How to Insert Media Files to a Site Page in SharePoint 2013

One of the great things about SharePoint is the ability to customize the design of our pages.  This includes the ability to add video and audio to our SharePoint pages.  For SharePoint 2013, Microsoft has provided a number of options for inserting video and audio, including inserting media directly from your local computer, from a SharePoint Asset Library, and pasting an embedded stream.  In this article, we’ll walk through the different methods for adding video and audio to your SharePoint page, as well as how to share the media which you’ve inserted.

Regardless of the source of your media (i.e., local computer, Asset Library, etc.), to begin the process of inserting video and/or audio, you will need to go to your site page and click Edit page as shown below:

Insert media from local computer:

  • Select the Insert tab from the Ribbon and select Video and Audio to insert media.
  • Next, select From my computer from the drop-down menu:

  • Choose the media file which you’ll be adding to the page from your computer. Next, select an Asset Library in your current site to which you would like the media file to be uploaded:

  • After you have uploaded your media file, you will see a new tab on the Ribbon titled Media. If you click the new tab, you will see the media player as well as your uploaded file. From this tab, you also have the option of adjusting your media player’s settings and properties:

  • In the media Properties, you have two playing options:

–          Start media automatically will automatically start playing the media file when users navigate to your page

–          Loop until stopped will continuously play the media file when users navigate to your page until/unless it is manually stopped the user

  • After you have completed adjusting your media settings, go to the Page tab from the Ribbon and click Save to save your settings and changes. You will now be able to see the media file autoplay on your page:

Insert media from an Asset Library:

  • Select the Insert tab from the Ribbon and select Video and Audio to insert media.
  • Next, select From SharePoint from the drop-down menu to select a file from your SharePoint Asset Library

  • Choose the media file which you’ll be adding to the page from your Asset Library:

    • After you have completed adjusting your media settings, go to the Page tab from the Ribbon and click Save to save your settings and changes. You will now be able to see the media file autoplay on your page:

    Insert media from an embedded link:

    • To begin, you will need to find the embed code from YouTube (or whatever the source site for the video is) for the media file which you will be adding to your page.

    • Select the Insert tab from the Ribbon and select Video and Audio to insert media.
    • Next, select Embed from the drop-down menu to add the embedded link to your page:

    • Paste the embed code into the blank field and click Insert to insert the media stream to your page:

    • After you have completed adjusting your media settings, go to the Page tab from the Ribbon and click Save to save your settings and changes. Note that for this media, you are NOT given the option to change the video’s settings or apply autoplay.

    Share inserted media:

    • Once you have inserted video into your page, you have the ability to embed your videos on other sites. This can be done going to the right of the video on the page and selecting the Get embed code icon:

    • Once you click Get embed code, a field with the appropriate coding will appear. Review the information in the embed stream setting and copy the code:

    • Next, go to the other site where you would like to embed the media. Insert the code that you copied in the previous step onto the new page and poof!, you are ready to stream your video on a different page!


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