(Hint: Click the video again to pause.)
Why Embed YouTube Video Without a YouTube Watermark?
Personally, I don’t mind the YouTube watermark. I think it adds a certain panache and an implied willingness to share content with your readers. But, on occasion, even I have to admit that there are times when I find the need to display videos that don’t have the YouTube branding. (e.g., Poor Man’s Wireless Microphone; Does Network Size Matter?; Strategic Partners. Why You Need Them.)
The thing is, it used to be that if you wanted to go that route, you’d have to find a way to host video yourself. And when you do that, you have to consider other things that affect the video’s ability to play efficiently — regardless of from where in the world it’s being accessed. For that, I tap into the services of a CDN. But, setting up a CDN can be a bit of a pain for some.
The beauty of YouTube is that it takes care of all the technical mumbo jumbo setup stuff. Clearly, it’s a crazy powerful platform. It’s very efficient at serving up video. Oh, and of course there’s that compelling price point. (Free is always a nice price point.) The only sticking point is that it’s branded for YouTube. Which, as I mentioned at the beginning of this post, isn’t really a huge sticking point. I love YouTube. Be that as it may, there may be times when you want a generic video posting.
Perhaps it’s a promo video. Or maybe it’s a launch campaign. Or perhaps maybe what you want is a clean video for specific learning content or even one that’s part of a video-based client proposal that would be better presented as an un-watermarked video so that you can place your business brand within the page where your video displays. The thing is, you will likely still also need to serve-up the video fast with none of that video-stutter that tends to compel your intended recipient to click-off.
Well, for you, my friend is this…