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How do I insert a YouTube video as a featured image?

  1. Hi,

    I'm new to this whole blogging thing. I am trying to set a YouTube video as a featured image, but for some reason it won't recognize the URL and the homepage remains blank. When you click on the post, the video shows up. Is there an easy way to get the video to show up on my homepage as a featured image/video? I know a little about HTML coding but I'm in no way, shape or form close to being an expert. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!

    The blog I need help with is yeahgurlblog.com.

  2. Featured images are images: pictures. You can not embed a YouTube video as a featured image.

    (by the way, featured images must be uploaded to your media library—if you try to use a URL, the featured image will not appear)

  3. So there is no way to insert a video on my homepage in conjunction with my post? I guess I was using the wrong terminology here :-/

  4. You can certainly embed a YouTube into your post. It just can't be your featured image.
    Could you find a still image from the video? You could use that (paying attention to copyright).

  5. OK, I'll give that a try. Thanks!

  6. This explains how to embed a YouTube into a post:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/videos/youtube/

  7. Hi There! If you want the youtube video as a picture within your post it would require you to take a screenshot of the video then upload the image into the post... Then you can link the image to the video so when the reader clicks the image they are taken to the video on youtube.....

    ~sk

  8. @slik~~
    Yes, but wouldn't the quality of such an image be very poor? And what about the copyright issues of doing that? A video is publicly available on YouTube, but a screenshot is a bit different: if there are copyright issues, then YouTube would disable it, but a screenshot would remain.
    Could be I'm being pedantic?

  9. @~Tess~
    The quality of the screen shot depends on the software that was used to take the screen shot.... I read this one WP.com blog and when they put YouTube videos in their posts they use a screen shot of the video and player so it looks like the video is embedded in the post I haven't seen any of those images taken down due to copy right issues...

    As for copy right I really don't know if it falls under the "fair use" usage I can't see why it would be any different to have a screen shot compared to the actual video on the site...

    Because before the reader would click play they would see the same image on the actual player as they would a screen shot that's linked back to the video on YouTube...

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