Turkey unblocking Youtube

Turkey has once again opened up for usage of Youtube, after a 2 month ban. Streamio has been working without problems during this ban, which has been confirmed by our Turkish users.

Most people look on Youtube as a video network, when it is more a social media of user generated content, with users, follower, groups, comments and other elements that is not always allowed in all countries.

With the Streamio platform it is easy to distribute movies both via the Streamio player for sharing on websites and newsletters, AND via Youtube as well. Since the Streamio player works in places where Youtube has problems (such as China and until recently Turkey among other countries), it is ideal to use as a base for your video communication.

With Streamio it is also easy to share on Youtube and other social networks, in order to not miss out on the crowd found there.

Our usual recommendation is to use both Streamio and Youtube. Youtube has massive numbers of viewers, but you might prefer to have your own website equipped with the Streamio player to get a streaming experience that is more solid and to reach regions where Youtube is blocked or is having performance issues.


Embed videos in Basecamp!

Here at Streamio, we absolutely love the new version of Basecamp (www.basecamp.com) by 37Signals and we use it frequently to manage many of our internal and customer projects.

The only thing we found a bit frustrating was that we couldn’t embed any videos in our projects – well, we could, but only videos publicly hosted at YouTube or Vimeo.

But what if you, like us, wanted to embed videos that were not publicly hosted? What if the content we wanted to embed was not something we wanted anybody else but the members of a specific project team to see?

Well, thanks to the awesome teams at 37Signals and Embed.ly,  it is now possible for all our customers to embed HD videos hosted at Streamio directly in the new version of Basecamp!

Here’s how you do it:

Single Videos

  •  Login to your Streamio account
  • Click on the title of the video you’d like to embed on Basecamp
  • Go to the ”Publish”-section and copy the Embed link /shortened URL (Not the iFrame Embed code – it won’t work)
  • Login to your Basecamp account
  • Create a new discussion/comment in anyone of your projects
  • Paste the embed link / shortened link and publish your discussion / comment.

Done!

 

Now, the video will automatically be embedded in Basecamp and viewable by all members of that project. Sweet!!

Video Archives:

Publishing a video archive works pretty much the same way as for single videos, but you first need to:

  • create and customize a Video Archive Player (Max width: 540px, Max height: 540px), and
  • add the playlists you want included in the archive

Then, you just locate and copy the Embed link / shortened URL of your Video Archive Player and paste it in any Basecamp discussion/comment, as previously described for single videos.

Done!

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We certainly hope that you will love this neat feature as much as we do and, again, a huge thanks to the awesome teams at 37signals and Embed.ly for making this possible.

 

Please note that this neat auto-embed feature only works in Basecamp’s Standard view, not (yet) in Basecamp Mobile.  You can still view all videos and archives on all kinds of tablets, including iPads, as long as you work in Basecamp Standard View – in Basecamp Mobile, the videos and video archives will only be displayed as clickable links/URLs, not embedded.