Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Youtube Videos on Blogger

Suppose you want to add http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XkmLj33Md0 – 「【鏡音リン】ココロ【手書きPV】」 – to a Blogger post. You are then presented the following three methods to do so:

Upload a file from your computer
Search a video on YouTube, then add it
Chose one of your YouTube videos

For legal reasons you can rule out the first and last option. So what remains is option 2: you need to search for the video by its Japanese description.

Even if you overcome the initial hurdle and manage to enter (or copy and paste) the title you are still in trouble: in this particular case you are presented with a lot videos that match the search term, all carrying descriptions in Japanese:

Do you understand Japanese?
Fortunately there IS a simple solution to this problem that a) works without non-ASCII characters and b) results in precisely the video you want. The first idea is to paste the URL into the search box. Unfortunately this does not work out as expected:

Search for full URL
 But using the URL is almost the solution; what you actually need to use is the video’s id; in the case of  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XkmLj33Md0, the ID is “7XkmLj33Md0”. Sometimes youtube URLs are longer, in such cases you need to locate the “v=” part and use everything up to a “&” or  “#” (it should have 11 characters).

Search for video ID only
As you see I am now presented just one single choice and it is the correct video. If you do not trust me try the above method using a different URL.


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