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Nov 7, 2011
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Getting YouTube Video Composer Block to work

Recently, we wanted to set up a EpiServer YouTube Video composer block to display some of the new demo videos that we’d created and uploaded to YouTube.

However, I found that the instructions at Jeff Wallace’s blog entry on “Setting up the YouTube Video Playlist for the Composer 4 R2 Blocks” didn’t quite work. After speaking with Richard from EpiServer Australia, we figured out why.

The reason is that the URL which you now get from YouTube seems to be different from the one that Jeff shows being used. This means that the link you copy from YouTube doesn’t immediately work in a CMS 6 R2 site . You have to change it.

To get the correct ULR, follow these steps:

  1. Go to you YouTube channel and make sure that you have at least one playlist in the right hand area. If you don’t, you need to create the playlist, then go to the “Videos and Playlists” button and ensure that the playlist has a tick box next to it’s name as seen below.
    Choosing to display a playlist
  2. Once the items are showing in the playlist, click the “more info” link below the playlist name, as seen below
    Playlist more info link
  3. This will change the right panel to show the items in the playlist. Once again, you have to click the More Info link, illustrated below.
    Playlist more info link again
  4. This will take you to a new page where the items in the playlist are shown, along with the playlist URL, highlighted in the image below.
    Playlist URL
  5. Copy the URL into a text editor such as notepad. In this example, the URL is
  6. NOW this is the key step: Change the URL by removing “#grid/user/” and replacing it with “#/p/c/”. In this example the new URL is now
  7. Paste this URL into the [ExtensionSys] YouTube Video composer block “YouTubeLink” property as seen below
    Adding playlist location to YouTube Video composer block properties

From then on, the rest of Jeff’s instructions work fine and you should see the videos in your playlist when you add the composer block and choose “Edit…”

Nov 07, 2011


Nov 8, 2011 08:13 PM

It used to work the way I posted it, I swear it! It's great to have this update and the additional details. Thx! Feb 1, 2012 04:57 AM

The new YouTube design makes it hard to get the URLs above. You have to switch back to the older view. However, this older view becomes unavailable on March 7th 2012, so I'm not sure what to do then!

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