Absolute URL Link to Screencast.com videos

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Is there a way to link directly to the video hosted on Screencast.com that uses an absolute URL rather than the embedly.com shortcode? We want to play the hosted videos within our own application and not have it open in a new window with the screencast.com logo or wrapper around our videos.
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Guy Larcom, Instructional Designer

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Hi jlee9566,

I may be interpreting your question wrong, so please let me know if that is the case. It sounds like you would like to embed your content. To do this, you simply need to grab the Screencast.com embed code for your content. Follow the steps below to get the embed code from the View Page:

  1. Navigate to the content to embed and click the Share button.
  2. In the Share dialog, click Copy to copy the embed code and paste it where you would like it to display.

You can also access the embed code for content from the library, but the process looks a little different depending on the library view you are using. See the relevant article linked below to obtain an embed code from the library.

Beta Library: https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/articles/235747787-Beta-Library-Share-a-Single-Content-File

Classic Library: https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/articles/227483788-Share-Your-Content

Please let me know if this is not what you're looking for, and I'd be happy to provide more assistance.

Thank you and have a great day!

Guy
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Hi Guy,

I did use the "embed" feature. It created an iframe that when clicked plays in a new window with the Screencast.com URL, logo, account login, etc (this is what I meant by the screencast.com wrapper). I'm simply looking to use Screencast.com as the repository to store the videos, but include the absolute URL link in our own application with the html <video> tag. The <video src=" "> tag doesn't seem to take the shortcode generated by screencast.com. Is this possible? 

I'm not sure if it's our application or screencast.com, but the embed code does not work with the embedly.com link AND allow viewing 'inside' our app and in the same window. Hopefully, I'm being clear.

Not what I want:


What I'd like to do is have it play in our application:
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Guy Larcom, Instructional Designer

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Hi jlee9566,

Here is my second idea. Try using the long link to your content and then add "/embed" (without the quotation marks) to the end of the long URL.

To get the long URL, simply open the content by clicking it in your library, and then copy the URL that appears in the address bar of your browser.


Once you've got that URL set up, try it out with the <video> tag and let me know how it goes.

Thank you!

Guy
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Nothing. I see the player bec of the <video> tag, but the video is not there. 

I used the iframe tag with the long link and adding /embed in another application and it worked, but then I tried it in the app I want to ultimately use it in and nothing. I think I need to contact the app service. They must be doing something to block anything that isn't an absolute URL for videos.

Copy and pasting the embed code from screencast.com doesn't work in this particular app. The only way I can get any connection to screencast.com is if I use the app's own "embed video button". It works. It dumps a bunch of iframe code in, but I can't control the html so the video only plays in a new, separate Screencast.com window. 

I can get videos to play inside the app (and not a separate window) if I edit HTML code directly, but only if I use the video tag AND an absolute URL, anything else comes up empty. That's why I'm looking for the actual 'foo.mp4' link on screencast.com, which doesn't seem to be exposed. 

Thanks for your help! Much appreciated.