You Asked, We Delivered: Import YouTube Videos Into Ensemble Video

By on April 10, 2018

Before onboarding with Ensemble Video, university instructors often use other video streaming services like YouTube to share video content with their students. Typically, these videos are supplemental to the content of the course, providing how-to guides or diving into a subject further than a professor might in their lectures.

In institutions that use Ensemble Video, instructors have one central library where they can house and organize their original course videos by playlist or portal. However, sometimes, these instructors still want to share YouTube videos with their students.

That’s why, with our new Version 4.8, we’ve made it simpler than ever to integrate YouTube videos into Ensemble Video.

Why we made it easy to import videos from YouTube.

As we’ve explained before, YouTube alone isn’t the best video platform to share educational videos for multiple reasons. Advertisements, videos that play automatically and un-related “related” videos can be all distracting for students.

However, flexibility and integration are extremely important for Ensemble Video and our users, and we want our customers to have the ability to leverage all the tools they already use.

So, instructors who want to share both their original Ensemble video content and YouTube videos with their students can now easily keep that content all in one place. It’s no longer necessary to re-upload videos that were already on YouTube to Ensemble Video. Instructors can simply pull them in directly from YouTube.

How does it work?

After setting up the YouTube import integration you just need to copy and paste the video’s URL into the Ensemble platform. The video still streams through the YouTube player, but you can publish to Ensemble playlists, portals or other publishing methods.

Once you’ve imported a YouTube video to your Ensemble library, the video’s ads won’t appear. If there are closed captions or annotations that exist on the video already, they’ll continue to show up in Ensemble.

When you import videos from YouTube, the metadata is automatically populated, but you can edit it if you wish. For example, you can remove language in the video description that directs viewers to other places or attempts to sell another product. This is useful for preventing unnecessary distractions for students.

Contact us to schedule a demo from our team, request a free Ensemble Video trial or simply ask any questions you have about uploading videos from YouTube.


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