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Playing YouTube videos in Repeat Signage

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YouTube videos and Repeat Signage

You have two options to play YouTube videos in Repeat Signage:

1.  Use our Web browser control to display a play list of YouTube videos

2.  Download YouTube videos and play with our Flash Video control

Both options are covered below.  The advantage of downloading the YouTube video, rather than playing directly with the Web browser control, is that if your Internet connection drops, then you won't be able to display the video.   Also, if you are playing a presentation anywhere with no Internet access, this is the better option.   Having said that, downloading the video takes time and if the video is updated online, you would need to download the latest version.  The Web browser option is good to quickly knock up a draft presentation.


Using the Web browser control to display YouTube videos

You can display YouTube videos full page in Microsoft Internet Explorer by using special website addresses such as:

https://www.youtube.com/apiplayer?autoplay=1&version=3&video_id=PdtNv80hkQk

When you click on the above link (or open Internet Explorer and copy the link in), one of our Repeat Signage training videos will play full size in your browser, with no video controls visible and a YouTube logo in the bottom right corner:



Note - Repeat Signage uses Internet Explorer in the background to display website pages.

If you look at the URL (website address), then

https://www.youtube.com/apiplayer?autoplay=1&version=3&video_id=PdtNv80hkQk

then you will see that the last bit is:

video_id=PdtNv80hkQk

which the video_id, i.e. the unique reference number of this particular video.  If you visit YouTube.com and click on a video you are interested in displaying, then you  will see the unique video ID for the video in your browser's address bar, such as:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdtNv80hkQk

You will see the end part of the normal YouTube address is the video ID we need. 

The issue with playing YouTube videos this way is that the video will stop at the end of the video leaving a black screen, which is not what you want in a digital signage presentation.  According to the documentation, you and add an extra &loop=1 parameter to the URL, but this doesn't seem to work.   So what we need to do in Repeat Signage is to use a play list with the video control and put your YouTube video URL in there and then specify the amount of time to play this.  So if your video is 50 seconds long, then set the Repeat Signage play time to say 51 seconds.

To try this:

1.  Start by visiting YouTube and finding a video.  Collect the video id from the URL (see above) and add this to the end of

https://www.youtube.com/apiplayer?autoplay=1&version=3&video_id=


You also need to make a note of how long the video is.

.   Create a new Repeat Signage presentation from the presentation tab on the main Repeat Signage screen.  Just create a blank one.

2.  In the Repeat Signage designer, click on 'Insert' then 'Insert web browser (or web widget)'.

3.  Click on the 'Multiple item play list' option then click the 'Add from a website' button and copy and paste your video URL (such as https://www.youtube.com/apiplayer?autoplay=1&version=3&video_id=PdtNv80hkQk) into the box and click on OK. 

4.  Click on OK again to add the control to the screen.  You will see your video playing, assuming you have an active Internet connection and your URL is correct.  However, it will loop every 5 seconds.  If you have problems then open Internet Explorer and test it or email our support department.

5.  Double click your Web browser control and then double click the line for your video in the play list grid to open up the play list item screen.

6.  Go to the Play type tab.  Take the tick out of 'Use default play duration' and then set the play time to 1 second longer  than the length of your video.  Then click on OK and OK again to return to your presentation.

What should be happening now is that your video will play and will loop at the end.  You can now resize the web browser control in your presentation and if you want to add any more videos to your play list, then double click the Web browser control and then use the Add button to add more videos and repeat the process.

The following YouTube page covers gives more information:

https://developers.google.com/youtube/player_parameters#showinfo

Some of the parameters on this page are not applicable or simply don't work.  The &Start=xx where xx is the number of seconds into the video to start works fine. 


Downloading videos and playing with the Flash Video control

You will need to download YouTube videos and convert them to Flash video format to play with our Flash Video control.   You can then display and resize the video control on screen.  There is a step-by-step tutorial below on how to do this:

1.  Download and install the free http://www.freemake.com/free_video_downloader/ software.

2.  Find the video with your web browser, such as Internet Explorer.  An example video is below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iyi9a05HGEQ

3.  Highlight the website address and then right mouse click it and select 'Copy'



4.  Open up FreeMake Video Converter and 'Paste URL' button:



5.  You will now be prompted to choose a format. Choose FLV and choose a filename and location for your video:




6.  Then click on the 'Download' button to save your file.

Note  - If you need a higher quality video, then download as MP4 640X480 pixels (or a higher quality setting if this is an option on your video) but you will then need to use the free http://www.freemake.com/free_video_converter/ software to convert Flash FLV video format.

7.  Open Repeat Signage and either open an existing presentation or create a new one.  Then on the menu click on 'File' then 'Insert Flash video'. 

8.  Use the 'Add from this computer' button to browse for and locate your new .flv video.   You can use the help on the page by pressing the F1 key. 


IMPORTANT - YouTube videos may be subject to copyright so please make sure you have the author's permission before displaying YouTube videos in public places.



Using the Web browser control to display YouTube content - NOT RECOMMENDED

You could just add a Web browser control and enter the video URL and then resize the Web browser control to show the video.  This is NOT recommended as the service seems to be quite intermittant when used this way.  You also end up with the YouTube border and you have to keep resizing the Web browser control to display the video:

YouTube video in Repeat Signage
You end up seeing the YouTube logo and a search bar at the top and controls at the bottom.