YouTube - display your videos on your public screens
YouTube is the World's largest website for uploading, displaying and sharing videos. Display your video clips on your public screens by pasting the address of the YouTube-video you want to display, in a new post.
How to add a YouTube-post to your screens
- Go to YouTube.com. Find your video, and copy the video address.
- Log on to your account at app.pintomind.com. Select New Post, and "YouTube" in the menu. Paste the video address in the field for "Video URL"
- Choose if you want to display the video with sound and subtitles, and if the video should be displayed only in the main area or full screen.
What YouTube-videos can be displayed?
- You need to have the rights to display the video. Read more about copyright on YouTube on the YouTube support pages. The safest thing is to display videos you have created and uploaded to YouTube, or videos that you have the permission to display.
- The video needs to be 'public' or 'unlisted'. It is not possible to display videos that are 'private'. Read more about changing video privacy settings on the YouTube support pages.
- It is not possible to display channels or live broadcasts. The video should be shorter than 10 minutes, and must have its own address.
- If you do not want the video to be searchable for others, set the video privacy settings to 'unlisted' when uploading the video.
Can I display on all types of screens?
YouTube-posts requires a lot from the physical screens. It may appear as if it will display well, on a preview on your PC, but the result might be different on the actual digital signage screens on the wall. Check what type of hardware you use, and test if the YouTube-post displays well on these. Here we have written about our tips and experience with various hardware and displaying YouTube on public screens with PinToMind.
Overall, and importantly, for the video to display well, is that the browser and software on the screen are updated, and that the screen is connected to a good network. A wired network will work best, but a good wireless network should also work.
The length of the video, the video format and the number of video posts on the screen will also affect the quality of the video display. To display videos for a long period of time could present challenges related to internal memory and system performance. When displaying videos, we recommend a daily restart of hardware.
Downloading and buffering
Displaying of YouTube-posts requires a continuous good network. If the network is slow, or there is no network, the video may buffer, attempting to load. We have added a time out, that means that if the video has not started within 5 seconds, the screen will automatically move on to the next post.
You can experience some buffering during the first rounds, but it will improve over time. Therefore, be patient during the first rounds. The playback becomes more stabile over time.
Samsung screen? Test our Video-post!
If you use a Samsung screen with SSSP4 or newer, we recommend that you, as an alternative to YouTube, test our new video-post, where you upload the videos directly.
Technical limitations on Samsung screens
Related videos at the end of YouTube-video
Information about related videos is displayed at the end of the YouTube video. This is a YouTube extension that cannot be opted out. If you want to avoid this, we recommend that you upload a video file directly to PinToMind instead. More information can be found here.
No sound on YouTube-post?
- Check that the sound is turned on, and volume is turned up, on the screen/device that displays the screen content.
- Select Sound when creating or editing the Video-post or YouTube-post.
Sound on YouTube on Chrome
Chrome OS WITH Chrome-upgrade
Video and YouTube posts appear with and without audio on Chrome OS devices with Chrome-upgrade.
Chrome OS WITHOUT Chrome-upgrade
If the post has not selected sound, the video will be played on the screen without sound. If the post has selected sound, the video will not be displayed at all. You can try to turn off the sound in the post, to be able to display YouTube without sound.
Chrome browser without Chrome OS and kiosk mode
If you try to display video in a Chrome browser without Chrome OS and kiosk mode, you can change the playback permission manually. Open chrome://settings/content/sound in the browser and add the address, app.pintomind.com, which you want to be able to play audio on videos automatically, under "Allow".
Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!