Embedding a Video In Your ActiveRain Post

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Besides adding photos to enhance our blog posts, we have the ability to also embed objects such as YouTube videos. These are not simple static objects like an image file and so they require a little different means to use them... but no worries it is not hard to do! I also want to highlight a couple things that even seasoned bloggers might not be aware of. So pay attention now,  let me get to the tips!

I have written about embedding videos into posts before, but it was time for a re-write because both the user interface and the page size parameters have changed since I last looked at this topic.

Let's head over to YouTube and find content that we could share to illustrate the point. (Let's pick a "Just for Fun" type video to illustrate... I know one! Dick Greenberg has a video where he is making Onion Soup.)

When you are on a page with the specific YouTube video that you wish to share, notice the options below that you will want to choose:

If you don't change the default size, the video will look okay but it COULD be better. In the updated ActiveRain page layout, we now have up to 700 pixels of width for our main content. So you see in the list that there is a preset for 640 x 360 and that would be one step better* (see footnote about outside blogs). However, even better in most cases, you could maximize your available width by choosing the "Custom size" option in the pull down list. Then you could target the width to 700 and take full advantage of your available width. (I discovered that the full 700 is just a hair too much and causes horizontal scroll bars. So, we'll use 695 to come just under and avoid that problem.) Type a 695 in the first text box and then either press the TAB key or click with the mouse into the height box. By doing that, it will auto-calculate the height that you need. After you do that, then you will want to copy to the clipboard the entire text in the box above that starts with iframe


The next part is getting it into your blog post. The code you have on your clipboard is in HTML format so you can not simply just paste it in the post. If you have been blogging here a long time, you are thinking you need to go into (source code) HTML view, but aha! we don't need to anymore!

Place your cursor where you want the video to go. Next click the "insert video" button. Notice on the pop-up box that there is an "Embed" tab. When you are on that tab, paste the contents of your clipboard into the box and then click OK.


Now, don't be concered when you see a big gray box while you are in blog post editing mode. That is just a placeholder. Once you publish the post, the video will appear normally.

So for the old-timers seasoned bloggers, did you catch the two points that are different than before?

1. You now have 700 pixels of available width
2. You don't need to go into HTML view any more!

Now go enjoy watching Dick G. making some Onion Soup! It's making me hungry :)


*Footnote about outside blogs: If you are using an ActiveRain Outside Blog, I recommend that you stay with the 640 x 360 setting as most outside blog themes have a main content area of 650-660 pixels of width.

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Comments (84)

Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Dagny Eason - I don't see why the "old embed code" would have any advantage for Google. As far as the control of suggested videos after to our own content, I don't think you can monopolize the list of suggestions after the video plays. However a couple things you could do. (1) embed a playlist of your videos so when one stops, the next one kicks in or (2) create a very unmistakable call to action in your blog post inviting them to see your videos page. Then have a landing page (e.g. in your wordpress site) where all your video posts are. Then you have a captive audience and you land them also on your main website.

Aug 12, 2014 03:31 AM
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

Craig Daniels Thanks sooo much!    I think that sounds like you are teaching us all how to take this to a new level beyond this tutorial! 


The person had pointed out that the new video code was in an iframe, and that was not as good as the old without it. 

Aug 12, 2014 03:50 AM
Kimo Jarrett
Cyber Properties - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

It may take me a week to absorb your lessons but thank you so much for posting this very valuable information. Video is where marketing and learning is going to be in the future and many say, it's already here.

Aug 12, 2014 05:51 AM
Steve Halen
R&S Premier Homes - San Tan Valley, AZ
US Navy Veteran

Great Post!

I love, love, love to use videos in my blogs!


Steve in Arizona

Aug 12, 2014 12:57 PM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Great post on getting them in the blog.  My problem of course is I need to make more videos.

Aug 13, 2014 03:40 AM
Virginia Youngblood
DO-STAGE! LLC - an ASPM® Home Staging Company - Charlotte, NC
DO-STAGE! LLC - Home Stager - ASPM®

Thanks, Craig!  This gives me hope that a "non techie" CAN do the techie!  I'm ready to give embedding a video a try after watching the Onion Soup video and after reading this helpful post! 

Aug 13, 2014 10:05 AM
Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info - Boise, ID

Thanks for the great post!  Here is a link to the video I just posted with your help.  I think I will start doing all my open houses this way to take advantage of ActiveRain's Google Juice.

 Open House video for Jim Paulson

Aug 24, 2014 03:19 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

I really, really need to start working with video more. Now that you have made it even easier by showing me how to include in my posts, there are no excuses.

Aug 26, 2014 05:08 AM
Tammy Adams ~ Realtor / Podcaster
Maricopa Real Estate Co - Maricopa, AZ
A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa

Thank you! I just used your post to do my first video blog post. You made it real simple! 

Aug 28, 2014 10:28 AM
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

Craig, thanks for the help. I finally got to embedding a video. 

Mar 27, 2015 09:18 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Craig Daniels, very grateful I came upon this site and going to re-blog. Appreciate your excellent classroom instructions. The Onion Soup Video was embedded so nicely.  Great Post!!! Craig, you are an excellent teacher!  It may take me a while before I master this, but I will follow step-by-step.

Apr 04, 2016 08:22 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Guess I am not permitted to re-blog, Craig.  Therefore, I bookmarked. Fantastic information.  Need to attend many more Craig Daniels' classroom sessions. 

Apr 04, 2016 08:27 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

Thanks to Jane Chaulklin-Schott I saw this and will put it to work, thank you both as I was wondering how some folks were doing this...now I know!

Apr 04, 2016 11:12 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Great post from you, Craig Daniels I have <Bookmarked> it and will be referring to in many times in the future as more new videos come available.

Apr 04, 2016 11:23 PM
Susan Laxson CRS
Palm Properties - La Quinta, CA
Realtor in San Diego, CA & Naples, FL

Always pleased to learn new technology and appreciate your easy instructions! Thank you so much and will be referring to this post often.

Apr 14, 2016 12:35 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thnak you for the tutorial. I will bookmark this and try it later.

Apr 14, 2016 09:55 PM
Debra Kukulski, Broker Associate
RE/MAX Suburban - Cary, IL
SRES;SFR,CDPE;GRI;ABR;e-PRO Realtor, Northern IL

Thanks so much!


Apr 26, 2016 03:40 AM
Janice Zaltman
United Realty Group - Boca Raton, FL
Energy Efficient And Eco-Friendly Homes in Florida

Thank you, thank you, your post. Spent hours trying to do it and was not sure why the box kept coming up gray. Now I know. Great visuals.

May 16, 2016 02:21 AM
Carolyn Roland- In Delaware and S. Chester County PA
Independent architectural histor'n - Wilmington, DE
Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS

I must be doing something wrong but I see a gray box in the preview, then publish it and see a blank box.


Jan 20, 2017 09:13 AM
Craig Daniels

Hi Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA 
When I followed your link earlier I saw the problem you mentioned. When I looked later, it appeared fixed. It appears whatever change you made fixed the problem! : )

Jan 20, 2017 11:11 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Video embeds do make for a better UX for the buyer or seller who would cruise on by just a hyper link. But that can not resist the double tap of the video player ready to roll right now option you present them Craig Daniels !

Dec 07, 2017 03:57 AM