Videos, Audio, and Interactive Media

Last update: Feb 27/20



"" See Embedded Media & Interactive Content in the Pressbooks User Guide.
For more information, see “Provide web addresses in print copies” in the Links chapter of the Accessibility Toolkit – 2nd Edition.


Many open textbook publications post videos on YouTube for embedding in a textbook. This is done for a few reasons:

  1. YouTube is easy to use.
  2. Videos on YouTube can be assigned a Creative Commons licence.
  3. YouTube ensures that videos exposure beyond the textbook in which they are embedded.

If you own the copyright for a video posted on YouTube intended for an open textbook, take steps to change the video’s licence from the default “Standard YouTube license” to the “Creative Commons Attribution license (reuse allowed).” (See How to Change the License of Your YouTube Video to Creative Commons.)

""Not all videos from YouTube can be embedded into Pressbooks. YouTube videos have three privacy settings that account holders can select. Pressbooks can only embed videos set to “Public” (can be viewed by anyone) and “Unlisted” (can be viewed by anyone who has a direct link to the video). Videos that are set to  “Private” (can only be viewed by video owner) cannot be embedded into Pressbooks. (See How to Upload a Video to YouTube for instructions on how to adjust privacy settings while uploading a video.)

Videos grouped in a playlist on YouTube are designed to play continuously in sequence. To prevent rollover for an embedded video taken from a playlist, use the URL found under the Share link found above the video description box. Highlight the URL by double clicking the link, then copy the URL by right clicking on the link and selecting “Copy.”

Here is an example of an embedded video:

Media 1: “Two Person Ladder 001” can be found online at


Audio files posted in a repository, such as Sound Cloud, can be embedded in Pressbooks the same way that videos are embedded—using a URL.

Here is an example of an embedded audio clip:

Media 2: “Jess Mitchell” can be found online at

For information on adding interactive activities to your Pressbook, see H5P for Interactive Material.

The below video is from the Pressbooks Video Tutorial Series.


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