[UPDATE – 2008-08-19] The method below is deprecated due to YouTube inconsistency/bugginess. See this for better workarounds!
[UPDATE – 2008-05-25 @ 2:07 PM] Be sure to read the helpful comments, including mention of Resident-created products to get fresh links — another caveat is that YouTube’s MP4 download links expire after some duration of time. I’m sorry it isn’t as effortless/reliable as we’d like it to be; let’s keep sharing knowledge.
Following our first “Ask Torley!” session, I present an instructional experience highly entertaining in its executionals, most audaciously garnished in SPECTACULARITY! It will go down in the annals of our history as a prize to be treasured when you too, understand the simpleniceness of doing it. But beware of the fine print!
TRANSLATION: You can watch YouTube videos in Second Life and I’m here to share the wealth! *flashes info-bling* Many (but not all… yet) videos have a corresponding MP4 “high-quality” link which is compatible with QuickTime, which means it can be shown inworld on your parcel. With the use of this link-maker tool (others exist, but I like this one), you can easily search for a vid, grab the correct link (e.g., try getting the MP4 URL from this video), and paste it inworld just a few seconds later.
Enjoy the show!
DOWNLOAD HIGH-QUALITY VERSION (this is hosted on Linden Lab’s webspace, is even better quality, and can be played in Second Life too!)
00:19 – Find the easy link-maker tool
01:24 – Search for a YouTube video
02:08 – Get a video’s MP4 link
03:21 – Where to change the Media URL
03:47 – Make a movie screen
05:19 – Paste the media URL
05:57 – Improve your movie playback
06:47 – Recap of what to do!
You should know:
- Playback performance is dependent on YouTube, and obviously, your bandwidth. In the past few days, I’ve had occasional choppiness, so if you get that too, it’s not just you. Also remember not all videos work — if you get gibberish or a black screen, it means that video isn’t fully-compatible for one or more reasons; it may not have a high-quality (QuickTime-compatible) version yet.I wish there was an easier way to tell beforehand (it’s weird, because some, but not all of my video tutorials play): my investigations revealed that some links that should work are being sent from YouTube’s servers as “text/html” instead of “video/mp4” media type, and only the latter is correct. (I tried to override media type in SL but that doesn’t work… I’ll followup with our parcel media gurus!
Altho it’s slower, an alternative path is to download a YouTube video from your web browser using the “Download as MP4” link and upload it to a webserver which serves up the correct media type, if you’re so inclined. Then, it can be streamed inworld. Please be mindful of usage rights!
- If you use Internet Explorer, you need to right-click the “Get YouTube video” link and select “Add to Favorites” instead of dragging it to your toolbar. Don’t miss the instructions!
- If you feel doing this link-gettery each time is too time-consuming for you, some smart Residents have figured scripted ways to do it: look on SL Exchange and OnRez for suitable devices on the market. I cannot vouch for their authenticity but encourage your exploration and inventive, innovative ingenuity!
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