How do I add a YouTube video to my presentation?

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Proclaim makes it easy to insert videos from YouTube (due to changes on the Vimeo platform, videos hosted on Vimeo are no longer compatible with Proclaim). While in Edit mode you will only see the website favicon until you Preview or go On Air.

Did you know? You can replace your video's audio with any background audio track in Proclaim. Learn more

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Add a YouTube Video

1. Add a Web Page service item.

Click Add Item and select Web Page.


2. Paste the URL of your video into the address bar.

Proclaim automatically formats your video on the slide in any aspect ratio.


3. The video plays in full-screen mode when you navigate to the service item in OnAir mode.

  • YouTube videos are set to autoplay from the beginning. To start the video manually, find the code in the URL autoplay=1 and change the 1 to a 0.

  • Change the start time of the video by inserting &start=[number of seconds from the beginning] at the end of the URL.
    For example: 

  • Find a full list of YouTube’s parameters listed here.

Note: Use the full URL for YouTube videos; shortened URLs (such as do not format correctly and cause issues. To get the full YouTube video URL, find the video via searching on, view the YouTube video, and copy the URL in your browser’s address bar. If you have a shortened URL, open the YouTube video’s page using the shortened URL and then copy the full URL from your browser’s address bar.


Troubleshooting Adding a Video

  • Some videos may not have the formats available to play in Proclaim. If you have trouble, try downloading the video and then add it to your presentation as a video item.
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