[Pro] YouTube Action 2.0.3 Problem

This screenshot shows a problem with version 2.0.3 of the YouTube Action:

Here’s where you can download the YouTube Action:

http://actionsforge.com/actions/youtube

As you can see in my screenshot, the COG pop-up, containing the resolution of the video, is cut off at the top in accordance with the height of the HTML box containing the video in Freeway.

I confirmed this in the latest version of Safari and Chrome. (I don’t see it in FireFox only because the COG icon does not show up in FireFox for some reason.)

Obviously, the Action needs to be fixed to solve this problem perfectly. But since it sometimes takes an eternity for Actions to be updated, I am posting this in hopes that perhaps one of you would know an HTML markup hack that may fix it.

Thanks!

James Wages


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Can we see this page online somewhere?

And are you following the instruction that says - For best playback results change the height of this item to 251px

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For best playback results change the height of this item to 251px

Or whatever value gives you the correct aspect ratio.

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Thanks for your quick reply, Dave.

Yes, I am abiding by the suggested aspect ratio:

HTML box = 267px(H) x 150px(W)

Here’s a sample web page, per your request:

http://kiramek.com/21test95/YouTubeActionWoes/

  1. Open the above page.
  2. Click the video to play it.
  3. Click on the Gear/Cog icon.
  4. Click on the QUALITY pop-up.
  5. NOTE the top of the pop-up gets cut-off

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My understanding is that you want a 4:3 aspect ratio for your video and its containing Divs

That would mean for a height of 267px you want a width of 356px

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No, Dave.

If I change the width to be 356px as you suggest, then the YouTube Action screams at me to change the height to 200px.

In other words, what I have now (267x150px) is absolutely, positively correct.

Oh sure, if I make the video size much larger (both in height and width), then there will be enough room for that popup menu, such that it will not get truncated. But I cannot afford the space to do that in my application. And the fact is, I shouldn’t have to. The Action has a flaw (or maybe it’s a Freeway flaw), whereby the YouTube video content inside a given HTML box is clipped to the size of the box, menus and all. The Video should be clipped to the size of the box (obviously), but it is illogical that such a restraint is placed upon the popup menus.

If you still don’t understand what I’m talking about, download the YouTube action from ActionsForge and give it a spin yourself.

It’s not a mistake on my part. It’s very much a limitation imposed by the Action (or Freeway).

Thanks,

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Hi,
Actually, it’s a limitation imposed by YouTube when you use the iFrame method of embedding their content. What you are seeing is the web page inside an iFrame which is clipping the content, and that includes the menu.

You’ll notice that other methods of embedding content are deprecated. This includes which would give you the ability to have the menu appear as you expect.

That page also has recommendations on the minimum size of players on web pages.


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Thank you, Paul!

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Am not aware if this is a smart comment, but what about “responsive” or adaptive content - even if it is video? Or does it have to be so small even on larger screens?

If not, you could give this a try:

http://actionsforge.com/actions/responsive-video

Cheers

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