Embedding YouTube Videos into your DPS project

I get the question all the time: “How can I embed a YouTube video into my DPS project?

My answer: a YouTube video that shows how to embed a YouTube video into your DPS project!

It is possible that InDesign won’t recognize the embed code that you copy and paste from YouTube, so you can always use the Object>Insert HTML option and paste your embed code there. If you want to use the video in a scrollable frame, this method won’t work in CS6. You will need to save the embed code to a file (called something like video.html) and point a Web Content overlay at it, allowing user interaction and turning on auto play.

4 Responses to Embedding YouTube Videos into your DPS project

  1. Lilla Clanin says:

    This really answered my problem, thank you!

  2. paopao6 says:

    i want youtube now!!

  3. Michael says:

    I have followed this as you said and my youtube video (with the embed code – https: added) plays in the preview but when I export it to a pdf all I get is a black box with no controls and clicking anywhere within it
    does nothing. What’s happening?

    • James Lockman says:

      This article is about using YouTube videos in DPS projects, not PDF. This is specific to DPS, as the YouTube video is surfaced in a Web Content overlay, which is a DPS feature, not a PDF feature. If you want to use video in PDF, you will need to have access to the file, not the stream, so that you can use File>Place to put it on the page.