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Mark Spurlock

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Using just the URL from a YouTube or Vimeo video, this plugin can create video embeds and thumbnails, of whatever size you like, for use in your templates.


Just use the following tag, and pass the URL of the Youtube/Vimeo video as “src”. Any valid URL format should work:

{exp:url_tube src=“http://youtu.be/nU_cOAutCcs”}


{exp:url_tube src=“http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU_cOAutCcs&feature=youtu.be”}

And of course you can set up a custom field to contain either of these URLs, and pull the requested video from that:

{exp:url_tube src=”{video_field}”}

You can optionally pass in width and/or height. If neither is passed, the plugin uses the Youtube default size of 560 x 315. If only one is passed, the plugin calculates the other so as to make the aspect ratio 16/9.

{exp:url_tube src=“http://youtu.be/nU_cOAutCcs” width=“585” height=“329”}


If you don’t want to embed the video itself, but only output a thumbnail image for it, you can use the thumbnail tag:

{exp:url_tube:thumbnail src=“http://youtu.be/nU_cOAutCcs” width=“585” height=“329”}

Performance Note: This tag works best with YouTube videos. With Vimeo content, using too many of these tags can hurt your page’s load time.


This plugin supports other stuff you might want to do, like adding query-string options (e.g. autoplay=1), giving your video “id” and “class” attributes for CSS to use, and extracting the Video ID. See the full description on Github.

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Not Specified Download 1.5 Jun 20, 2012

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This entry was created June 21, 2012, 10:02 am.
This entry was last updated November 18, 2013, 10:53 pm.

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3 Reviews:

Mike Mella 10.16.15

Mike Mella
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I just needed the thumbnail feature. Glad I found this add-on.

Sneed's Feed & Seed 07.30.13

Sneed's Feed & Seed
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Does what it says on the tin, works perfectly, great support. ‘Nuff said.

DanTreasure 03.03.13

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Exactly what I was looking for! Piece of cake to set up and works perfectly! Cheers =)