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Video Player

The video component is used to display video within a page. This component will pull edited and encoded MP4 videos*, associated caption file, and assigned start image from the Digital Asset Management (DAM) system to display in the video player. The component is also capable of pulling from YouTube or

When to use it?

The video player component should be used to insert topical video content into your pages.

Where to use it?

The video player component may be added to a 4-column, 3-column, or 2-column area in a template.

*MP4 is the preferred file format to accommodate both desktop and mobile device playback. M4V formatting will work but this file type is proprietary to Apple and may not be supported long-term. FLV formatting will continue to be supported by NYU but should be avoided as it does not support playback on mobile devices.

How to use it?

  1. Navigate to and open the desired page.
  2. The component placeholder contains a video player. It appears with a down-arrow icon underneath a top border from which you can select various actions.
  3. Click on the Edit button in the top border to add your video content.
    If you are using the Digital Asset Management (DAM) console to host the video, before a video may be used in a page, it must be added to the DAM console.
  4. For YouTube videos:
    1. In the Video Properties tab: Copy and paste the share link from into the video path field. Click the OK button to finish.
    2. Learn how to change the default thumbnail for your video hosted via YouTube.
  5. For NYU Stream videos:
    1. Copy and paste the URL for the desired video into the video path field. Click the OK button to finish.
    2. Learn more about NYU Stream.
  6. For DAM videos:
    1. In the Video Properties tab: Click the search icon to select the video from the DAM. The "Select Path" window will open allowing you to navigate through the DAM to your videos. Select the video you wish to use. Click the OK button to finish.
    2. To add a DAM Video Captions Path: If you have prepared a .xml file to caption your video, you may choose it by clicking the search icon to select the file from the DAM. The "Select Path" window will open allowing you to navigate through the DAM to your caption files. Select the file you wish to use. Click the OK button to finish. Learn how to install a Caption File.
    3. In the Intro Image for DAM Video tab: Drag and drop the desired intro image from the asset tray. If needed, utilize the browse feature in the asset tray to navigate through the DAM to locate the desired image. All images should immediately be cropped to ensure they fit properly within the video player. Click Crop and select the appropriate aspect ratio for the column width in which the video component is located. Click the OK button to finish.
  7. Click the magnifying glass icon in the Sidekick to open the page in Preview mode to ensure that all additions are as expected from the site viewer's perspective.

     If you want to have your video on the site, it is recommended to provide closed captions for each video to help provide a complete viewing experience for all users. It is also recommended to make an HTML transcript and include a link under each video called "Read Video Transcript."


Add the Video Player Component Screenshots

Component Tutorial: Adding the Video Player component


Select Video Path

Insert a video from YouTube
Component Tutorial: Inserting a video using the YouTube share link

YouTube Video

Insert a video from the DAM


Compontent Tutorial: Inserting a video from the DAM

DAM Video

Install Caption File for DAM Video

Closed captioning (or subtitling) is the process of displaying text at the bottom of the video player to provide additional or interpretive information to any site viewer who wishes to access it.

Closed captions typically show a transcription of the audio portion of a video as it occurs (either verbatim or in edited form), sometimes including non-speech elements.  The XML file will need to be generated by the unit creating the video or by an outside captioning resource.

To install a caption file for DAM videos:

  1. Click on the Digital Asset Manager (DAM) button (camera icon).
  2. Navigate to the folder where you would like to store your .xml file. This is generally the "documents" folder.
  3. Click "New File" at the top of the console.
  4. Upload the .xml file. Learn how to add content to the DAM.
  5. Activate the file.
  6. Add the video component to the page on which you are working.
  7. In the Video Properties tab, click the down arrow next to the Captions Path field. It will allow you to choose the .xml caption file from the DAM. The "Select Path" window will open allowing you to navigate through the DAM to your caption files.
  8. Navigate to the folder where you stored your XML asset.
  9. Highlight the file you wish to use.
  10. Click the OK button to finish.


DAM Video Caption Screenshots

Component Tutorial: Uploading a caption file

To upload a caption file, click "New File" and select your file from your desktop or the source where it lives.


Component Tutorial: Adding captions

Click on the "Captions Path" to enter the DAM directory and choose your caption file.


Component Tutorial: Selecting a caption path

Navigate to your caption file through the DAM. Click OK.

Component Tutorials

Still need help?

To report an issue with using components, please contact the IT Service Desk:

Video Player Examples

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DAM Video

YouTube Video

Required Video Specs for DAM Videos


Format: MPEG-4 (.mp4 - strongly recommended) or M4V (.m4v)
OverallBitRate: ~1200 Kbps

* Flash Video (.flv) files will still play in this component but are not optimized to play on mobile devices and should be replaced as soon as possible.

Format: VP6 (or H.263)
BitRate: 1200 Kbps
Width: 576 pixel
Height: 324 pixel
DisplayAspectRatio: 16:9
FrameRate_Mode: CFR
Scan Type: Progressive
FrameRate: 29.970 fps

Format: MPEG Audio, (AAC or mp3 is acceptable)
Format_Version: Version 1
Format_Profile: Layer 3
BitRate_Mode: CBR
BitRate: 80.0 Kbps
Channel(s): 2 channel
SamplingRate: 44.1 KHz or greater
BitDepth: 16 bit


Wish to see your videos in NYU's YouTube or iTunesU accounts? Contact Christopher James for assistance.

Ideally, these videos need to be H.264 codec and 100 to 300meg each, no bigger than 600meg. Their minimum frame size should be 640X360 (16:9) with matching pixel ratio.

Format: De-interlaced MP4, MOV, or M4V (H.264/AVC/MPEG-4 part 10)

Video Resources

A number of reputable free video conversion tools like Handbrake, as well as purchasable software, exist in the marketplace today and are easily found with a quick web search. 

NYU does not endorse a specific tool, but have found many of these common tools to be helpful.

Video Player Known Bugs


YouTube videos inserted into pages through the Video Player component are not able to be referenced on other pages.


Instead of referencing the video, insert a new Video Player component on that page.

Updated December 2015

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