Adding videos from YouTube and Vimeo

Published on 25 Mar 2020 / In Website Software & Tools

Vimsy supports adding videos from third party hosting platforms, YouTube and Vimeo.

---- Adding a video to a collection or sub-collection ----

Adding videos from YouTube and Vimeo is really easy. All you need is the URL of the video you’d like to add to your channel. Start by visiting YouTube or Vimeo and copying the video’s URL, then return to Vimsy.

To add a video to your channel, collection or sub-collection, navigate to where you want the video to appear and select “add videos”.

You’ll be presented with your existing video library at first. To add a new video, click “Add New” in the top right-hand corner, then paste the video’s URL into the text box under the “Link to a Video” heading. You may need to press enter to confirm the link.

Once Vimsy has found the video, you’ll see the video’s title, description and thumbnail as it appears on YouTube or Vimeo. You can customise all of these, but be aware that this is only changing what appears on your Vimsy channel, not YouTube or Vimeo. The original thumbnail for the video as it appears on YouTube or Vimeo will also be shown within the video player on Vimsy, and if the video is removed from YouTube or Vimeo it will on longer play on Vimsy.

Once you’re happy, save the video. It will appear on your channel immediately.

If you’d like to edit the video’s settings, visit the video’s page and press “Settings” or navigate to your channel’s video library by using the Vimsy Menu in the top right and selecting “Videos” from the list. Find the video within your library’s video list and choose “Settings”.

---- Add a video to your video library ----

If you’re not sure where you want to add your video yet, you can also add videos to your channel’s video library.

Use the Vimsy Menu in the top right and select “Videos” from the list. Select “Add new” in the top right and paste the URL into the “Link to a Video” text box. Customise your video, then press “Add Video”.

To add the video to your channel, navigate to where you want the video to appear then choose “Add videos”. Use the Plus button to add the videos you want to the collection or sub-collection.

---- Editing your video’s settings ----

You can edit your video’s settings by navigating to the video’s page and choosing “settings” or by finding your video in your video library. You can do this by going to the Vimsy Menu and choosing “videos” from the list, then pressing “Settings” next to the video you’d like to edit.

In the Details tab you can change your video’s name, summary and overview.

In the Source tab you can change the video that Vimsy links to. Simply paste another URL over the video URL that already exists. All of your other settings, including your video’s title and description, will remain the same.

The Usage tab shows you where the video can be found on your channel, as well as how many views and ratings the video has received in each location. Clicking on the name will also take you to that instance of the video.

The Chapters tab lets you add chapters to your video. Once set up your viewers can easily jump to specific parts of your video.

The Resources tab lets you add links to your video and, depending on your subscription plan, upload downloadable documents that appear alongside your video.

The Purchasing tab lets you set a one-off price for this individual video. When enabled your members will not be able to watch the video unless they’ve paid for access first. Selling content is explained in more detail in other videos.

The Permissions tab lets you set restrictions on who can watch this individual video. For example, you might require that viewers are logged in before they can watch the video, or the must be a Member of a specific Member Group. If you put this video in a collection or sub-collection with Permissions set up, it might not be necessary to change these here. Permissions are covered in more detail in other videos.

In the SEO tab you can set a custom title and description for this video specifically for search engines.

In the advanced tab you can enable or disable the video, change the URL for the video, and also schedule the video to become available or expire on a certain date.

Press save to confirm your changes.
Please note that videos are enabled by default and are immediately viewable by anybody with access to locations where you’ve added the video.

---- Deleting Videos ----

To delete a linked video from Vimsy, navigate to your channel’s video library using the Vimsy Menu. Find the video in your video library’s list and open the options menu on the righthand side. You will see an option to delete the video.

Deleting the video immediately removes it from Vimsy and it can no longer be accessed by your members. All of your insights for this video will also be deleted. This does not delete the video from YouTube or Vimeo.

It is also important to note that if a video is deleted from YouTube or Vimeo the entry will remain on Vimsy but the video will no longer play.

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