Adding Flash Videos to QuickBase

If you have ever embedded a YouTube, Camtasia, Jing or Flash video into a QuickBase dashboard you know that the Internet Explorer browser will display an annoying pop-up that can drive you crazy.

This is because you are introducing a Flash video object that is hosted in a location other than QuickBase. You can suppress these browser pop-ups by adding the following snipet to your video code.

classid=”clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000″

This inserted object attribute directs your browser to the Flash player inside your Windows registry. Since you will use the installed Flash player your browser doesn’t mind you playing videos that are hosted in other non-QuickBase locations.

Let’s take a typical video from YouTube. I am fond of katbadar so I will use her video. Grab the embed code, copy and paste it into a QuickBase dashboard.

<object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/UaGca3B2u-Y&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/UaGca3B2u-Y&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object>

If you try displaying the dashboard with an Internet Explorer browser, you will get the following pop-up.

popup

Now let’s take the same video but insert the classid attribute into the object tag like below (See the classid just after the word object).

<object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000" width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/UaGca3B2u-Y&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/UaGca3B2u-Y&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object>

Refresh your browser and Tada… no pop-up!

Now you can add training videos, YouTube clips and Flash tutorials in your QuickBase dashboard without browser pop-ups.

By the way check out katbadar’s voice on YouTube:

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  • http://SkillCasting.com/ Scott Skibell

    Is there a way to embed the YouTube code into a QB field and not just the Dashboard?

    I’ve setup a few databases before but always had to link to external files. Having them embedded would be sweet. It could help move QB into a low-end learning management system.

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    Kirk Trachy Reply:

    @Scott Skibell,

    Thanks for the comment. You can embed charts, graphs, report, graphics and graphic links that launch from a form but, if you want to embed an active component in the form (video) you can’t do that with native QuickBase but you can if your use an extension that is available from one of our certified partners. SoftTech http://softtechexperts.com can customize form function, color, scripting etc. with something they call QuickBase Extensions. Would love to hear what you think.

    Kirk Trachy

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  • http://SkillCasting.com Scott Skibell

    Is there a way to embed the YouTube code into a QB field and not just the Dashboard?

    I’ve setup a few databases before but always had to link to external files. Having them embedded would be sweet. It could help move QB into a low-end learning management system.

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    Kirk Trachy Reply:

    @Scott Skibell,

    Thanks for the comment. You can embed charts, graphs, report, graphics and graphic links that launch from a form but, if you want to embed an active component in the form (video) you can’t do that with native QuickBase but you can if your use an extension that is available from one of our certified partners. SoftTech http://softtechexperts.com can customize form function, color, scripting etc. with something they call QuickBase Extensions. Would love to hear what you think.

    Kirk Trachy

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