YouTube remains the most popular channel on the web for delivering video content. Vidyard’s integration with YouTube provides an opportunity to create a video strategy which can deliver your video content in multiple ways.
There are 4 key terms that are associated with our integration with YouTube:
- Add From YouTube
Add from Youtube
This tool is available to anyone when creating a new Vidyard player.
It is important to understand that this option has more downsides than some of the other available tools. These downsides are as follows:
- The YouTube watermark will appear during playback;
- Existing captions will always appear without the option to disable them;
- The option to select a generated splash screen will not be available.
- The Analytics Centre will not show YouTube view counts for those videos, even if the channel is integrated
So why is this option available to you? The Add from Youtube tool is useful if you would like to:
- Have a re-embeddable YouTube video within your Vidyard player, but do not have access rights to download the video file.
If you do have access rights to the YouTube channel or an original source file of a video, it’s recommended that you upload the file through the Add from Computer option and then link together the source file and video on YouTube.
Link to YouTube
The Link to YouTube option is useful if you have not performed a YouTube migration for your content during your initial implementation.
You should explore this option if you have current content on your YouTube channel and would like to add any of these videos into Vidyard and have them in sync.
The Link to YouTube option will give you the same results as a YouTube migration but will require you to manually upload each video into Vidyard.
In order to execute this option, you must have access to the video source file and have integrated your YouTube Channel.
Here’s how to perform the linking process:
- First, ensure you have access to the original file from your computer OR download the original file from the YouTube Channel via Video Manager
- Upload the video content into a new player via Add from Computer
- From the Video Settings page (select Content > Videos > Settings), click Youtube and select the Link to YouTube tab. This will automatically make an association to the correct video on your channel.
Note: if you do not see the YouTube option on the Video Setting page, you may not have a YouTube channel integrated with your Vidyard group. Check your YouTube connection (Group > Integrations).
Push to Youtube
Once you have uploaded a video into Vidyard, you have the ability to copy this video to any of your integrated YouTube channels.
Pushing the content will automatically link the two videos together, similar to the Link to YouTube. Any updates to the video attributes on the Vidyard side will be copied to YouTube.
The push feature will allow you to get content into YouTube without having to login to YouTube channel.
This option applies if:
- You have NEW video content that you have created and want to push to your YouTube channel; OR
- You have current video content in Vidyard which you have not previously added to YouTube.
In order to Push to YouTube, first ensure that you have integrated Vidyard to your YouTube Channels. Then, decide whether you would like to push playlists or individual videos. I’ll explain why that’s important.
By using the Sync to YouTube option on the player pages, this will push your video content to create a YouTube playlist, whilst also creating separate video pages.
The problem is that this may result in one video playlists. This option is therefore only recommended if you are pushing a player with multiple videos or intend to add videos to the player in the future so that they sync across both platforms.
In the majority of cases where there is only one video in a player, it’s advisable to use the Video Settings page to push a video to YouTube. Using this option will allow you to select the category and privacy of the video before copying the content over.
So before you push to YouTube, make sure you are pushing from the correct page in Vidyard.
If you have migrated, pushed or linked YouTube content, you have the option to include YouTube views in the Analytics Center Visitor graph. Here you'll see the combination of data from Vidyard, YouTube and other social media integrations.
To ensure you have the correct Push to YouTube permission set for members of your organization, toggle the switch for each role via Group > Users > Edit Permissions.
So, what does a YouTube & Vidyard sync mean?
It means that any changes you make in Vidyard to the video attributes will result in the changes being made to YouTube automatically. This means that you no longer have to log into YouTube after making a change to video attributes in Vidyard.