I was trying to find a script that would add/blog YouTube videos automatically whenever I added them to a playlist. I couldn’t find such a thing. But what I did find is Smart YouTube. This plugin is a perfect WordPress plugin because you just post the URL, add a ‘v’ after the http, and it adds the embed code, and the thumbnail of the video. The settings for your videos sitewide can all be set from the plugin admin. So I can add hundreds of videos (which I do at MidKid Video), and control several settings that will apply to every YouTube clip on the site.
The settings that are most important to me are:
- disabling related videos at the end of the clip
- automatically adding the thumbnail from YouTube
- disabling annotations
- controlling the size of the player
This plugin is great. The only flaw is that when things don’t work on a video, it won’t work on all your videos. The most recent issue I’m having using the Smart YouTube plugin is that the YouTube video will play, but only has audio, no video. Again, this happens sitewide, so it’s a huge bummer. But the developer is a real pro, so I’m hoping we can get it solved shortly.