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Seamlessly Share Video & Audio with Embedded Files

Got videos hosted on YouTube, Vimeo or Viddler that you’d like to share with clients as part of their coaching program with you?

CoachAccountable now lets you share such media (as well as audio clips hosted at SoundCloud) right within the system itself, allowing for seamless delivery of video and audio content in your programs.

To do this, simply add the video or audio clip to your Library by pasting in whatever embed code is provided by the hosting site.  YouTube’s embed code for a given video, for example, can be found under Share:

YouTube embed code

Once you’ve got the embed code, paste it into area indicated for adding embedded files, like so:

Add new Embeddable Media File

Hit the preview button, and if CA is able to recognize the code as a valid embed from one of the 4 supported sources (again, YouTube, Vimeo, Viddler or SoundCloud) you’ll see the media right in the preview.

Video and audio files which are added this way will behave a tad differently for you and your clients when shared.  Instead of a Download button, you’ll see a Watch or Listen button.  Click that and the media file opens right up within CoachAccountable:

Just click watch and the lights go down.

Just click watch and the lights go down.

Like with other types of shared files, CoachAccountable keeps track of if and when your client last accessed embedded files.

This started out as an experimental feature, unlocked for a few coaches a while ago.  It’s pretty sharp and ready for prime time now, but even so I’m open to adding other established sites for hosted media beyond the 4 that CoachAccountable currently recognizes and supports.  If you know of one that I missed which would be useful to you, let it be known!

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9 Comments »

  1. David W. McQuarrie said,

    August 16, 2014 @ 5:49 pm

    Very cool, John, great new feature!

  2. Twila said,

    August 17, 2014 @ 1:03 pm

    Absolutely Fantabulous! Prevents “giving away” hard work through a download and promotes use of the coach accountable interface. This is a very important new feature. Thanks so very much for all the work you do for us!

  3. John said,

    August 18, 2014 @ 10:51 am

    Interesting take, Twila: I hadn’t thought about the “giving away” factor of direct downloads.

    While locking down access to content that you also want shared right to someone’s computer is inherently difficult (because it’s going right to their computer, one with some basic tech-savvy can’t help but have a certain ability to take it like a download), you’re right in that the barrier is now a bit higher with this much-tighter way to deliver content.

    Good stuff!

  4. Joey said,

    August 18, 2014 @ 2:28 pm

    If you could add in educreations.com, that would be a life saver for me.
    thanks!

  5. John said,

    August 18, 2014 @ 3:29 pm

    Hi Joey,

    You got it: educreations.com indeed supports embedded videos with a nice snippet of HTML, so CoachAccountable now recognizes those as well.

  6. J. Massey said,

    August 25, 2014 @ 12:01 pm

    And while we’re asking, how about Wistia?

  7. John said,

    August 25, 2014 @ 3:54 pm

    Mmmm, good one! Support for Wistia is now added. I don’t know if I got all of the forms of embedding HTML covered, so if you try to paste in some embed code that the system DOESN’T handle it right, send it my way and I’ll update CA so that it does.

  8. Bill Hawthorn said,

    August 28, 2014 @ 12:50 pm

    Hey John,

    Was wondering if you can add Join.me to the list. I coach a lot sharing screens and record the sessions so the client can use it later on. Would be fantastic to have them watch it right here :-)

    Great job by the way !!

    Bill

  9. John said,

    August 28, 2014 @ 6:52 pm

    Done!

    Thanks for sending the a few test URLs to play with and sort out the pattern by which to do it. Turns out that join.me doesn’t support formal embed codes but the sharing links you can get from it point directly to full-page video viewers, so this works.

    Also for what it’s worth it seems join.me is tightly linked to cubby.com, another site for video sharing, so embedding videos from there now works in CA as well.

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