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YouTube - display your videos on your digital screens

YouTube - display your videos on your public screens

YouTube is the World's largest website for uploading, displaying and sharing videos. Display your video clips on your public screens by pasting the address of the YouTube-video you want to display, in a new post.

How to add a new YouTube-post on PinToMind

What videos can be displayed?

Do I have to upload my video to YouTube?

Yes, videos that you want to display, need to be uploaded to YouTube. On the YouTube support pages, you can find help to upload videos. If you do not want the video to be searchable for others, set the video privacy settings to 'unlisted' when uploading the video.

Can I display on all types of screens?

YouTube-posts requires a lot from the physical screens. It may appear as if it will display well, on a preview on your PC, but the result might be different on the actual digital signage screens on the wall. Check what type of hardware you use, and test if the YouTube-post displays well on these. At the bottom of this article you will find advice on and experience with different types of hardware that we have tested.

Overall, and importantly, for the video to display well, is that the browser and software on the screen are updated, and that the screen is connected to a good network. A wired network will work best, but a good wireless network should also work.

The length of the video, the video format and the number of video posts on the screen will also affect the quality of the video display. To display videos for a long period of time could present challenges related to internal memory and system performance. When displaying videos, we recommend a daily restart of hardware.

Downloading and buffering

Displaying of YouTube-posts requires a good network. If the network is slow, or there is no network, the video may buffer, attempting to load. We have added a time out, that means that if the video has not started within 5 seconds, the screen will automatically move on to the next post.

You can experience some buffering during the first rounds, but it will improve over time. Therefore, be patient during the first rounds. The playback becomes more stabile over time.

Advice on and experience with YouTube-posts on different types of hardware

Asus Chromebit with PinToMind-app

Despite its small size and low price, the Chromebit is among the hardware we have the best experience with, for displaying YouTube-posts. When running a screen with YouTube-posts for a long period of time, the device will eventually crash, but this can simply be solved with a restart of the unit. See our suggestions for hardware to read more about Chromebit.

Samsung SMART Signage with Tizen

Samsung with SSSP5 (Tizen 3.0) works well for displaying videos from YouTube. SSSP4 (Tizen 2.4) also works, but requires more from the network and may spend more time buffering. Videos displayed on SSSP5 have continued to play, despite loss of network. This is not the case on SSSP4. Some units require an update of firmware; contact us if you have problem displaying videos, and we will guide you through an update. See our suggestions for hardware to read more about the screens from Samsung.

Samsung SMART Signage with built in player (before Tizen)

Samsung with built in player, before Tizen, does not have support for displaying YouTube-posts. This applies to screens with SSSP1, SSSP2 and SSSP3. If you wish to display YouTube-posts on this type of screens, we recommend to connect an Asus Chromebit with PinToMind-app.

Philips with Android (Q-series, D-series and P-series)

The tests we have performed, have shown that these types of screens work well when they are installed to use the embedded browser. We do not perform the same continuous testing, nor have the possibility to follow up these types of screens, as we do on Samsung SMART Signage with Tizen.

PC or Mac with browser

PC or Mac with browser have worked very well in our tests, but require a daily restart. Our best experiences are with using Google Chrome, and regardless of the type of browser, it needs to be an updated version. Also, check that the browser on the computer that displays digital screens is set up to use HTLM5-display of YouTube.

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