Introduction: How to Embed a Video Into Instructables

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It's super easy for Google video, Yahoo! video, Metacafe, Brightcove, Revver,, and YouTube!

Put the URL of the video into our Video function inside some square brackets like this:
[[Video( ]]
The video will appear in the text section of your Instructable's step. You can adjust the size of the video by doing this:
[[Video(, {width:500, height:400} ) ]]

You can also use the tool bar above most text boxes. Click the video button and drop in the URL of the video. Use the URL that takes you to the actual page on the video site with your video, not any special "embed this" URL. We'll take care of all the processing!

**Check out step 2 to see how you can get the correct embed for - the process is a little less intuitive than with YouTube, but it's still pretty simple.**

Step 1: The Video

Here, I embedded the video from the 1D Accelerometer by intoon

[[Video(, {width:500, height:400})]]

And, here I embedded the video from the 3D chocolate printer by saul

UPDATE 5/14/07: Yahoo Video has changed, and is slightly less easy to embed.

To include a yahoo video, you'll need to compose a URL. This is done by taking the first part of the yahoo video URL
and appending the vid, which is not the same vid found in the original URL. That will not function externally. To find the real vid, you need to copy out the embed code, found below the video. In this case, it looks like this
<embed src=&apos;;flashvars=&apos;id=598437&; type=&apos;application/x-shockwave-flash&apos; width=&apos;425&apos; height=&apos;350&apos;></embed>
The real vid is found after the text "flashvars='id=", or in this case 598437. Add that to the back of the URL to get:
and then use the video embed like normal. In this case we have

Here I embed some video from Google video

[[Video(, {width:400, height:300})]]

Here I embed aMetacafe video,

[[Video(, {width:400, height:300})]]

Embedding a video from Brightcove is really easy to do as well. You just take the link that Brightcove gives you when you click on "link directly to this video" and paste it into the input video bar on instructables.

Here is the link for the "Twilight Zone" Lighter Trick on InstructablesTV.

If I put that same text into the video bar I get the following video:

Step 2: Embed a Video From

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To embed a video from, first upload a video to you blip account. automatically creates a flash version of any video you upload. The conversion can sometimes take a minute, so wait until it finishes or else you won't be able to embed the correct code.

Once you have a .flv version of your video available, click on the "share" button below your video. A windows will open up in the tab below. Select "MySpace" from "Where do you want to put the video."

Scroll down to where it says "Copy the HTML below to paste into MySpace".

The embed is the long line of text that starts immediately after the letters:


Copy everything after the first quotation mark including, but not beyond the extension:


So gives you the entire embed of:

<embed wmode="transparent" src="
%3D3" quality="high" width="320" height="240" name="movie"

but the part that the instructable needs is only:

If you paste that text into the video field on instructables, ie, this:

[[Video(, {width:320, height:240})]]

  • note, there should be no line breaks in the above code, so if you just copy & paste, make sure it is all on one line without any spaces.

you should get a nice flash version of the player and video like this.

Step 3: Embed a Video From

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Embedding a video from Revver requires a bit of URL hacking, but it's possible.

First, go to the the appropriate video page, and select "Grab Code". Then under format, choose "Flash Embed" and copy out the text that appears in the text box above.

In this case, we get:

<embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash"src=""pluginspage="" scale="noScale" salign="TL"bgcolor="#000000" flashvars="mediaId=218941&affiliateId=0&allowFullScreen=true"allowfullscreen="true" height="392" width="480"></embed>

What we need to do from this is re-create an flash embedded url. So we'll take the link after "src", which is:
and append a question mark and the mediaId, which in this case is 218941, resulting in:

Now we need to trick Instructables into thinking this is a flash video, so we'll take the link above, and ad a "&.swf" to it, resulting in:

Then one can use our normal video dimensions, but I'd recommend Revver's default width and height, 480x392. The resulting code is:
[[Video(, {width:480, height:392})]]

Which can be seen below:


gregjd5000 (author)2017-09-20

I do not see most of the videos any more. Is this no longer up to date? This would be an incredible instructable to have up to date!

yourcelf (author)2009-09-26

You can embed Vimeo videos in Instructables as well (I searched for a long time to find this).
1. Get the full URL for the Vimeo player -- click the "embed" link and find the URL that looks like:

2. Add "&.swf" to the end to convince Instructables that it's a video.

3. Use the video tag as described above. The default size for Vimeo is {width:400, height:300}.

Phil B (author)yourcelf2013-08-27

I tried this and all sorts of other suggested methods with no success. I am going for a step-by-step with an embedded URL link to go to the video at Vimeo.

babybayrs (author)2013-05-13

I tried to embed video in a step-by-step Instructables, by copying the Youtube video URL to the brackets, but it didn't seem to work. Can anybody see how I should do it over here:

MidnightMaker (author)babybayrs2013-06-05

I found this Instructable. Tried it out on a new 'ible I'm busy with and it worked just fine:

babybayrs (author)MidnightMaker2013-06-05

You are so kind to leave the link which does work. I just embedded a video in my latest instructables.
Thanks a lot!

Lightning Thunder (author)2010-11-23


james.mcglashan (author)2009-10-09

can there please be how to embed the jw player as this should work

<script type='text/javascript' src='swfobject.js'></script>

<div id='mediaspace'>This text will be replaced</div>

<script type='text/javascript'>
var so = new SWFObject('','mpl','555','300','9');

Derin (author)2008-11-30

I think the video system works with all flash.I put CP as a test now.

