ScreenCloud YouTube App Guide

The easiest way to play a stream of YouTube videos.

Mar 2017

ScreenCloud YouTube App Guide

ScreenCloud’s YouTube app allows you to easily stream your videos to your screens. From sharing playlists on loop and individual videos to share with your audience, this allows anyone, from anywhere, to share a stream of live videos to promote, teach or entertain.  

With the ScreenCloud YouTube app you can:

  • Select a video or playlist to play
  • Mute or add subtitles to videos
  • Showcase a selection of media and YouTube video content

Here’s how it works:

1. Select and install ScreenCloud’s YouTube app

To begin, follow this link and select ‘Install this app’ in the bottom right hand corner. This will log you in to your ScreenCloud account, or prompt you to set up our free trial in order to use the YouTube app and others within our App Store. 

Once logged in select ‘Add this app’ from the top right hand corner.

2. Select the YouTube video content to show

Once your YouTube app is added, you’ll have the chance to select which videos to show.

In the box that says ‘Videos to play (YouTube URL)’ you can enter one of the below options:

Please Note: YouTube has made a change to their playlist URL format as of the end of 2018. To grab the correct link for your playlist URL, please follow the steps below:

2.1. Visit the YouTube Playlist you would like to use, this is a static page that will show thumbnails for all videos and playlists. Click on the "Play All" button.

2.2. You are now brought to a YouTube video player that will start to cycle through videos for your playlist. To the right of the YouTube player, right-click the title of the YouTube playlist, and click on "Copy Link Address":

2.3. The URL you have copied will look as exampled:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIbLfYSA8ACNYCOaDWmj6EA1F1uS-pyVL

2.4. Grab the end code of your playlist url, which is your playlist ID, and plug it into the updated video series format provided for you below:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/videoseries?list=[your playlist ID goes here]

Example:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIbLfYSA8ACNYCOaDWmj6EA1F1uS-pyVL

https://www.youtube.com/embed/videoseries?list=PLIbLfYSA8ACNYCOaDWmj6EA1F1uS-pyVL

3. Choose your YouTube settings

Once you’ve selected what video content to show you have a few additional settings to personalize, as shown below:

Here, you can choose to mute or toggle subtitles for your video.

Please note: subtitles will only appear if the video from YouTube has a transcription file attached. YouTube can auto-generate captions for videos while being displayed on YouTube's site, though on third-party sites won't show subtitles if the video wasn't uploaded with a caption (transcription) file. If you have control of the video upload on YouTube, we'd recommend adding or checking if the video has a transcription attached. You can learn more on YouTube's website by clicking here.

4. Preview your results

Once you’ve added your video settings you have the opportunity to preview the YouTube app before it gets added to a playlist. This helps you to determine that the right video content is playing and in the right order. 

Click ‘Preview App’ and a small popup will play the videos of your choosing.

5. Add your YouTube stream to a playlist

Once you’re happy with your YouTube settings, you can add the selection to one of your digital signage playlists.

Select ‘Add App’ and choose a name for your selection, for example ‘YouTube - Company Playlist’. This will help you to spot it later if you are using more than one YouTube app stream. 

Next, go to ‘Playlists’ and drag and drop your YouTube app from the app selection bar on the right-hand side to the playlist of your choosing. 

Frequently asked questions:

I can’t find the correct video - what should I do?

Please test that you have the correct URL or playlist URL in your browser before entering it into your playlist and remember, if the channel owner changes the playlist or URL you will need to change it in ScreenCloud too.

The subtitles aren't showing on my video

When no subtitles show even when you have subtitles set to 'on' this is because those videos don't have captions added to them but were auto-generated by YouTube. To ensure subtitles in your digital signage display, the uploader of the video would need to create captions/add the transcription to the video so that they can be displayed on screen.

Will the ScreenCloud YouTube app cache videos or my stream?

YouTube videos are streamed rather than cached. 

Can I use YouTube as part of a zoned digital signage display?

Yes, but only in the main zone. As we explain here, this prevents too videos from playing at the same time as this wouldn't provide the best user experience. 

How are the YouTube videos ordered?

The YouTube videos are ordered according to the same rules as on YouTube if you are using a playlist and will be shown in the same order as you would see on the site.

How long will the videos play for?

Each individual video will play for the full duration if allowed, however this will depend on the total time duration you have allowed for your YouTube app. This can be edited when setting up the app and changing the time within the field ‘Maximum duration (minutes) of video can play’. If no maximum time is set, the videos will play until the end of the playlist.

Can I skip or remove a video from the playlist?

This is not currently supported but is something we will look to implement in the future. 

For further questions please contact support@screen.cloud with details.   

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