Adding Youtube videos by link with the Youtube Multimedia Filter plugin

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Here’s a time saver for those of you using Youtube videos in your Moodle courses.  Did you know that a simple link like “http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Six2mhNeJcg” will embed the video automatically in Moodle if you have the Youtube Multimedia Filter enabled?  No more flipping to plain text or configuring the embed code: just paste and save!

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Here’s the info you need about it for your Moodle site (the feature must be enabled at the admin level):  http://docs.moodle.org/20/en/Multimedia_plugins.

To enable the feature as Admin on Moodle 1.9, go to Modules -> Filters -> Multimedia filters and check the box.  Below is a great video which highlights the process of using the feature.

Direct video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Six2mhNeJcg.

2 COMMENTS

  1. In my experience, Youtube and Moodle (with filter turned on) are the easiest way to show video on 1.9. Bulk upload and no size/quality limits (for me) make this a breeze. Also, Youtube has an “unlisted” privacy option that allows you to limit the viewing to only your class. Just a click, to change from the “public” default setting.

    Watch out when you embed a URL that Youtube has *two* different URLs to every video you upload. One is good with the Moodle filter and one is *not*.
    – RIGHT: http://www.youtube.com/watch
    – WRONG: http://youtu.be.com/… Moodle filter ignores this.
    If you get the second version (usually after clicking on the Share button), you should go to your Uploaded Videos page and click on the Edit button.

    Another minor thing to watch is that some browsers do not highlight a URL link automatically when you paste it into a Moodle forum or other text box. You have to highlight and manually link the Youtube URL to make it embed properly.

  2. yeah…the narrator of the video makes that point specifically. Thanks for pointing it out.

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