we recommend its use.
Best practice: keep the default settings when using the Video component.
All videos on UBCMS websites must have captions. An additional transcript is optional, but if provided, should be closely associated with the video player. Captions (and transcripts) support those who cannot see or hear your video.
Best practice: captions are most easily added using the automated tools on YouTube, even if the final placement is not in that platform.