DocuTube for Google Docs

DocuTube is a utility addon which finds YouTube links in the document and adds them to a popup window right in the doc when run.

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Google Docs do not allow you to embed videos. Rather than jumping in and out of your document each time you click a video link, DocuTube automatically creates an embedded YouTube video in a popup using the links already in the document.

It reads any type of YouTube link including links in images.

Note that Google Drawings are not supported at this point due to limitations in Google's code.

Demo

Problems?

If you run into strange errors or weird issues, leave a comment on this page. I've tested as much as I can on a variety of documents, but something is sure to slip through. I'll reply here with fixes, so be sure to subscribe.

License

Everything I do is as is and licensed under The MIT License

Copyright 2017 - Brian Bennett

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

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17 thoughts on “DocuTube

  1. Alan Levine says:

    Very cool, Brian! You’d think google might be able to embed their own damn product, but until then…

    No torts here, just toots of thanks.

  2. Tom Rickards says:

    When I go to this Add On, I get a box that pops up and a prompt that says “Loading your videos” but then it is a blank box and I can’t see to add any youtube videos or links

    • Brian Bennett says:

      The add-on grabs videos already linked in the document. So, if there aren’t any videos, it won’t show anything. Does your document have a YouTube video linked somewhere?

  3. Tom Rickards says:

    I think I understand now as I watched the video above (should have started with that!). Thanks for your help!

  4. Lisa Olsen says:

    Two of my videos load and then the other 2 show up as black boxes with no video. Is there a limit to how many videos can be in your document?

  5. Cathie Gillner says:

    Hello our Google Admin for our school district is unable to add the addon under the Admin Console. She has tried repeatedly and it keeps sending her on a continual loop.

    Thanks

  6. Hi Brian,

    I´m Julio González from Princippia (Spain). I have been testing your add-on in order to publish your addon on my web (http://blog.princippia.com) but one of the videos shows a black box with no video. I send you the link with my samples. I hope you can detect the error.

    Link: https://goo.gl/6Vo7Mx

    Thanks in advance!

    • Brian Bennett says:

      You had `t=1s` at the end of the URL. The addon must be having trouble with the timestamp tag. Remove that and it works fine in the test doc. I’ll also add it to a list of updates I need to make.

      Thanks for using!

  7. Iceman says:

    AWESOME

  8. Helen says:

    Hello, I just started using doctube and I’m having trouble getting a video to load on my doc. It may be that the length of my doc is too long because when I tried the add-on on a new doc it worked just fine.
    I would appreciate it if anyone can take a look at the doc for me.

    Here is the link:

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Dk2V5Bp-IXr0Bc9EG7SFwBj0Wk8QGRmcaMpkRpUf0Ac/edit?usp=sharing

    Thank you.

    • Brian Bennett says:

      Hi Helen!

      Thanks for the comment and sorry for the issue. It was breaking on your equation symbols because Google treats those differently in the code. I’ve added and tested a fix and deployed it to the Add On store. You don’t need to reinstall and should see a fix in the next 24 hours.

  9. Danielle says:

    I recently learned about this add-on for Google Apps but it won’t work. When I activate Docutube, and choose to have the video open in the sidebar, all I get is a “Loading your videos…” message. I have tried both copying the video link directly into the document as well as hyperlinking it and the result is the same. What are my next steps?
    Thanks in advance

    • Brian Bennett says:

      Hi Danielle,
      Make a copy of your original doc and share it with brian.bennett2 [at] gmail [dot] com? It’ll allow me to look in and see what’s happening.

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