An Easy Way to Add Content from YouTube or Vimeo
The video content block allows you to share your video content in an easy way in your emails. You only need to copy and paste the URL of your video from YouTube or Vimeo. BEE will do the rest: it will grab the cover image for the video, overlay a play icon on top of it, and link it to the video content.
How it Works
You will find a Video tile in the Content panel. Drag it into your design to get started.
The Content properties section will ask you to provide a video URL from YouTube or Vimeo. These are the popular video hosting services that we currently support.
Once you insert a valid URL, the content block in the editing panel will display the cover image with a play icon overlayed on top of it. You can edit the type, color, and size of the play icon to change the way it looks.
Note that the editor can't access password-protected videos to get the cover image. If you are using a video hosted on Vimeo with the "Hide this video from Vimeo.com" setting turned on, the editor will also be unable to generate the cover image.
Select the icon type that fits your design:
Choose the color that looks best with your cover image:
Pick a size. You're all done!
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Notes about embedding video in email
This feature does not embed the actual video in the email designed with BEE, but rather links to it in a smart way.
The reason why the actual video content is not embedded in the message is that, unfortunately, it doesn't work very well
. Many email clients do not support it. Apple has been "back and forth" on video support in iOS over the years (there are more details in this Email on Acid article)
Additionally, users tend to open emails on mobile devices. Viewing videos on a mobile device can cause substantial data usage. Not to mention that they may experience a poor user experience due to the quality of the data connection.
With everything considered we believe that the approach we chose provides the best results.
Note for BEE Plugin Users
If you embed the BEE editor into your application (i.e. you are a BEE Plugin user), you need to enable this feature in the BEE Plugin Developer Portal under Application details > Application configuration > Content settings. You can read more on server-side configurations in our BEE Plugin doc