How to embed a non-watermarked YouTube video

(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…

How to embed a generically-branded YouTube video on your website.

What’s the Best Way to Capture a Screencast for Best Resolution?


The Best Way to Capture a Screencast for Best Resolution?

In a few words:  Capture at full screen, then scale it down to your output dimensions during the post-production (editing) process.  Or, better yet, capture at full screen, and scale it down during the rendering (publishing) process (i.e., after the editing is done).  There are usually settings in the publishing menus of most screen-capture programs that allow you to define the output dimensions.

Anyway, this question comes up when you’re publishing one of your first screencast videos and start thinking (as you should) about where you’re going to display the video when you finally produce it.  If you’ll be posting it on a blog or other website, then you’ll find typical dimensions to be about 640 pixels, or so, wide in the main content area.

Food for Thought – 9 Reasons For Us to Count Our Blessings

From the Momentarily Off-Topic Files

This image medley found its way to me today after making the rounds through the email-sphere.   Admittedly, I couldn't verify its authenticity.  But, given a comparison of the deltas between claims in the images I'm in a position to verify (e.g., U.S., Mexico, Germany) and those I can surmise from world news and events (e.g., South Asia, Central Africa), I was comfortable to share this with you with at least an anecdotal perspective.

You'll likely find your own interpretation.  For my part:  Given the disparity between the images towards the top of the stack, as compared to the image at the bottom of the stack, I'll count my blessings today.


A Family in Italy. 1 week food expenditure: $260

A Family in Germany. 1 week food expenditure: $500

A Family in the U.S. 1 week food expenditure: $342

A Family in Mexico. 1 week food expenditure: $189

A Family in Poland. 1 week food expenditure: $151

A Family in Egypt. 1 week food expenditure: $69

A Family in Ecuador. 1 week food expenditure: $32

A Family in Bhutan. 1 week food expnditure: $5.03

A Family in Chad. 1 week food expenditure: $1.23