Creating a YouTube Video Item for a Loop

YouTube Videos are a simple and effective way to add your practice's own touch to your VMcast Loops.

1. After logging in to your account dashboard, click the VMcast Loops link.

2. If you have no Loops, you will see a green area that says, "Get Started with Loops.” Click on the "Create Loop" button. If you already have one or more Loops, you will see the Loops on the left side of the page. Start a new Loop or select the Loops you want to create the new video item for.

3. Select the blue "Add Custom Content" button. You have many options here: You want to select the "Create Video Item" link.

4. Give the Video a Title. This title will be seen in the VMcast menu system. Use a descriptive name so you can easily find it in your ViewMedica menu.

5. Now enter the YouTube identification code for the video. Hit the "Preview" button to make sure the code is correct and view what your Video will look like.

How to get the YouTube code: Go to your YouTube Channel. Select the video you want to use. Select the "Share" tab near the Like buttons and copy the text field that starts out "http://youtu.be/...". That's the identification code you need to paste into the ViewMedica Custom Content Video editor.

6. Hit the green "Save and Add to Loop" button. Now you will see the Video in your Loop.

7. From the Loop, grab the new Video title and drag it to the position where you want it to be in the Loop.

Some YouTube Video Settings You Need to be Aware of

As long as your YouTube channel uses the standard default video settings, your videos should run fine in ViewMedica. But a couple settings will break the way VMcast Loops work.

1. ALLOW EMBEDDING: By default this is checked on. That's good. If you do not allow embedding, the video will not play in VMcast Loops for all viewers. You can find this setting in the video's Advanced Settings on YouTube.

2. PRIVACY: By default, your YouTube videos are made Public, which means that everyone in the world can watch them. That's good. If you change this setting to Private, the video will not play in ViewMedica Loops for all viewers. You can find this setting in the video's Basic Info on YouTube. A third option for privacy is Unlisted, which means anyone, even ViewMedica can play this video -- but the link to the video will not show on your YouTube channel.

3. ADS: If you do not want ads to pop up over your videos, you need to go to your YouTube Settings and then to Additional Features to get your Channel Settings/Advanced. There you will be able to select "Do not allow advertisements to be displayed alongside my videos." Note: This will not work if you do not have the ability to "Monazite" a video. See YouTube support for more information on disabling ads.

4. SMART DEVICES: For some tablet devices and smart phones, VMcast looping and the Play-all feature for Loops are not fully supported when YouTube videos are used.