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YouTube videos can be embedded in the CMS as either its own content block or within existing content.

In either case, the video must first available on a USM's official YouTube account.

How to Post to YouTube

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All CMS videos must first be posted to USM's official YouTube account. For academic departments, contact your college communication representative and ask them to post your video to the account. For administrative offices, contact the Office of Marketing for assistance.

Sample Embedded Video Content:

Create new content block/page - (back to top)

Click the Create Embedded Video (YouTube) link on the Admin Tools menu to bring up the following options on the Embedded Video edit screen:

  • Title: (Required) This is the title of the video (ignore Video Title, below)
  • YouTube URL: (Required) The 'Share' URL for the desired video taken from the YouTube site (see Get video URL, below)
  • Video Title: (NOT USED) This field is not visible to the user
  • Video Description: (NOT USED) This field is not visible to the user
  • Full Description:  Enter any desired text or description to accompany the video
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An Embedded Video content block is essentially a page devoted solely to a video, rather than including it inside existing content (see Embed within existing content, below). This is most effective when the video itself will be referenced by multiple other pages or locations, meaning the other pages can simply link to the single video, rather than adding the video to each of the other pages.

Embed within existing content - (back to top)

Pasting the video URL into the body of a Text Editor entry of most of the other content types will automatically embed the video at that point in the content, with a preview image of the video, ready to play.

This is not a link

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Paste ONLY the text of the URL into the desired location. Using the External Links functionality will create a standard text link to the video on YouTube, and will not show a preview of the video.

Get video URL - (back to top)

There are 2 ways to get a video URL:

  1. Navigate to desired video on YouTube
    Copy the URL in the browser's Address bar
  2. Click the share button beneath the video (see image)
    Copy the Link to this video url text

Do Not Edit

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This URL may look incorrect (such as: "youtu.be/..."), but it is properly formatted.

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