The easiest way to embed video from several online video hosting services is to use the Video Embed Tool. That tool supports a number of different video types from several popular sources, including YouTube.
This page documents how to use the older, less versatile YouTube video extension. This extension allows you to add video to any Wikia page using simple code. The video is not uploaded to Wikia, but embedded, meaning it is stored on YouTube but watchable from Wikia.
How do I add a YouTube video 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.
If you aren't sure what to use, you can just add the whole url in place of the id code.
YouTube videos are embedded using two tags, with the id code for the video you want to show between them:
"id code" is the code from the URL. So in our example, you would use:
Can I display the video at a smaller size?
You can change the width and height of the video box, to a maximum of 640x385 pixels. For best results, the height should be about 3/5 (60%) of the width. Some examples of good ratios include 200x120, 375x275, and 500x300.
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 640 pixels.
Height is controlled in the same way with height="xxx". The default is 385 pixels.
If you intend to use a lot of YouTube videos on your wiki, you can make a template to make adding videos easier, and to display all videos in a standardized way. However, because of the order in which the template and the extension are processed, the <youtube> extension code itself cannot contain template parameters.