Create a YouTube Video Item

Create a YouTube video item while you’re building a Presentation or VMcast Loop.

From the Presentation or VMcast Loop Builder

  1. When building a Presentation or a VMcast Loop, select the blue “Add Videos” button. You have some options here: Select the “Add Your Own Video” link.

  2. Give the Video a Title. This title will be seen in the ViewMedica menu system. Use a descriptive name so you and your patients can easily find it in your ViewMedica menu.

  3. Select YouTube.

  4. Now enter the YouTube identification code for the video. Hit the “Preview” button to make sure the code is correct and view what your Video will look like.

How to get the YouTube code: Go to your YouTube Channel. Select the video you want to use. Select the “Share” tab near the Like buttons and copy the text field that starts out “". That’s the identification code you need to paste into the ViewMedica Custom Content Video editor.

  1. Hit the green “Save and Add” button. Now you will see the Video in your list.

  2. You can grab the new video item with your mouse and drag it to the position where you want it.

YouTube Video Settings to Keep in Mind

As long as your YouTube channel uses the standard default video settings, your videos should run fine in ViewMedica. But a couple settings will break the way your ViewMedica works.

Allow Embedding

By default this is checked on. That’s good. If you do not allow embedding, the video will not play in ViewMedica. You can find this setting in the video’s Advanced Settings on YouTube.


By default, your YouTube videos are made Public, which means that everyone in the world can watch them. That’s good. If you change this setting to Private, the video will not play in ViewMedica. You can find this setting in the video’s Basic Info on YouTube. A third option for privacy is Unlisted, which means anyone, even ViewMedica can play this video – but the link to the video will not show on your YouTube channel.

Smart Devices

For some tablet devices and smart phones, VMcast looping and the Play-all feature for Presentations are not fully supported when YouTube videos are used.


If you do not want ads to pop up over your videos, you need to go to your YouTube Settings and then to Additional Features to get your Channel Settings/Advanced. There you will be able to select “Do not allow advertisements to be displayed alongside my videos.”


This will not work if you do not have the ability to "Monetize" a video. See YouTube support for more information on disabling ads.