Do you know that video marketing is one of the trend in 2018?
Customers these days want short but useful content that is highly engaging and capable to tell a story. What can convey all of those better than a video?
More and more companies prefer to use video as their marketing tool. It’s more interesting and engaging than still images or long text or even the previous trend – infographic.
If you want to catch up to this trend, whether it’s for your product brand or personal brand, you’ll want to start providing video content in your website.
After you create the video, you’ll need a place to host it. We don’t recommend you to upload the video directly to your website. First, it wastes your space (if you have limited storage space, that is). Second, not every host is built to play video content, causing your customers to experience unpleasant experience while watching your video. They may get choppy and lagged video. Your message from the video won’t come across, and all your customers get from watching it will be mild irritation and frustration.
YouTube Video for Your Website
If you want to add video content to your website, we recommend you to host it somewhere else. There are many websites that provide this service. From YouTube (that seems to be a household name already) to RapidShare, OpenLoad, Vimeo, and many others. From free to paid.
If you’re planning to share free video content, then your best option is YouTube. YouTube is free, easy-to-use, and currently is the more popular video-sharing platform.
On the other hand, if you’re planning to make paid video content, YouTube is not your option because it doesn’t provide the service. You can, however, choose to monetize your video. YouTube will put advertisement at the beginning (or in the middle, if your video is long) of your video and you’ll receive part of the revenue from it.
How to Embed YouTube Video for Your Website
We’ve said that one of the advantage of using YouTube is its user-friendliness.
To embed the video you’ve uploaded on YouTube, all you need to do is this:
- Visit your video in YouTube
- Under the video, you’ll see Share button. Click it and choose Embed
- You’ll see the link to embed the video
- Copy the link to your website post
And voila, your video is now embedded on your website! Your customers can now see the video from your website, without needing to copy the video link and paste it to the address bar and hit enter.
How to Resize YouTube Video for Your Website
Different website has different design. Sometimes, you’ll need to resize the YouTube video for your website to keep it looking clean and neat.
It used to be easy to resize YouTube video for your website. In the Step 3 from the above, you’ll see size option under the link to embed the video in a drop down menu. All you need to do is choose the size you want and the code will change according to the size you choose.
Since last year, however, it seems like YouTube has gotten rid of this size option. If you copy the embed link provided, you’ll get the default YouTube video size: 560 x 315, as you can see from this example code:
There are many users who seems to be confused with this change. Why did YouTube get rid this practical option? How can they resize the embed video without this option?
Turns out, YouTube doesn’t actually got rid of it. They just don’t show it as blatantly as before. But, you can still get embed link with different size.
All you need to do is to accessing the embed link from different mode.
- If you want default YouTube size, you can just follow the steps above. You’ll get 560 x 315 video.
- If you want medium sized video, you just have to right-click on the video while it’s playing (no need to click the Share button) and click Copy embed code. You’ll get 599 x 337 video. Below is the example code for embed video link.
- If you want large sized video, play the video on Theater Mode, then right-click on the video while it’s playing and click Copy embed code. You’ll get 1349 x 480 video. Below is the example code for embed video link.
- If you want HD video, play the video on Full Screen Mode, then right-click on the video while it’s playing and click Copy embed code. You’ll get 1366 x 768 video. Below is the example code for embed video link.
How to Resize YouTube Video for Your Website Manually
Of course, you can easily change the size manually from the embed code. However, not all size works as YouTube will obviously need to maintain the ration of the video. The most common sizes for video that usually works are these:
- 320 x 240
- 560 x 315
- 640 x 360
- 853 x 480
- 1215 x 480
- 1229 x 691
- 1280 x 720
- 1920 x 1080
So, there you have it, easy ways to resize YouTube video for your website, manually or not. Now you don’t have to panic anymore when you don’t see any resize option when copying the embed code of your video.
Gain more interest and visit from your customers to your website by adding video content. No matter what design your website has, you can easily resize YouTube video for it with this helpful guide.
Do you have any other way to resize YouTube video for your website?
Or do you have any other question about adding video content to your website? Share your thought on the comment section below.