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Video from YouTube can be shown on any Wikia page using simple code. The video is not uploaded to Wikia, but embedded. This means it is stored on YouTube, then called from there to be viewed on Wikia.

Adding a YouTube videoEdit

To add a YouTube video, you need the id code for the video. The easiest way to find this is to look at the URL of the YouTube page for the video. The sting of letters and numbers after "v=" in the URL is the id code. So for the URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtWWwHk3BnI the id code could be WtWWwHk3BnI. If you aren't sure what you use, you can add the whole url in place of the id code.

YouTube videos are embedded with the code:

<youtube></youtube>

The id code for the video you want to show goes between the two tags:

<youtube>id code</youtube> 

"id code" is the code from the URL. So an example might be:

<youtube>WtWWwHk3BnI</youtube> 
===Changing the size of the video=== You can change the width and height of the video box, to a maximum of 425x350 pixels. If you specify width and height, and those settings are not in proportion to the YouTube screen, then you will have empty space around the video. In most cases, the width determines the screen size in this situation. * Width is controlled with width="xxx", where xxx is the number of pixels. The default is 425 pixels. * Height is controlled in the same way with height="xxx". The default is 350 pixels. A full example would be: <youtube width="200" height="200">WtWWwHk3BnI</youtube> This gives you:

Useful TemplateEdit

For a tidy easy to use template, use the following code:

{{YouTube
|name=
|video=<youtube>CODE123456</youtube>
|caption=CAPTION
}}

Adding a captionEdit

You can add a caption to a video using the image thumbnail styles.

The basic form is:

 
<div>
<div class="thumbcaption">CAPTION</div>
<youtube width="125" height="100">ID</youtube>
</div>

Controlling placementEdit

You can control placement again using the image thumbnail style.

In this example you can add a video with a width of 200px, float it to the right of the page, and add a caption at the top. Simply edit the ID and CAPTION and pixel sizes to suit.

<div class="thumb tright"  style="width:200px;">
<div class="thumbcaption">CAPTION</div>
<youtube width="200" height="200">ID</youtube>
</div>

Placing the caption below the videoEdit

You can use the following code (or similar) to place the caption below the video:

<youtube width="200" height="200">ID</youtube><br />
<small>CAPTION</small>


Examples Edit

Here list pages on this wiki which have videos:

The easiest way to embed video from several online video hosting services is to use the Video Embed Tool (VET). This tool supports a number of different video types from several popular sources, including YouTube.

This page documents how to use the YouTube video extension, an older video extension. Videos added using the Youtube tag are automatically converted to file pages so as to help reduce page load time and improve video data tracking. A few exceptions exist and are listed below.

Step-by-Step

Using the Youtube extension

To add a YouTube video using the Youtube extension, you need the id code for the video. The string of letters and numbers after "v=" in the URL is the id code. So for the URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCz1kmfqL7g the id code would be CCz1kmfqL7g.

YouTube videos are embedded using two tags, with the id code for the video you want to show between them:

<youtube>id code</youtube>

"id code" is the code from the URL. So in this example, you would use:

<youtube>CCz1kmfqL7g</youtube>

You can change the width and height of the video box

  • Width is controlled with width="xxx", where xxx is the number of pixels. The default is 640 pixels.
  • Height is controlled in the same way with height="xxx". The default is 385 pixels.

So the example from above could be:

<youtube width="200" height="120">CCz1kmfqL7g</youtube>

Conversion

Once this youtube tag is added, on save the tag will be converted to a file page, pulling the name from the youtube video name. Only the width is converted, except if the height is designed for use in an audio player. Attribution on the file page is attributed to the user who added the YouTube tag. This happens in all circumstances except the following exceptions.

Exceptions

Audio Files

If the youtube tag is being used for an audio file and has a height equal to or less than 30 pixels, then the conversion will not take place.

An example is: <youtube width="100" height="25">2MsXVJ6Ba24</youtube>

which results in

Templates

If the youtube tag is used in a template, then the conversion will not take place. However, because of the order in which the template and the extension are processed, the <youtube> extension code itself cannot contain template parameters.

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