Plasmana (author)2008-09-22

I am having some problems, I cannot change the size of the you tube video, what did I do wrong?

knex maddo (author)2008-08-26

how do you add your own one from windows movie maker? please reply A.S.A.P thanks

xACIDITYx (author)2008-08-17

LOL! I loved that show. Thanks for the info, Eric.

bluesman (author)2008-06-22

Hey, the metacafe videos don't appear embedded anymore!

What happened? Any ideas?

unklstuart (author)2008-06-01

Any advice for embedding a video from Flickr?

demer98 (author)2008-04-26

Great site... hm, i'm kinda new....i need help please can anybody tell me how to add text on youtube video? thank's

trebuchet03 (author)2006-07-14
another test....

<font color="blue">This might be blue</font>
trebuchet03 (author)trebuchet032006-07-14

yes, you can do custom color ;)

<table border="0" bgcolor="black"><tr><td><img src="" hspace="10px" vspace="10px"></td></tr><tr><td><font color="white">Yet another Mystery Machine</td></tr></table>
Derin (author)trebuchet032008-04-22

<font color="red">well well well written with blood</font>

Derin (author)Derin2008-04-22

<font color="red"> well well well written with blood </font>

trebuchet03 (author)trebuchet032006-07-14

before I go any further.... let me know if you intended to use this feature this way... I like being optimistic... but as a webmaster, I would not want this because of stupid skiddies and other 'evil' purposes.

DaNerd11 (author)2008-03-27

How do you remove a video?

hay_jumper (author)2008-03-10

Awesome. Thanks Eric! I spent about an hour perusing the forums before (duh!) using the search feature to find how to do this, and you had my problem solved lickety-split! Yay new instructables tool!

RelyNupon (author)2008-03-05

I wonder if anyonecan help me I have a video that i need someone to give me the address i cannot access youtube because it is blocked someone please help: here is the info i got

<object width="425" height="350"> <param name="movie" value=""> </param> <embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="350"> </embed> </object>

could someone make sense of it and send me the address to this video. not the link cuz it will be blocked. thank you....(continues 3 paragraphs)

Lithium Rain (author)2008-03-03

Is there any way I can just upload my video for the paper airplane contest to this site, the way I do with pictures? I have no account on any video website...

ewilhelm (author)Lithium Rain2008-03-03

Not yet.

Lithium Rain (author)ewilhelm2008-03-04

:(*cries* I had the perfect paper airplane, too...

GorillazMiko (author)2008-03-03

I can't seem to find how to embed's videos.

Here's my code. There's no flv. in it...

<object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" data="" width="400" height="255" allowfullscreen="true" id="showplayer"><param name="movie" value="" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><embed src="" quality="best" width="400" height="255" name="showplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></object>

There's no "copy to Myspace" link either. :-(

Help please?

noahw (author)GorillazMiko2008-03-04

The embed code from Blip has been updated and so we'll need to get a robot to flip a switch over in order to make it work. Until then, I can embed the video for you directly. Can you let me know where you'd like it to go? It's ok if your Instructable isn't published yet - you can still send me it's address in a PM.

jfk (author)2007-07-15

I've used the following code in double brackets to try to embed a voicethread video, which seems to work halfway:
"Video(, {width:800, height:600})"

Here's the embed code from the voicethread site if anyone cares to mess with it:
<object width="480" height="360"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="480" height="360"></embed></object>

I've tried several mediaids, and I'm not sure what theirs is, or how to find out.

This page plays the explanation video:
The same page as a swf link:

sam noyoun (author)2007-04-16

Any chance of extending the list of embeddable players to

jeffreyf (author)sam noyoun2007-04-22

One can do it, but right now it's a bit tricky and requires some URL hacking. If you're interested though, I can add it to the Instructable.

sam noyoun (author)jeffreyf2007-04-22

Yes please, It'd be fantastic if you could. Thanks

jeffreyf (author)sam noyoun2007-04-22

Done. See step 3

sam noyoun (author)jeffreyf2007-04-23

Thanks Jeffreyf!

sam noyoun (author)2007-02-12

It does not seem to work with metacafe videos... Any idea whether it would be possible to work around that?

ewilhelm (author)sam noyoun2007-02-12

We'll support them soon. Sorry for the delay.

sam noyoun (author)ewilhelm2007-02-20

Hi ewilhelm, Any news on the metacafe front? I have 4 or 5 videos that would make nice instructables... Sam

jeffreyf (author)sam noyoun2007-03-16

Yup. Figured it out.

ewilhelm (author)sam noyoun2007-02-20

Not yet. Sorry. Other things have us bogged down.

pmac93 (author)2007-03-08

ewilhelm, Is there any way to use the embed code from your video if you don't have the URL?

ewilhelm (author)pmac932007-03-09

From which video service?

pmac93 (author)ewilhelm2007-03-10

Google video. But I got the video working I just wanted to put it on my instructable before they gave me the URL.

esotericsean (author)2006-07-21

anyone successfully get a video from dailymotion up on instructables? it says invalid movie when i try it.

ewilhelm (author)esotericsean2006-07-25

Right now only Yahoo! Video and YouTube are supported. Let me check out dailymotion and maybe we'll get them supported too.

dailymotion works plus some more probably, all i do is link directly to the swf file on dailymotion.

plasticpool (author)2006-12-07

I tried to embed a video on and couldn't. Will this be supported soon?

ewilhelm (author)plasticpool2006-12-07

I'll look into it, but it probably won't happen immediately.

zachninme (author)2006-10-25

I did a test, and it never appeared... oh well..

xallie (author)2006-10-19

how to embed videos from google, i made it with youtube mocies but not with google. how to embed them?

fungus amungus (author)2006-07-15
Good to see that it still works in the comments section. You might want to rethink the resizing, though. I tested out a video that was resized to 2,000 pixels wide and it worked. Freakin' monstrous!

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